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"Admire the Picture-perfect Cottages" Top 5 Page for this destination Akaroa Things to Do Tip by Kakapo2

Akaroa Things to Do: 93 reviews and 230 photos


You will find few places in New Zealand with such a big number of picture-perfect cottages from the early days of European settlement. There are so many - plus spectacular two-storey buildings of the same era - that you sometimes feel like walking in the scenery of a historic film.

First of all, the people of Akaroa are proud of their history, second, the tourism board and the business owners care a lot about the spotless French touch, and third, a big number of people living here are not poor – as many of the houses are just weekend or holiday homes of people who can afford it.

More so: In 1969 local residents founded a Civic Trust to preserve Akaroa’s history and character. The Trust supports new developments which are in harmony with the town’s historic character and encourages appropriate adaptive new uses for the town’s historic buildings.

In some side streets you will see cottages which would urgently need a painting job but that’s a very small number. There are no bad areas in Akaroa, as in most other cities and villages. Of course, there are locals who struggle to make ends meet and therefore neglect the necessary exterior works. Those are people who have been living there forever when buying or building a property did not cost a fortune. Everybody who has been purchasing in Akaroa in the past decade is not poor, as property values have risen sharply. You will not get anything really nice and spacious under NZ$ 1 million.

The one you see on my photo is in 63 Rue Lavaud and is now part of the Backpackers Bon Accord.

The life of this building began in 1860 as Akaroa’s first Presbyterian church. When it became too small for the growing congregation, it was sold and relocated down the street in 1885, so a new church could be built at its site. It then had multiple commercial uses. It got its pair of doors crammed between two flanking windows when it was divided into two separate offices.
The name the building is the same as in its early days as a church. Bon Accord it the motto of the town of Aberdeen in Scotland.

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  • Updated May 29, 2008
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