Akaroa (Christchurch), New Zealand
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Approximately 4 hours
Explore Akaroa and the surrounding area with a visit to three of the area's best-known attractions -- the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory, the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum, and the Giant's House Artists' Garden.
Take in the breathtaking scenery and take advantage of some amazing photo opportunities in this fascinating volcanic area. As you travel, your driver/guide will provide an informative and interesting commentary on the history and geological significance of this region.
Drive through Duvauchelles Bay to the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory to sample a selection of local cheeses and condiments.
View aspects of the cheese-making process and enjoy a short audio-visual presentation.
Travel up to the Summit Road for amazing views and great photo opportunities before dropping down into Okains Bay.
This area is home to the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum. The collection of Maori artifacts originally started as the private collection of a local resident, but in 1968, the abandoned Okains Bay Cheese Factory was purchased, renovated and opened as a public museum in 1977. The exhibits include a working Blacksmith's shop, a print shop, a saddlery, the restored school, Maori meetinghouse, colonial hall and the former Akaroa grandstand.
Back in Akaroa, visit the famous Giant's House -- a mosaic and sculpture garden created around the home of the first Bank Manager in Akaroa. It was built in 1880 of native totara and kauri timbers.
Enjoy a wealth of unique garden artworks including mosaic steps, an extraordinary sculptural wall mosaic, welded steel sculptures and other creations. The garden, gallery and homestead are full of surprises.