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A unique insight

This is free to enter and is worth a visit. Combined with the local historic courthouse, a visitor... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Find the time to watch the video

This was recommended to me by other Akaroa visitors. Hadn't planned to go as I'm from Christchurch... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Angel L
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 1013
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

The main building has a few rooms with history of the peninsula and artifacts. The staff will happily tell you a lot as well. The film in the adjacent courthouse is quite good. Nothing lasts long but it is a free museum.

Thank mrdom
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Looks recently renovated and updated to modern standards. There is lots of info about the history of the area - but you have to be really interested to read everything that is there.

Thank Geoff_Heather
Reviewed 17 November 2017

This is free to enter and is worth a visit. Combined with the local historic courthouse, a visitor gains real insight into so many aspects of life over the past 170 years here. Taking time to listen to the 20 minute rolling video of the...More

Thank Peter3152
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This was recommended to me by other Akaroa visitors. Hadn't planned to go as I'm from Christchurch, have been to Akaroa many, many times and assumed (wrongly) that l already knew most of it. Thoroughly enjoyed the displays at the museum but IMO the most...More

Thank Angel L
Reviewed 29 October 2017

A great collection of antiquities and memorabilia celebrating the arrival of the colonist to Akaroa. Especially love looking in the windows of the old cottage.

Thank Elaine J
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Lots of photos and history in the museum, which has free entry (donations appreciated). Enjoyed their displays.

Thank adwadw
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Akaroa is a small town so you can't expect too much. The history is interesting with items on show representative of the era. The best part of the museum, is the adjoining old court house. (you need to take the exit door within the museum...More

Thank Kiwiseley
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Reading the cards with each exhibit could easily put you back 'in the day'. The video also showed a good look at Akaroa and surrounds. This museum is small but well thought out and crammed with great things to see. The staff were very lovely...More

1  Thank DondeaB
Reviewed 8 May 2017

This local museum gave us an insight into the history of the Akaroa area and the French influence. The visit was worth the entry donation, and the people at the desk were very helpful. This is a must visit location as it provides you with...More

1  Thank 1victor
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We were suggested to visit here by the i Site staff. Museum is very small yet interesting. Perfect place to grasp the history in Akaroa. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

Thank Angelic8619
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