10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa
10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa

10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa

© Akaroa on the Beach

Boutique Lodges and B&Bs in Akaroa

Set the right tone to your Banks Peninsula getaway by staying in one of the boutique lodges or B&Bs in Akaroa. Staples of Akaroa’s B&Bs and boutique stays are waking up to a chorus of birdsong and soaking in the views of the Akaroa Harbour’s vibrant blue waters. Boutique accommodation in Akaroa mostly comes in the form of endearing B&Bs (bed and breakfasts), while the odd boutique hotel and apartment complex can also be found.

Get more trip-planning advice from The Complete Guide to Akaroa.

1. The Wharf Akaroa

A boutique hotel across from Akaroa’s main wharf, The Wharf Akaroa consists of two well-appointed hotel suites or two self-contained studios. The hotel boasts its own bustling seafood restaurant and features unobstructed harbour views that can be enjoyed from your room’s private balcony. Popular with couples, the “Relax and Romance Suite” comes with a bottle of Daniel Le Brun and a Mediterranean Platter on arrival. For something extra special, retreat to the “Old Shipping Office” which has been lovingly renovated to include a spa bath, cosy gas fire and oozes in stylish historical charm. For more accommodation like this, see the 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© The Wharf Akaroa

2. French Bay House

French Bay House is one of the top contenders of quality boutique B&B accommodation in Akaroa. Vintage charm and modern living come together in this accommodation set among vibrant flower gardens. It features just four fresh and tastefully-decorated guest rooms, which ensures the right tone is set for a tranquil stay. Each morning is a treat of cooked or continental breakfast, while your hosts can also prepare you a picnic basket and offer complimentary bike hire on request. See more accommodation with exceptional food in the 10 Best Accommodation in Akaroa for Foodies.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© French Bay House

3. Beaufort House

This historical home located on the outskirts of town basks in heritage charm. There are five gorgeous rooms to choose from at Beaufort House, each of which is wrapped in luxury from Egyptian cotton sheets to the French antique furniture. Enjoy relaxing in the backyard vineyard while sipping on wines with grapes grown on-site. A highlight, of course, is a breakfast of freshly-baked croissants, seasonal cooked breakfasts and much more. See more stays like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Akaroa.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© Beaufort House

4. Banks House Akaroa

More heritage ambience can be experienced at the Banks House Akaroa – the sister property of Beaufort House (see point #3). This four-room bed and breakfast features ensuite rooms with modern bathrooms. A highlight of the boutique accommodation is the Banksia Room for its French doors leading out to a large private balcony with breathtaking views of the Akaroa Harbour. Enjoy an extensive breakfast menu each morning. The manicured gardens are also a joy to explore.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© Banks House Akaroa

5. Blythcliffe

The charming boutique B&Bs of Akaroa continue with Blythcliffe! The B&B boasts convenience and eco-friendly living, as it is set close to the town centre and has a low-to-zero waste policy. That way, you can enjoy a feel-good experience while soaking in the historical charm of its heritage building. There are just two guest rooms and one self-contained converted stable. Guests can spend their time here playing croquet or petanque, walking hand-in-hand through the forest grounds and feeding the eels in the Balguerie Stream.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© Blythcliffe

6. Akaroa on the Beach

For something a little different, check out the apartments and self-catering accommodation of Akaroa on the Beach. The boutique accommodation just a short stroll to town along the picturesque waterfront has three rooms. Enjoy the comforts of home either in the self-contained “Penthouse Studio” or the “Beachside Apartment” with a kitchen and ensuite. Alternatively, stay in the cosy “Island Room” which sleeps two and puts you into holiday mode with its island-style decor.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© Akaroa on the Beach

7. Combe Farm B&B

Get the B&B farmstay experience at Combe Farm B&B, offering two endearing guest rooms in the homestead and a standalone cottage. Relax in the gardens surrounded by trees and wander the paddocks of this working farm that’s shared with hikers and horse riders. The rooms are elegantly decorated and styled with options to sleep solo travellers, couples, friends and small families. For a bit of rustic romance, stay in “The Shepherds Hut” with an outside shower, a breakfast hamper included and a private balcony looking into the forest.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© Combe Farm B&B

8. Twin Gullies

Beautifully restored stables and a barn sit amidst five acres of gardens, paddocks and woodland at the Twin Gullies, just a short drive from Akaroa. Summer calls for a swim in the outdoor pool, while animal-lovers will enjoy petting the sheep and feeding the chickens. After an evening of barbecuing or using the pizza oven under the walnut trees, retreat to your two-bedroom barn unit with a queen room and bedroom with two singles or another queen room. Alternatively, stay in “The Stable” which is self-contained for two gests. Breakfast is included in the rate.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© Twin Gullies

9. Halfmoon Cottage

A budget accommodation in Barrys Bay, Halfmoon Cottage offers a tranquil out-of-town retreat. The adult-only boutique accommodation features private double, twin and quadruple rooms with bunk beds, all with private separate bathrooms, at a reasonable price. Self-cater in the well-equipped communal kitchen and barbecue area and make use of the kayaks and bikes to explore the surrounding bays and mountains. See more like this in the 5 Best Budget Accommodation in Akaroa.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© Halfmoon Cottage

10. L’abri Bed and Breakfast

One last B&B to choose from (we know, by this point, it’s a bit overwhelming with so many fantastic options), L’abri Bed and Breakfast offers a contrast to the other B&Bs on this list with its modern architecture. Stay in one of the two well-appointed guest rooms, each with large windows showcasing the harbour views, or retreat to the studio cottage in the garden for a more private stay. Enjoy an exquisite breakfast that’s produced and prepared with love with many of the ingredients coming from the garden.

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10 Best Boutique Accommodation in Akaroa© L'abri Bed and Breakfast


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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