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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa

10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Akaroa ❤️ [2024]

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The Best Accommodations for Couples in Akaroa

Whether you’re visiting the French-flavoured town of Akaroa for a romantic retreat, as part of your honeymoon itinerary around the country, or for some other occasion, you’ll find some of the most endearing accommodations in Akaroa and across the Banks Peninsula in our carefully-curated list. Paired with the advice we give in The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to Akaroa, this list of the most romantic accommodations in Akaroa will ensure the right tone is set for a couple’s escape to the bays…

1. French Bay House

Vintage charm and modern living come together at this B&B accommodation close to the town centre of Akaroa. Set among vibrant flower gardens, French Bay House is effortlessly romantic with just four fresh and tastefully-decorated guest rooms ensuring tranquillity for your stay. Each morning is a treat of cooked or continental breakfast, while your hosts can prepare you a picnic basket with local cheeses and even binoculars for wildlife viewing. Bikes are also available for a more endearing way to get around.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© French Bay House

2. Annandale Coastal Farm Escape & Luxury Villa Collection

This secluded coastal farm is well worth booking for a special occasion. There are five unique five-star villas to choose from at the Annandale Coastal Farm Escape. Some of our favourites include the ultra-modern architecture of “Seascape” built into the hills of a remote bay with multi-floor windows to see it all, as well as the historical “Shepherd’s Cottage” offering charming isolation with endless farm and ocean views. Part of the experience is the farm-to-table cuisine which you can enjoy through a private in-villa chef or meals delivered straight to your door. See more like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations in Akaroa.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© Annandale Coastal Farm Escape & Luxury Villa Collection

3. Mumfords

Perched on a hillside overlooking the bays, Mumfords is an idyllic couples’ retreat. The romantic or honeymoon accommodation is just a short drive from Akaroa, set in 20 acres of gardens, native bush and inner-harbour coastline. The interior is stylishly decorated with a farm cottage feel, from its open-plan kitchen, dining and living area to the bedroom, opening out through the French doors onto an extensive elevated deck.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© Mumfords

4. Beaufort House

A historical home conveniently located on the outskirts of town, Beaufort House basks in a heritage ambience complemented by tasteful French antique furniture. There are five gorgeous rooms to choose from at this boutique B&B, each of which is wrapped in luxury from Egyptian cotton sheets to the bone china tea-making accessories complete with chocolates and cookies. Couples can 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. For more small-scale stays like this, check out the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in Akaroa.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© Beaufort House

5. Mt Vernon Lodge

Scattered among scenic gardens and woodland of Mt Vernon are the chalets, cabins and lodge accommodation of Mt Vernon Lodge. Out of the array of accommodation types, the most romantic is the “Maison Cottage”, a rustically detailed cottage-for-two hidden among the trees. The self-contained accommodation has everything you need for a quiet night in. Alternatively, the “Harbour View Cottage” offers tremendous sea views from its deck, while “Pheasant Cottage” is elevated amongst an orchard. For alternative self-contained stays, be sure to also check out the 10 Best Self-Contained Accommodations in Akaroa.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© Mt Vernon Lodge

6. Blythcliffe

Yes, there are more endearing options for romantic B&Bs in Akaroa where Blythcliffe is a top contender! Combined with convenience and eco-living, Blycliffe is set close to the town centre and boasts and low-to-zero waste policy. That way, you can enjoy a feel-good experience while basking in the historical charm of its heritage building. There are two guest rooms and one self-contained converted stable. Couples 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 Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© Blythcliffe

7. Akaroa Village Inn

Stay in the heart of Akaroa town with the luxury of your own space at the Akaroa Village Inn‘s managed apartments. The “Romantic Suite” and “The Turrent” are the best choice for couples presented by this apartment collection, each individually owned and uniquely designed. Enjoy your spa bath/pool, four-poster bed, and having a full kitchen at your disposal, should you want a relaxing night in or head out for dinner at the nearby restaurants. We offer some restaurant recommendations in The Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Akaroa.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© Akaroa Village Inn

8. Historic Shipping Office Akaroa

For something extra special, retreat to the “Old Shipping Office” which is mere footsteps from Akaroa’s main wharf and has an array of dining opportunities. This historic building has been lovingly renovated to include a spa bath, a cosy gas fire and a functional kitchenette all without disrupting the stylish historical ambience of the place. For more holiday home stays, be sure to also check out the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Akaroa.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© Historic Shipping Office Akaroa

9. SiloStay

One of the most unique accommodations on this list, and in New Zealand as featured in the 10 Unique Accommodations in the South Island, SiloStay offers self-contained accommodation in your own individual silo! The silos are the ideal fit for couples and boast an innovative eco-friendly design in the heart of Little River – a small village on the way to Akaroa. Make use of your own kitchenette facilities for a quiet night in and enjoy drinks on your private balcony. The accommodation has a Tesla charging station and bike hire too. Discover things to do in the small village in our 5 Best Things to Do in Little River.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© SiloStay

10. Akaroa Criterion Motel

Last but certainly not least, the Akaroa Criterion Motel is an easy choice for the discerning couple. Stay in modernly designed motel units with luxuries like underfloor heating and most rooms with sea views. The sea view room on the top floor is the most spectacular offering and a stunning place to watch the sunset. Rooms also feature an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette facilities, while the tours from Daly’s Wharf – many of which feature in the 10 Romantic Activities in Akaroa for Couples – depart just outside of the motel. See how this compares to Akaroa’s other motels in the 10 Best Motels in Akaroa.

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10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Akaroa© Akaroa Criterion Motel

More Romantic Accommodations in Akaroa

That’s it for our list of the best romantic accommodations in Akaroa. For more advice on planning an awesome trip to Akaroa, check out the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to Akaroa.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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