Les Troupes Appartment - Akaroa Information

The charming former French settlement of Akaroa is nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano, and as it is only an 85 kilometre drive from Christchurch, it's the perfect place to get back to nature and discover one of the most beautiful locations the South Island has to offer.

Beautiful Akaroa Harbour, just a stone’s throw away from Les Troupes Apartments is home to a variety of sea and bird life including the worlds smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hectors Dolphin. Take the opportunity to explore this unique environment with one of our local operators on a nature cruise or even swimming with the dolphins.

Step out the door of your Les Troupes apartment and you will soon uncover the layers of history in this, Canterbury's oldest settlement. Claimed by the British just days before the French colonists arrived in 1840, the town has always borne a twin cultural heritage.

To this day, Akaroa remains unique as the site of the only attempted settlement by the French in New Zealand. Many streets have French names, and there are descendants of the original French families still living in Akaroa.

The narrow roads are lined with quaint colonial cottages, and the historic buildings of the main street are still occupied by local businesses. The charm of this old French town, together with the incredible natural scenery, have assured Akaroa's popularity as a unique tourist destination.

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