When Akaroa Glamping invited Nick and I on a weekend getaway, we couldn’t pack our bags fast enough.
Banks Peninsula is one of our favourite places to explore and Akaroa holds many special memories. We always talk about how wonderful it would be to own a little cottage on the main drag, especially since it’s just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch.
Located just outside the township, Akaroa Glamping is found in Takamatua Bay. The drive itself is an adventure, with twists, turns, inclines and even a little stream to cross. It truly feels remote and ‘off the beaten track’ which is ideal for anyone who needs an escape. I’m not big on camping, but glamping is a completely different ballgame. We were spoiled with privacy, room to stretch out, and one of the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept in.
Akaroa Glamping is a unique experience with two sites that overlook the harbour. Our spacious tent had ample room for lounging (there are even two chairs inside in case the weather isn’t on your side) and its own front deck with a table and chairs to take in the views. There’s a bathroom and shower around back and a fully-equipped kitchen (complete with extraordinary views).
We arrived just before sunset and decided to prepare a little platter to enjoy with our go-to wine of choice, Black Estate rosé. Afterwards, we went out for a late dinner at newly opened Mandala (highly recommend) for Pacific Indian fare, followed by the All Blacks game at the pub. The next morning, we stopped by Rona’s next digs for coffee and a quick bite before heading back to Lyttelton (Nick had a sailing regatta). We didn’t have enough time to do one of the many walks in the area, but their website has plenty of information if you’re in need of inspiration.
If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind this summer, I highly recommend a stay at Akaroa Glamping. Ever so slightly removed from the activity of Akaroa, it’s a beautiful spot to immerse yourself in nature and recharge the batteries.
Photography by Malia Rose