Akaroa was a stop on our cruise not too long after Christchurch had suffered from the earthquake. It's a small French influenced town where alot of the locals still speak French as a first language. The gardens and houses are all decorated and blooming with flowers and it is obvious the locals pride themselves in their beautiful looking town. Take a walk up to the light house for a fantastic panoramic photo of the Bay. And if your feeling adventurous and up for it the Dolphin Experience with the Hector's Nose Dolphins ranks up there with some of the best memories I have ever had. A truly remarkable experience - they are the worlds smallest dolphins and an endangered species. After this experience I purchased a GoPro just because it was surreal. I purchased the photos package and figured I was a 1/4 of the way I may as well get a GoPro for future trips. A must do! Tick it off your bucket list!