Sailing Location: Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa Harbour is a great place to sail and has good wind for sailing most days throughout the summer. It is approximately 9 Nautical miles (16km) long and runs from north to south so often has a southerly or northerly wind going up or down the harbour.

Akaroa Harbour is a popular stop for cruising yachts sailing around the South Island and there is racing most weekends during the summer organised by the Akaroa Yacht Club.

As the harbour is in the crater from an extinct volcano, the scenery is spectacular and the waters usually uncrowded with a small amount of boat traffic.

Although we do not target wildlife while sailing there is a good chance you will see some of the unique wildlife on the water.


Sailing Area:

Our trips depart close to the main wharf in Akaroa and are often sailed in the northern half of Akaroa Harbour passing some of these landmarks.


  1 - Onawe Peninsula
2 - French Farm
3 - Tikao Bay
4 - Wainui Bay
5 - Aquatic Farm
6 - Robinsons Bay
7 - Takamatua Bay
8 - Akaroa
9 - Kaik