Akaroa Harbour

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Akaroa Harbour is located in New Zealand
Akaroa Harbour
Akaroa Harbour
Akaroa Harbour is part of Banks Peninsula. Lyttelton Harbour, a major South Island port, is to the north-west.

Akaroa Harbour is part of Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand.

It is one of two major inlets in Banks Peninsula, on the coast of Canterbury, New Zealand; the other is Lyttelton Harbour on the northern coast.

It enters from the southern coast of the peninsula, heading in a predominantly northerly direction.

The name Akaroa is Kāi Tahu Māori for "Long Harbour".[1]. It is to highlight that when the French founded the village of Akaroa in 1840, they referred to the bay as Paka Ariki.

Ōnawe Peninsula is at the head of the harbour, the former site of a Māori

The entire harbour is the caldera of an extinct volcano.[2]

The towns or settlements of Akaroa, Duvauchelle, Barrys Bay, French Farm and Wainui lie on the shoreline of the harbour. Cruise ships occasionally enter the harbour, with the passengers visiting Akaroa.[3]

The 475-hectare (1,170-acre) Akaroa Marine Reserve was given approval in 2013 after a 17-year campaign to get it established.

As of 2011, of the seven sites that are sampled in the harbour for water quality, six are graded as "good" and one as "fair" in terms of recreational use. Rainfall affects the grading.[4]

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  1. ^ Reed, Alexander Wyclif (2002-01-23). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Reed Books. ISBN 9780790007618.
  2. ^ R. Speight (1940). "The Basal Beds of the Akaroa Volcano". Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 70: 60–76.
  3. ^ "Cruise ship visits". Christchurch City Council. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Recreational Water Quality Map 2011". Environment Canterbury. 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2012.

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Coordinates: 43°50′41″S 172°55′31″E / 43.8446°S 172.9252°E / -43.8446; 172.9252