It enters from the southern coast of the peninsula, heading in a predominantly northerly direction.
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.
The 475-hectare (1,170-acre) Akaroa Marine Reserve was given approval in 2013 after a 17-year campaign to get it established.
- Reed, Alexander Wyclif (2002-01-23). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Reed Books. ISBN 9780790007618.
- R. Speight (1940). "The Basal Beds of the Akaroa Volcano". Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 70: 60–76.
- "Cruise ship visits". Christchurch City Council. 2 November 2011. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Recreational Water Quality Map 2011". Environment Canterbury. 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Akaroa.|
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- Akaroa and Akaroa Harbour at Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (published in the 1966 An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand)
- Akaroa Harbour Issues Working Party at Environment Canterbury
- Save Akaroa Harbour (Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society)