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"Akaroa is a small and cute French town on the Banks Peninsula with historic buildings and just about 700 inhabitants. It's very peaceful there and located right at the water. The shops and restaurants look all very nice and you can go for a walk along the bay and enjoy those beautiful views over the water and the mountain in the background. There are a lot of holiday homes and in fact, the town felt a lot like vacation to me. I really loved it there. The charming colonial cottages make for a nice stroll through the French town. This little township was the only French settlement in New Zealand. "
"We loved visiting here and renting kayaks to take out on the harbor! This area is known for their dolphins, so if you're lucky you'll spot some! "

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This 10 Day New Zealand South Island Van Life Itinerary is the accumulation of HOURS of planning and research and includes an interactive map, directions and exact GPS coordinates of where to camp, stops and things to do, hiking and trail data, links to the best activities, best photo spots and times of day to shoot, where we ate, optional trip add ons and more in the form of a 10 day adventure itinerary! This is a mobile friendly itinerary so you can use it throughout your trip in real time. This is the exact itinerary we used this year with optional add ons along the way, and it works for Spring, Summer and Fall trips. We took all of our experience from our summer trip to New Zealand and our mishaps/what we wish we knew and compiled everything into this guide. The best part is as we go back to New Zealand again in the future, you’ll get access to all of our new information as well since these guides are synced with live updates! You’ll have it for life and can access it any time. Follow this guide exactly (weather and conditions permitting) for a guaranteed amazing set of experiences and vistas! Or, combine our insights with your own research to craft the trip of your dreams. Tag us in the photos you take - we'd love to see your experience! @theloverspassport
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