Akaroa “French” Festival

In mid October every year Akaroa holds a French Festival to celebrate the French history of the town. In 1838 Jean François Langlois arrived in Akaroa to establish a settlement. Akaroa has since held on to its French roots and is like taking a step into a wee French village. Tres jolie! (However, what Jean didn’t realise was that the Brits were already there!)

We packed a picnic, jumped in the car and headed to Akaroa on a sunny Saturday morning. The scenery along the way was beautiful. When we arrived the French Fest was pretty poor. We were expecting French cheese, wine, croissants but really it was a normal market with French flags strung up…. oh. Never mind, we enjoyed the day non the less, had a harbour side picnic (complete with a cheeky Speight’s), wandered around the village in the glorious sunshine and then headed back to Christchurch.

Scenery en route just outside of Christchurch

Scenery en route just outside of Christchurch

View of Akaroa from up high in the clouds!

View of Akaroa from up high in the clouds!

A mixture of lots of rain and sunshine made the scenery appear extra green

A mixture of lots of rain and sunshine made the scenery appear extra green

St Peters Anglican Church

St Peters Anglican Church

The harbour at Akaroa

The harbour at Akaroa

This was as French as it got...

This was as French as it got…

Giant Rose Statue

Akaroa Monument

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