The Grand Hotel Akaroa Guide

For a combination of history, luxury and modern amenities, the The Grand Hotel Akaroa is an ideal venue. The hotel provides an excellent location for your weekend getaway. It is located at 6 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520. This is just 1 hour away from Christchurch. Here you can enjoy romantic views, luxurious amenities, ensuite rooms, king size beds and balconies. Seeing as the hotel is located close to the waterfront, it is a perfect location for functions such as weddings, engagement parties, corporate events, conferences and anniversaries. There are also amenities for sport and leisure. Read on to learn about what is on offer here.

History of The Grand Hotel Akaroa

The hotel was opened in 1860 to a positive reception from the residents of Christchurch. Built and managed by a family, it provides a homely environment for everyone who visits. Over its lifetime of over 150 years, the hotel has survived two major earthquakes. It has also survived a devastating fire which prompted renovation and re-opening in 1883. Many of the original structures and dΓ©cor are still in place. However, the hotel has received a complete renovation to guarantee the comfort and safety of its guests.

The Food, Drinks, Rooms and The Pokies

Waeckerle’s Restaurant

This is the main restaurant in the hotel. It has a relaxed, countryside ambiance and serves finger-licking seafood to guests. With lavish grounds, the restaurant has garden views and a courtyard where you can enjoy a drink before dinner in the Summer season. Waeckerle’s Restaurant is open every day from morning to 8.00pm. During the Winter season, it is open from 6.00pm.

You can enjoy one of the tasty dishes which are provided here and take your pick out of an executive wine list available to guests. The restaurant prides itself in having the largest collection of Craft beers in Akaroa. Here, you can enjoy starters such as the famous West Coast whitebait, mains such as seafood chowder and the “must try” lamb rump as well as desserts such as the hot fruit crumble just to ruin your diet. If you intend to have an event here, the chefs can prepare a buffet menu at a super price which can accommodate up to 80 people.

The Pokies

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The Grand Hotel provides accommodation in terms of packages. Examples of these are romantic getaways, weekend escapes and mates rate packages. There are 9 rooms featuring amenities such as beverage makers, freeview TV and ensuite surroundings. You can have your room with King Size or twin beds. Majority of these have balconies which give a clear view of the town nearby and harbour too. For only $150 per night, you can stay in one of the rooms at this historic hotel.

To extend convenience to you, it is possible to book rooms online through the hotel’s website. An interactive, easy-to-use form helps you to achieve this. If you should cancel your booking 48 hours in advance, no fees are charged. However, any cancellations made within this time period attract a fee equivalent to the first night’s accommodation cost.


Not only does The Grand Hotel have meals, drinks and accommodation, it also provides a collection of exciting activities which you can enjoy on your own or with your partner. They include swimming with the dolphins, visiting the French farm vineyard, charter boat hire, walking along the Bank’s Peninsula and going on the Pohatu penguin watch just to name a few of many great local attractions.


PhoneΒ 03 304 7011


Map and address

The Grand Hotel
6 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

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