The Seventh Generation ESCAPE Magazine: An Epic Akaroa Tour.

This Akaroa tour ticks all the boxes, New Zealands unique history, told by a true storyteller, stunning scenery and nature shared by a trained ecologist: Epic, get off the beaten track.

Read the article HERE:

“Local connections don’t get more local than Marie Haley, a seventh-generation resident and experienced tour guide in Akaroa, one of New Zealand’s most idyllic ports. The town is so small that Majestic Princess has to tender passengers from ship to shore.

Haley’s fascinating three-hour tour of the coastal community and surrounding farmlands weaves in important Maori cultural sites and history, such as the infamous Te Rauparara massacre that led to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Combining a deep knowledge of Akaroa’s English, French and Maori heritage with own engaging family history, Haley takes us far from the town’s well-trodden tourist trail.

After morning tea and scones at Heritage Park, with its panoramic views of the vast Akaroa Harbour, we head for Hinewai Reserve and Wildside Conservation Project on blustery Banks Peninsula, where Haley spent much of her childhood.

The soon-to-be mum now lives on a farm in nearby Goughs Bay which she wants to turn into New Zealand’s first designated “quiet farm” where peace and tranquillity reign supreme — a local hero indeed. Tip: Carry rain gear in Akaroa as the weather can turn in an instant.”

Akaroa Tour
Read the full article on the Escape Magazine website HERE

This ’Epic’ Akaroa Tour is the ONLY Akaroa Tour to visit the most important places in Akaroa.


One of New Zealand’s most important historic sites. We spend 45mins here learning the rich narrative. Soon to be discovered by the masses, see it now as the locals always have.

Ōnuku Marae

Stunning Māori cultural centre on the edge of Akaroa harbour. Immerse yourself in what makes New Zealand unique and special.

Akaroa Heritage Park

Home made morning tea on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful French town of Akaroa. Slow down and connect to this gorgeous place.

Hinewai Reserve

“Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet”. You will be inspired by this wilderness reserve and how it’s benefiting life on earth, from the vision of one man, Hugh Wilson.

Marie Haley

I am your guide, Marie Haley, I was born and raised on Banks Peninsula. The seventh generation direct decedent of Akaroa’s very first French settler. I grew up on the family farm following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, and his Grandfather before.