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Driving into Akaroa, the clouds could be seen cascading over the hills through which we had not long before driven through.
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The little hamlet of Akaroa is about 50 miles from Christchurch. It is situated inside the eroded crater of one of the long extinct volcanoes that form the Banks Peninsula.
Akaroa was the first colonial settlement on the south island of New Zealand, and was very nearly established as a French colony. Despite being beaten to it by the British, the French had a significant presence and effect on Akaroa, including laying out its charming narrow streets and planting many walnut trees and roses, whose descendants survive to this day.

It goes without saying that a visit to New Zealand is not complete without taking in the south island. Just as essential should be a visit to beautiful and historic Akaroa.

Nikon FE2, Nikkor 135mm f2.0, Fuji Provia 400 (what a combination :)

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