Hiking in Akaroa, New Zealand. Purple peak loop starting at the heart of the town. The road guides you in the right direction up towards the beginning of the hike. The track is very clearly marked with stakes painted white. There is also a map posted when the foot track begins. Plan on roughly 2.5 to 3 hours to reach the summit by using the shortcut posted on the trail. Water can be seen from every direction from the summit but the highlight is looking over the small French settlement of Akaroa.
Along the beachfront of Akaroa are many restaurants. Plenty to choose from after conquering the fantastic view. Great beer and fish and chips are a perfect way to round out the day.