Akaroa is primarily a resort town. When a cruise ship arrives, the activity level can be busy when tourists outnumber the residents. Yet the locals seem to ignore the bustle, especially the kids. If you want a glimpse of everyday New Zealand life, head towards the Akaroa Recreation Ground. This Akaroa Sports Pavilion is the centerpiece of a large complex featuring sports fields, the Boat Park and waterfront camping. Adjoining it is Jubilee Park and Akaroa Beach.