The Akaroa Mail. SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1913. DOES AKAROA HOLD ITS OWN?
Although Akaroa does not lose any of its holiday patronge, it is quite evident that it not get the recog nition of the holiday public and tourists of New Zealand that such an ideal watering place deserves. There are no doubt several factors which are responsible for this, and we believe thflt~by~Tbe thoughtful consideration who have the destiny of the their bands, many very esticould be carried out, very much increased tourist would The natural it foremost in Canterbury,
Hanmer has lost much of its patron
age during the past few years as its
surroundings are rather bare of I natural beauties, and its springs are rather an attraction to invalids than to holiday makers Timaru appears to be Akaroa's most serious rival in the ho'iday traffic of Canterbury and the South Island, and Timaru cannot boast anything nearly so attractive as oui* own surroundings. Caroline Bay is most certainly it 3 only attraction, and many hundreds of pounds have been spent in making its surroundings attractive to the holiday public Timaru is made more attractive simply because it has been advertised better than we have, and has much better communication facilities. The railway fares to Timaru from Christ church are during excursions 12s Id first class and 8a 5d second class, while to Akaroa the return fares are, with the motor fare in the holiday
season, 18s 7d and 17s Id. Thi? should not make a very great consideration to holiday makers, as the motor service to Akaroa i<? a vrry fine one, and is cheap considf ring it is the finest run in Canterbury; but where, Timaru scores is that there are trains running through (o the chief centre? all day, and it is on the main railroad of the Island. We believe the popu lanty of Akaroa could be extended to a very great extent by running a stfam er service from Lyttelton during the Bummer holidays. This, if only run for a few weeks, should prove both popular to tourists and cheaper than coming via land. But the chief factor that will make Akaroa as a tourist resort will be.extensive advertising,
Our visitors return again and again, and an extensive advertising cam paign in the proper season would, we are sure, at least serve to double the present touri3fc traffic to the piece. Another attraction would be the erection of cottage?, which could be utilised for week end parties. Those would, we are sure, be well patronised during the year for week ends, and would be full during the summer months. We are sure that if only Akaroa were boomed by extensive advertising, and that better transit facilities were arranged for, that, as a tourist resort, Akaroa would become one of the most popular in the South Island,