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Local Events

With an eclectic mix of skills and interests in the community there is always something going on or off around Akaroa and the bays! As well as amazing community events showcasing local talents the area welcomes visitors to a broad range of national and internationally acclaimed music, arts, sports and cultural events for spectators and participators. Whether you want to attend an event or plan one you'll find an enthusiastic and capable community ready and willing to help with superb venues, accommodation, facilities, food, entertainment and skills.

  • Friday, December 1, 2017 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    Loads of great prizes to be won in the Akaroa Summer Photographic Competition 2017-2018 with the theme 'Life in the Crater'. Running from 1 December 2017 to 28 February 2018. We invite you to submit images that best reflect 'Life in the Crater' which covers Akaroa & Banks Peninsula area. Entries close at 5pm on 28 February 2018. Entries include 16 and under. And adults. Please submit entries to adp@akaroa.com as jpg attachments. Thank you! You only need to sign the T&C's form once. Not for each image. Thanks. 


    LocationAkaroa & the Bays


    Phone03 304 7816 or 027 4197507

  •  Long-term exhibition: Following a programme of earthquake repair and strengthening Akaroa Museum is creating three new long-term exhibitions about the history of Banks Peninsula. Ngā Taenga mai Arrivals.

    LocationRue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 1013

  • Saturday, November 25, 2017 to Thursday, February 8, 2018

    Exhibition at the Little River Gallery- 'Signature Dish'. Exhibition shows work by Amy Hoedemakers, Jane Downes, Blanche Fryer, Lisa Grennell and Kara Burrowes.  An invitation to feast, a table of five, from earths elements, each artist will strive, each their own flavour for you to savour, from dwellings to fish, their “Signature Dish”.  Exhibition runs through until 8 Feburary. 

    LocationMain Road, Little River


    Phone03 325 1944

    Fax03 325 1978

  • Reinis Young 20th January @ 2pm
    Allistar Brown 17th February @ 6.30pm
    To go direct to the Hill Top Tavern Events page HERE. 

    LocationThe Hill Top Tavern


    Phone03 3251 005

  • Friday, January 19, 2018 to Sunday, February 4, 2018

    The  'Orion Powerhouse Gallery' comes to life in the warmer months when Akaroa is full of visitors and holiday-makers. The gallery hosts exhibitions featuring artists from Banks Peninsula and beyond, many of national and international recognition. It also provides a wonderful venue for intimate musical events and varied workshops throughout the year. Svetlana Orinko exhibition – Fri 19 Jan to Sun 4 Feb 2018. 

    Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8776

  • Monday, January 1, 2018 to Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    Great Holiday Activity. Buy a map from the Akaroa i-Site and search for the TV characters around Akaroa. If you get them all correct you will go in the draw to win a prize!  All proceeds go to Duvauchelle School. Maps are only $10 and available from the Akaroa i-Site. All completed Scarecrow forms go in the draw to win a prize. For the month of January 2018 only. 




  • Friday, January 12, 2018 to Sunday, January 28, 2018

    Now celebrating its eleventh anniversary, the Akaroa Music Festival is New Zealand's premiere residential music school. An array of distinguished international musicians provides lessons, masterclasses and concerts against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the world's most beautiful seaside towns. These intensive days of music making also include solo performances, chamber music and a string orchestra, all designed to engage and inspire advanced young musicians. Students are invited to apply on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, and recorder. 


    LocationHeld in various venues throughout Akaroa


  • Saturday, January 20, 2018

    20 January 2018 – LITTLE RIVER A&P SHOW.  Tender documents now available for food and entertainment.  For relevant documents please contact Heather Henderson, Secretary Phone (03) 329 7079 or email littlerivershow@clear.net.nz  Entries close Friday 12 December.  Schedule of Events available from the Little River Craft Station and Information Centre or the Service Centre.  Trade space available – enquiries welcome. 


    LocationLittle River


    Phone03 3297079

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018

    This class is a must for those of you looking to completely upgrade their BBQ skills and learn how to cook a new repertoire of delicious BBQ recipes. The cooking school chefs will run through the BBQ essentials including great produce, what to look for and where to source it. They will also demonstrate the best techniques to cook produce such as chicken, lamb, beef and most importantly how to cook the perfect steak.


    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    Southern Lights Centre offers full moon meditations are on the full moon monthly. These meditations are preceded by a talk about the energies of the sign that the full or new moon is occurring in. The meditation is guided and everyone is welcome to attend and no training in meditation is required to participate. The talk and meditation last for an hour. All are welcome. 4pm on 31 January is the next full moon meditation. 

    Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8893

  • The Akaroa Farmers Market is open October to April every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 1pm.  Banks Peninsula has an abundance of produce and a great micro-climate and lots of passionate gardeners. For sale you will find locally grown fruit, veges, herbs, honey, olive oil, olives, nuts and flowers plus locally produced preserves, pickles, jams, sauces, bread, pastries, cheeses, honey, lavender products and plants and lots more. 

    LocationMadeira Car Park, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8823

  • Akaroa’s boutique cinema is a great cinema experience. With sumptuous, luxurious and plush seating with a table for your coffee or glass of wine and the best of art, foreign, classic and new films. For a list of movies showing right now, go to the pdf, visit their web site or phone 03 304 8898. The cafe opens at 10am and films start at approx 12pm.

    LocationSelwyn Ave, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8898

  • Join us to view the night sky above Akaroa. Friday & Saturday nights, 8.00pm-10.00pm. 10 inch Newtonian telescope. Heritage Park, 10 mins drive from Akaroa. Check with us for times and conditions, phone Craig on 027 3000 547. Dress warm. Charges: Children $5. Adults when accompanied by a child are FREE. Children under 15 are free, (in other words everyone is FREE).


    Phone027 3000 547

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018

    Based around a high end four course dinner party menu, this class is for people looking to take their next dinner party to a higher level. The day will kick off with tea, coffee and some freshly baked treats from the kitchen. The day begins at 10am for coffee and pastries and will conclude around 4pm. Limited spaces $225 including all food, award winning local wines and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, February 4, 2018

    Spanish Tapas is becoming increasingly popular as people are moving away from the traditional three course meal and enjoying smaller, lighter sharing dishes. In Spain, tapas can be almost anything as long it is small, plentiful and tasty. Our Spanish Tapas class will cover classic dishes using locally sourced seafood and produce from around the peninsula. This is a great class for those looking to learn more about Spanish cuisine and take home new recipes for home entertaining. The tapas dishes will be prepared and served throughout the day with some matching wines of course to help wash them down! Cost: $225 pp including all food and drinks. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018

    Nau mai, Haere mai. Join us at the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum for a family day to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Highlights include a powhiri (traditional welcome), hangi lunch, children’s races and the paddling of our magnificent waka on the Opara River at 1pm. View the Museum’s amazing collections and enjoy continuous demonstrations all day including bread baking in a traditional clay oven, master weavers, wood chopping and sheep shearing. Crafts, stalls, pony rides, lolly scramble, sausage sizzle, espresso coffee, garden bar, cafeteria and more! The Waitangi Day commemorations at Okains Bay are the largest and longest standing in the South Island with 2018 being the 43rd consecutive commemoration.


    LocationOkains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum


    Phone03 304 8611

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018

    When the garden is full of ripe fresh produce we show you how to maximize the summer harvest. From beautiful summer salads to inspired main courses and delicate desserts, the day will include a four course menu that will make you want to head out into your garden, or local farmers market, pick your produce and get cooking with the summer bounty. The day begins at 10am for coffee and pastries and will conclude around 4pm. Limited spaces $225 including all food, wine, beer and recipes.


    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018

    Ben Waters & Friends, Saturday 17th February 2018, The Gaiety, Akaroa. Following the sensationally successful tour of NZ which Ben Waters & Friends made in March 2017, together with the Rolling Stones sidemen Tim Ries & Bernard Fowler, plus Mick Jagger’s prodigiously talented brother Chris, Ben returns to his favourite place down under – to Akaroa, for one concert only! 

    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa


  • Sunday, February 18, 2018

    Inspired by travels throughout Italy, we share our favourite Italian dishes into a one off special class - 'A Day in Italy'. Based on a traditional trattoria menu we will make pasta, risotto, bake ciabatta, and many other classics that will transport you to Italy for the day. Cooking and eating is absolutely central to family life in Italy and a long lunch around the schools large dining with matching wines will follow the demonstrations. Starting at 10am the day will finish up around 4pm. $225 including all food, wine and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018 to Sunday, March 11, 2018

    NZAEE Seaweek 2018 will take place from 3-11 March. It will be Seaweek’s 27th anniversary. The theme will be “Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People”. For Seaweek in Akaroa there are a number of events planned. The programme is coming. 



    Phone03 304 7816

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018

    The French connection to Akaroa is coming to the cooking school with a day of traditional French cooking. Think Julia Child and lots and lots of butter! The menu will be inspired by trips to France throughout the years and drawing on the French past of Akaroa. Join us for a fun filled day of cooking and drinking fine wines. Bon appetite! The day begins at 10am for coffee and pastries and will conclude around 4pm. Spaces are limited. $235 including all food, wine and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Inspired by trips throughout Thailand over the years the cooking school has put together their favourite Thai dishes into a one off special class - 'A Day in Thailand'. From making and cooking dumplings, dipping sauces, Thai curries, stir fry's, Pad Thai, Asian salads, this class is perfect for those who love Thai food and are keen to learn the tips and techniques on maximising those flavours we all love about Thai food. The day begins at 10am for coffee and pastries and will conclude around 4pm. Limited spaces $225 including all food, wine, beer and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018

    We are very excited to announce our latest guest chefs who will be coming to the Cooking School on March 10th to teach their 'Food for Thought' cooking class on Saturday 10th March.  Good friend and patisserie expert Joachim Ogden will be coming to share his extensive dessert knowledge and will be accompanied by his partner Francesca who will impart her nutritional expertise.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018

    This annual cycle race starts in the middle of Christchurch at 7.30am for the pre-race briefing and then it's all go at 8.00am. The finish line is in the centre of Akaroa, followed by prize giving on the Akaroa recreation ground. Make a weekend of it by booking into 1 of the many wonderful B&B's in Akaroa and enjoy a family weekend away. Be warned! This is not your ordinary 100 km race. Hugely popular across all abilities, amazing views and more hills than you can shake a pump at.

    LocationChristchurch to Akaroa

  • Saturday, March 31, 2018

    Every year the locals await the Akaroa & Bays Lions Paddy's Market on the Recreation Green. Come and enjoy this fundraiser for the Lions and take away lots of bargains. Furniture, collectables, tools, house hold goods you name it, you can find it on the Green at the Paddy’s Market. White Elephant starts 10.00am and Auction starts at 10.30am.  


    LocationAkaroa Sports Recreation Ground

  • Saturday, March 31, 2018

    Join us for our Autumn Harvest cooking class where we celebrate seasonal produce at it's finest with a selection of recipes designed to maximise flavour and texture as well as inspiring you to recreate new recipes. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, April 22, 2018

    LITTLE RIVER GIANT COUNTRY BUMPKIN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL - Awa - Iti Domain - Little River. Giant Pumpkins, scarecrow competition, entertainment, stalls, delicious soup and pumpkin pie. 11am - 3pm. Dates to be confirmed but possibly 22 April 2018. 
    Always an entertaining family day out in the country. A fund raiser for the Little River School. Famous Home-Made Pumpkin Soup and Pie, Sausage Sizzle, Pumpkin and Scarecrow competitions. Most Beautiful Gumboot (kids only) competition. Kids Races. Contact gail.prileszky@mac.com if you would like a stall. Non Profit Organisations Free. 


    LocationLittle River Domain

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Anzac is 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War, and is a public holiday.  



  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, November 25, 2018

    The Walking Festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula. The walks will take place over the weekends of  November 3 & 4 November, 10 &11 November, 17 & 18 November and 27 & 28 November 2018. The event is designed by local people who love to share their passion for this special place with people from the wider community. Participants will enjoy a refreshing walk and are guaranteed an enjoyable experience as they relax, meet new people and together absorb the stories and atmosphere of this rugged land, right on the doorstep of Christchurch.

    LocationBanks Peninsula



  • Saturday, November 17, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018

     'Inside Out'-Akaroa & the Bays House & Garden tour. A not to be missed tour held biennially. The next tour wil be on 17th & 18th November 2018 which is Show weekend. 
    A range of wonderful houses and gardens to visit over the weekend. Some famous gardens and a fantastic opportunity to visit some new ones plus have a peak into the homes. Don't miss out. Take your time and come and stay the weekend as there are a huge range of exciting homes & gardens to exploreand Akaroa is known for its fabulous gardens.10am-5pm all weekend. Gardens to be announced. 

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays


    Phone03 304 7816 or 027 419 7507