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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.

  • Akaroa Museum has 2 exhibitions:Painted and Carved - the art of J. H. Menzies is an exhibition about John Henry Menzies, a local artist and farmer with a deep interest in Maori patterns. Menzies collected Maori patterns and applied them to features in his houses at Menzies Bay and on furniture. The beautiful St Luke's church at Little Akaloa, consecrated in 1906, is the work of Menzies.  Painted and Carved can be viewed at Akaroa Museum until April 2017. 
    The second exhibition starts on Saturday 15 October. Called 'Ngā Taenga mai'-  Arrivals. It covers the early inhabitants of Horomaka Banks Peninsula; Ngāi Tahu, the French Naval presence, Pākehā whalers and French, German and English settlers.

    LocationRue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 1013

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 to Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Exhibition at the Little River Gallery- 'Full Circle' by Tania Bostock and Hamish Southcott. 


    LocationMain Road, Little River


    Phone03 325 1944

    Fax03 325 1978

    SAT 4 MAR- Sturrock & Ward 7.30pm
    SAT 18 MAR- The Grand Magoozi 8.30pm
    To go direct to the Hill Top Tavern Events page HERE. 

    LocationThe Hill Top Tavern


    Phone03 3251 005

    Through to the end of  Daylight Saving.
    Open to Members and Visitors. Tee-off  3pm to 6pm. (If you need someone to team up with be here at 4pm).
    Competition fee :Members $5,  Visitors  $10 (includes Green fee). 

    LocationAkaroa Golf Course, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle


    Phone03 304 5704

  • Monday, March 20, 2017 to Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    When: Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May, 2017
    From 10am to 3pm each day. 
    Where: Orion Powerhouse Gallery


    Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8776

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 to Sunday, March 5, 2017

    NZAEE Seaweek 2017 will take place from Saturday 25th February to Sunday 5th March 2017 and will be Seaweek’s 26th 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. Go to More details....



    Phone03 304 7816

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017

    Join Steve for an informative day on all things baking related. Steve and his team will cover the making of a rustic farmhouse loaf, ciabatta and traditionally made baguettes. A shortcrust pastry will be made and turned into quiches for lunch as well as lots of other bread related recipes to make out of your dough. He will also cover making of different types of crackers as well as a croissant dough and the variations that can be made with it. Of course there will be an ample lunch served around the large dining table all to be washed down with some delicious wines. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, March 12, 2017

    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 12 March is the next full moon meditation. 

    Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8893

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 to Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Following Ben’s hugely successful NZ concerts in 2015 and 2016, four of which were here in Akaroa his favourite NZ town, Ben returns in 2017 with a glittering line-up.
    This time the band will feature not only Ben's amazing son Tom on alto sax, but also Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones, who gave Tom his first instrument. Also adding to the Rolling Stones connection will be the legendary singer Bernard Fowler who for a long time has been the Rolling Stones backing vocalist. On top of all this we will be welcoming the extremely talented singer/songwriter Chris Jagger (Mick's younger brother) on guitar and vocals. Ben and Chris have played together all over the world for years.


    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa


  • Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Akaroa Recreation Ground 10.30am to 4pm. This is a special event with 150 invited cars. There are a wide variety of cars vintage, classic & new. This event showcases some of the best cars in Canterbury, McLaren, Jaguar, Porsche, Classic American, Citroen and many more. Sponsored by Archibald Motors. A fun day to suit everybody with a variety of cars. food and drink available. All proceeds from this event will go to the Akaroa Health Hub. 

    LocationAkaroa Recreation Ground


    Phone021 048 7003 or 03 337 0250 (Pam)

  • Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Affiliated Players only, See attached Flyer & Entry Form, Report 10.15am for 11am Start. Entry Fee  includes Two’s and a light meal. Entries with Index and payment to: email: akaroagolf@xtra.co.nz, Draw on Web-site from Thursday 16th March


    LocationAkaroa Golf Course, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle


    Phone03 304 5704

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017

    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 25, 2017

    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

  • 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, April 15, 2017

    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

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017

    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. 
    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

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    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, September 16, 2017

    Celebrating 77 years the annual Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay organised by the Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Club. The first teams are expected to arrive at the Recreation Ground, Akaroa at approximately 2.00pm. The prizegiving will begin at 4.00pm at which time the fastest team into Akaroa will present the baton carrying the message from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel to a representative of the Akaroa/Waiwera Community Board and Akaroa District Promotions. 


    LocationChristchurch to Akaroa


  • Friday, October 13, 2017 to Saturday, October 14, 2017

    The 2017 Festival will be held on 13 & 14 October. The last weekend of the school holidays. Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique French connection at the Akaroa French Festival. Settle in on Friday evening and relax with sea side dining. Watch the street come alive with entertainment, music and a light show. On Saturday enjoy the French landing at the beach, the parade, flag raising and market stalls and on Sunday there will be events at Onuku this year. The programme will be coming. 



    Phone03 304 7816

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 to Sunday, November 26, 2017

    The Walking Festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula.
    The walks will take place over the weekends of  November. 4 & 5 November, 11 &12 November, 18 &19 November and 28 & 29 November. 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



  • 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. The festival will be held in January but exact dates are to be confirmed. 


    LocationAkaroa Area School, Akaroa


  • January 2018 – LITTLE RIVER A&P SHOW.   Dates to be confirmed. 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 3251 259

  • 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

  •  'Inside Out'-Akaroa & the Bays House & Garden tour. A not to be missed tour held biennally. The next tour wil be in November 2018 and dates are to be confirmed.
    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 explore. 10am-5pm all weekend.  

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays


    Phone03 304 7816 or 027 419 7507