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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.

  • Current exhibition - New Collections. Behind the scenes, staff are always working at developing the Museum's collections. Two recent additions have been:
    • T.E. Taylor glass negatives, • Richard Stewart original pharmacy collection. These are currently on display in the Museum's temporary gallery, until 26 November 2017.
    Long-term exhibitions: 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, May 6, 2017 to Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Exhibition at the Little River Gallery- 'Whare Huruhuru Manu’ by Robin Slow & Brian Flintoff.  


    LocationMain Road, Little River


    Phone03 325 1944

    Fax03 325 1978

  • To go direct to the Hill Top Tavern Events page HERE. 

    LocationThe Hill Top Tavern


    Phone03 3251 005

  • The newly refurbished '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. 

    Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8776

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Small elegant bites of food are more popular than ever and a necessity if you are having guests over for drinks. Maybe you just want some great ideas on some stylish little treats to have before dinner with a glass of bubbly to impress your family or friends. Canape Inspirations will cover a range of different canapes ranging from cold, warm, substantial and sweet canapes so you can take your next drinks party to a whole new level. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017

    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

  • Friday, June 9, 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 9 June is the next full moon meditation. 

    Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8893

  • Sunday, June 18, 2017

    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. $225 including all food, wine and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, June 24, 2017

    The days short and the nights long - perfect for our Winter Bistro cooking class. Think long slow cooked casseroles or tagines, the smell of freshly baked bread, rich desserts and beautiful local red wines. This is comfort food at it's best and designed to warm the soul during these colder months. The cooking school team will be sourcing fantastic local produce from around th Banks Peninsula and creating classic winter dishes that will inspire you to get into the kitchen and get cooking. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, June 25, 2017

    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

  • Saturday, July 1, 2017

    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

  • Sunday, July 2, 2017

    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

  • Sunday, July 9, 2017

    Its mid winter and we're past the shortest day so it's time to celebrate! Our Mid Winter Banquet cooking class will be a celebration of delicious wintery recipes - think fresh seafood, roasted meats and succulent winter veges, lots of fresh warm bread and a decadent dessert to finish off with. Following the days demonstrations the class will take a seat at the school's large oak dining table where the Mid Winter feast will be served up on large platters. There will be carefully selected wines and a port or two to finish off with. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, July 23, 2017

    With our proximity to Asia and the ability nowadays to source authentic Asian ingredients, many New Zealanders are appreciating the quick and tasty dishes they have been enjoying in Asia for centuries. We often get asked about classes that cater for those who want to eat a little bit lighter especially over the summer months. Asian Inspirations combines our increasing love of Asian food with our growing awareness of lighter, healthy eating. The price is $225 which includes all wine and food. 


    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Seafood, seafood and more seafood. This class is a must for those who love seafood and are looking to learn some fabulous new recipes with a variety of different types of fish and seafood. From learning how to hot smoke to cooking lesser known varieties this class is full of great new ideas and tips and also shows that you don't necessarily have to buy the most expensive fish to attain fantastic flavour.


    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • 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

  • 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. This year the event is for local teams only and we expect approximately 350 athletes. 


    LocationChristchurch to Akaroa


  • 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

  • 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

  • Friday, October 6, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Save the date! 6-7-8 October 2017.
    To be held on the middle weekend of the school holidays. Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique history (French, German & Maori)  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 is coming. Like on FACEBOOK. 



    Phone03 304 7816

  • Akaroa & Bays Lions Paddy's Market-Unfortunately the Lions Paddy’s Market scheduled for Easter Saturday 2017 has been cancelled. At this point they are looking at rescheduling it for the spring. Date to be decided. Possibly 21 October-Labour Weekend. 

    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, 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



  • Saturday, December 30, 2017 to Sunday, December 31, 2017

    Antiques & Collectables Fair. 10am-4pm, Saturday 30th December, and 10am-4pm, Sunday 31st  December. Admission $5, school children free. Valuations free. The Gaiety. All profits to the Friends of Akaroa Museum. Supporting Akaroa Museum Projects. To be used for projects of historical significance to Akaroa and areas. 


    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa


  • 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


  • Saturday, January 13, 2018

    This is the 104th Show. A great fun family day.  Entry $10 per adult, children 16 and under are free and parking is free. Schedules available. 


    LocationDuvauchelle Show Grounds


    Phone027 223 9784

  • 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

  • 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 24, 2018

    NZAEE Seaweek 2018 will take place in March. Dates to be determined. 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 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

  • 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.  



  •  '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