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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, September 30, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Exhibition at the Little River Gallery- 'Dance of Life' by Clare Reilly.  

    LocationMain Road, Little River


    Phone03 325 1944

    Fax03 325 1978

  • Paula Ubana- 2nd December -Ticket sales soon
    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

  • 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.  The Akaroa Orion Powerhouse Art Gallery Invites you to their SPRING EXHIBITION. 10am to 4pm, Wednesday through to Sunday. Sat 20th October to Sunday 19th November 2017. 

    Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8776

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017

    Creative Thinking Course-3 sessions 5, 12 & 19 October. Learn new and innovative ways to think about or through problems. So often we can get caught up in thinking about issues in the same ways and get stuck in patterns of thought. Thoughts just go round and round (and round!) This course teaches new ways and techniques to think about things, helping to shift us to a new slant/focus or perspective where new surprising/intuitive and innovative answers can arise. All the techniques you can use and practise at home. Bring a pen and some note paper, all other materials provided.

    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa


    Phone0274 984 520

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Akaroa & Bays Lions Paddy's Market was cancelled at Easter due to bad weather and is now scheduled for 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

  • Monday, October 23, 2017

    French Peak Wines and Debs’ High Tea are joining forces to bring you a lovely afternoon in beautiful surroundings. Come and join us in the lovely vineyard at French Farm for a specially designed Afternoon Tea matched with wine pairings. This lovely event will take place on Labour Day, Monday 23rd October.  Serving from 12pm - 3pm.  $25 per person.
    Please contact Debs or Renan to make a booking. Look forward to seeing you there!

    LocationFrench Farm


    Phone03 3046708 or 022 3079974

  • Sunday, October 22, 2017

    Spring is upon us and the long awaited treats such as asparagus start popping up through the ground. We will be busy harvesting the spring treats and creating some fantastic seasonal dishes that will inspire you after months of long slow cooked delights. We will be pairing the fresh spring produce with lots of seafood, shellfish and local beef and lamb. The day will finish with a five course spring feast around our large dining table with matching NZ wines. 10am until 4pm. $225 including all food, wine and recipes.



    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, October 22, 2017 to Monday, October 23, 2017

    Explore 15 gardens and more. From the beach-side gems of Birdlings Flat to the lush valleys of Little River; visit growers of proteas, herbs and hazelnuts; wander the grounds of Wairewa Homestead; buy native plants from our community nursery and check out the cinema in a back garden. Tickets $15 per adult, children free. Available from Little River Craft Station from Sept 1st (open daily) and Eventfinda. Proceeds to benefit community groups.

    LocationLittle River


    Phone 03 325 1320

  • Saturday, October 28, 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, October 29, 2017

    Join us for our brand new class that has been designed to inspire you with new ideas for those repetitive mid week meals. We will demonstrate a range of recipes that are not only delicious but also straight forward and quick to cook. There are some fantastic ingredients and components available and we will show you how they can transform a dish into something delectable. Five dishes will be created throughout the day to give you a full new repertoire from Monday through to Friday. 

    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, November 4, 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

  • 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, November 4, 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 4 November is the next full moon meditation. 

    Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8893

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017

    The Akaroa Classic and Traditional Boats Regatta is centred at the Akaroa Recreation Ground and on the water of the adjacent inner harbour during the weekend of Nov 11-12. We look forward to again enjoying the delights of Akaroa again and the camaraderie of all those who enjoy the pleasure of ‘messing about’ in boats be they classic or traditional. A major aim of this regatta, our 8th, is to be a gathering for likeminded people to bring out their craft whatever age or stage they are at, use them and share experiences with others.  In the past regattas participants have learned new skills, established new friendships and renewed old acquaintances. 

    LocationAkaroa Harbour


    Phone03 942 6165

  • Saturday, November 11, 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

  • Sunday, November 12, 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

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017

    Our Christmas banquet cooking class will completely sort out your upcoming Christmas day menu. The class steers away from the traditional wintry European dishes and reflect more on a menu more suited to New Zealand's summery climate. We will create an inspired five course menu that is easy to recreate at home and really emphasise what can be prepped in advance to make Christmas Day cooking a breeze so that you can enjoy the company of family and friends. After the mornings demonstrations of each dish the class will relax at the dining table where all the dishes will be served banquet style with some special local wines to help wash it all down. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, November 19, 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

  • Sunday, November 26, 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

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017

    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, December 9, 2017

    Join The Breakfast Club where we share new and innovative ideas for that all important meal of the day. This class is designed for those looking to break away from the usual routine and really get some new flavours and ingredients on to the plate in the morning. This would be an ideal cooking class for those who run accommodation and looking to jazz up the breakfast offerings. There will be plenty of savoury dishes throughout the class so you can all enjoy some glasses of local wines to complete the day. 10am until 4pm.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • 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