Sports & Recreation

The ways to play are endless with an abundance of sporting options for both young and old. From cricket to golf, biking to kayaking, you’ll find plenty of activities on both land and sea.

Walking Tracks

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has many great walking tracks that you can enjoy for free. These vary from short hikes to all day tramps over the picturesque hills. Most of the walks have spectacular views of the Akaroa harbour once you get up into the hills above the township. Click HERE to visit the website with maps and information about walking and tramping in Akaroa or Banks Peninsula. Then click a walk number or scroll down to find out more detail. The brochures are available to purchase at the Akaroa Adventure Centre 03 304 7784.

Private Track: 
Banks Track is a famous coastal private walking track. Sharing our backyard since 1989.
Choose between a 3 day classic walk and a 2 day hike. 

Public Walking Access:
Special thanks go to the landowners who allow the public on their land to enjoy these walks.
Please respect their private property and thank them if you meet them. 

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Akaroa Golf Club

A popular course with panoramic views. This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of picturesque Akaroa harbour. We hire out equipment at a reasonable rate. Please phone us for all your enquiries. We also hire out the Golf Club for weddings and functions and special pakages for cruise ship passengers.

Akaroa Golf Club
Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle, Banks Peninsula

This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of the picturesque Akaroa Harbour. It is regarded as one of the most scenic courses in Canterbury.

Statistics
Men 18 holes Par 67 4444metres
Women 18 holes Par 70 4226 metres
Course Records 60M 68W

Green Fees Club & Trundler Hire. Cart hire by arrangement.
Moderate green fee and hire rates apply. All rates are on our web site.

Discount rates are available on application for groups of 10 or more players. The 9 hole course can be played by arrangement with the Club.

Visitors are welcome on the course at all times. For group bookings please phone the Club to arrange a start time. Bar facilities are available by arrangement. Green Fee players with a registered handicap are welcome to enter Club competitions. Upcoming tournaments are posted on the notice board at the Clubhouse.

Cruise Ship Packages:

Walking Package
$95.00 NZD per person.
Includes:-
Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf.
Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course.
Course information briefing & equipment set-up.
Clubs, Balls, Tees, Trundler Trolley.
Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time.

Ride on Cart Package
$130.00 NZD per person, OR $220 NZD per couple.
Limited number of carts available, bookings essential.
Includes:–
Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf.
Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course.
Course information briefing & equipment set-up.
Clubs, Balls & Tees, Ride on Cart
Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time.

Book with Information Centre Team on the main wharf on arrival or pre-book directly with Akaroa Golf Club akaroagolf@xtra.co.nz or phone Rachael (Manager) on 03 304 5704.

For more information about the Akaroa Golf Club go to www.akaroagolf.co.nz

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Akaroa Yacht Club

We are a small but busy and innovative club catering for cruising and racing yachts as well as launches and power boats. We have a functional and user friendly clubhouse complete with large deck areas and a long jetty for club members to utilize especially during the busy racing season from October through until early June. We also hire out the club house for venue hire, weddings & conferences.

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Akaroa Bowling Club

Akaroa Bowling Club. 42-46 Rue Jolie, is situated opposite the Recreation Ground in Rue Brittain. Because of the synthetic surface the green is of fairly even temperament and ordinary walking shoes are ok for playing. No sharp heels please. A $5 green fee per person is sufficient to allow for full game. Bowls are available for those who have none with them and are in crates inside the second door from the entrance. Mats, jacks and score boards in there too. Corporate or social groups catered for by arrangement.

Ph Melva Parke 03 304 7209. Melva is the contact for the Bowling Club bookings for venue hire. It is fresh and new, and has a fabulous view to the sea on one side, bowling green on the other.
They have approx 55 chairs, and 7 circular tables.

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Akaroa Croquet Club

The Akaroa Croquet Club is located in the sports area adjacent to the tennis courts, and on the seaward side of the car park behind the Grand Hotel. The club comprises of two full size croquet lawns, has its own club rooms and welcomes visitors from other croquet clubs either within New Zealand or from overseas. For visitors we offer playing equipment and have a green fee charge of $8.00 for a full days play. Contact Evelyn Oliver (Secretary) on 304 5040 if you would like to play.

The Akaroa Croquet Club is located in the sports area adjacent to the tennis courts, and on the seaward side of the car park behind the Grand Hotel. Our actual address is 48 Rue Jollie although we do not have a number or other identifying street sign.

Facilities:  The club comprises of two full size croquet lawns, has its own club rooms and welcomes visitors from other croquet clubs either within New Zealand or from overseas.

Golf croquet which is a much more simpler game, takes about 20 minutes to play is very interactive and easy to pick up. This is what the club offers on a casual basis to visitors of two or more as it needs 4 people to play. A lot of the Christchurch clubs have just golf croquet members days and playing times.

For visitors we offer playing equipment and have a green fee charge of $8.00 for a full days play.  Golf croquet is by arrangement about $3…$5 depending on how long they play.

Playing Days: The club plays on a regular basis every   Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 1.15pm with play commencing at 1.30pm. Games are approx 3 hours with afternoon tea provided.

The playing season is from the first week in September until about the middle of April. In the winter period indoor croquet is played every Saturday at 1.30pm.  This is played on the carpet with smaller hoops and balls and mallets. All aspects of the game are the same as full outdoor croquet so it is a competitive game, and can teach the techniques as well.

Contact:  Akaroa Croquet Club, Evelyn Oliver, Secretary, Phone 03 304 5040 and email oliverj@xtra.co.nz 

Our playing times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am for the morning and Saturday 1.30 pm.

The club has been here in Akaroa for nearly 100 years, we celebrated our centenary in December 2009.

As with all sports clubs the membership fluctuates and has declined to just 8 playing members at the moment so we are not able to offer such a wide range of services as would be expected from a much bigger club. However what we lack in numbers we have enthusiasm and the club enters teams in the interclub competition and competes in many of the social days play at other clubs in the city, There is approx 15 croquet clubs in the Canterbury area.

There is a national body in Wellington and they have a web site Croquet NZ. Org. which will give you some idea of how the sport is organized .

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Akaroa Bridge Club

Akaroa Bridge Club has 60 members who play mixed grade on Monday nights 7.30pm at the Akaroa Golf Club, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle. Table fee is $5 per person ($1 is a donation to the Akaroa Health Hub). Play usually finishes about 10.30pm. Visitors are welcome.  Partners may be found for those who need one. Please contact the partner finder on the website. See the website for more info.

Postal Address:
P O Box 40
Akaroa 7542

Anne Bowden: Secretary 

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The Banks Peninsula Branch of the Christchurch Pony Club

The Banks Peninsula Branch of the Christchurch Pony Club

The Banks Peninsula Branch of the Christchurch Pony Club has a Rally on the second Sunday of every month at the Pony Club / Show Grounds in Duvauchelle. Children from ages 4 – 18 are taught how to care for their ponies, gain and improve riding skills, have fun with their ponies and make new friends with similar interests. Adult riding members are also welcome as are volunteer instructors.

For more information please contact Sarah Borrelli on 03 304 7744 or email us.

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