What's on?

An event for every occasion and activities for every season. Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has an exciting calendar of events all year round.

Want to host your own event? Find out how Akaroa District Promotions can help organise and promote it here.

Akaroa Waterfront Motel & Pohatu Penguins Special

Akaroa Waterfront Motel & Pohatu Penguins Special

This package includes a night accommodation in one of our family units at the Akaroa Waterfront Motels and one tour with Pohatu Penguin for 2 adults and 2 kids (under 14yo).

Pohatu is the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand and conservation based tours allow you to participate and support 30+ years of conservation effort.

Tour options are: Guided Sea Kayaking tour (3.5 hours) OR Evening Penguin tour (3 hours) (departure time changes through the year).

Sea Kayaking Safari

Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve by kayak and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves.
Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world's smallest dolphin!
Best of all, no kayaking experience necessary! Trips are only run in settled, safe conditions by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Your safety is our top priority.

Tour includes:

  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans from Akaroa
  • Photo-stops along the way with commentary about the area
  • Fully guided by experienced staff
  • All kayaking gear (life jackets, dry jackets, spray deck, dry bags for cameras...)

Evening Tour

First, you will set off with a walk around the colony to monitor nesting sites and make sure that our Little Penguins are doing well. Then, you will have the opportunity to spot the penguins undisturbed from our hides, socializing on the water with our binoculars and our telescope. At dusk we have a high likelihood to see some penguins returning to shore and relaxing on the rocks before heading to their nests.

Tour includes:

  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans from Akaroa
  • Photo-stops along the way with commentary about the area
  • Fully guided by experienced staff

For more information and bookings, call us on 03 304 7484 or email us at info@akaroawaterfront.co.nz

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Comte de Paris 180, an exhibition at Akaroa Museum

1 Apr 2021 through to 30 Jun 2021

Comte de Paris 180, an exhibition at Akaroa Museum

1 Apr 2021 through to 30 Jun 2021

Comte de Paris 180, an exhibition open now at Akaroa Museum

From April to June, Akaroa Museum remembers the French and German settlers who arrived in Akaroa on the Comte de Paris in 1840.

A new exhibition at Akaroa Museum, Comte de Paris 180, includes photographs and stories of some of the 58 Comte de Paris settlers, pictures of the houses they lived in and details of their land holdings.

Descendants of the de Malmanche, Lelievre, Libeau and Breitmeyer families provide their thoughts on what it means to be part of those families.

Landing re-enactments, now a highlight of French Fest, started in 1940 and are now an important demonstration of descendants’ pride in their heritage.

 

Photograph caption:  Settlers landing re-enactment as Akaroa participated in New Zealand’s centennial celebrations, 1940, Akaroa Museum Photo:149

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Kura Raranga - want to learn how to weave?

12 Jun 2021 through to 26 Jun 2021

Kura Raranga - want to learn how to weave?

12 Jun 2021 through to 26 Jun 2021

12, 19, 26 June and 3, 10 and 11 July 2021

From 10am to 4pm each day

$299 for the course, $60 per casual class.

Our wonderful tutor Ngaio, our kaiwhatu, weaver, guides us through the traditional and spiritual methods of gathering the harakeke, preparing it for weaving, dyeing and working it into kete and other useful or just plain beautiful Maori objects. Who needs plastic bags when you can take a kete shopping ! Any skill level is welcome. This year we’re also going to learn how raranga is used to make the traditional kakahu (cloaks) – specifically paki (rain capes), korowai (with decorative tassels), kilts and the woven bands that all go together to make traditional clothing.

Please email art@akaroaarts.co.nz for more details

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Live Music at Ma Maison: Fraser Ross And Amiria Grenell - Winter Tour

25 Jun 2021 through to 25 Jun 2021

Live Music at Ma Maison: Fraser Ross And Amiria Grenell - Winter Tour

25 Jun 2021 through to 25 Jun 2021

Fraser Ross & Amiria Grenell are embarking on a South Island tour this winter. Both of these folksingers are working on new albums and have decided to hit the road to share their songs, old and new.

FRASER ROSS
‘New Zealand’s best kept musical secret’
—Capital Times

‘His music, which has traditional folk roots, has a wonderful way of breaking free from genre’
—The Wireless

‘Like a Kiwi Billy Connolly’
—The View, Scotland

Eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross returned to New Zealand in 2020 after living in Scotland was cut short. He has supported bands such as Phoenix Foundation, French for Rabbits, The Nudge, and Nadia Reid.

His first two EPs, And Birds Do Sing (2009) and To Places (2012) established him as a serious talent and a brilliant, loud-shirted presence within the New Zealand underground. His two LPs, Mongrels (2015), and Life is Magic, Where is My Rabbit? (2018) confirmed this.

Ross has played at numerous arts festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, LitCrawl Wellington, the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, Wellington City Summer Sounds, and the Christchurch Nostalgia Festival.

AMIRIA GRENELL
'You cannot pigeonhole an artist like this regardless of influence. One thing is certain, Amiria is, & her music is, simply wonderful. A musical tapestry so rich. '
- J. Hassles

Daughter of legendary Country musician John Grenell, Amiria grew up on a farm in Whitecliffs, Canterbury where her family hosted decades of music festivals in the back paddocks.
She has followed her heritage into a colourful and long standing career as a touring artist and respected songwriter.
Her crystalline voice finely balances between gentle restraint and emotive strength, with instrumentation that is equally impressive.
Winner of a Tui NZ Music Award for her album 'Three Feathers' & a finalist for the same award for her album 'Autumn', this songwriter is currently recording a whole new set of songs set to be released this spring.
Her style is New Folk & country. Her songwriting is honest, delicate and filled with a love of nature and adventures.

Purchase your tickets via: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/gig/75019/Fraser-Ross-And-Amiria-Grenell---Winter-Tour.utr

Ma Maison will be doing a pasta special $30 without a gig ticket / $25 with a gig ticket 

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Life Drawing 2021 - Alfresco or otherwise

1 Jul 2021 through to 22 Aug 2021

Life Drawing 2021 - Alfresco or otherwise

1 Jul 2021 through to 22 Aug 2021

1st and 2nd July 

21st and 22nd August 

10am to 4pm in the Presbyterian Hall Akaroa 

$80 for two days paid in advance or $50 per casual day

Let’s continue this popular workshop after a great summer, Life Drawing in the Presbyterian Hall on Rue Lavaud.

A two-day workshop for life artists.

All levels of artist come to these wonderful gatherings – absolute beginners and the accomplished.

We are a self-supporting group; beginners can get help and tutorage from the more experienced.

Paper, charcoals, easels, clay and a model supplied.

Draw, paint or sculpt, whatever you like,  for two whole days !

Please email art@akaroaarts.co.nz for more details.

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Comedy at Ma Maison: Ben Hurley & Justine Smith ft Logan Kitney

4 Jul 2021 through to 4 Jul 2021

Comedy at Ma Maison: Ben Hurley & Justine Smith ft Logan Kitney

4 Jul 2021 through to 4 Jul 2021

Two of your comdey faves are coming to Akaroa... Ben Hurley & Justine Smith! 

You'll know both of them from TV's 7 Days, The Project, numerous Comedy Gala AotearoHA's and heaps more! 

To purchase tickets visit: https://app.kiwiticket.co.nz/#/events/iyc0yDNF0qfRGG6TfPZo

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Akaroa Community Arts Council: Easel-ly Arty 2021 – tutored kids drawing workshop

15 Jul 2021 through to 16 Jul 2021

Akaroa Community Arts Council: Easel-ly Arty 2021 – tutored kids drawing workshop

15 Jul 2021 through to 16 Jul 2021

Bring own snacks and drinks.

Encouraged by the tremendous success and enthusiastic support of parents and kids from Easel-ly Arty 2019, on we go with our children’s drawing programme. Tutored by local super-experienced artists and kids’ tutors, we aim to give kids who love to draw some help in how to draw better.

For our April workshop, we’re going to work with Akaroa Museum. The kids will be at the museum to draw the taonga of their choice. On day two they will be encouraged to design their own taonga of their future selves.

Pastels, pencils, paper and easels supplied.

Please email art@akaroaarts.co.nz for more details.

29th and 30th April 2021

15th and 16th July 2021

all workshops from 930am to 12 noon each day

$70 for two half days , $40 per one half day. 8 years plus – please enquire regarding younger children’s registration.

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Akaroa French Festival

15 Oct 2021 through to 17 Oct 2021

Akaroa French Festival

15 Oct 2021 through to 17 Oct 2021

Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as we celebrate Banks Peninsula's unique history at the biennial Akaroa French Festival. 15th Oct 2021 through to 17th Oct 2021. www.akaroafrenchfest.co.nz

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