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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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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Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run Winter & School Holiday Special!

12 Jul 2021 through to 31 Jul 2021

Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run Winter & School Holiday Special!

12 Jul 2021 through to 31 Jul 2021

PLAN A WINTER ESCAPE TO AKAROA.
Enjoy a trip out with us around the beautiful Eastern Bays (we travel 6 days a week)
Leaving Akaroa 9am, plenty of photo opportunities & comfort stops, tea/coffee, homemade snack break provided half way around, arriving back in Akaroa approx 2pm.
School Holidays Special:
• 1 child travels for free per paying adult.
Other Winter Specials: (when booking directly with us)
• 4 adults travel for the price of 3 per trip.
• Local Banks Peninsula discount.
• Saturday tours available.
Book at the Akaroa iSite or directly with us:
easternbaysscenicmailrun@gmail.com
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Oil Painting with Siene de Vries

31 Jul 2021 through to 22 Aug 2021

Oil Painting with Siene de Vries

31 Jul 2021 through to 22 Aug 2021

All skill levels welcome! 

July 31st, 7, 14, 21, 22 August; in Akaroa 10am - 4pm 

Visit www.akaroaarts.co.nz

Contact 021  527 184 for more details! 

$380 for the course, paid in advance or $85 per casual class.

Siene’s Oils class is a real treat. All skill levels come to these workshops, with a limited number of students. Beginners and more experienced artists are more than welcome to attend. Siene is able to work the room and give everyone one on one tuition. Learn from a master tutor whatever your skill base over 5 sessions. Classically trained in Holland, he is one of our most respected and successful working artists on the Peninsula. Oils are his passion.

After studying Impressionism and Cubism in 2020, Siene thought it might be interesting to look at Renaissance styles this year. Join us for this very special course devoted to light and dark, skin, fabric and still life. Chiaroscuro,  Clair Obscure, Light and Dark in the art of the Renaissance. 

We will have a life model for the last 2 classes in this course, you are welcome to register for the whole course or the 2 final classes with the model only. Draw, sculpt or paint – whatever you like.

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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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