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 Farmers Market

1 Oct 2020 through to 30 Apr 2021

Akaroa Farmers Market

1 Oct 2020 through to 30 Apr 2021

Visit the Akaroa Farmers Market every Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm from October to April. Banks Peninsula has an abundance of produce and passionate gardeners. Our stallholders offer locally grown fruit, veges, herbs, honey, olive oil, olives, nuts and flowers plus locally produced preserves, pickles, jams, sauces, bread, pastries, lavender products, plants, and more.

For more Information on the Akaroa Farmers Market talk to one of the stall holders or contact Neil Barnett.

The Akaroa Farmers Market have a new Facebook page to let folk know what’s happening, what’s in season, who's selling what and any specials stall holders are offering. 

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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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Akaroa Community Arts Council: Life is Art exhibition

3 Apr 2021 through to 25 Apr 2021

Akaroa Community Arts Council: Life is Art exhibition

3 Apr 2021 through to 25 Apr 2021

ACAC is excited to bring their second art exhibition to Akaroa following the success of our Unlocked In Paradise exhibition in 2020.

Life Drawings will be on show in a new art space in Akaroa – rooms in the building at 65 Rue Lavaud that also houses the Akaroa Butchery and Toy Library.

We will open on Easter Saturday morning at 10am, for four weekends in succession.

We invite artists who have regularly attended our Life Drawing / Al Fresco workshops to submit for this exhibition.

From 03 April 2021 – over 4 weekends.

April 3-5, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25.

From 10am to 4pm

 

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Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run Specials!

16 Apr 2021 through to 31 May 2021

Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run Specials!

16 Apr 2021 through to 31 May 2021

Autumn is here & we have two specials running:!

* School Holiday Deal: one child travels free per paying adult

(Book with the Akaroa iSite or directly with us: easternbaysscenicmailrun@gmail.com)

* April/May Deal: Buy 3 adult tickets & get the 4th free (same day)

(This deal is only available directly with us: easternbaysscenicmailrun@gmail.com)

Check out the Mail Run Trip details on our Facebook page, here.

 

We look forward to taking you out with us!

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Fox II Sailing Adventures School Holiday Special

16 Apr 2021 through to 2 May 2021

Fox II Sailing Adventures School Holiday Special

16 Apr 2021 through to 2 May 2021

Fox II Sailing School Holiday Special!

$160 for 2 adults with up to 3 children for FREE! 

This is a 50% discount off our regular price of $95 per adult and $45 per child. 

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Black Cat Cruises: Kids Cruise Free in the April School Holidays

16 Apr 2021 through to 2 May 2021

Black Cat Cruises: Kids Cruise Free in the April School Holidays

16 Apr 2021 through to 2 May 2021

Black Cat Cruises have a great offer these school holidays! 

Kids cruise for FREE!

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SiloInca Package

16 Apr 2021 through to 2 May 2021

SiloInca Package

16 Apr 2021 through to 2 May 2021

The Family Form of our Fabulous SiloInca Package is back. Fun in the Holidays? Includes One Fully Furnished SiloNight in our Accessible Silo and a Family Farm Tour at Shamarra Alpacas, French Peak. $335 for the family of Four (or $290 for a couple in our Luxury Uprights)
Cute isnt the word, but https://www.silostay.kiwi.nz/book-now/packages-2/ is the address.
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Akaroa Waterfront Motel & Pohatu Penguins Special

16 Apr 2021 through to 2 May 2021

Akaroa Waterfront Motel & Pohatu Penguins Special

16 Apr 2021 through to 2 May 2021

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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Akaroa Community Arts Council: Cement Garden Art with John Harding, ex WETA Workshop art director

17 Apr 2021 through to 18 Apr 2021

Akaroa Community Arts Council: Cement Garden Art with John Harding, ex WETA Workshop art director

17 Apr 2021 through to 18 Apr 2021

John’s cement garden art workshop in 2019 was a runaway hit – all sorts of brave souls came along and had a fantastic experience. The Blythcliffe lawn looked amazing ! John’s professional working life has been spent designing and art directing for films such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Avatar. He will inspire and encourage you to create a work for your garden, large or small, water feature ? lights ?

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

Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th April 2021

from 10am to 4pm each day

$160 for both days , $90 per casual day

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The High Tea Lady

25 Apr 2021 through to 25 Apr 2021

The High Tea Lady

25 Apr 2021 through to 25 Apr 2021

High Tea is coming up over two long weekends on Sunday 4th April & Sunday 25th April

An added bonus for the Easter date is that there is an Easter Church service at the gorgeous Pigeon Bay Church, so two Pigeon Bay venues in one day to visit!

On Anzac Day, why not pop over to the Memorial across the road to pay your respects.

Enjoy a relaxed Sunday with delectable baked treats in the beautiful surroundings of Pigeon Bay. 

Everyone is welcome! 

High Tea $20 Cream Tea $15 Kiddies $10 

Prices are per person. Eftpos available. 

Bookings required. Please contact Debs. 

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

29 Apr 2021 through to 30 Apr 2021

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

29 Apr 2021 through to 30 Apr 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 Community Arts Council: Easel-ly Arty 2021 – tutored kids drawing workshop

29 Apr 2021 through to 30 Apr 2021

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

29 Apr 2021 through to 30 Apr 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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Pigeon Bay Settlers' Hall 100 Year Celebration

1 May 2021 through to 1 May 2021

Pigeon Bay Settlers' Hall 100 Year Celebration

1 May 2021 through to 1 May 2021

Pigeon Bay Settlers' Hall 100 Year Celebration, Saturday 1st May. 

Bring a picnic lunch and take a Self-Guided Tour to explore. Pigeon Bay's hidden historic sites, houses and gardens. 

Maps available from the Hall. 

For more information & to purchase tickets contact pigeonbayhall@gmail.com or 027 757 9778.

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Okains Bay Museum Quiz Night!

15 May 2021 through to 15 May 2021

Okains Bay Museum Quiz Night!

15 May 2021 through to 15 May 2021

Following on from the success of the museum's inaugural Quiz night for Volunteers, we are excited to welcome the wider Banks Peninsula community to the museum for a fun evening of trivia.

Form teams of up to 4 or join a team on the night.

Test your knowledge for team prizes, share in plenty of laughs and lots of friendly banter and rivalry.

$5 per person. Tea and Coffee are available.
Supper plates for $5 each (a selection of savoury and sweet).

Tickets available from the Okains Bay Museum or email info@okainsbaymuseum.co.nz to book and pay online.
Event details can be found here. 
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Lumiere d'Akaroa

22 May 2021 through to 22 May 2021

Lumiere d'Akaroa

22 May 2021 through to 22 May 2021

Lumiere d’Akaroa is back!
Lumiere d'Akaroa is a free light and installation festival that will brighten up the Garden of Tane in Akaroa on 22nd May 6-10pm.
The garden will light up in various locations along the route light installations by artists and community groups.

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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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