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 Wildlife Pass!

28 Sep 2021 through to 30 Nov 2021

Akaroa Wildlife Pass!

28 Sep 2021 through to 30 Nov 2021

The cutest animals are waiting around Akaroa harbour - the soft and friendly Alpaca at Shamarra, the playful Hector’s Dolphins with Black Cat Cruises and the White-flippered penguin, a unique variant of the Little penguins with Pohatu penguins.

Family Pass $395 (2 adults/2kids/infants free)

Double Pass $340 (2 adults)

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Shamarra Alpacas

"Full of attitude, seriously cute and very, very photogenic – come and meet our friendly award-winning alpacas.

Just one hour from Christchurch, you’ll find Shamarra Alpaca Farm on the beautiful Banks Peninsula across the harbour from Akaroa. With over 170 grazing alpacas you are guaranteed to make some furry friends while enjoying spectacular sea views. Tour our farm and visit our shop, exclusively stocking our luxurious New Zealand made Shamarra alpaca knitwear.

Black Cat Cruises

"Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, your award winning 2-hour nature cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin – the Hector’s dolphin, as well as seals, penguins and many coastal sea birds.

You’ll discover this wonderful wildlife as you cruise through the belly of an extinct volcanic crater and hear about Akaroa’s fascinating past. We also offer a Hector’s dolphin guarantee; if you don’t see any dolphins you can cruise again for free.

Pohatu Penguins

Step in our 4WD minibus and discover the Wildside of Banks peninsula, learn about the history of the area while standing on the edge of Akaroa volcano crater rim at 700 meters altitude. Visit the largest colony of Little penguins on mainland New Zealand and see them up close and personal as we monitor nesting sites and you learn, participate and help supporting 30+ years of conservation effort.

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Labour Weekend Special: Wine and Penguins

30 Sep 2021 through to 26 Oct 2021

Labour Weekend Special: Wine and Penguins

30 Sep 2021 through to 26 Oct 2021

The perfect Akaroa Labour weekend combo deal!

Start with Banks Peninsula wine tour and a discovery of the area award-winning local produces. Cheese, smoked salmon, wine, olive oil, and more.
1.30pm to 4pm.

Then join Pohatu penguins on their Evening tour to discover the world of the largest colony of Little penguins on mainland New Zealand.
6pm to 9pm.

Call us on 03 304 8542 to book your 2 tours and get $50.

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Wildside Discovery Tour Family Pass

30 Sep 2021 through to 28 Feb 2022

Wildside Discovery Tour Family Pass

30 Sep 2021 through to 28 Feb 2022

$196 Family pass (2ad & up to 2ch)  Save an extra $84 from our normal family price.

*Offer valid until February 2022

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Come with us on a 4WD safari to the spectacular, award-winning Wild Side Conservation area! Learn about the area’s rich history, native flora and fauna and Pohatu’s unique penguin conservation program. Our Nature Safaris offer stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, farm land and forested hillsides. Be greeted by the farm’s, friendly pet sheep and see White-Flippered penguins as we monitor nesting sites. If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to see some of our rehabilitation efforts such as supplemental feedings and swim therapy.

Ideal for people on a day trip in Akaroa! Gives you the chance to learn more about Pohatu Penguins while still having time to explore our historic town. Everything mentioned above is included in the 2-Hour tour.

Tour Includes

  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans from Akaroa
  • Photos stops along the way with commentary about the area
  • Fully guided by experienced staff
  • Scenic Nature Safari
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Tūrangawaewae A Place to Stand Akaroa History and Nature Tour

18 Oct 2021 through to 28 Feb 2022

Tūrangawaewae A Place to Stand Akaroa History and Nature Tour

18 Oct 2021 through to 28 Feb 2022

Best Summer Ever! Through to end Feb 2022

Reconnect to Akaroa in a completely new way with this new deal!

https://theseventhgeneration.org/akaroa-history-maori-culture-nature-tours/

3 hours | Adult: NZ$120, Child: NZ$100
COVID SAFE Under Alert Level 2
10% OFF PROMOCODE: SUMMER

Discover the scenic beauty, history, nature and culture of Akaroa in one complete comprehensive tour. Visit some of the most important historic sites such as Takapuneke, the site of the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha massacre, Onuku Marae where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and Britomart Monument, the place of the British declaration of sovereignty. Experience fascinating natural sites like the Heritage Park that provides stunning views over Akaroa, the Wildside Project, a community-driven collaboration for predator control and the protection of native species, and the internationally renowned Hinewai Reserve. Learn about Tūrangawaewae, connection to place, Kaitiakitanga, guardianship and Manaakitanga. You will see, learn and experience the stories of our past, and leave with a sense of hope and inspiration for the future.

Book Tour

 

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Seamaster Exhibition

19 Oct 2021 through to 12 Nov 2021

Seamaster Exhibition

19 Oct 2021 through to 12 Nov 2021

Seamaster

A national geographic fantasy. The eastern watch station of a parallel colonial fiction.

An installation of sculpture in a paddock and a shed on a hill with a view of the ocean.

181 Seftons Road, Okains Bay

23-25 & 30-31 October, 6-7 November, and Friday 12 November

11am – 4pm

Preview: Friday, 22 October, 5pm – 8pm

(Covid-19 restrictions permitting)

 

Bringing together selected works from across the last fifteen years and a suite of recent work, Seamaster interrogates narratives of cultural exchange, historiography, and Pākehā identity.

Seamaster also marks thirty years of sometimes private, and mostly independent sculptural practice for Wylie.

For additional context and to make the most of the trip, it is suggested that travellers also take the opportunity to visit the Okains Bay Museum, and St Luke’s Anglican Church, Little Akaloa, which features the artwork of J. H. Menzies (en route via Chorlton).

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The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

6 Nov 2021 through to 28 Nov 2021

The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

6 Nov 2021 through to 28 Nov 2021

The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival will be running every Saturday and Sunday from 6th-28th November.

This year’s programme is expected to be as popular as ever with a great variety of walks to enjoy on Banks Peninsula. Join the continuing multi-year Kaitorete Spit challenge, take the family on a Kid’s Adventure at Sugarloaf, or visit the new Te Ahu Pātiki conservation park in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour! Try out a digital ‘Our Stories’ walk in Lyttelton, follow in the footsteps of Akaroa’s Antarctic hero Frank Worsley, or join some ‘rock-hopping’ at Kaioruru/Church Bay with a well-known Canterbury volcanologist. The great variety of walks offers something for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Whether it be history and heritage, botany or geology there is something for everyone with a guarantee of beautiful views and scenery along the way.

Visit the Banks Peninsula Walks WEBSITE to view programme details and purchase your tickets through EVENTFINDA.

Book early as places are limited and walks fill up quickly!

The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival runs every Saturday and Sunday from 6-28th November. Make sure you book early! Check out the programme on www.bpwalks.co.nz  and book through EVENTFINDA

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Aoraki Dragon Boat Akaroa 10s Race

12 Dec 2021 through to 12 Dec 2021

Aoraki Dragon Boat Akaroa 10s Race

12 Dec 2021 through to 12 Dec 2021

Akaroa 10's Aoraki Dragon Boating Race is back! 

Sunday 12th December 

Children's Bay 

Come down, support the teams and enjoy the day!

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Generation Homes La Grande Swim

26 Feb 2022

Generation Homes La Grande Swim

26 Feb 2022

Generation Homes La Grande Swim – 26 February 2022

Bonjour Akaroa! We’re back again in this picturesque seaside village, with an incredible line-up of swims to choose from, starting in the morning this time around to maximise the tranquil conditions in the bay.

The Generation Homes La Grande Swim is essential for your ‘Kiwi Summer Swimming Roadie’ if you’re taking on the only endurance distance in the Series, the 5km ‘Wainui to Akaroa’. Now that’s a reason to fist-pump the sky when you cross that finish line!

Why not make a weekend of it in the beautiful bay area and experience the distinctly French-influenced restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

Swims on offer:

  • Wainui to Akaroa – 5km – cross the Harbour in our longest swim of the Series
  • The Akaroa Bay – 2km
  • Beach to Rec Grounds – 750m
  • Banana Boat OceanKids 100m and 200m (7-12 years)

 

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Akaroa French Festival

29 Apr 2022 through to 1 May 2022

Akaroa French Festival

29 Apr 2022 through to 1 May 2022

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. 29th April 2022 through to 1st May 2022. www.akaroafrenchfest.co.nz

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