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.

Ethels Cinema Weekly Timetable

4 May 2022 through to 31 Dec 2022

Ethels Cinema Weekly Timetable

4 May 2022 through to 31 Dec 2022

Ethels Cinema Sessions 06 10 22 Cinema Flyer A4 1

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Akaroa Museum Exhibition - The view from Paris - Charles Meryon’s Pacific Etchings.

4 May 2022 through to 31 Oct 2022

Akaroa Museum Exhibition - The view from Paris - Charles Meryon’s Pacific Etchings.

4 May 2022 through to 31 Oct 2022

Here at the Museum we’ve got a new exhibition up from Easter – The view from Paris - Charles Meryon’s Pacific Etchings.

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Accommodation and Penguin Tour with Akaroa Waterfront Motels & Pohatu Penguins!

1 Aug 2022 through to 31 Oct 2022

Accommodation and Penguin Tour with Akaroa Waterfront Motels & Pohatu Penguins!

1 Aug 2022 through to 31 Oct 2022

Accommodation and Penguin Tour

Package includes 1 night accommodation in a family unit and an evening penguins tour with Pohatu.

Package from $435 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Family unit options: 2 bedroom unit, Waterfront Family and Waterfront 3 bedroom, subject to availability. Room only.

The 3h penguin tour includes:

  • 4WD transportation from Akaroa by 4WD minibus to and from Pohatu bay on some of Banks peninsula back country road,
  • Welcome by rare sheep breeds that can be hand fed,
  • A conservation walk and talk within the penguin habitat,
  • Monitoring of penguin nesting homes to check on the colony,
  • With camouflage gear and through binoculars and scope, watch penguin(s) in the middle of the bay, preening, resting and socialising,
  • A likelihood of some birds coming ashore just under the hides as it get darker

The Evening penguin tour departure changes due to lengthening or shortening days so please check on the day our current departure time.

Possibility to add extra night or a third child in the booking.

Valid for stay between the 1st of August and 31st of October 2022, subject to availability, booking must be done at least 1 day prior arrival.

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

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Akaroa Wildlife Pass!

1 Sep 2022 through to 31 Oct 2022

Akaroa Wildlife Pass!

1 Sep 2022 through to 31 Oct 2022

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 $575 (2 adults/3kids/infants free)

Double Pass $395 (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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The Seventh Generation Specials

1 Sep 2022 through to 31 Dec 2022

The Seventh Generation Specials

1 Sep 2022 through to 31 Dec 2022

Akaroa Nature and History Akaroa

Marie will take you to some of the nation’s most important historic sites and nature conservation projects and tell one comprehensive story that is easy to follow. Contact Marie directly on www.theseventhgeneration.org

Schools, Universities and Groups Tour

Flexible Duration | 25% OFF Group Bookings PROMO: LEARN25

Group tours uncover New Zealand’s history, nature and unique ecology. We can tailor trips to your needs and fit the NZ School Curriculum. Learn about some of the most important historical events by visiting and learning about the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha massacre, Onuku Marae, Treaty of Waitangi, and Britomart Monument. Learn first-hand from a French descendant about the race-for-Akaroa and learn about the nature conservation projects and inspiring future of hope that Banks Peninsula has, directly from a conservation ecologist with decades of experience. Learn about the history and nature of New Zealand in an engaging way, so that you leave with more knowledge, a deeper sense and understanding of New Zealand and hope for the future.

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Akaroa Private Tour

Flexible Duration | Covd-Safe | 10% OFF Promo: PRIVATE10 

Explore this special place at your own pace. Experience the unique beauty and fascinating history of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula with a Private Tour tailored to your personal interests and wishes. Popular activities include visiting Historical Sites, going for a walk in Hinewai Reserve, discovering the unique Wildlife, exclusive visits to Private beaches or a special Farm Experience. Get in Touch to build your own personal itinerary. Learn about the important history by visiting Takapuneke, the location of the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha massacre, Onuku Marae where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and Britomart Monument, the site of the British declaration of sovereignty, and for a glimpse of the future visit conservation projects.

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To view all Seventh Generation tour options click here.

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Akaroa Farmers Market

1 Oct 2022 through to 29 Apr 2023

Akaroa Farmers Market

1 Oct 2022 through to 29 Apr 2023

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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Black Cat Nature Cruise 2 KIDS Cruise FREE

1 Oct 2022 through to 16 Oct 2022

Black Cat Nature Cruise 2 KIDS Cruise FREE

1 Oct 2022 through to 16 Oct 2022

2 Kids cruise for free with one full price adult this kidsfest.

Pay $95 and save $80!

Make the most of the school holidays and some awesome family time with us in Akaroa.

Just use the promo code: FREEKIDS

And don’t forget we offer a Hector’s Dolphin guarantee and under 5’s cruise for free all year round with us at Black Cat Cruises.

*Please note that no special offer can be used in conjunction with any other offer

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Akaroa's Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run School Holiday Special!

1 Oct 2022 through to 16 Oct 2022

Akaroa's Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run School Holiday Special!

1 Oct 2022 through to 16 Oct 2022

School Holiday Special!

Make sure to book directly with easternbaysscenicmailrun@gmail.com

Special available:

* 1 child travels free per paying adult 

 

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Ethels School Holidays Movies

1 Oct 2022 through to 16 Oct 2022

Ethels School Holidays Movies

1 Oct 2022 through to 16 Oct 2022

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Time for Tea at The Gaiety

16 Oct 2022 through to 16 Oct 2022

Time for Tea at The Gaiety

16 Oct 2022 through to 16 Oct 2022

Time for Tea Promo Square

The Gaiety Trust would like to welcome you to an open day, with a pot of tea and cake.

 

Time for Tea at The Gaiety

(In association with the Christchurch Heritage Festival 2022)

Sunday 16 October 2022

11.00am to 3.00pm.

The Gaiety Trust is proud to welcome all to its Open Day.

 

Come one, come all. Step inside to view this wonderful grand old lady (The Gaiety) and her many pasts shown through images, photos, and stories.

Linger a while to soak in the ambience and thoughts of yesteryear whilst enjoying the tea & cake available and local performers entertaining throughout the course of the day.

 

Entertainers:

  • 11am-12pm Connor Hartley-Hall plays guitar
  • 12-1pm The Crater Horns group
  • 1-2pm Jane B on cello
  • 2-3pm Denis Brittenden plays guitar

 

The Gaiety Theatre was built as an Oddfellows Lodge opening on 3 April 1879. Through the years, the building has been the scene of dances, meetings, theatrical performances and movie showings. Wonderfully restored and brought back to life, it is once again a popular venue for community events.

 

Take a chance to view this Grand Old Lady! Akaroa’s Living Room.

 

Please note: entrance is free to come and view inside The Gaiety and listen to the music.

There is a small charge for tea and cake.

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The Gaiety Trust and Arts on Tour Presents: Grant Haua Awa Blues concert

4 Nov 2022 through to 4 Nov 2022

The Gaiety Trust and Arts on Tour Presents: Grant Haua Awa Blues concert

4 Nov 2022 through to 4 Nov 2022

A seasoned artist who touches all kinds of points in the blues and folk from Taj Mahal and JJ Cale to dialled down Stevie Ray and even an adventurous touch of acoustic James Blood Ulmer. 

Grant Haua who was long time half of blues-roots stompers Swamp Thing with drummer Michael Barker will present in concert his deep timbre soul blues vocals/ acoustic guitars and foot percussion (Cajon/snare ) This performance relates heavily to his Maori culture which are at the heart of these songs.

 

Deep timbre soul blues vocals, acoustic guitars and foot percussion

$25 Ticket, Cash Bar Available.

Tickets at the Akaroa Museum.

Buy 6 tickets and get the 7th free!

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The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

5 Nov 2022 through to 27 Nov 2022

The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

5 Nov 2022 through to 27 Nov 2022

walking festival

The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival will be running every Saturday and Sunday from 5th - 27th November 2022.

Planning for the 2022 Walking Festival is now well under way and there will be some wonderful events on offer.

To register on our mailing list for the 2022 Festival send your name and email address to: bpwalkingfest@gmail.com

Visit the Banks Peninsula Walks WEBSITE for updates. 

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Inside Out Akaroa House and Garden Tour 2022

19 Nov 2022 through to 20 Nov 2022

Inside Out Akaroa House and Garden Tour 2022

19 Nov 2022 through to 20 Nov 2022

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

Purchase your tickets online through Eventfinda and Akaroa I-site. 

Purchase your tickets in-store at Akaroa Museum & Akaroa I-site. 

Inside Out Garden Tour 2022

The wait is over!  Akaroa’s extremely popular Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden Tour is on this November and it is bigger and better than ever with a fabulous range of houses and gardens, some never open to the public before. This is your chance to have a sneak- peek around some of the most beautiful gardens in the South Island, all with their unique character and situated in stunning locations. Held every two years, this is a not to be missed event, for anyone interested in beautiful homes and gorgeous gardens. 

The Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden Tour takes place over 2 days on the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2022- with 13 amazing gardens to discover, at your own pace, on a flexible self-drive program.  Why not plan to stay over in one of Akaroa’s cosy Bed and Breakfast, motels or other unique accommodation on offer and take the time to enjoy the restaurants, local produce, and café culture in this beautiful historic seaside village.  

Gardens open from 10am – 5pm all weekend, and tickets are $45. Purchase your tickets at Akaroa Museum, Akaroa I-site, and online at Eventfinda and Akaroa I-site. 

Keep an eye out for more updates on our Facebook page. 

Download the brochure here. 

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