Akaroa & the bays is a foodie’s paradise influenced by its sea side location and Mediterranean climate. Local wines, olives, grapes, walnuts, lavender and lemons all grow well in the rich volcanic soil and clean Peninsula air. Home to the Akaroa Cooking School and other imaginative chefs. The local farmer’s market takes place in the summer from October to Easter.
The wine is grown on the hillside off Lighthouse Rd on the south side of Akaroa overlooking the township. The vineyard is readily visible from the town as well as the Main and French Bay wharves. The grape varieties grown are Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The wines reflect the wines from Alsace in the NE of France. Vintages from 2009 onwards are available.
LocationCellar Door 43 Lighthouse Rd, Akaroa
Old French Road Olive Grove, consistently producing award winning oil. Olive Varieties pressed separately to give distinctive Olive Oil flavours. 2016 Olive oil and Table olives now available see the website or email or phone Jan.
Location55 Old French Road, Takamatua
Our mission is to provide fresh and tasty organic, gluten free and gourmet food. We source as much as we can locally and from the region. Our organic vegetables are grown here in Akaroa, they are picked and delivered fresh every morning. Our eggs come from very happy, free range hens that live in Robinsons Bay. We also stock local olive oils from Robinsons Bay and Old French Road as well as Salmon from Kingfisher Smokehouse. We have organic, permaculture hazelnuts grown on Banks peninsula and chestnut flour from Lincoln.
Location40e Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 8800
Robinsons Bay Olive Oil-New Zealand's best oil. The olives were planted in 1994, and make up one of the most southerly olive groves in the world. Our unique climate, clear atmosphere, and the rich Banks Peninsula soil ensure that Robinsons Bay Olive Oil (and New Zealand olive oil in general) is some of the finest in the world. We have seven different varieties of olive trees in our grove. From Tuscany there are the peppery and green Frantoio and Leccino varieties. From the dry hills of Israel we have Barnea and Souri as well as Nabali from Palestine, Manzanillo from Spain and Verdale from South Australia.
Location36 Sawmill Road, Robinsons Bay
Phone03 304 5190
For your dinner, weekend BBQ, lush or laid back Christmas we have a range of quality fresh meat and Akaroa salmon, manuka smoked ham and bacon and charcuterie. Our fresh gluten and preservative free sausages are made weekly on site by butchers Brendan and Ben and you'll often smell hams and bacon being smoked as you wander Rue Lavaud. For a platter, picnic or nibble we have a range of local and European cheeses, pates, pickles, olives, etc. as well as award winning local olive oils and sauces, pasta and meaty accompaniments. Oh, and your everyday basics. Pies and eggs.
Location 67 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7038
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.
LocationMadeira Car Park, Akaroa
Phone03 304 8823
Sail a few kilometres into the mouth of the Akaroa Harbour and in deep water Lucas Bay near the shore you’ll find crop circles. These are round pens and they hold salmon. The farm began in the mid 1980’s by the Bates family. The location is right in the band of the eastern South Island coastline where the wild salmon prowl at sea. They keep the stocking density very low and feed a low energy diet so the salmon grow slowly and as lean as they are in the wild. We are proud to supply salmon from farm to plate. 'The Good Oil'.
LocationFactory Shop is located at 6 Pope Street, Riccarton, Christchurch.
Akaroa Winery is a beautiful Mediterranean style venue, overlooking the stunning Akaroa inlet. Nestled in Takamatua Valley, the organic, family-owned vineyard is located on the north facing slopes of the lush hills of Banks Peninsula overlooking Takamatua Bay. We produce the highest quality grapes with every aspect of our growing and planting dedicated to the environment, using sustainable farming techniques. We believe that our fruit makes superior wines. We are focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy wines that express the unique characteristics of the fruit from Takamatua Valley. The rugged terrior of our vineyard produces wines with great intensity and finesse. Enjoy...
Location59 Long Bay Road, Akaroa
Originally one of nine dairies dotting the peninsula in the late 1800s, Barrys Bay Cheese is the last remaining factory. Today, we still use the traditional recipes brought to New Zealand by the early English settlers. We believe using fresh, local Bank Peninsula milk is the key to producing such consistent, beautiful cheese. Stop in and watch cheese making Monday through Thursday (Oct to May) and on non-make days a DVD is available. Enjoy complimentary samples and shop our assortment of local wines, craft beer and preserves available at our shop. Open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm.
Location5807 Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Barrys Bay
Phone03 304 5809
In a bay on the Western Shores of Akaroa Harbour, lies the scenic village of French Farm, where the original French Settlers first planted their vines. It is here that you will find our beautiful boutique vineyard, owned by Fraser Henderson and Elise Cailleau, leased by Renan Cataliotti. The unique terroir of the Banks Peninsula is reflected in the distinctive flavour of our wines, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and a Provencal style Rosé.
Location79 French Farm Valley Road, RD2, Akaroa
Hikuika Permaculture Hazelnut farm grows sustainably top quality hazelnuts using permaculture and organic principles. Our property is located in beautiful Puaha Valley on Banks Peninsula. We embrace ‘care of the earth, care of the people, distribute surplus and reduce consumption’. Hazelnuts are a versatile ' wonderfood'. Commonly used in confectionary, baking and as a healthy snack food. Ideal for gluten intolerant diets and can be eaten raw, roasted or salted. Hazelnuts are rich in minerals & vitamins (especially vitamin E), high in monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, oils and are cholesterol free. All processing is done in our own food safety certified kitchen.
Location9 Harmans Track, Little River, Banks Peninsula, 7591
Do you want to know what is open in Akaroa as far as food outlets go?
Check the information under this listing. The information is for the summer of Jan-April 2019 and is subject to change.
LocationAkaroa & the Bays
Authentic French Bakery with freshly made bread every day, Baguettes, Ciabatta, Walnut, Pumpkin etc. French tarts, pastries, muffins, pies, etc. All baked on premise. Great coffee and the best NZ Kapiti ice cream.
Location74B Rue Lavaud (next to Information Centre)