Akaroa Chines

Local Events

As well as community events showcasing local talents the area welcomes visitors to music, arts, sports and cultural events for spectators and participators. Whether you want to attend an event or plan one you'll find an enthusiastic and capable community ready and willing to help with superb venues, accommodation, facilities, food, entertainment and skills. Akaroa District Promotions would like to assist you in holding your event in Akaroa. 

Events Calendar in Months

How we can help you put on Events?


  • The Akaroa Community Arts Council are a dynamic group that promote and encourage art in the community. Through out the year they run workshops and classes. Phone Lesley for more information or visit the web site. Lesley 021 527184. Coming up: Whare Pora – Weaving school (dates to be confirmed), 9-10 March Life Drawing Al Fresco 2, Studio12 Weekly Life Drawing 1 May-26 June, Life Drawing Masterclass with Simon van Der Sluijs 22 and 23 June, Finding Your Voice – Creative Writing for Poets with Patsy Turner-13 and 27 July, 10 and 24 August. Oil Painting with Siene de Vries Starts 20 July, ends 24 August 2019. 




  • The exhibition currently showing at the Akaroa Museum, A Photographer's Eye - Donald McKay's images from the 1950s. The exhibition will run until the end of April 2019. Also following a programme of earthquake strengthening and repair, Akaroa Museum has created three new long term exhibitions about the history of Bank Peninsula: Ngā Taenga mai  Arrivals, Land & Sea, and Tales of Banks Peninsula. These have been produced in collaboration with Ōnuku rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. 

    LocationRue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 1013

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 to Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    Exhibition at the Little River Gallery. We invite you to attend the exhibition by Lisa Grennell-Beautiful Beasts.  

    LocationMain Road, Little River


    Phone03 325 1944

    Fax03 325 1978

  • Saturday, March 16, 2019 to Sunday, March 31, 2019

    The Akaroa Art Gallery (previously the 'Orion Powerhouse Gallery') comes to life in the warmer months when Akaroa is full of visitors and holiday-makers. The gallery hosts exhibitions featuring artists from Banks Peninsula and beyond, many of national and international recognition. The Akaroa Gallery Inc. is proud to present: “North and South” 16 March to 31 March 2019, An Exhibition of Paintings NORTH Robyn Schroeder, SOUTH Wayne Patrick. 

    Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa


    Phone0223 186193

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Southern Lights Centre offers full moon meditations are on the full moon monthly. These meditations are preceded by a talk about the energies of the sign that the full or new moon is occurring in. The meditation is guided and everyone is welcome to attend and no training in meditation is required to participate. The talk and meditation last for an hour. All are welcome. 4pm on 20 March is the next full moon meditation. 

    Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8893

  • Saturday, March 23, 2019

    This annual cycle race starts in the middle of Christchurch at 7.30am for the pre-race briefing and then it's all go at 8.00am. The finish line is in the centre of Akaroa, followed by prize giving on the Akaroa recreation ground. Make a weekend of it by booking into 1 of the many wonderful B&B's in Akaroa and enjoy a family weekend away. Be warned! This is not your ordinary 100 km race. Hugely popular across all abilities, amazing views and more hills than you can shake a pump at.

    LocationChristchurch to Akaroa


  • Saturday, March 30, 2019

    Akaroa Harvest Festival. Saturday 30th March 2019 - 10am till 3pm. Save the date! We are looking forward to this year's Akaroa Harvest Festival on Saturday March 30th once again at the beautiful grounds of Potter's Croft. Pop the date in the diary and head over to beautiful Akaroa to experience a unique Banks Peninsula festival with local dishes prepared by guest chefs alongside the stall holders of the farmers market.  There will be cooking, beekeeping and foraging Masterclasses throughout the day and this year will also a see some amazing local and international musicians with local beer and wine producers completing the day. $10 entry. Bring a chiller bag. Leave dogs at home! 

    LocationPotter's Croft, 57 Rue Grehan Valley Rd, Akaroa


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, March 31, 2019

    Akaroa Recreation Ground 10.30am to 4pm. This is a special event with 150 invited cars. There are a wide variety of cars vintage, classic & new. This event showcases some of the best cars in Canterbury, McLaren, Jaguar, Porsche, Classic American, Citroen and many more. Sponsored by Archibald Motors. A fun day to suit everybody with a variety of cars, food and drink available. Proceeds from the event will go to the Akaroa Health Hub, Akaroa Fire Brigade & Westpac Helicopters. $5 entry. 

    LocationAkaroa Recreation Ground


    Phone021 048 7003 or 03 337 0250 (Pam)

  • 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

  • Akaroa’s boutique cinema is a great cinema experience. With sumptuous, luxurious and plush seating with a table for your coffee or glass of wine and the best of art, foreign, classic and new films. For a list of movies showing right now, go to the pdf, visit their web site or phone 03 304 8898. The cafe opens at 10am and films start at approx 12pm.

    LocationSelwyn Ave, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8898

  • Join us to view the night sky above Akaroa. Friday & Saturday nights, 8.00pm-10.00pm. 10 inch Newtonian telescope. Heritage Park, 10 mins drive from Akaroa. Check with us for times and conditions, phone Craig on 027 3000 547. Dress warm. Charges: Children $5. Adults when accompanied by a child are FREE. Children under 15 are free, (in other words everyone is FREE).


    Phone027 3000 547

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019

    LITTLE RIVER GIANT COUNTRY BUMPKIN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL - Awa - Iti Domain - Little River. Giant Pumpkins, scarecrow competition, entertainment, stalls, delicious soup and pumpkin pie. 11am - 3pm. Always an entertaining family day out in the country. A fund raiser for the Little River School. Famous Home-Made Pumpkin Soup and Pie, Sausage Sizzle, Pumpkin and Scarecrow competitions. Most Beautiful Gumboot (kids only) competition. Kids Races. Contact gail.prileszky@mac.com if you would like a stall. Non Profit Organisations Free.

    LocationLittle River Domain


  • Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Every year the locals await the Akaroa & Bays Lions Paddy's Market on the Recreation Green. Come and enjoy this fundraiser for the Lions and take away lots of bargains. Furniture, collectables, tools, house hold goods you name it, you can find it on the Green at the Paddy’s Market. White Elephant starts 10.00am and Auction starts at 10.30am.  

    LocationAkaroa Sports Recreation Ground


  • Thursday, April 25, 2019

    Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Anzac is 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War, and is a public holiday.  




  • Saturday, May 18, 2019

    Akaroa lights up at night! The picturesque and historic Garden of Tane in the heart of Akaroa, will be magically transformed into a glowing wonderland from 6-10pm. Visitors will be invited to follow an intriguing trail of light installations through the garden. Food and drink will be available at the end of the trail.This is a free family focused event. A glow in the dark workshop will be held for the children from 11am-1pm on that day. Free entry! 

    LocationGarden of Tane



  • Friday, October 11, 2019 to Saturday, October 12, 2019

    To be held on the last weekend of the school holidays in October. Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique history (French, German & Maori)  at the Akaroa Frenchfest. Settle in on Friday evening and relax with sea side dining. Watch the street come alive with entertainment, music and roving entertainment. On Saturday enjoy the living history reenactment on the main beach, the parade and official flag raising and the market stalls and activities all day. Saturday evening we have a ticketed cabaret. Programme coming closer to the time. Like on FACEBOOK. 



    Phone03 304 7816

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, November 24, 2019

    The Walking Festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula. The walks will take place over the weekends of November 2 & 3 November, 9 &10 November, 16 & 17 November and 23 & 24 November 2019. The event is designed by local people who love to share their passion for this special place with people from the wider community. Participants will enjoy a refreshing walk and are guaranteed an enjoyable experience as they relax, meet new people and together absorb the stories and atmosphere of this rugged land, right on the doorstep of Christchurch.

    LocationBanks Peninsula



  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 to Sunday, November 10, 2019

    This year’s Akaroa Classic and Traditional Boats Regatta will again be centred at the Akaroa Recreation Ground and on the water of the adjacent inner harbour, French Bay, over the weekend of 9-10 Nov. We look forward to enjoying the delights of Akaroa again and the camaraderie of all those who enjoy the pleasure of ‘messing about’ in boats be they classic or of traditional design.

    LocationAkaroa Harbour


    Phone03 942 6165

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020

    A great family fun day out in Okains Bay. Events include a traditional Maori welcome onto the Marae, a magnificent carved waka being paddled up the river, colonial displays, exhibits, crafts, vintage engines, printing presses, children’s games, a traditional hangi lunch, music and a garden bar and so much more. 

    Location1146 Okains Bay Rd, Okains Bay 7583


    Phone03 304 8611