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.
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. ACAC has a fantastic creative arts programme with many great classes. The web site has all the details.
Current exhibition running through until November: June’s Wardrobe. An autobiography in Outfits. Also the Akaroa Museum has created three new long term exhibitions about the history of Banks 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
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 14 September is the next full moon meditation.
Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa
Phone03 304 8893
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. Saturday 21st September: A full day starting with a guided tour round the Christchurch Art Gallery, lunch at the Gallery cafe, then a guided Street Art tour, followed by a guided tour of Turanga - Christchurch's wonderful new central library. More on this in due course.
Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa
Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as you celebrate Akaroa’s unique history (French, German & Maori) at Akaroa FrenchFest. There is a great amount planned for the weekend and it will be a great few days. Friday night: Street Party (6-10pm) on Beach Road. The road will be closed off for normal traffic. Saturday morning, 8.30am, The Landing on the main beach followed by the parade and Official Opening and Flag Raising. The market day is on the Recreation Ground from 11am-4.30pm. Saturday evening is a not to be missed ticketed Cabaret. Sunday 13 October, is a Circotica circus workshop and performance. The programme is being updated regularly. Like on FACEBOOK.
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
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.
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.
Phone03 942 6165
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
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
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
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.
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