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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. 

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  • 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. Currently running are the Life Drawing classes every wednesday night. Oil Painting with Siene de Vries classes will carry on in September. Phone Lesley for more information. Lesley 021 527184. 

    LocationAkaroa

    Emailart@akaroaarts.co.nz

    Phone021527184

  • No Voice, No Choice - Opening Friday 12 October, a new exhibition at Akaroa Museum looking at the lives of Banks Peninsula women, before and after gaining the vote in 1893. 
    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

    Emailakaroa.museum@ccc.govt.nz

    Phone03 304 1013

  • Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    Exhibition at the Little River Gallery. We invite you to view the exhibition by Robin Slow and Brian Flintoff. Tohu. Once again Robin and Brian come together to give a spiritually moving, visual experience.

    LocationMain Road, Little River

    Emailart@littlerivergallery.com

    Phone03 325 1944

    Fax03 325 1978

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018

    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. It also provides a wonderful venue for intimate musical events and varied workshops throughout the year. See the Forum document for the timetable for the Forums-held between February & October. 

    Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa

    Emailmarymf@xtra.co.nz

    Phone03 304 8776

  • Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Based around a high end four course dinner party menu, this class is for people looking to take their next dinner party to a higher level. The day will kick off with tea, coffee and some freshly baked treats from the kitchen. The day begins at 10am for coffee and pastries and will conclude around 4pm. Limited spaces $235 including all food, award winning local wines and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Monday, September 24, 2018

    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 24 September is the next full moon meditation. 

    Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa

    Emailjulia@southernlights.org.nz

    Phone03 304 8893

  • Friday, September 28, 2018

    Events on at The Gaiety in 2018 coming up: 
    Friday 28 September. Adam Mc Grath & friends (Music/Rock).
    Performing in Akaroa is Don McGlashan - Free Flight NZ Tour on Friday 19 October 2018 7:30pm – 10:30pm. 

    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa

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  • Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Inspired by trips throughout Thailand over the years the cooking school has put together their favourite Thai dishes into a one off special class - 'A Day in Thailand'. From making and cooking dumplings, dipping sauces, Thai curries, stir fry's, Pad Thai, Asian salads, this class is perfect for those who love Thai food and are keen to learn the tips and techniques on maximising those flavours we all love about Thai food. The day begins at 10am for coffee and pastries and will conclude around 4pm. Limited spaces $235 including all food, wine, beer and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018

    Spring is upon us and the long awaited treats such as asparagus start popping up through the ground. We will be busy harvesting the spring treats and creating some fantastic seasonal dishes that will inspire you after months of long slow cooked delights. We will be pairing the fresh spring produce with lots of seafood, shellfish and local beef and lamb. The day will finish with a five course spring feast around our large dining table with matching NZ wines. 10am until 4pm. $235 including all food, wine and recipes.

    LocationAkaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Banks Peninsula RFC is delighted to host the Glitz & Glam Ball 2018. Last year was a huge success, this year will be even better. Urban Rumours will be on stage. There will be great canapés and plenty of refreshments available from the cash bar. Limited tickets available so buy yours now to be part of this great event! Red carpet open from 7:00 - 8:00pm. 

     

    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa

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  • The Akaroa Farmers Market is open October to April every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 1pm.  Banks Peninsula has an abundance of produce and a great micro-climate and lots of passionate gardeners. For sale you will find locally grown fruit, veges, herbs, honey, olive oil, olives, nuts and flowers plus locally produced preserves, pickles, jams, sauces, bread, pastries, cheeses, honey, lavender products and plants and lots more. 

    LocationMadeira Car Park, Akaroa

    Emailkingfishersmokehouse@xtra.co.nz

    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

    Emailinfo@cinecafe.co.nz

    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).

    Emailjoe.average@windowslive.com

    Phone027 3000 547

  • Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Ma Maison restaurant is fast becoming a happening spot in Akaroa for music and comedy nights. Coming up on 4 October is Keith Preene. 

    Location2 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

    Email dine@mamaison.co.nz

    Phone03 304 7668

  • Friday, October 5, 2018

    Come and join us! Teams of 4, $20 per person. 7:00 PM, Friday 5 October 2018. Bar opens at 6:30PM, supper, prizes and raffles. Venue: Akaroa Golf Club, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle. Support the fundraising efforts for our new hospital. 

    LocationAkaroa Golf Course, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle

    Emailj.elliott@xtra.co.nz

    Phone021790054

  • Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Seafood, seafood and more seafood. This class is a must for those who love seafood and are looking to learn some fabulous new recipes with a variety of different types of fish and seafood. From learning how to hot smoke to cooking lesser known varieties this class is full of great new ideas and tips and also shows that you don't necessarily have to buy the most expensive fish to attain fantastic flavour.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Celebrating 78 years the annual Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay organised by the Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Club. The first teams are expected to arrive at the Recreation Ground, Akaroa at approximately 2.00pm. The prizegiving will begin at 4.00pm at which time the fastest team into Akaroa will present the baton carrying the message from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel to a representative of the Akaroa/Waiwera Community Board and Akaroa District Promotions. This year the event is the National Road Relay and we expect approximately 800 athletes.  

    LocationChristchurch to Akaroa

    Emailbkjago@gmail.com

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  • Sunday, October 7, 2018

    This class is a must for those of you looking to completely upgrade their BBQ skills and learn how to cook a new repertoire of delicious BBQ recipes. The cooking school chefs will run through the BBQ essentials including great produce, what to look for and where to source it. They will also demonstrate the best techniques to cook produce such as chicken, lamb, beef and most importantly how to cook the perfect steak.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Mediterranean cuisine has evolved over centuries and has always been about gorgeous fresh produce, maximising flavours and textures. Join us for an inspiring day where we will demonstrate a five course menu from around the Med using all of the great produce from around the Peninsula and show you how easy it is to replicate these in your own home. After the mornings demonstrations we will move to the large dining table and eat each delicious dish with matching wines. The day will start at 10am and conclude around 4pm. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018

    With our proximity to Asia and the ability nowadays to source authentic Asian ingredients, many New Zealanders are appreciating the quick and tasty dishes they have been enjoying in Asia for centuries. We often get asked about classes that cater for those who want to eat a little bit lighter especially over the summer months. Asian Inspirations combines our increasing love of Asian food with our growing awareness of lighter, healthy eating. The price is $235 which includes all wine and food. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, November 25, 2018

    The Walking Festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula. The walks will take place over the weekends of  November 3 & 4 November, 10 &11 November, 17 & 18 November and 24 & 25 November 2018. 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

    Emailadp@akaroa.com

    Phone0274197507

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, November 4, 2018

    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 Nov 3-4. 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

    Emailpatpeterbraithwaite@gmail.com

    Phone03 942 6165

  • Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Inspired by travels throughout Italy, we share our favourite Italian dishes into a one off special class - 'A Day in Italy'. Based on a traditional trattoria menu we will make pasta, risotto, bake ciabatta, and many other classics that will transport you to Italy for the day. Cooking and eating is absolutely central to family life in Italy and a long lunch around the schools large dining with matching wines will follow the demonstrations. Starting at 10am the day will finish up around 4pm. $235 including all food, wine and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Small elegant bites of food are more popular than ever and a necessity if you are having guests over for drinks. Maybe you just want some great ideas on some stylish little treats to have before dinner with a glass of bubbly to impress your family or friends. Canape Inspirations will cover a range of different canapes ranging from cold, warm, substantial and sweet canapes so you can take your next drinks party to a whole new level. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Akaroa and the surrounding bays are known for their fabulous gardens and historical cottages and the Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden tour held every two years is one not to be missed. Not only does it allow you to view a diverse range of interesting gardens, it also allows you to take a peek into some rare and historical cottages. 14 properties including Fisherman's Bay Garden which is a haven in the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Banks Peninsula coastline, Nancy Tichborne’s new studio and garden in Akaroa, the newly completed ‘Kearney-Rhodes House’ in Akaroa, and many more. This year there will be also be a cluster of 3 properties in Takamatua, a stone throw from Akaroa township.

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays

    Emailadp@akaroa.com

    Phone027 419 7507

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Akaroa Women’s Open-Wednesday 21 November 2018
    MEN’S SPONSORED NEW YEAR TOURNAMENT-Wednesday 2 January 2019
    WOMEN’S WINE & ROSES TOURNAMENT-Thursday 3rd January 2019
    BATTLE OF THE BAYS TOURNAMENT-Saturday 26th January 2019. 

    LocationAkaroa Golf Course, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle

    Emailakaroagolf@xtra.co.nz

    Phone03 304 5704

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Akaroa Women’s Open-Wednesday 21 November 2018
    MEN’S SPONSORED NEW YEAR TOURNAMENT-Wednesday 2 January 2019
    WOMEN’S WINE & ROSES TOURNAMENT-Thursday 3rd January 2019
    BATTLE OF THE BAYS TOURNAMENT-Saturday 26th January 2019. 

    LocationAkaroa Golf Course, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle

    Emailakaroagolf@xtra.co.nz

    Phone03 304 5704

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018

    Our Christmas banquet cooking class will completely sort out your upcoming Christmas day menu. The class steers away from the traditional wintry European dishes and reflect more on a menu more suited to New Zealand's summery climate. We will create an inspired five course menu that is easy to recreate at home and really emphasise what can be prepped in advance to make Christmas Day cooking a breeze so that you can enjoy the company of family and friends. After the mornings demonstrations of each dish the class will relax at the dining table where all the dishes will be served banquet style with some special local wines to help wash it all down. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Sunday, December 2, 2018

    Spanish Tapas is becoming increasingly popular as people are moving away from the traditional three course meal and enjoying smaller, lighter sharing dishes. In Spain, tapas can be almost anything as long it is small, plentiful and tasty. Our Spanish Tapas class will cover classic dishes using locally sourced seafood and produce from around the peninsula. This is a great class for those looking to learn more about Spanish cuisine and take home new recipes for home entertaining. The tapas dishes will be prepared and served throughout the day with some matching wines of course to help wash them down! Cost: $235 pp including all food and drinks. 

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, December 15, 2018

    The French connection to Akaroa is coming to the cooking school with a day of traditional French cooking. Think Julia Child and lots and lots of butter! The menu will be inspired by trips to France throughout the years and drawing on the French past of Akaroa. Join us for a fun filled day of cooking and drinking fine wines. Bon appetite! The day begins at 10am for coffee and pastries and will conclude around 4pm. Spaces are limited. $235 including all food, wine and recipes.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, January 5, 2019

    Everyone loves the holidays but there are always meal times to consider – lots of hungry mouths to feed and friends popping in for a catch up which turns into lunch or dinner.  This can be a bit daunting at times especially if you are in your holiday home without your usual pantry available so come along and learn a great repertoire of easy to prepare dishes that are sure to impress your family and friends. We will cover essentials for the pantry so that at the drop of a hat you can put a tasty, healthy feast together with very little fuss.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Saturday, January 5, 2019

    A great day out featuring some of New Zealand’s most exciting artists. Music starts at midday and will run through until 9.00pm. Food is provided by a selection of the Peninsula’s more innovative food trucks and wine and beer by local wineries. All in the beautiful setting of Wainui. $40 a ticket. Midday until 9pm-ish. 

    LocationYMCA - Wainui

    Phone

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Nau mai, Haere mai. Join us at the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum for a family day to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Highlights include a pōwhiri (traditional welcome), hāngī lunch, children’s races, construction of sand volcanoes, and the paddling of our magnificent waka on the Ōpara River. View the Museum’s amazing collections and enjoy continuous demonstrations all day including bread baking in a traditional clay oven, master weavers, working blacksmith and print shop. Crafts, stalls, lolly scramble, sausage sizzle, espresso coffee, garden bar, cafeteria and more! 

    Location1146 Okains Bay Rd, Okains Bay 7583

    Emailinfo@okainsbaymuseum.co.nz

    Phone03 304 8611

  • 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

    Phone

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019

    Sample the finest Peninsula fare in dishes curated by local food heroes. The Peninsula's best producers will be turning out - from award-winning olive oils, preserved lemons to French style pâté to handcrafted wooden boards. The Festival will be held at the beautiful gardens of Potter's Croft (57 Rue Grehan), in Akaroa. Potter's Croft is one of Canterbury's finest gardens with sweeping lawns surrounded by mature trees and gardens with a lovely stream meandering through and a beautiful pond. $5 entrance fee. Enjoy live music, entertained kids and local hospitality.

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

    Emailinfo@akaroacooking.co.nz

    Phone021 166 3737

  • 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

    Phone

  • 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.  

    LocationAkaroa

    Emailtichborne@watercolours.co.nz

    Phone

  • Friday, October 11, 2019 to Sunday, October 13, 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. 

    LocationAkaroa

    Emailadp@akaroa.com

    Phone03 304 7816