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.




  • From 8 Dec is a new exhibition at Akaroa Museum, A Photographer's Eye - Donald McKay's 1950s, until end of April 2019. 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, November 24, 2018 to Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    Exhibition at the Little River Gallery. We invite you to attend the last exhibition of the year! 'Working Title'. A group show featuring the wonderful work of David Lloyd, Jane Downes, Blanche Fryer, David Green and Kimberley Dodd. The exhibition is on from 24 November-18 December 2018. 

    LocationMain Road, Little River


    Phone03 325 1944

    Fax03 325 1978

  • Saturday, November 24, 2018 to Sunday, December 16, 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. 

    Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8776

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Ma Maison restaurant is fast becoming a happening spot in Akaroa for music and comedy nights. 

    Location2 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

    Email dine@mamaison.co.nz

    Phone03 304 7668

  • Saturday, December 22, 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 22 December is the next full moon meditation. 

    Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8893

  • Saturday, December 22, 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


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Thursday, December 27, 2018

    Aramaic Singing Prayers at St. Patrick's Church, 29 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa. The concert will start at 4 pm and people are welcome to donate if they wish. 


    LocationAramaic Singing Prayers at St. Patrick's Church


  • Saturday, December 29, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018

    Antique Fair, The Gaiety Akaroa, Saturday 29th December 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday 30th December 9.30am  to 3.30pm. Entry $5, Fundraiser for Friends of Akaroa Museum.
    Vintage & Collectables. 

    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa



  • Saturday, December 29, 2018

    Events on at The Gaiety coming up: 
    29 & 30 Dec at The Gaiety, Friends of the Museum Antique Fair. 
    4 Jan 2019. Hopetoun Brown return to play at The Gaiety (tickets on line or door sales)
    1 Feb 2019. Michelle A'Court and Jeremy Elwood at The Gaiety (tickets from the Museum).

    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa


  • 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

  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    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


    Phone03 304 5704

  • 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


    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. For more information and ticket sales visit the Facebook page: HERE. or email us at admin@wainuigoodfolk.com 

    LocationYMCA - Wainui



  • Sunday, January 6, 2019

    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


    Phone021 166 3737

  • Friday, January 11, 2019 to Sunday, January 27, 2019

    Now celebrating its twelth anniversary, the Akaroa Music Festival is New Zealand's premiere residential music school. An array of distinguished international musicians provides lessons, masterclasses and concerts against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the world's most beautiful seaside towns. These intensive days of music making also include solo performances, chamber music and a string orchestra, all designed to engage and inspire advanced young musicians. Students are invited to apply on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, and recorder. 

    LocationHeld in various venues throughout Akaroa



  • Saturday, January 12, 2019

    The next Duvauchelle A & P Show will be our 150th show and it will be an occasion not to be missed. Planning is under way and there will be some new events including hobby horse races! There will be the usual horse eventing, shearing, indoor area, pets, entertainment and much more! If you can lend a hand we would love to hear from you! A great fun family day.  Entry $10 per adult, children 16 and under are free and parking is free. Schedules available. 

    LocationDuvauchelle Show Grounds


    Phone027 223 9784

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019

    The Pigeon Bay Social Club is a group of fun, like-minded people in Pigeon Bay that like to put on events. Their events are their meetings, any one is welcome to join their club! They organise gigs in churches, halls, back yards and lounges and they are not limited to Pigeon Bay. Do you have the perfect space for an event? Get in touch! Thur 17 Jan is Julian Temple Duo. 

    LocationPigeon Bay



  • Saturday, January 19, 2019

    19 January 2019 – LITTLE RIVER A&P SHOW.  Tender documents now available for food and entertainment.  For relevant documents please contact Heather Henderson, Secretary Phone (03) 329 7079 or email littlerivershow@clear.net.nz  Entries close Friday 11 December.  Schedule of Events available from the Little River Craft Station and Information Centre or the Service Centre.  Trade space available – enquiries welcome. 


    LocationLittle River


    Phone03 3297079

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    A great family fun day out in both Okains Bay and Onuku Marae. At 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. For Onuku commemorations more info coming.

    Location1146 Okains Bay Rd, Okains Bay 7583


    Phone03 304 8611

  • Sunday, February 17, 2019

    Once again, the Aoraki Dragons bring the colour, noise and excitement of dragon boating to Akaroa Harbour in Children’s Bay! More info coming. 

    LocationChildrens Bay, Akaroa


    Phone021 1113966 Rick Smith

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 to Sunday, March 10, 2019

    NZAEE Seaweek 2019 will take place from 2-10 March. It will be Seaweek’s 28th anniversary. The theme will be “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”. For Seaweek in Akaroa there are a number of great events planned. 




  • 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

    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


    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)

  • 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.  




  • 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