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. 

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. on 021 527184. ACAC has a busy winter coming up with many great classes. Easely-Arty for the children, Weaving and Time Travel in Oils with Siene de Vries. 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

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Ma Maison restaurant is fast becoming a happening spot in Akaroa for music and comedy nights. There are a number of great gigs over the month of June. Including a ticketed show with James Reid - lead singer from the Feelers. 11 July. James Reid from The Feelers. 19 July Nick Saxon touring from Australia. Connor Hartley Hall will be playing his gypsy Jazz every Sunday evening through July. 

    Location2 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

    Email dine@mamaison.co.nz

    Phone03 304 7668

  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 to Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    Exhibition at the Little River Gallery.  We invite you to view the exhibition of 'Matariki Hunga Nui', Matariki of many people, a celebration of togetherness, remembrance and gratitude. 29 June-24 July. 

    LocationMain Road, Little River


    Phone03 325 1944

    Fax03 325 1978

  • Friday, July 19, 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 19 July is the next full moon meditation. 

    Location433 Long Bay Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 8893

  • Saturday, July 20, 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. Saturday 20 July – 12 to 1 pm Lunchtime piano recital – Gabriel Hope. ixture of classical and modern.

    Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa


    Phone0223 186193

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Events on at The Gaiety coming up: Following two happy nights last year with families enjoying The Gaiety, we will have a new happening over the winter. We are booked on the last evenings of May-June- July. The Gaiety will be open from 5-7 pm for a BYO Family Night. An informal social get-together. The stage will be open too! All welcome, $5.00 a family, Wednesday 31 July. Look out for information on 'Swing into Spring' event coming up on 31 August 2019. Any questions about The Gaiety phone Mrs Dale Thomas on 033048900. 

    LocationThe Gaiety, Akaroa


  • 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

  • Sunday, August 4, 2019

    High Tea is a great tradition, take some time out and enjoy freshly baked savoury and sweet goodies and copious amounts of tea and chat! Bring family and friends and come join us. Held at least once a month in various locations, in Pigeon Bay or other venues around Akaroa. The next High Tea wil be in Pigeon Bay on 4 August. 11am-3pm. 

    LocationPigeon Bay Hall


    Phone03 3046708 or 022 3079974

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Celebrating 79 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. 

    LocationChristchurch to Akaroa



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

    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. Settle in on Friday evening and relax with sea side dining. Watch the street on the waterfront (Beach road) come alive with entertainment and music. A traditional Maori powhiri will open the Festival. The programme is coming closer to the time. Like on FACEBOOK. 




  • 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

  • Saturday, March 21, 2020

    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, April 11, 2020

    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


  • Saturday, April 25, 2020

    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