Akaroa Chines

Local Information

Akaroa is Maori for ‘long harbour’. The historic village is snuggled into a wide bay in between spectacular volcanic cliffs. The permanent population in Akaroa is around 632 people and swells significantly over summer with domestic and international visitors. Akaroa is the main town for the inner harbour and the outer bays and you will find everything you need there. An interesting and creative community where people respect their environment, ‘life in the crater’. 


  • Your local village map can be found here.



  • Akaroa & Bays Civil Defence Info-Christchurch City Council. In a civil defence emergency refer to the back pages of the telephone yellow pages book for information on what to do. Area Co-ordinator- Clive Weir Area Welfare Co-ordinator- Rob Grigg Listen to the local radio statio. Akaroa Radio. Akaroa FM 90.1-90.9 mhz. For local places to meet in an emergency go to 'more details'. 

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays


  • The Akaroa and Bays Plunket Volunteer Group offers support, information and social opportunities to families with children aged birth-5 years. If you would like to become involved with the Group, please contact our Convenor, Annabel. Our friendly and informal evening meetings are held once every 3 months in Akaroa, and new members are always welcome. Also if you are new to the area and need some help finding social networks and support in this area, contact Annabel, or Wendy, our Well Child Nurse.


  • Tracey runs a great fitness class. Wednesdays is for the oldies. Class time is 10.30am – 11.25am. Thursdays 5.30pm Group Fitness Barbell Power Workout. Designed for all levels of fitness. Lots of fun! $5 per class. Trinity Church Hall beside Heartlands Centre. For more information contact Tracey 021 1355 271. 

    Location39 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

    Phone021 1355 271

  • Lions are ordinary men, women and young people from all walks of life who are united in their desire to make a difference by contributing their personal time and talents to help other people. Our motto is “We Serve”. We are community volunteers who roll up our sleeves to help young people, elderly, the ailing, the needy and the environment. Lions respond to the needs of our community and are involved in a diverse range of projects and activities.

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays


    Phone03 304 8738

  • Akaroa Area School is a small school with strong community links and a family atmosphere. Students from Year 1 to Year 13 mix naturally and harmoniously with each other in an environment where we embrace whanaungatanga (familyness) as the foundation for akoranga (learning) where our tuakana (seniors or older siblings) mentor, support and care for our teina (juniors or younger siblings).

    Location141 Rue Jolie, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7108

  • Automotive Repairs, Service Station, Motor Accessories & Spare Parts and Retail. Call Clint, Nina and the team.

    Location55 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03304 7055

  • Akaroa Bowling Club. 42-46 Rue Jolie, is situated opposite the Recreation Ground in Rue Brittain. Because of the synthetic surface the green is of fairly even temperament and ordinary walking shoes are ok for playing. No sharp heels please. A $5 green fee per person is sufficient to allow for full game. Bowls are available for those who have none with them and are in crates inside the second door from the entrance. Mats, jacks and score boards in there too. Corporate or social groups catered for by arrangement.

    Location42-46 Rue Jolie, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7209

  • Akaroa Bridge Club has 60 members who play mixed grade on Monday nights 7.30pm at the Akaroa Golf Club, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle. Table fee is $5 per person ($1 is a donation to the Akaroa Health Hub). Play usually finishes about 10.30pm. Visitors are welcome.  Partners may be found for those who need one. Please contact the partner finder on the website. See the website for more info.

    Locationat the Akaroa Golf Club



  • We are a community group that promote and encourage art in the community. We run Community arts Initiatives in Akaroa and are instrumental in offering a variety of opportunities for the encouragement of creativity within the community. Projects include ArtSpot, Workshops, Easter Eggstravaganza, Art Xpress, Poetry Day and other art related activities in our community.




  • A tapestry of tales will unfold as you explore romantic Akaroa, the oldest and best preserved colonial town in the South Island, and its only French settlement. For groups we recommend a Historic walk with a guide in person - pre-booking is essential. Contact Suky to discuss a quote for group bookings. 



    Phone03 304 7733

  • Akaroa Craft Market is on the grounds of the Presbyterian Trinity Church (1886). It is held on weekends and on cruise ship days over the summer months.

    Location39 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03 3291000 or 027 4302308

  • The Akaroa Croquet Club is located in the sports area adjacent to the tennis courts, and on the seaward side of the car park behind the Grand Hotel. The club comprises of two full size croquet lawns, has its own club rooms and welcomes visitors from other croquet clubs either within New Zealand or from overseas. For visitors we offer playing equipment and have a green fee charge of $8.00 for a full days play. Contact Evelyn Oliver (Secretary) on 304 5040 if you would like to play. 

    Location48 Rue Jolie, Akaroa


    Phone304 5040

  • The Akaroa District Promotions Society Inc (ADP) is a grouping of business operators in the greater Akaroa area. The aims and objectives of ADP are to: 1. Aid the growth of the economy in the ADP region by fostering the development of tourism activities and lobbying for the development and maintenance of necessary infra-structural services. 2. Promote a spirit of community endeavour and engagement. 3. Protect and enhance the local environment. 4.Promote the ADP region as a tourism destination that welcomes, involves and satisfies visitors.



    Phone03 304 7816

  • The Akaroa Hydro Power Station was opened on the 9th of September 1911 in the purpose built building that still exists on Rue Pompallier, Akaroa. It had an output of thirty five kilowatts - fifty horsepower, and was supplied from a reservoir, also purpose built, behind and three hundred and fifteen feet above the station. Learn more about the history here. 

    Location 1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa



  • A popular course with panoramic views. This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of picturesque Akaroa harbour. We hire out equipment at a reasonable rate. Please phone us for all your enquiries. We also hire out the Golf Club for weddings and functions.

    LocationPawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle


    Phone03 304 5704

  • To promote, support and provide charitable services that are beneficial to the community within Akaroa and surrounding areas and in particular, promote services relating to employment initiatives, aged peoples' welfare, environmental concerns, youth activities and initiatives with emphasis on needs of youth at risk, artistic and cultural education.

    Location39 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa



  • 'Put your roots down in Akaroa, plant a tree!.' The Akaroa Heritage Park is accessible from Long Bay Road or on foot via Woodill's Track. Since it was established in 1992, over 1000 native trees have been planted by individual tree enthusiasts. For more information about Heritage Park contact Virginia Wigram on 03 304 8556 or Jeremy Buchanan on 03 304 8445. 

    LocationLong Bay Road, Akaroa

    PhoneVirginia 03 304 8556 or Jeremy Buchanan on 03 304 8445

  • The Akaroa i-Site - Akaroa Adventure Centre is the Akaroa Information & Visitor Centre. They welcome international and local visitors to Akaroa. The team of local experts provide a FREE Booking Service for a range of activities; dolphin nature harbour cruises, wildlife sailing, dolphin swimming, alpaca, penguin and sheep tours, surf lessons, personalized tours, spectacular walks, kayaking, Stand up Paddle Boarding, Biking and Mini Golf, plus accommodation from basic to beautiful. Let us plan your stay to enable you to have the 'fun'. We are also a New Zealand Post Agency. Open 7 days 9am to 6.30pm (summer hours).

    Location74a Rue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7784

  • Akaroa Laundry is a commercial laundry providing linen hire and customer own garments services. We offer a delivery and pick up service for holiday home hire linen on request.

    LocationEntrance is off Rue Pompallier, Akaroa


    Phone022 0407511

  • The Akaroa Library offers free membership for ratepayers and residents. Visitors welcome. Free wifi, email and internet access. Hours  10.00 - 4.30  Weekdays,  10.00 - 1.00 Saturdays. Akaroa Library is a joint use school and community library and is part of the Christchurch City Libraries network. Visitors in the library are welcome to browse the Christchurch City Libraries online databases. Printing/photocopying/scanning/laminating and book sales are also available. Web page HERE.

    Location2 Selwyn Street, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 1177

    Fax03 304 1177

  • The Akaroa Lighthouse Preservation Society moved the lighthouse from the Akaroa heads to its present location on 2 August 1980. Today a roster of volunteers 'man' the light house to enable the public to visit and view this iconic historic Akaroa landmark. All funds raised are reinvested into maintaining the lighthouse for all to enjoy. Opening hours are 11am – 2pm both Sundays and cruise ship days. 10 minutes walk along water. $2.50 Adults, 50c Children to go up. 



    Phone03 304 8008 or 03 304 7508

  • The Akaroa Pest Control Group is a group of volunteers aiming to help protect biodiversity values around Akaroa. There are a number of pest plants on Banks Peninsula that pose a serious threat to the future of regenerating forest and biodiversity values around Akaroa and the surrounding bays. Members of this group hope to help the community by providing education, advice and where appropriate assistance with control work.

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays


    Phone027 7031405

  • Akaroa Playcentre is for babies and children aged 0-6 years old and their families. Many of our parents stay on-session by choice which means we have a high adult to child ratio, however parents are only required to stay on-session when they are on their rostered duty, about twice a term. Staying on-session is a great chance to play and learn alongside their children, and to see other parents and share the ups and downs of parenting. 

    LocationAkaroa Sports Pavillion Building at the Recreation Ground



  • Free: 111 (emergencies)

    Local Constables: Tim Johnson 

    Location9 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 1030

    Fax03 304 1031

  • Akaroa FM 90.1-90.9 mhz. Akaroa radio broadcasts into the Akaroa basin area with spill over to the remote back bays. We are a community type station based in Wainui and do not make commercial profit. Our focus is to provide value radio services to visitors and local people alike here on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand. Easy listening radio twenty four hours a day.


    Phone03 304 8423

    Fax03 304 8423

  • We are a Toy Library based in Akaroa. We lend out toys, play equipment, DVD's, videos etc. We have a large range of toys that your children will enjoy. We also lend to casual visitors who are only in Akaroa for a short time.

    Location57 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

    Phone027 440 9988

  • PHONE: 111 (ask for FIRE)
    ABOUT US: The Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade has been serving the Akaroa and Bays communities proudly since 1877.
    Our brigade is made up entirely of volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

    Location49 Beach Road, Akaroa


  • We are a small but busy and innovative club catering for cruising and racing yachts as well as launches and power boats. We have a functional and user friendly clubhouse complete with large deck areas and a long jetty for club members to utilize especially during the busy racing season from October through until early June. We also hire out the club house for venue hire, weddings & conferences.

    LocationBeach Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7532 or the Club Secretary 03 304 7651

  • The Akaroa Civic Trust has developed a database of all the historic buildings and sites in the Akaroa Historic Area. If you would like to find the location of the Cottage that used to be in your family way back or find the name of the person that build your family bach, the database is a great place to start. The database is fully searchable from the Akaroa Civic Trust website.


  • EFTPOS and foreign exchange services are available daily Monday to Friday 10am-3pm, Excluding public holidays.
    ATM FACILITY IS AVAILABLE. Corner of Rue Lavaud and Rue Balguerie.


    Location73 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 1026

  • Local Computer Service & Support-We are a small family owned business providing IT support to homes and businesses around Banks Peninsula and around Christchurch. Our services include everything from IT & computer support to laptop and desktop repairs. 

    LocationOffice:455 Western Valley Road, Little River


    Phone021 02621123 or 03 325 1349

  • The first mass was celebrated in Akaroa in August 1840, and this church, the third, was built in the 1865. Mass is at 10 am on Wednesday and Friday and always at NOON when a Cruise ship is in Akaroa harbour. Mass time is also on SUNDAY at 9.30 am. Visitors and Cruise ship tourists are most welcome. Enquiries are welcomed for marriages, baptisms and funerals. Ring Fr Paul Shannahan sm 03 304-7083.

    Location 29 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7083

  • Orion, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council, has installed two public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Akaroa. One is located at Rue Brittan and the other on Beach Road near the Fire Station. These public chargers are available 24/7 and are free to use. To start using the chargers, you will need to create an account and order a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag at charge.net.nz. In line with New Zealand guidelines, charging cables aren’t attached to the chargers so you will need to provide your own cable, specific to your electric vehicle. 

    LocationAkaroa-Rue Brittan & Beach Road by the Fire Station


    Phone03 363 9898 or 0800 363 9898 – available 24/7

  • The Akaroa Civic Trust has developed a database of all the historic buildings and sites in the Akaroa historic area. If you would like to find the location of the cottage that used to be in your family way back or find the name of the person that build your family bach, the database is a great place to start. The database is fully searchable from the Akaroa Civic Trust website.

    LocationAkaroa Area


  • There are 3 Laundries where you can wash and dry clothes in Akaroa.
    1. Akaroa Public Laundry Facility situated at the Akaroa Waterfront Motels 56 Rue Jolie, Akaroa. Opening hours 8am – 9pm. Call in at Motel office first. Charges $4 wash, $4 dry. 4. info@akaroawaterfront.co.nz 03 304 7484. 
    2. Akaroa Village Inn Laudry. Situated by the Akaroa Main Wharf. Opening hours 8am – 8pm. Call in at Motel office first. Charges $4 wash, $4 dry. akaroavillageinn@xtra.co.nz 03 304 1111. 
    3. Akaroa Laundry. Entrance is off Rue Pompallier, Akaroa. Akaroa Laundry is a commercial laundry where you can leave your clothes there to get washed. Open 10am-2pm daily and closed on Wednesdays. 022 0407511. 

    Location3 locations in Akaroa


  • Large marquee for hire within Banks Peninsula. Akaroa and Bays Lions Club have a framed marquee available for hire for all occasions. Particulary suitable for weddings and private functions. All proceeds from the hire will go to support our local charitable causes. 

    LocationAkaroa & Banks Peninsula


    Phone03 304 8711

  • Visit the Museum at the heart of historic Okains Bay. Enjoy the relaxed environment as you learn about life on Banks Peninsula in former times. Significant taonga Maori and early European items are among the exciting range of treasures on display in the Museum’s diverse complex of heritage buildings. Gift shop, tea and coffee available. Just 2kms to beautiful Okains Beach. Hours 10am – 5pm daily. Open every day except Christmas Day.

    LocationMain Road, Okains Bay



  • Okuti Hall is available for you to hire. Suitable for... birthdays, family gatherings, celebrations, picnics, club meetings, classes, workshops, fund raisers and more. The Okuti Hall is the home of the Okuti Valley Recreation and Sports Club (inc.) New members are welcome.

    LocationLittle River


    Phone03 3251 929

  • Come and have your Palm read in Akaroa! Experienced reader of over twenty years based specifically in Akaroa. Palm Reading is the ancient science of reading personality and individual traits through the shape, and lines on the hand. The future cannot be told as the lines especially are just a ‘reflection’ of the way we think, the patterns of neurons in the brain, or rivers of thought. This fascinating science can help to understand the way we individually react to the world around us, point out our strengths, and encourage us to work on our weak points. 

    LocationPigeon Bay & Akaroa


    Phone0274 984 529

  • With Peninsula Plumbing covering all three trades we are your one stop Banks Peninsula shop for all Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainage needs. 

    LocationDuvauchelle, Banks Peninsula



  • The Knox Church of Pigeon Bay is very special, designed by the well know architect of his day, Samuel Hurst Seager CBE which reveals his influence of the English Arts and Crafts movement. The church, built with local labour using timber milled from Pigeon Bay in 1899, stands proudly by the waterfront looking up the bay. This church is a community run consecrated church and can be used for weddings, christenings and small functions. See also the entry for the historic newly refurbished Pigeon Bay Settlers Hall on this site

    Location28 Wharf Road, Pigeon Bay



  • The Pigeon Bay Settlers Hall was built in 1921 right on the beautiful waterfront looking up the bay to the sea. The newly refurbished Hall comprises a Main Hall with large curtained stage and wooden floor, which can seat 200, a Meeting Room for up to 40 people, and its own updated kitchen facilities. The Main Hall is ideal for wedding receptions and catered gatherings, and features a sprung dance floor. 

    Location40 Wharf Road, Pigeon Bay



  • Pompallier House is a 'Home away from Home'. It is situated close to the heart of Akaroa township and offers respite care, carer support and private paying facilities for a maximum of 11 residents. Families holidaying on Banks Peninsula can arrange for an elderly relative to stay at the house so that they can still have the benefit of home care. Please phone the Nurse Manager, Alison Gallagher for more information.

    Location Cnr Rue Lavaud and Rue Viard, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7396

  • Recreational Water Quality-If you want to know what the state is of our recreational water quality go to this Ecan web page. Check there for the latest information and about the sampling history. 


  • St Peter’s have entered into a partnership for worship and mission with Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rue Lavaud. St Peter’s hosts services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 9.30 am. Trinity Presbyterian host the services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, also at 9.30 am. A special community-oriented service is held later in the day when there is a 5th Sunday. A timber copy of an English parish church. Enquiries can be made to Rev Michael Baker. Free guided tours of the church are available. 

    Location10 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7051

  • St John is a charitable organisation that provides emergency ambulance services in 97% of New Zealand’s geographic locations, as well as a portfolio of complementary health services designed to build resilient communities. The St John NZ vision is enhanced health and well-being for all New Zealanders. St John have provided ambulance services in New Zealand since 1885 and we are playing an increasing role in meeting the broader health needs of our communities, in partnership with other organisations. We would love to have your support for our Ambulance services in Akaroa. Your support will help us to care for people and the community.




  • The Banks Peninsula Branch of the Christchurch Pony Club has a Rally on the second Sunday of every month at the Pony Club / Show Grounds in Duvauchelle. Children from ages 4 – 18 are taught how to care for their ponies, gain and improve riding skills, have fun with their ponies and make new friends with similar interests. Adult riding members are also welcome as are volunteer instructors.

    LocationChristchurch Akaroa Road, Duvauchelle

    Phone03 304 7744

  • The Gaiety, Akaroa is situated in Rue Jolie, Akaroa. It contains a main hall and meeting room and full kitchen facilities. Car parking for 40, with 3 accessible parks is provided on the adjacent section. The hall is available for hire from CCC. The prices vary depending on what the occasion is. Casual bookings can be made in person at the Akaroa Service Desk, 40D Rue Lavard or through the CCC Booking Line on 03 941 8999 or 0800 800 169. 

    Location105 Rue Jolie


    Phone03 941 8999

  • The Garden at French Farm sits on the banks of the lovely Te Waimangu Stream in the French Farm Valley on Banks Peninsula. It contains dramatic herbaceous borders forming a natural colourful amphitheatre above the stream featuring tulips, irises, daylilies and dahlias depending on the season. The intention of the planting is to tie the ornamental garden into the wider landscape with its magnificent backdrop of native bush and surrounding hills. Open most days and when the sign is out. Welcome to come and visit. 

    Location104 French Farm Valley Road, Near Akaroa


    Phone03 3045678 / 021 305216

  • The first Presbyterian Church was built at 57 Rue Lavaud in 1860. The present church was erected in 1886. We are in the process of merging with the local Anglican Parish as a Mission Church. At present church services are held at St Peters Anglican, or Trinity Presbyterian at 9.30am each Sunday. Most of these are non liturgical. Notice boards at  each of the churches show the location of the weekly services. Mainly Music 10.00 am Mondays during the term. This is a nation wide pre school music gathering, to which visiting mothers and children are welcome. Contact Ken Paulin 03 304 7012 for use of the grounds or buildings,  or Clive Weir 3047151.

    Location39 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7012

  • Banks Track is a famous coastal private walking track. Sharing our backyard since 1989. Choose between 3 day classic walk & the 2 day hike.

    Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has many great walking tracks that you can enjoy for free. These vary from short hikes to all day tramps over the picturesque hills. 


  • Waste Disposal in Akaroa Harbour and the Bays Red – Yellow – Green Bins. A comprehensive list of the correct domestic use of the Red (landfill), Yellow (recycling) and Green (organic waste) bins has been compiled to help the Banks Peninsula community be fully conversant with which items go into which bin.  This is a one-stop-shop for all the information required by homeowners including Transfer Station hours, correct sorting of recycling, how to deal with hazardous waste, disposal of large household items and all things connected with waste and unwanted items.  The same information applies to the miniskips in the Bays as to the wheelie bins used in Akaroa town. 

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays

    Phone0800 800 169 (CCC)