Akaroa Chines

Places of Worship

All demoninations are catered for in Akaroa & on Banks Peninsula. Onuku Church is the oldest interdenominational church in New Zealand. Some of our historic churches are more than 100 years old and delightful.



  • 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

  • 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

  • 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



  • 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