Akaroa Chines

Sporting & Recreation

It’s not hard to see why sports people, young and old- love Akaroa. It has an abundance of sports and recreation events. The area is a mecca for cricket, golf, kayaking, biking and sailing. There’s a range of sports and recreation clubs to keep you fit and active in the community!


  • 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

  • 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. 


  • 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

  • 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



  • 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

  • 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

  • '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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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



  • 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