Akaroa Chines

Youth & Children

What better way to spend your youth than living, holidaying or visiting Akaroa! There’s a whole world of activities to keep kids and young people active, inspired and occupied. From safe, sandy beaches, great playgrounds, family friendly restaurants and cafes and of course the chance to spot dolphins and penguins’ playing in the harbour! 


  • 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

  • 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 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.


  • 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

  • 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