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1840-2015 Akaroa celebrates 175 years. Akaroa will roll out the blue, white and red carpet in August as it celebrates 175 years of organised settlement. The Banks Peninsula Township is Canterbury’s oldest European settlement and the 175 year celebrations will showcase the rich cultural diversity of its early settlers.
“It will be a ‘célébration extraordinaire’ for a town whose heritage still strongly reflects the cultures of the people who settled here” said Akaroa Promotions Executive Officer, Hollie Hollander. “Visitors are often drawn to Akaroa because of its reputation as a ‘French’ town in New Zealand, but what they ultimately experience is a settlement that remains true to all its early influences - respecting its rich Maori culture and embracing its subsequent English, French and German heritage.”
The Banks Peninsula Track marks a quarter century with a generous donation to the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust.
Twenty five years ago a group of landowners on the Banks Peninsula "Wildside" came together to create the Banks Peninsula Track company. They offer two and four days walks across their private land, the first private walking track in New Zealand, offering access to otherwise non-accessible views, accommodation, orientation and pack cartage options.
Canterbury's Le Race cycling event will start from Cathedral Square next year for the first time since the 2011 earthquake. For the past four years, the 100km race has begun from Elgin Street in Sydenham due to earthquake damage in the city centre. Next year's Le Race will be held on March 21.
The rain was no match for Akaroa’s great community spirit, with hundreds turning out to celebrate the Akaroa Harvest Festival last weekend. Gumboots were the footwear of choice as locals and visitors alike enjoyed a true taste of the peninsula - gourmet meats, nuts, preserves, wine and cheese and olives. “Akaroa food businesses are nationally-renowned for quality. The Harvest Festival is really a celebration of small businesses which are big on taste and quality. It’s amazing to see the diversity, the passion and pride people have in their products. It’s a great opportunity to highlight the abundance of the Peninsula” said Akaroa District Promotions Officer, Hollie Hollander.
The coast has been a great determiner of Akaroa’s economy, heritage and culture and in June New Zealand’s newest marine reserve will be opened. In celebration of all things coastal, Akaroa will host renowned marine expert, Professor Chris Battershill, as part of Seaweek celebrations in March.