With a range of community services that are second to none, you’ll find that Akaroa is a small town with a big heart. Find helpful tips and useful tricks here.
Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade
Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade
PHONE: 111 (ask for FIRE)
CHIEF FIRE OFFICER: M Thomson
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.
There are two sirens located at either end of the Akaroa township.
The siren will only sound when the brigade is called out to an incident.
The siren is NOT a warning system for a tsunami or any other hazard.
Note: If you are driving and see one of our flashing lights in your rear vision mirror, don't panic, just pull over to the left when it is safe to do so to let the appliance past.
All of our members are Volunteers who give up their time to train and keep our brigade running.
We are very lucky to have the support of local employers who allow brigade members to attend calls. Employers names are listed on the employer recognition sign situated on the front of the station.
Our current station was opened in 1982 replacing the original fire station which was situated to the left of the current station site.
Our station houses our three appliances, 461 (pump tender), 467 (rescue tender) and 4611 (water tanker).
We are committed to keeping our community safe day and night.
We will respond to any emergency in the quickest and safest way possible to protect life and property. Weather it be a fire, motor vehicle accident, a weather related call, a medical assist or any other kind of emergency. We will be there.
If you need us ring 111 and ask for FIRE.
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.
POSTAL: P.O.Box 52, Akaroa. or 106 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
CONTACT: Kerry Little
SECOND CONTACT: Sue Grimwood
PHONE: 03 304 8659
FAX: 03 304 8659
Akaroa Library/Te Kete Wānanga o Te Ao Marama
Akaroa Library/Te Kete Wānanga o Te Ao Marama
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.
Toilets off library foyer – wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to library
Parking across the road
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.
We are committed to providing opportunities for our families to explore and learn about our Community. We visit all three local schools each year, visit our local environment, eg visits to the Flea Bay Penguin Project, Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum, Garden of Tane and the beach nearby. We invite local people to teach us about all sorts of things eg karate, beekeeping, musical instruments and local predator (stoats, rats etc) control.
Akaroa Playcentre is in the Sports Pavillion building at the Recreation Ground.
Our sessions are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 930am-12.
Short term visitors are warmly welcomed
Three free, no obligation first visits.
Term donations $35 per family for 1 session/ week
Contact Anna Swanson (President)
03 304 8609
Contact the Playcentre by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Playcentre is a uniquely New Zealand, internationally recognised early childhood organisation. It began as a parent cooperative in the 1940’s and continues to support families and promote new developments in Early Childhood Education.
Playcentre believes in child-led play with choice, and in parents as the first and best educators of their children. It offers children friendships, fun and lifeskills, and many opportunities to learn through paint, art and craft, the sandpit, imaginary play, woodwork, gardening, waterplay and others. Lots of adults are around to support children’s play. Playcentre offers parents and families involvement in their children’s learning, time with their children, friendship and support, fun, free parent education, management and leadership skills, time out from children if they choose not to stay onsession, and confidence in themselves and their parenting skills.
Church Services in Akaroa
Church Services in Akaroa
Akaroa has Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian Churches.
ALL SERVICES AT 9.30 am
St Peter’s Anglican, Rue Balguerie
Trinity Church, corner Rue Lavaud and Rue Brittan
Mass at St Patrick’s Catholic Church
29 Rue Lavaud
We would love you to join us!
With Peninsula Plumbing covering all three trades we are your one stop Banks Peninsula shop for all Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainage needs.
Peninsula Plumbing is a family owned & operated business located in Duvauchelle, Banks Peninsula.
Dan Connolly the owner operator is a certified Plumber and Drainlayer with over 10 years residential and commercial industry experience.
With Peninsula Plumbing covering all three trades of Plumbing, Drainlaying and Gasfitting you can deal with one local company who understands all aspects of your job from start to finish.
Peninsula Plumbing also offers blocked drain clearance services including CCTV camera inspection.
Please contact us or visit our website for more information on our services provided.
Akaroa Pest Control Group
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.
Anyone in the community is welcome to join the Pest Control Group and there is no experience required. Even if you cannot assist the group with field work, you could still provide education or support. Being volunteer based, members of the group are free to opt in and out of events and support the group in any way they can. Events and volunteer days are organised through group email, so if you wish to join, simply email the contact person on this page and your email address will be added to the group.
PLEASE NOTE: Safety is important to us and herbicide (chemical) is used from time to time during pest control, so young members need to be accompanied by an adult.
Old Man’s Beard
The current focus for the Pest Control Group is Old Man’s Beard (Follow link for factsheet) (http://ecan.govt.nz/publications/General/old-mans-beard-factsheet-jan12.pdf ). This exotic climber has received a lot of attention in the past and it is important to revisit the threat posed by this pest as many infestations spread seed into the community. It is important to stay on top of Old Man’s Beard so that it doesn’t become a major problem in the future. Any help with removing this pest plant would be gratefully received. If you have any questions about how to identify or control Old Man’s Beard on your property, please feel free to make contact with the group.
Old Man's Beard Control Days
The Pest Control Group will be working in collaboration with Environment Canterbury to control Old Man’s Beard at selected sites during a couple of control days. Anyone in the community is welcome to come along and get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn how to control Old Man’s Beard and no experience with pests is required. Come along and learn how to control this pest plant and support your community. Keep an eye on this page or join the email group to receive updates for when these days are being held.
From time to time, people require the services of a contractor to aid them with the control of plant pests. Especially in areas that pose a hazard or are difficult to access. Please see below a table with contact details for contractors who can assist in the control of pest plants.
(Habitat restoration Services)
03 980 3113
Small to medium scale control work
Large scale control work
(Wai-Ora Forest Landscapes Ltd)
03 359 2458
Medium to large scale control work
Akaroa & Bays Civil Defence
Akaroa & Bays Civil Defence
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'.
Local Area Welfare Centre: Akaroa Area School on Selwyn Avenue
Takamatua: Old School or Akaroa Holiday Park
Robinsons Bay: Foleys Woolshed
Duvauchelle: Duvauchelle School or Akaroa golf club
Barry’s Bay: Twin gullies Cottage.
Pigeon Bay: Pigeon bay community Hall
Little Akaloa: Little akaloa Community hall
Le Bons Bay: Le Bons bay school
Okains Bay: Okains bay School
French Farm & Tikao bay: French Farm Winery Building
Wainui: Wainui YMCA Camp
Onuku: Contact Meri Robinson
Southern Eastern Bays: Contact Marilyn Masefield
Akaroa District Promotions
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.
ADP Board Members
Kevin Parthonnaud (Chairperson - Pohatu Penguins)
Caroline Cooper-Dixon (Rona's)
Elise Cailleau (Akaroa Waterfront Motels)
Felicity Taylor (Akaroa Criterion Motel)
Mark Kolff (Mr Peacock)
Pip Journeaux (Black Cat)
Roy Borrelli (Fox II)
Darrin Angus (Akaroa Village Inn)
Renan Cataliotti (French Peak Wines)
Brendon Foster (Akaora Butchery)
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.
Akaroa FM 90.1-90.9 mhz
Akaroa FM is a small non commercial radio station broadcasting in the Akaroa area of Banks Peninsula New Zealand.
Akaroa FM started off as a tourist information radio broadcasting on low power on public frequencies some years ago. The audio was burnt on to dish and played back on a small disc player twenty four hours a day and repeated every hour.
Dave Edwards then applied to the New Zealand government for licensed frequencies and acquired both 90.1 & 90.9 mhz.
The radio station studio is at Wainui which is opposite Akaroa, the signal is broadcast across the sea and repeated back to the Hilltop. At the Hilltop the signal is broadcast back towards Akaroa.
Akaroa FM is fully automated and uses Station Playlist Studio Software. We have two small Behringer mixers, tape decks and CD players which extra facilities for records and phone calls to plugged straight into the system.
Contact: Dave Edwards
+64 3 3048423: phone
+64 3 3048423: fax
+27 2221159: mobile
Bank of New Zealand
EFTPOS and foreign exchange services are available Monday - Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm excluding public holidays.
ATM Facility is available 24 hours. Corner of Rue Lavaud and Rue Balguerie.
Akaroa i-Site -
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.
We are open 7 days a week
Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
Free: 111 (emergencies)
Local Constables: Tim Johnson
Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations Akaroa
Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations Akaroa
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.
If you would like to know more about EVs or EV charging, please visit the Orion website.
Two identical EV chargers are now open in Akaroa, one at Rue Brittan and the other located in Beach Road by the Fire Station.
EV chargers open in Akaroa
Orion Media Release, 20.12.2016
Two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have now opened in Akaroa. These EV chargers, along with the recently installed chargers in Little River, will make the scenic trip to and from Akaroa an easy, relaxed and ‘range anxiety’ free driving experience for EV owners.
The chargers were installed by Orion, the electricity network company, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and are the latest in a network of EV charging stations being rolled out across Christchurch and central Canterbury. The Akaroa chargers will be free to use for the foreseeable future.
Orion Chief Executive, Rob Jamieson said: “We’re very happy that our public charging stations make it possible for EV owners to relax and enjoy the quiet, smooth and CO2 emission-free drive to scenic Akaroa.”
“More of our public charging stations will be opening in the coming months giving EV drivers even more flexibility in their choices of destination throughout our region.”
The two EV chargers in Akaroa are standard chargers which typically take a few hours to fully charge a car. This suits those drivers day tripping to Akaroa.
EV owners will need to open an account at charge.net.nz to be able to use the chargers and, in line with New Zealand guidelines, cables aren’t attached to the chargers. EV owners will need to provide their own cable which is specific to their vehicle.
Council Banks Peninsula Community Board Member, Pam Richardson says, “We’re delighted to be able to work with Orion to get electric vehicle chargers installed on the Peninsula. Electric vehicles have great environmental benefits and it is exciting to have them as part of Christchurch’s transport future.”
Those interested in learning more about electric vehicles or Orion’s EV charging stations can visit the website at oriongroup.co.nz/electric-vehicles.
DDI: +64 3 363 9808
Mob: 027 704 9603
Orion New Zealand Ltd
For all the Guidelines regarding Recycling and Rubbish that apply to Akaroa Harbour and Outer Bays’ Residents and visitor please click on the link below
Barrys Bay Transfer Station
Accepts green waste: yes
Accepts recycling: yes
Accepts refuse: yes
Address: 102 Onawe Flat Road, Barry's Bay, Banks Peninsula.
Summer (during daylight savings): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: midday to 4pm.
Winter (outside of daylight savings): Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: midday to 4pm.
Closed on: Good Friday, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Banks Peninsula IT
Banks Peninsula IT
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.
Pompallier House Rest Home
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.
Akaroa and Bays Plunket
Akaroa and Bays Plunket
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 and Bays Plunket Volunteer Group Convenor: Annabel Craw, 971 Chorlton Road, RD3, Akaroa, 7583 Phone 03 304 7215.
Well Child Nurse: Wendy Aspray (based at Lincoln Hospital) 03 325 6218, 027 433 6526
Equipment Hire Contact: Miriam Armstrong, email@example.com, 03 304 8632
Available: Portacots, High Chairs, Strollers (single and double), jolly jumper, front pack, playgym, baby monitor,
Short or long term hire
Cost is your donation to Akaroa and Bays Plunket
Carseat Rental is no longer available in Akaroa. Please call Plunket in Twigger St, Addington, Christchurch on 0508 car seats,
03 379 9266, firstname.lastname@example.org
Little River people contact the Little River Toy Library (run under Plunket umbrella) President Roriana Tini 03 325 1961
Marquee For Hire
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.
- 21m x 9m size : hire fee $1200 *
- 16m x 9m size : hire fee $1200 *
- 9m x 9 m size : hire fee $600
*The Building Act requires a Building Consent for any Marquee of more than 100 square metres. The consent fee at April 2018 was $540 and is payable to Christchurch City Council in addition to the hire fee. Lions Club obtains the Building Consent on behalf of the hirer.
The 9m x 9m size does not require a Building Consent.
Hire includes delivery, set up, and dismantle anywhere on Banks Peninsula.
All proceeds from the hire will go to support our local charitable causes.
For all enquiries please call Ian McGuinniety on 03 304 8711.
ALSO AVAILABLE FOR HIRE; GAZEBO
Size 6 m x 3 m with 4 sides suitable for use as a catering or beer tent, formal entry to the Marquee, cover for bands, discos etc.
Can be used on hard surfaces or decking.
Packs up to fit easily on the back of a Ute.
For Hire within the Peninsula Cost $200.00 on it’s own, $150.00 with the Marquee.
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.
St John provides emergency ambulance services to nearly 90% of New Zealanders.
We operate 111 Clinical Control Centres in Auckland, Christchurch and (in partnership with Wellington Free Ambulance) in Wellington, answering 455,000 111 calls for an ambulance each year and dispatching air ambulances, road ambulances and other resources.
In the 2014/15 year, our ambulance officers treated and/or transported 428,000 patients, working out of 200 ambulance stations situated throughout New Zealand.
Our team in Akaroa need support. More ambulance volunteers are required to help us deliver services to the community.
Volunteering as an Ambulance & Events volunteer (also referred to as operational volunteer) is a big commitment that is extremely rewarding. By working on both community events and on an ambulance your role is quite varied but the focus is always on providing quality care to patients.
When volunteering at events, your role is to provide medical services to patients. At one end of the event spectrum, you could be covering local sports games and school fairs. At the other extreme, it might mean working at an international sporting tournament or rock concert.
When volunteering on an ambulance, depending on the size of the community, you will either provide a first response to 111 calls in your local area or be part of an ambulance crew that see’s the patient through their journey from calling 111 to either being referred to another health care provider, treated on scene, or transported to a medical facility.
Specialised training is provided by St John and reimbursements are provided for out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel and meals. Ambulance & Events Volunteers are provided with a full uniform.
Contact Bradley Shuttleworth
WIFI in Akaroa
WIFI in Akaroa
Your local Wi-Fi hotspots can be found here
Spark Wifi - Spark customers can get online Rue Lavaud
Akaroa Christchurch city Libray - Selwyn Ave
BNZ - cnr Rue Lavaud and Rue Balguerie
Akaroa Christchurch City Library: Computers available. Free Wifi is available 24 hours in and around the library and café. As Akaroa Library is a school and community facility, sections of the library may be reserved for class visits. Further instructions for Wifi use are in the Library.
NPD Akaroa Motor Garage
Automotive Repairs, Service Station, Motor Accessories & Spare Parts and Retail. Call Clint, Nina and the team.
Mon – Fri 7am – 6pm
Sat 730am – 6pm
Sun 730am – 5pm
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. email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Akaroa Toy Library
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.
Akaroa Area School
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).