Whether it’s a birthday for two or a conference for 200, Akaroa offers exquisite venues for your next occasion.
Robin + Andie
Robin + Andie
Robin + Andie are award winning wedding photographers based in Akaroa.
We like to photograph couples, engagements, elopements and weddings in a natural and relaxed way – perfect if you want a mix of free-spirited, documentary-style photographs of your big day.
We love to capture the atmosphere, genuine emotions and fun and frolics that make each wedding completely personal.
Our style is to observe discreetly and tell the unique story of you and your day as it unfolds, using lots of natural light, un-posed interactions and several gorgeous portraits making the most of New Zealand's stunning landscape where possible.
With two highly-experienced photographers, you’ll get different viewpoints of each memorable moment and every charming detail that you've spent ages planning.
Together we’ll give you a combination of storytelling and candid shots so you’ll have a collection of simply beautiful, natural scenes with family and friends to enjoy for years to come. All of our photos are taken with plenty of heart!
Pigeon Bay Church
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.
Akaroa Village Inn
Akaroa Village Inn
With views across the sparkling waters of Akaroa Harbour, these bright, family friendly, units range in size from studio apartments right through to three-bedroom villas.
Each apartment is individually owned, which encourages the ‘home away from home’ atmosphere and personalised service, along with all the comforts which you may expect such as heat pumps, flat screens with Sky TV, WiFi internet and complimentary parking on site.
General amenities on site include guest laundry facilities, swimming pool and a private function venue with panoramic water views and Akaroa’s finest Ice Cream Shop. The Akaroa Village Inn is centrally located, with tours, activities, restaurants, bars, and shopping right outside your front door.
Ma Maison Restaurant & Bar
Sea. Food. Ma Maison is one of Akaroa's hidden gems. The dining area is decked out with an open fire and bi-fold doors, so the breathtaking waterfront views overlooking Daly's wharf and the Akaroa Harbour remain uninterrupted. Our menu is a culinary expression of this region. The focus is on freshness and simplicity, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Our intent is to create a delicious home cooked meal worth leaving your own house to enjoy.
.* Winter Hours *
Mondays, Tuesdays - open from 5:00 PM
Wednesdays & Thursday - Closed
Friday - Sundays - open from 11:00 AM- 3:00pm & 5pm - Late
Mt Vernon Lodge
Romantic Get Away
2 Night stay for 2 people only $199
Stay in a romantic cottage for two, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Mt Vernon Lodge, our cottages have ensuited bathrooms, kitchenettes, and tea/coffee facilities, simply come and enjoy the birdsong, and watch the world go by. We are a short distance to many great local restaurants and shops.
Available Sunday - Thursday between 1 July and 1 October 2020
Bookings direct via email or phone call
Mt Vernon Lodge boasts a range of accommodation options to suit everyone, from singles, couples, or groups of up to 50 people. Whether it’s a family gathering, corporate retreat, or a romantic getaway for two, Mt Vernon’s private surroundings are a great place to celebrate any occasion. A beautiful, natural and peaceful retreat where the only noise is the sound of birdsong. Our lodge has six ensuite units plus a communal lounge with a sunken fireplace and fully equipped kitchen. The Chalets & Alpine lodge are comfortable, self-contained accommodation and for couples, our cottages offer romantic accommodation for two.
Akaroa’s Premium Dining Spot. Open 7 days year-round for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee or Tapas and a drink in the sun. Relax and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour whilst you dine in any of our indoor and outdoor areas. We also offer a sheltered courtyard garden with a children’s play area for families. Extensive menu focusing on fresh New Zealand produce with an innovative mix of traditional and modern flavours. Includes a large variety of seafood and award-winning cuisine [2019 beef and lamb excellence award] at prices to suit any budget.
To complement your dining at any time of the day we have a comprehensive beverage list with New Zealand Wines, “Monteith’s” and “Tuatara” craft beers on tap and in bottle, Cocktails and a large range of non-alcoholic drinks.
Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar bringing together great food and beverages with stunning harbour views. Something for everyone!
Open 7 Days, Year Round.
8.00am till 8.00pm (8.30pm on Friday / Saturday Night).
At Bully Hayes we are committed to professional excellence to ensure the success of your catered function. Corporate Conferences, Team Building Events, Weddings, Board Meetings, Product Launches, Cocktail Functions, Christmas Parties, Special Occasions. Innovative cuisine prepared fresh and happily accommodate individual dietary requirements.
Breakfast / Brunch / Morning Tea / Lunch / Afternoon Tea / Nibbles / Cocktails / Dinner / BBQ / Buffet. We have a limited selection of menus on our website. We can design or adapt a menu to suit your requirements and the venues facilities.
Bully Hayes can offer to cater at the restaurant, your place or at a local Akaroa venue. We can provide staff to set up, serve and clean up and beverage services. We have our own equipment and is included in our pricing.
Please contact us to discuss and personally tailor a menu and service to your specific requirements.
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.
For bookings contact. Janet.
Emma Newman Weddings
I am a Wedding Planner who can provide co-ordination of your wedding, renewal of vows, civil union event or party in gorgeous Akaroa. I have local knowledge of suppliers and can provide a little bit of advice or help plan your entire wedding. I have an eye for detail, excellent organisational skills, and a passion for weddings and hosting a great day on the Peninsula. Please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat.
Planning a Conference in Akaroa?
Akaroa can cater for small, meduim and large sized conferences. It is a wonderful picturesque place to host people and has a relaxed holiday atmosphere. There is plenty of great accommodaton to suit different budgets and venues of diffferent sizes. If you are wanting to hold a conference in Akaroa and want more information, email us for our Conference document.
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for our Conference Information document.
Blythcliffe is the place for you
Blythcliffe is the place for you
Located centrally within the charming and historic French settlement village of Akaroa, the elegant Blythcliffe is a short, level stroll from the many excellent cafes, restaurants and local attractions, including the main swimming beach. If you’re looking for a unique accommodation experience in Akaroa that is a part of its historical past, to relax and make yourself at home in a beautiful old private, heritage house with antiques and character, Blythcliffe is the place for you. One free bottle of French bubbles to enjoy with every direct booking on our website - Salut!
If you’re looking for a unique accommodation experience in Akaroa that is a part of its historical past, to relax and make yourself at home in a beautiful old private, heritage house with antiques and character, Blythcliffe is the place for you.
Served in our heritage dining room, the famous Blythcliffe breakfasts are plentiful, healthy, home cooked and delicious. Choose from fresh fruits, Akaroa salmon, award winning Akaroa ham and boudin noir, eggs from our own chickens, free range NZ bacon, berries and herbs from our organic gardens, freshly baked croissants and prize winning marmalade! Specific diets and requests happily catered for.
John and Lesley are lucky enough to live at Blythcliffe, they really enjoy welcoming guests to share its special history and place in Akaroa. They’re very well-travelled around NZ and happy to offer handy local travel knowledge.
Thought to have been designed by Samuel Charles Farr based on drawings by the Australian architect John Verge, Blythcliffe is Akaroa's oldest and most loved grand old houses; our own stately home. Built in 1857, Blythcliffe sits within its own three acres of extensive private grounds and is listed as an Historic Place Category 1 with Heritage New Zealand, Pouhere Taonga. Enjoy full access to our beautiful gardens, croquet lawn and petanque terrace. Take a walk in the Blythcliffe private forest, protected by a conservation order and containing many spectacular examples of native trees, plants and birds. Feed our tame eels in the Balguerie Stream as it tumbles over its rocky bed. Or – just lie in the sun and enjoy the peace and total privacy of Blythcliffe.
The Stables at Blythcliffe is perfect for those who enjoy their privacy; a completely self-contained, luxurious converted stable building adjacent to the main house at ground floor level. It has its own grape lined, large sunny courtyard, perfect for breakfast or evening drinks. It is a very comfortable open plan space, generously furnished in antiques with one exception – an extremely comfortable super king size bed! You'll also enjoy the sitting and dining area with a modern kitchen and separate bathroom with shower and claw foot bath – candles, champagne and bubble bath provided! The Stables has a small TV with Netflix and a CD player. There is enough room to add up to two single beds for children or a crib, extra costs apply, please inquire.
The Rose Room, one of three rooms available in the main house at Blythcliffe, is a wonderfully light and sunny room that comfortably accommodates two. It is located on the first floor and accessed by a steepish, old staircase and the main hallway, you have access via French Doors to the balcony overlooking the croquet lawn and gardens to the harbour beyond, the perfect spot for breakfast or an evening drink with the birds!
Your private bathroom, with shower only, is located right next door to your room and accessed from the main hallway, robes provided. If travelling with friends, consider adding a second queen size room to The Rose Room; located just across the hallway, the bathroom will be shared with the friends room. Please inquire if you are unsure.
There is no TV in Rose Room, but you will have unlimited wifi for all of your streaming needs. Tea and coffee making facilities are shared with The Willow Room guests in a small sitting room, also off the main hallway that leads onto the balcony.
The Willow Room is directly across the hallway from Rose Room. These two rooms are perfect for friends travelling together who do not wish to share bathroom facilities and is another of the three rooms available in the main house at Blythcliffe. Located on the eastern corner of the main house on our first floor and accessed via an old steep-ish staircase and the main hallway, the morning sun pours into this peaceful queen size room with lovely garden and stream views. Willow Room has an ensuite bathroom with claw foot bath and walk in shower, bubble bath and candles provided, this is a wonderfully quiet and relaxing room. There is no TV in Willow Room, but you will have unlimited wifi for all of your streaming needs. Tea and coffee making facilities are shared with The Rose Room guests in a small sitting room, also off the main hallway that leads onto the balcony, perfect for an evening glass of wine.
The Blythcliffe garden is available for weddings and events; please inquire or see our website.
Blythcliffe’s garden is available for weddings and events; please see separate listing. We also offer two Bed and Breakfast guest options –
Planning a Wedding in Akaroa?
Akaroa is a wonderful wedding destination. Very romantic and very photogenic. There is plenty of great accommodaton to suit different budgets and venues of diffferent sizes. Want to know more about Akaroa as a wedding destination, ask us for our wedding document. This lists local caterers, venues and local musicians.
Email us on email@example.com for our wedding information document.
French Farm Winery
French Farm Winery
Beautiful French Farm Winery has four luxury boutique studios. All have their own kitchenettes and either queen or king beds. Lovely courtyard seating/BBQ area with French style fountain. Spa nestled beside a stream and access to the Licensed Bar with lovely seating areas with view of French Farm Bay. Large grounds with petanque court. Private, secluded and peaceful but not remote. Fly in by helicopter or enjoy the drive. French Farm Gardens just across the road and the Alpacca farm just around the corner offer some of the activities available.
The French Farm Winery is a Boutique Luxury Lodge, perfect for your wedding, business event and special occasion. Known for its distinctive French-provincial style and décor, is a venue like no other. The French Farm valley offers a stunning natural backdrop for beautiful functions. With two meandering streams, a spectacular view of the harbour and hills and an abundance of native trees and birds the French provincial style venue is a unique experience.
We offer one of the most unique and perfect locations for that special occasion where everything is done for you. Select from our preferred list of caterers and our extensive beverage list and we do the rest. Nestled in the hills of the French Farm valley with the abundance of native trees and birds, meandering streams and beautiful gardens we can seat 120 guests inside and up to 250 with a marquee. With two large carparks, helicopter access and many outdoor seating areas French Farm is private, peaceful and secluded, but not remote.
Akaroa Winery is a beautiful Mediterranean style venue, overlooking the stunning Akaroa inlet. Nestled in Takamatua Valley, the organic, family-owned vineyard is located on the north facing slopes of the lush hills of Banks Peninsula overlooking Takamatua Bay. We produce the highest quality grapes with every aspect of our growing and planting dedicated to the environment, using sustainable farming techniques. We believe that our fruit makes superior wines. We are focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy wines that express the unique characteristics of the fruit from Takamatua Valley. The rugged terrior of our vineyard produces wines with great intensity and finesse. Enjoy...
During Winter we are open by appointment - simply phone
Akaroa Winery, situated in Takamatua valley, overlooks the beautiful local harbour. Akaroa Winery is Akaroa's first and only certified Organic Vineyard and Winery Estate. Tour the vineyard and modern wine making facility. Taste some of the many wine vintages available while touring the amazing grounds and see the "dirt to bottle" experience first hand. Complimentary Shuttle Service available.
Open daily 11am to 4pm.
Private Tours and Tastings can be made by appointment.
Contact Allan for more information.
Angie Mack Marriage Celebrant
Angie Mack Marriage Celebrant
Angie Mack is a registered Marriage Celebrant and lives and works within the Akaroa Community. Angie just LOVES love and would be thrilled to speak with you about conducting the ceremony aspect of your wedding day. Friendly, sincere and easy-going by nature, with a warm professional manner and presentation, Angie prides herself on her ability to create a ceremony with you that reflects your individual personalities and style. For Angie, the day you get married is all about you and making lasting memories of a joyous celebration of love. She would be privileged to guide you to this end.
Testimonials: 1: Thanks so much Angie! You were the perfect celebrant, and put up with us lot very well! You did such an amazing job and put us totally at ease. You added some lovely and also some humorous touches to the day, which went down so well! We are just so pleased to have had you as our celebrant (Adam and Kathy)
2: Wow!! Ang was a perfect fit for our day!! She was so much fun to work with. From our initial enquiry over the phone, after reading her profile online, she was thoroughly professional, genuine and responsive, with a great sense of humour. We knew straight away when we first met Ang, that she was the one for us. We met with her once more before our wedding, all very relaxed and enjoyable 'getting to know each other'. Ang then put together a ceremony format, perfectly reflecting who we are and what we wanted. We added in the vows we wrote and additional readings - All very easily managed via email and telephone.On the day, Ang tailored the ceremony totally in line with our wishes. She co-ordinated the ceremony effortlessly, her professionalism, relaxed manner and humour, as said previously, a perfect fit for us and our day. Our guests raved about her! They wanted to know 'where did we find her.' We found her online, drawn to her gorgeous smile in the photo and the accompanying words. (Deb and Trish)
3: Barry and I want to thank you so much for the wonderful impact you made on our wedding day. I know we've said it before, but we honestly couldn't have imagined it to be so perfect, and you had so much to do with that! P.S. You also looked utterly divine!" (Ellie and Barry)
4: You are so unique!!! We could not get married with somebody else.....you made our wedding rock!! We love you!!! (Melisa and Braden)
YMCA Wainui Park Conference Centre
YMCA Wainui Park Conference Centre
Wainui Park offers accommodation, conference rooms, catering and can tailor a programme of team building activities designed specifically for your group. From high ropes to coasteering and kayaking, our highly trained and enthusiastic volunteer staff team will ensure you have memories and an experience that will last a life time. Wainui Park is a favourite venue for a huge number of schools, community groups and corporate groups from all over the South Island. We have something to offer all types of groups, as well as a camp ground open to families and individuals.
Ask us for our wedding information pack as well.
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.
Pigeon Bay Settlers’ Hall
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, social gatherings, and Art exhibitions. There is also a room available for meetings, gatherings and musical evening which carters for smaller groups (40 people) .
See also the entry for the historic Pigeon Bay Church HERE.
The Gaiety (Hall, Akaroa)
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.
The main hall can accommodate 358 people standing and 150-160 people seated comfortably around tables. Using the hall and the fixed seating in the gallery, 250 people can be seated concert style. The supper room can accommodate 150 people standing.
If you require further information this can be found on the CCC website or you can call one of the numbers above and ask for the Community Facilities Advisor
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE CCC PAGE FOR THE GAIETY.
The Gaiety Bookings & other Christchurch City Council Facilities:
CCC Booking Line number 03 941 8999.