Wedding & Conference Venues

Whether it’s a birthday for two or a conference for 200, Akaroa offers exquisite venues for your next occasion.

Akaroa Criterion Motel

Newly renovated, you deserve the best. Our premium location is complimented by our superior guest facilities. Large studio apartments with views over the harbour. Private balconies, double glazed and under floor heating. 5 Sky channels and free WiFi. Felicity and Murray pride themselves on providing a comprehensive service whether you are enjoying a holiday or require professional facilities for that next important conference.

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Conferences at The Akaroa Criterion Motel
The Akaroa Criterion motel work in partnership with the Akaroa Boardroom immediately next door. The meeting room has a capacity for 12 to 14 people. The Criterion itself has 12 rooms available at a very competitive rate.
The Akaroa Board Room is exclusively set up for Corporate Meetings in the heart of Akaroa. There is space enough in our naturally lit and versatile boardroom and for breakout groups in separate rooms or al fresco on our patio or in the garden’s havens. 
Morning, Lunch, and Afternoon teas are served buffet style in the venue’s dining room. Both Breakfast and Dinner can be provided by arrangement
Rates range from $60 for a morning or afternoon session to $200 for a full day including an evening session.
Criterion Motel, 75 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
Phone 0800-AKAROA

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Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

Akaroa’s Premier Waterfront Dining Spot. 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. The menu offers a large variety of seafood, 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, welcoming friendly service making your dining experience a memorable and relaxing one.  Something for everyone!

At Bully Hayes we also cater for specialty and tour groups for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
We have a variety of set menu options available these are available on our website. If you have any questions, 
Please contact us as we try to accommodate where we can 

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Open 7 Days, Year Round. 
8.00am till 8.00pm (8.30pm on Friday / Saturday Night). 


Be it a board meeting, product launch, cocktail function, corporate team conference, wedding, or a general social event Bully Hayes can offer you the commitment of professional excellence that will ensure your event is an outstanding success. Innovative cuisine prepared fresh to your requirements. We cater off site at any number of our local Akaroa venues. We can provide beverage services, staff to look after the setup, service and clean-up.

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Akaroa Winery

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...

Akaroa Winery will be closed from 3rd May - 1st September and will reopen in Spring with new wines to try! 

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.

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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.

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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) .

  Hire of Pigeon Bay Hall    

 See also the entry for the historic Pigeon Bay Church HERE. 

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Mt Vernon Lodge

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.

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Okuti Hall

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 email

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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.

Our Rooms

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 –

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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. 

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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 for our wedding information document. 

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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. 


  • 21m x 9m size :  hire fee $1750*
  • 15m x 9m size :  hire fee $1500*
  • 9m x 9 m size  : hire fee  $1000*

*The hire charges above are for hire in Akaroa Inner Harbour locations. For Outer Bays and Little River locations, an additional charge applies. 

*The Building Act requires a Building Consent for any Marquee of more than 100 square metres. The consent fee at March 2021 was $590 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.

For all enquiries please call Nigel Harrison on 022 089 7019


Size 6 m x 3 m with 4 sides suitable for use as a catering or refreshment tent, Formal entry to the Marquee, Cover for bands, discos etc.
For hire within Akaroa Inner Harbour locations, the fee is $400. For other Peninsula locations an additional charge will apply. 

If hired in conjunction with the Marquee, the fee is $200. 

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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.

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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.

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Robin + Andie
Wedding Photographers

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!

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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


The Gaiety Bookings & other Christchurch City Council Facilities: 
CCC Booking Line number 03 941 8999. 

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Planning a Conference in Akaroa?

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 for our Conference Information document. 

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