What's on in Akaroa

Whats on in Akaroa – February 2018

Waitangi Day @ Okains Bay

Location: Okains Bay
Dates: 6th February from 9am
The annual Waitangi Day celebrations once again take place at Okains Bay. A great array of activities to entertain all the family. The waka paddling starts at 9:30am and the powhiri at 10:30am. Entry is $10 for adults & $2 for kids (Cash Only)

Dragon Boat Racing

Location: Children’s Bay boat ramp
Date: 11th February
The fun and colours of the dragon boats hit the beach at Childrens Bay for the 5th year in a row. Come and check out this spectacle as teams battle it out over a variety of races. Teams entry fee is $100 per boat and all spectators are free.

Ben Waters and Friends

Location: The Gaiety
Date: 17th February @ 7pm
Once again this musical maestro returns to Akaroa to entertain the masses. Tickets are $100.00 and can be found via eventfinda


Whats on in Akaroa – January 2018

Akaroa Scarecrow Trail

Location: Around the Akaroa township
Date: Is on for all of January
A great activities to help entertain the kids these school holidays. Head to the Akaroa i-Site, buy a map for $10 and search for the TV characters around Akaroa. If you get them all correct you will go in the draw to win a prize!  All proceeds go to Duvauchelle School. We have done this with the kids over a couple of days and was a great way to explore the town. Visit the Scarecrow Facebook page for further info.

The International Akaroa Music Festival

Location: Various venues around Akaroa
Date: 12th – 28th of January
Akaroa is once again blessed with some of the finest up and coming musical talent in this years 11th Akaroa Music festival. Check out Akaroa Music Festival for who is play where and when.

Duvauchelle A & P Show

Location: Duvauchelle
Date: 13th January
The 149th Duvauchelle show kicks off this January and it’s gonna be a good one. Fine weather is predicted and it will be the place to be on Saturday the 13th.
Competitions begin 8.30am including Equestrian Section, Children’s Pets, Shearing and Indoor competitions. Make sure you check out the beer section and see if Jane has won again with her latest batch of home brew.
Trade and Food stalls galore plus entertainment for adults through to little ones. Including pony rides, bouncy castle, gumboot toss, cold beer @ the bar and music.
The event of the day is always the terrier racing just before the Grand Parade – bring your terrier and win great prizes for your dog. This year there is a Pet Dog section so bring in your pet dog and enter on the day (All dogs must be kept on a lead).
Further info check out Duvauchelle Show 2018

Information provided in part by Akaroa District Promotions

Whats on in Akaroa – December 2017

Akaroa Photographic Competition

Location: Wherever you are on the peninsula
Date: All throughout summer
akaroa.com’s annual photography competition is on again. This year the competition revolves around the theme “Life in the Crater”.  Submit your best pic of life in and around Akaroa harbour to win some amazing prizes. The competition closes 28th of February 2018.
Further information and the list of prizes can be found at akaroa.com

High Tea

Location: Little Bistro
Date: Sunday 10th December
High tea hits Rue Lavuad this December. Take time out from your Christmas shopping and enjoy a lovely selection of freshly baked scones, individual cakes and savoury goodness.
A full High Tea option ($20pp) or a simple Cream Tea ($12pp) of sweet and savoury scones with clotted cream and home made lemon curd.
Bookings essential please.  Contact Debs on email or phone debs@cakeakaroa.co.nz  022 3079974.

Christmas Picnic in the Park

Location: Akaroa Playground, Rue Jolie
Date: Sunday 17th December @ 3:30pm.
A Christmas Family Day in the Park. Bring a picnic and park up with family. Be entertained by a selection of local musicians! All welcome. A Community Christmas Event. Awesome entertainment from the world famous Mullet Man to the jolly fat man in red pants (aka Santa). Also face painting and more music.


Whats on in Akaroa – November 2017

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

Location: Throughout Banks Peninsula
Dates: Various
The walking festival in once again being held this month with amazing guided walks to be held all over the Peninsula. If you love the outdoors and want to learn more about our slice of heaven then this a must do. Booking are necessary and many walks are already heavily booked. Check out eventfinder for further information and prices.

Akaroa Classic & Traditional Boat Regatta

Location: Akaroa Recreation Ground
Date: 11th & 12th of November
If you are into all things nautical then this biannual event is going to be a treat for you. Put on your sailors cap, check out pieces of history, see all the things you can’t afford and maybe even learn some new skills. The Akaroa recreation ground and harbour will be filled with sails as a multitude of vessels are displayed and shown off. Visit Akaroa classic for further information

Akaroa Farmers Market

Start your Saturday with a leisurely walk down to the local market. Enjoy a freshly made crepe and wash it down with a strong coffee or perhaps pick up some locally smoked salmon to fill your lunchtime baguette. The market is on every Saturday until Easter at the Maderia hotel.


Information provided in part by Akaroa district Promotions

Whats on in Akaroa – October 2017

French Festival

Location: All around the township
Date: 6th, 7th & 8th of October

The pinnacle of the Akaroa events calendar returns this October bigger and brighter than ever. The festival is spread over three days and kicks off with a street party on the Friday night.
The Saturday begins with a dramatised reenactment by the first settlers arrival. A parade then wanders down Rue Lavaud to the market day. Here the festival really kicks into life. Roving entertainment, food stalls, local wine and beer, numerous bands, French games and the penatque competition will keep you entertained all day. Once the sun sets Le Cabaret will keep the dancing going until late.
Sunday sees the first family day at the Onuku Marae (11am – 3pm). There will be free buses leaving from Akaroa to attend the event. There is no parking available at Onuku. There is a powhiri at 11am and a hangi at 12:30
A majority of the events are free however Le Cabaret is $25.00 p/p and for the powhiri on the Sunday a $10.00 p/p koha/donation is expected.

Check out the French Fest facebook page for all the updates

Paddy’s Market

Location: Recreation ground
Date: 21st October, Saturday
There will be bargains galore at the Lions Club’s annual Paddy’s Market. This giant garage sale ensures that you can finally bid on the things you have always wanted but have never been allowed. Next door the Akaroa bowls club will also be holding a book sale at the same time.

Akaroa Farmer’s Market

Location: Maderia Car Park
Date: Saturday mornings
This weekly market operates all summer long on a Saturday morning. Ease into Saturdays by trying the famous Kingfisher smoked salmon, have a waffle at the cafe or grab some fresh local produce.



Whats on in Akaroa – September 2017

Location: Hilltop Tavern
Date: 2nd September, Saturday @ 7:30
Ethel & Bethel host a fun night of bingo at the hilltop tavern. Cost is $5 per adult and there will also be a free movie and popcorn for children under 16. Booking are essential – Phone: Melissa on (03) 3251005

Fathers Day High Tea
Location: Pigeon Bay Town Hall
Date: 3rd September, Sunday
What a way to treat dad!! Relax, enjoy beautiful views and all the serenity of Pigeon Bay while sipping a cup of the Earls finest and nibbling on some tasty morsels.
Available from 11am – 3pm. High tea $18 p/p, Cream Tea $10 p/p, Kids $7 p/p
Booking are highly recommended. Contact Debs – (03) 3046708

Masquerade Ball
Location: The Gaiety
Date: 23rd September, Saturday
This must attend black tie event is one of the highlights in the Akaroa social calendar. Doors open from 7pm and The Meaniez will keep the dance floor alive until midnight. Canapes and a cash bar will be available. Tickets $80 or get in before Sept 4th for early bird price ($65) See itickets.co.nz for further information.


Information provided by Akaroa District Promotions

Whats on in Akaroa – August 2017

Date: Friday 11th August
Location: Knox Church, Pigeon Bay
This collaborative music project between Henare Kaa and Tim Driver has evolved from inspiration from the life and works of J Dilla. The duo combines modern digital sounds with analog soul and a range of styles – from delicate soul to intense electronica and everything in between. Set in the unique Knox Church this is going to be the event to attend this August. Tickets are $15 and can be purchase by calling Elena on 0273070576.

Gary McCormick – Comedy Solo
Date: Saturday 19th August
Location: Akaroa Yacht Club
Flying solo this year Gary McCormick delivers yet another night of laughter and entertainment. Tickets are $42.00 and can be purchased from the Akaroa Yacht Club. Show starts at 7:30pm

Omoana Press Art Class – Etching Workshop
Date: 19th & 20th of August
Location: 6063 Akaroa Highway, Duvauchelle
An introduction to hard ground etching on zinc plates using traditional techniques. With wet weather predicted, pray for more rain and immerse yourself in Anna Dalzell’s world class skills for a weekend. The classes runs 9:30am – 4pm on both days, all materials provided and the course costs $180. Space is limited. Contact Omoana Press for further info.


Information provided in part by Akaroa District Promotions

Whats on in Akaroa – July 2017

Roller disco
Date: 7th July
Location: Akaroa Area School Gymnasium.
This a chance to show off your mad skating skills. Dress up and impress!!! $5pp, includes skate hire.

Mid Winter White out party.
Date: 15th July @ 7pm
Location: The Gaiety
A great opportunity to dance the winter blues away. Featuring the Neill Pickard Band and a host of local tallent. $25 tickets at the Akaroa Museum. 7pm. All welcome

Quiz Night
Date: 28 July @ 7pm
Location: Akaroa Area School Gymnasium
Akaroa Area School Fundraiser Quiz Night with host Bob Masefield. Tickets are $60 for a team of four.



Information provided by Akaroa District Promotions

Whats on in Akaroa – May 2017

Maderia Quiz Night
Location: Maderia Hotel
Date: Wednesday 3rd May
The local pub has once again put together a challenging night of trivia to test even the sharpest minds. With bar tabs up of grabs the this should see the cream rise to the top. Free entry!!!

High Tea
Location: Pigeon Bay Hall
Date: Sunday 14th May (Mothers Day)
Stuck for ways to spoil mum this mother days. Head over to Pigeon Bay hall and relax with a cuppa and selection of tasty treats. Same price as usual, $18 for high tea and $10 for cream tea, $7 for wee ones. Booking advised via Deb 0223079974 or 03 304 6708

Akaroa Cooking School
Location: 81 Beach Road, Akaroa
Dates: All throughout winter
What a better way to spend a rainy winters day than sampling some of the Peninsulas finest dishes accompanied with matching wines. The team at the Akaroa Cooking School will ensure you leave with some amazing inspiration to create you own gourmet delights. Check out all their upcoming classes: Akaroa Cooking School

What’s On in Akaroa – April 2017

A Long Lunch with Champagne Mumm
Location: Little Bistro
Date: 9th April @ 12:30pm
The fantastic team at Little Bistro are joined by your host Mathilde Laborde (Brand ambassador from Mumm Champagne). A three course meal will ensure that your taste buds are left delighted and the delicate bubbles of the matched Mumm champagne make the afternoon a memorable one. The cost is $89.00 p/p. Bookings are essential and can be made via the Little Bistro website or by calling 03 304 7314

Le Cabaret De La Vie
Location: The Gaiety Hall, Akaroa
Date: 15th April @ 7:30pm
An evening of Jazz, Blues and Burlesque will be the highlight of the Easter weekend in Akaroa. The entertainment consists of Ma Bell & guests, The Penny Blacks, Graham Wardrop & Elizabeth Braggins, Bob Heinz, Madame Tragedie & The Big Ugly, Mike Kime and special guest Miss Bonita Danger Doll.
The event is BYO refreshments and tickets are $35.00 They can be purchased via www.millerbellmusic.com

Cruising Out Party
Location: The Bach Restaurant & Bar
Date: Tuesday 18 April. 5.30pm until 10:45pm
While the last cruise ship for the season, the ‘Sirena’ departs for it’s next destination the community is having a traditional end of season get together. This will take place from 5.30pm onwards and will be at The Bach. There will be happy hour prices on the house drinks. This is free event and all are welcome to attend this function. That means you!!!