What's on in Akaroa

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!!!

Whats on in Akaroa – March 2017

Ben Waters and Friends, Chris Jagger & The Rolling Stones Band
Location: The Gaiety
Dates: March 17th (Friday) & March 18th (Saturday)
After tours around NZ in 2015 & 2016 Ben Waters returns once again to Akaroa!!!
This time the band will feature Ben’s son Tom, Tim Ries of the Rolling Stones and Bernard Fowler. On top of all this Akaroa will be welcoming the extremely talented singer/songwriter Chris Jagger (Mick’s younger brother) on guitar and vocals. Ben and Chris have played together all over the world for years. Doors open 7pm and tickets are $125.00

La Grande Auto Show
Location: The Recreation Ground
Date: 18th March
Proudly sponsored by Archibald Motors this event brings together for the first time in Akaroa some of the most prestigious cars from the region. There will be a wide variety including McLaren, Jaguar, Porsche, Classic American, Citroen and many more. Entry fee only $5

Le Race
Location: Christchurch to Akaroa
Date: 25th March
It’s that time of the year again. Dust of your devils costume and tune your cow bells as Le Race once again returns to Akaroa. The race kicks of at 8am in the big city (Christchurch) with riders expected to arrive in Akaroa around 10:30. Find a spot and give the competitors your full support!!! Course details, road diversions and general info can be found at Le Race website.


Information provided by Akaroa District Promotions.

Whats on in Akaroa – February 2017

Okains Bay – Waitangi Day Celebrations
Date: 7th February
Location: Okains Bay
Come and help celebrate New Zealand’s national day in the beautiful setting of Okains Bay. See displays form the local museum, sample great kai from the giant hangi and watch the waka come up the river.

Little River Drum Festival
Date: 25-26th February
Location: Little River Camp Ground
Okuti Valley once again is awaken with the rhythmic beats from a selection of fantastic artists. Two days of workshops and performances set in the relaxing surrounds of the Little River campground. Ticket information is available at eventfinda and further information from the Little River Camp Ground

Date: 25th Feb – 5th March
Location: Akaroa Harbour
Not matter if you are a landlubber or an old salty there is something for all kinds of sea legs when Seaweek kicks off this month. Check out Seaweek for special events and promotions in and around Akaroa from the great people @ blackcat, ecoseaker, pohatu penguins and Akaroa dolphins.

Whats on January 2017

The 19th International Akaroa Music festival
Dates: 5th Jan – 22nd Jan
Location: Various

A collection of  professionals and New Zealand’s best young talent once again comes back to Akaroa. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, this Festival is one of Akaroa’s premiere annual events. To purchase your tickets and for further information visit eventfinda or at the Akaroa Adventure Centre.

Antiques & Collectables Fair
Date: 7 – 8 January
Location: The Gaiety
If your New Years resolution was to start a collection or buy some more old stuff then your year will be off to an amazing start with this fair. Everything that you never wanted to own will be there. Get all the $100 bills that santa gave you together and practice your bargaining skills.

2017 Duvauchelle Show
Date: 14th January
Location: Duvauchelle Showgrounds
Come and see the finest of what the Banks Peninsula has to offer at the Duvauchelle Annual show. The big question is will Jane win first prize with her latest home brew!!!!! Ask her what she thinks her chances are when you check in at the motel. Show ground entry is $10 and under 16 free

Whats on December 2016

Akaroa Christmas Picnic in the Park
18 December @ 3:30pm
Akaroa Playground – Next to Ma Maison Restaurant
A Christmas Family Day in the Park. Bring a picnic and park up with family. Be entertained by famous local musicians! Featuring a special guest appearance, jumping castle, face painting, entertainment, games, fun for the family. All are welcome.

Community Christmas Carols
18th December @ 7pm
If you still have the feeling you need more Christmas in your life after the Christmas Picnic clear out your vocal chords and join in with the a round of Christmas carols held at the Akaroa War Memorial. If wet, it will be held at St. Peters Church

New Years Eve
Hilltop Tavern
Soulsystem help you see in the New Year. Tickets are $15.00 or www.undertheradar.co.nz

Whats on November 2016

October 22nd – December 18th
Location: Powerhouse Gallery
This cash and carry exhibition features local artists whom have all provided pieces with a summer feel. Each piece of artwork is available for purchase so as one sells another will be put on display. What you see today might not be the same tomorrow.

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival
Date: November 5th – 26th
Location: Various locations throughout the Peninsula
Numerous walks take place throughout November from the 5th-26th. This annual event is designed by local people who love to share their passion for the Banks Peninsula. Participants will enjoy a refreshing walk and are guaranteed an enjoyable experience as they relax, meet new people and together absorb the stories and atmosphere of this rugged land, right on the doorstep of Christchurch. Visit eventfinda to book tickets and discover what walks are available this year.

‘Inside Out’ – Akaroa and the Bays House and Garden Tour
Date: November 26th & 27th
Location: Various locations around Akaroa and the Bays
A range of wonderful houses and gardens to visit over the weekend. Some famous gardens and a fantastic opportunity to visit some new hidden gems and have a peak into the homes. Don’t miss out. Take your time and come and stay the weekend as there are a huge range of exciting homes & gardens to explore. 10am-5pm all weekend. For more information and ticket sales visit the ‘Inside Out’ eventfinda website

Event information is provided in part by Akaroa District Promotions

What’s on October 2016

Akaroa Farmers Market
Location: Maderia Car Park
Come and sample some of Akaroa’s delicious local produce every Saturday morning. Saturday 9.:30 – 1pm from October through until April.

Banks Peninsula Ball
Saturday October 15th
Location: The Gaiety
Proudly brought to you by the Banks Peninsula RFC this night of fun filled entertainment will not disappoint. The cost is $80 p/p. Christchurch band The Meaniez will be playing so you can rock the the night away. For further information visit their facebook page: Banks Peninsula Ball

October 22nd – December 18th
Location: Powerhouse Gallery
This cash and carry exhibition features local artists whom have all provided pieces with a summer feel. Each piece of artwork is available for purchase so as one sells another will be put on display. What you see oneday might not be the same the next.

For further events and things to do visit akaroa.com

What’s on September 2016

Calle Cuba
Saturday 10th September @ 7:30pm
Plays at the Hilltop Tavern. Check out their events page here for further information.

Journal Writing Workshop
Sunday 11th September 1- 4 pm
Location: Orion Powerhouse Gallery
$25 will gives you the chance to enhance your creative journal writing techniques. Contact Tricia for more detailed information via email – otanerito@gmail.com

Film Screening-‘Most Likely to Succeed’
Thursday 15th September @ 6:45pm
Location: The Gaiety, Akaroa
This Sundance film festival documentary explores an alternative educational system. This is a free screening.

Digital Photography Course
17th-18th September
Location: Art Room at Akaroa Area School
This two day workshop with Raquel Smith will guide you though the art of digital photography. The cost is $80 and further information is available from Leigh at the Akaroa school – lhickey@akaroa.school.nz

Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay
Saturday 17th September
The Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Club hold their 76th running Relay from Christchurch to Akaroa. The finish line is at the Recreation Ground in Akaroa and the teams are expected to arrive around 2.00pm. Come down and cheer them home. The prizegiving will begin at 4.00pm. For information on how to enter email – bkjago@paradise.net.nz

An evening of Belly Dance
Saturday 17th September, doors open 7pm
Location: Akaroa Boat Shed
All the way from Adelaide Evangeline Feary & Cinnabar Red Dance Collective & local group TribalDiva Belly Dance Company will set the Akaroa Boat Shed swaying with an evening of belly dance performances. Tickets $15 on the door or preorder via email – tribaldiva.bellydancers@hotmail.co.nz

Paul Ubana Jones
Saturday 24th September @ 8:30pm
Plays at the Hilltop Tavern. Tickets $25. Check out their events page here for further information.


Information provide by Akaroa District Promotions

Whats on in June 2016

Banks Peninsula Pink Ribbon Lunch
Location: Akaroa Cooking School
9 June @ 12pm
Sample some of the Akaroa cooking schools tastiest fair and support a great cause. $60 pp. All proceeds to Breast Cancer.

Adam Mc Grath
Location: Orion Powerhouse Gallery
11 June.
An intimate night with Adam Mc Grath at the Orion Powerhouse Gallery.
$25 a ticket. BYO drinks and nibbles

Framing Workshop
Location: Orion Powerhouse Gallery
21st and 22nd June 10am -4pm
Come and learn how to cut the matt board (mount board), the backing and then assemble everything and fix into the frame. (Making frames and cutting glass will not be part of the course.)
Most of the equipment you will need you probably have at home, apart perhaps a steel ruler and a cutting knife with breakaway blades. As these two items are essential for the workshop you will need to ‘beg, borrow or buy’ them.
This is a two-day workshop taken by Alice Lewis who has been framing pictures for many years.
Bring along your lunch, a few pictures and some empty frames including the glass, and experiment.
You may the thrilled with the result!
The $50 covers the cost of the course and the materials for two or three pictures.
A list of items to bring will be sent to you on registration.
To register, phone Alice on 027 223 1171 or email: alicelewis@xtra.co.nz.

Frank Worsley: Akaroa’s Inspiring Explorer
Location: The Gaiety, Akaroa.
30th June @ 6pm
The life of Akaroa man Frank Worsley is an extraordinary story. Best known for his role as Captain of the Endurance on Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition and for navigating a small lifeboat across a stormy stretch of Southern Ocean, Worsley’s story continues to inspire explorers a century on.

Join the Antarctic Heritage Trust to learn about Worsley, Antarctic exploration, and the work to conserve the legacy of the early Antarctic explorers. With presentations by Lynda Wallace (Director, Akaroa Museum), Nigel Watson (Executive Director, Antarctic Heritage Trust) and explorer Tom MacTavish, who recently retraced Worsley, Shackleton and Tom Crean’s footsteps across the island of South Georgia, the evening is bound to both inform as well as inspire Worsley’s spirit of exploration.

Email Lydia McLean for more information l.mclean@nzaht.org
Phone: 03 358 0212
Free event/ Koha optional

Information supplied by Akaroa District Promotions