What's on?

An event for every occasion and activities for every season. Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has an exciting calendar of events all year round.

Want to host your own event? Find out how Akaroa District Promotions can help organise and promote it here.

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

23 Nov 2019 through to 24 Nov 2019

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

23 Nov 2019 through to 24 Nov 2019

The Walking Festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula. The walks will take place over the weekends of November 2 & 3 November, 9 &10 November, 16 & 17 November and 23 & 24 November 2019. The event is designed by local people who love to share their passion for this special place with people from the wider community. 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.

  • Project Lyttelton
  • Little River Wairewa Community Trust
  • Rod Donald Trust
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Rata Foundation
  • Akaroa District Promotions

Walks will showcase our communities and their diversity and range from information rich short tours of the towns, to major tramps across the hills, so there is something for everyone young and old, fit or not so fit, planned into the program.

You must register for the walks on Eventfinda.
The departure place will be revealed to you once you have booked the walk. 

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival
November 2019

• Experienced leaders for all walks
• Town, rural and wilderness walks
• Special walks for dogs, photographers, sketchers, parents and babies, historians and botanists
• Walks for all ages and fitness levels
• Walks all over the Banks Peninsula
• Bookings essential

Four wonderful weekends:

Programme available from outdoor stores, libraries, Lyttelton, Little River and Akaroa Information Centres and www.bankspeninsulawalks.co.nz/banks-peninsula-walking-festival/

History…geology….botany…art….adventures….overnight camps and tramps. 

Walks will showcase our communities and their diversity and range from information rich short tours of the towns, to major tramps across the hills, so there is something for everyone young and old, fit or not so fit, planned into the program.

Full brochures can be picked up from the Akaroa Adventure Centre once they are out. 

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Antiques and Collectible Fair

4 Jan 2020 through to 5 Jan 2020

Antiques and Collectible Fair

4 Jan 2020 through to 5 Jan 2020

Antiques and Collectible Fair - Akaroa Museum

The Friends of Akaroa Museum are holding an Antiques and Collectible Fair, this is there annual fundraiser to help raise funds to support the Akaroa Museum, Why not make a weekend of it, and while you are here pop in and look around the Museum.

Antiques & Collectibles Fair will be held at the 

"The Gaiety" -  Rue Jolie 

Saturday 4th January 2020 10 am – 4.30 pm

Sunday 5th January 2020 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Entry $5.00

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Waitangi Day Commemorations

6 Feb 2020

A great family fun day out in Okains Bay. Events include a traditional Maori welcome onto the Marae, a magnificent carved waka being paddled up the river, colonial displays, exhibits, crafts, vintage engines, printing presses, children’s games, a traditional hangi lunch, music and a garden bar and so much more. 

Okains Bay Commemorations
Nau mai, Haere mai. Join us at the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum for a family day to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Highlights include a pōwhiri (traditional welcome), hāngī lunch, children’s races, face mask parade, penny-farthings, Punch and Judy show, and the paddling of our magnificent waka on the Ōpara River. Time to be advised. View the Museum’s amazing collections and enjoy continuous demonstrations all day including bread baking in a traditional clay oven, master weavers, working blacksmith and print shop. Crafts, stalls, lolly scramble, sausage sizzle, espresso coffee, garden bar, cafeteria and more! The Waitangi Day commemorations at Okains Bay are the largest and longest standing in the South Island with 2020 being the 45th consecutive commemoration. 

Entrance Adults $10, Children $2

Please bring cash. No ATM available.

Please phone the Museum for more details 03 304 8611 or check out their facebook page for updates:
https://www.facebook.com/Okains-Bay-Maori-and-Colonial-Museum-199553010101485/

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Le Race

21 Mar 2020

Le Race

21 Mar 2020

This annual cycle race starts in the middle of Christchurch at 7.30am for the pre-race briefing and then it's all go at 8.00am. The finish line is in the centre of Akaroa, followed by prize giving on the Akaroa recreation ground. Make a weekend of it by booking into 1 of the many wonderful B&B's in Akaroa and enjoy a family weekend away. Be warned! This is not your ordinary 100 km race. Hugely popular across all abilities, amazing views and more hills than you can shake a pump at.

FACEBOOK page HERE.

Future dates:

  • 27 March 2021 
  • 26 March 2022
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Akaroa & Bays Lions Paddy's Market

11 Apr 2020

Akaroa & Bays Lions Paddy's Market

11 Apr 2020

Every year the locals await the Akaroa & Bays Lions Paddy's Market on the Recreation Green. Come and enjoy this fundraiser for the Lions and take away lots of bargains. Furniture, collectables, tools, house hold goods you name it, you can find it on the Green at the Paddy’s Market. White Elephant starts 10.00am and Auction starts at 10.30am.  

WHITE ELEPHANT 10.00 AM

AUCTION STARTS 10.30 AM

CONVENOR JEFF GREENING
03 304 8866
027 537 0400

LIONS PRESIDENT
PAUL De LATOUR
03 304 8518
027 2034046

SECRETARY
JIM COUBROUGH
03 304 8738
021 669381

Lions Club
Po Box 13
Akaroa
7542

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Anzac Day in Akaroa

25 Apr 2020

Akaroa

Anzac Day in Akaroa

25 Apr 2020

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Anzac is 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War, and is a public holiday.  

BP RSA President Jim Coubrough

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