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.

Akaroa Farmers Market

1 Oct 2020 through to 30 Apr 2021

Akaroa Farmers Market

1 Oct 2020 through to 30 Apr 2021

Visit the Akaroa Farmers Market every Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm from October to April. Banks Peninsula has an abundance of produce and passionate gardeners. Our stallholders offer locally grown fruit, veges, herbs, honey, olive oil, olives, nuts and flowers plus locally produced preserves, pickles, jams, sauces, bread, pastries, lavender products, plants, and more.

For more Information on the Akaroa Farmers Market talk to one of the stall holders or contact Neil Barnett.

The Akaroa Farmers Market have a new Facebook page to let folk know what’s happening, what’s in season, who's selling what and any specials stall holders are offering. 

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Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

7 Nov 2020 through to 29 Nov 2020

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

7 Nov 2020 through to 29 Nov 2020

Come and explore beautiful Banks Peninsula this November over four fun weekend 7-29, enjoying the spectacular landscapes that make it such a unique gem. Our guides will lead you on tracks, reserves and private land, sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience along the way. Hear their stories, meet new people and appreciate the ‘great outdoors’ as you go.

This year’s programme is expected to be as popular as ever with a great variety of walks to enjoy all around Banks Peninsula.

Join the continuing multi-year Kaitorete Spit challenge, take the family on the Omahu Bush Kid’s Nature Trail, or visit Le Bons Bays Langer Reserve and take your pooch along for ‘Grunts, Dykes and Dogs!’

Explore the western headland of Akaroa Harbour on Lands End Farm, learn about the military history at Godley Head, or explore the Packsaddle track at Little Port Cooper.

The great variety of walks offers something for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Whether it be history and heritage, botany or geology – you can even have a go at whale spotting! There is something for everyone with a guarantee of beautiful views and scenery along the way.

For more information and booking detail please visit Banks Peninsula Website. 

Family Fun!

Try out some of the family friendly walks in this year's Banks Peninsula Walking Festival!

Sunday 15th November - Walk 13 - Tōtara Transforming Landscapes encircling Rod Donald Hut with Rod Donald Trust Manager Suky Thompson. 

Start with wonderful views over Little River, Port Levy and the surrounding hills. First stop - morning tea at the tōtara graveyard – a great favourite with kids. Then visit a healthy living tōtaras forest plus a new tōtara forest in the making. Descend to Rod Donald Hut for a leisurely lunch. Play on the bunks, create artworks on the blackboard and plan your own family adventures on Banks Peninsula. Learn more about the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust and its vision to develop environmental guardians of the future.  This walk is suitable for families. Children need to be able to walk up approximately 20 minute fairly steep climb after lunch. This 4-5 hour walk will be 5kms in length and climb about 100 meters in altitude. $15 adult, $3 child. Book tickets on Eventfinda Book tickets

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 2020

• 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:

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Pigeon Bay Fundraiser

27 Nov 2020

Pigeon Bay Fundraiser

27 Nov 2020

Pigeon Bay Settlers’ Hall Fundraiser - 27 November

Pigeon Bay Community are flying in the Court Jesters again to scare you scriptless, come and have an evening of hilarity doors open at 6pm show starts at 7.30pm $35 purchase tickets from Courttheatre Drinks available from 6pm cash only. For more details contact Charles 027 7579778

There will be a gourmet sausage sizzle on the night as well

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Akaroa Community Arts Council Events

28 Nov 2020 through to 29 Nov 2020

Akaroa Community Arts Council Events

28 Nov 2020 through to 29 Nov 2020

Make a Creature Mask with John Harding, ex WETA Workshop art director.

28th and 29th November 2020

10am to 4pm each day

$160 for both days

Designed for 12-year olds upwards, grownups are welcome.

John Harding will inspire students to use their imagination and creativity to design then build from clay the creature from your worst nightmares !

Learn how to design a creature face, sculpt it in clay, make a mould then cast it in latex to make a prosthetic creature mask – just like film professionals.

John’s professional working life has been spent designing and art directing for films such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Avatar. He’ll inspire monstrous poses and hideous concepts to show how normal anatomy can be stretched and exaggerated.

All materials supplied. Be quick! There are limited places available.

Please email or go to Akaroa Community Arts Councils website for more details

Akaroa Community Arts Council brings you yet more art!

Please visit our website www.akaroaarts.co.nz for full information, including all cost options and registration forms.

Or just call Lesley - 021 527184. 

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Inside Out Garden Tour

28 Nov 2020 through to 29 Nov 2020

Inside Out Garden Tour

28 Nov 2020 through to 29 Nov 2020

Inside Out Garden Tour 2020

The wait is over!  Akaroa’s extremely popular Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden Tour is on this November and it is bigger and better than ever with a fabulous range of houses and gardens, some never open to the public before. This is your chance to have a sneak- peek around some of the most beautiful gardens in the South Island, all with their unique character and situated in stunning locations. Held every two years, this is a not to be missed event, for anyone interested in beautiful homes and gorgeous gardens.  The Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden Tour takes place over 2 days on the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29th November 2020- with 13 amazing gardens to discover, at your own pace, on a flexible self-drive program.  Why not plan to stay over in one of Akaroa’s cosy Bed and Breakfast, motels or other unique accommodation on offer and take the time to enjoy the restaurants, local produce, and café culture in this beautiful historic seaside village.  

Gardens open from 10am – 5pm all weekend, and tickets are $30 

Purchase your ticket from Eventfinder until Wednesday

Click here to Purchase Tickets

Tickets are available all week including the weekend from Little River Gallery, Akaroa Museum and Akaroa i-Site, 

General Information:
No ticket refunds. No dogs, please. The Garden Tour will take place wet or fine. 

Inside-Out-Brochure-2020.pdf

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Tim Jarvis & The Alexandra Shackleton: Akaroa

5 Dec 2020

Tim Jarvis & The Alexandra Shackleton: Akaroa

5 Dec 2020

Tim Jarvis is coming to Akaroa - Virtually 

The Christchurch Foundation is bringing Tim VIRTUALLY to Akaroa to speak about exploration, climate change, as well Akaroa's own intrepid explorer Frank Worsley, the captain of The Endurance, the ship that sank, crushed by sea ice on one of Shackleton's Antarctic explorations.
Tim, one of the worlds great living explorers has successfully replicated Shackleton and Worsley's trip from Elephant Island to South Georgia, sailing through the treacherous southern ocean.

Saturday 5th December 2pm - 5pm 

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In 2013, Tim Jarvis, one of the world's great living explorers, faithfully built a replica of the original James Caird and renamed her the Alexandra Shackleton.  Tim and his team successfully replicated Shackleton and Worsley's trip from Elephant Island to South Georgia. The team also used the same 1913 compass and navigation equipment Shackleton and Worsley had access to and ate the same unpalatable food.  The crossing involved sailing in a converted lifeboat only 7m long and with no keel across 1200km from Elephant Island to South Georgia. Sailing over the treacherous and feared southern oceans, dodging icebergs and manoeuvring through 5m waves.

 

Tim has very generously agreed to make the Alexandra Shackleton available to the city of Christchurch, via The Christchurch Foundation.  The Foundation has agreed to locate the boat in Akaroa, believing this to be its spiritual home, given Worsley’s childhood spent here, prior to using his peninsula-taught skills in the world's oceans. There will be something quite magical about being able to see, and even touch, the very vessel in which six brave explorers conquered their demons and somehow managed to achieve the almost impossible.

 

For too long Frank Worsley has not received the proper recognition his feats deserved. He has also lived in the shadow of Shackleton to the extent that his name is not even mentioned sometimes in coverage of Shackleton's famous exploits. The truth is that none of the 28 survivors of the Endurance would have lived to tell their story had it not been for the heroic navigational efforts of Akaroa’s Frank Worsley.

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Barry Saunders & Kate Thompson

18 Dec 2020

Barry Saunders & Kate Thompson

18 Dec 2020

Send off the work year in style by seeing two of New Zealand's finest alt-country artists perform an intimate set at Akaroa's Ma Maison.

Warratah and gentleman of the road Barry Saunders is teaming up with West Coast queen of country Katie Thompson for an intimate "one night only" show . 

Katie has been joining The Warratahs on stage since they first met back in 2013. After getting along so well Barry and Katie decided to pair up for a West Coast tour back in 2015 much to the crowds delight. These two alt-country artists will most certainly help you send off the work year in style. 

To Book your tickets Click here

Doors 8.30pm | Show starts 9pm

Dinner service from 5:30pm until 7:30pm - bookings essential.




















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Akaroa FrenchFest

15 Oct 2021 through to 17 Oct 2021

Akaroa FrenchFest

15 Oct 2021 through to 17 Oct 2021

Escape to picturesque Akaroa and immerse yourself in French culture, entertainment and romance as we celebrate Banks Peninsula's unique history at the biennial Akaroa French Festival. 15th Oct 2021 through to 17th Oct 2021. www.akaroafrenchfest.co.nz

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