Akaroa is Maori for ‘long harbour’. The historic village is snuggled into a wide bay in between spectacular volcanic cliffs. The permanent population in Akaroa is around 632 people and swells significantly over summer with domestic and international visitors. Akaroa is the main town for the inner harbour and the outer bays and you will find everything you need there. An interesting and creative community where people respect their environment, ‘life in the crater’.
Your local village map can be found here.
Akaroa & Bays Civil Defence Info-Christchurch City Council. In a civil defence emergency refer to the back pages of the telephone yellow pages book for information on what to do. Area Co-ordinator- Clive Weir Area Welfare Co-ordinator- Rob Grigg Listen to the local radio statio. Akaroa Radio. Akaroa FM 90.1-90.9 mhz. For local places to meet in an emergency go to 'more details'.
LocationAkaroa & the Bays
The Akaroa and Bays Plunket Volunteer Group offers support, information and social opportunities to families with children aged birth-5 years. If you would like to become involved with the Group, please contact our Convenor, Annabel. Our friendly and informal evening meetings are held once every 3 months in Akaroa, and new members are always welcome. Also if you are new to the area and need some help finding social networks and support in this area, contact Annabel, or Wendy, our Well Child Nurse.
Tracey runs a great fitness class. Wednesdays is for the oldies. Class time is 10.30am – 11.25am. Thursdays 5.30pm Group Fitness Barbell Power Workout. Designed for all levels of fitness. Lots of fun! $5 per class. Trinity Church Hall beside Heartlands Centre. For more information contact Tracey 021 1355 271.
Location39 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone021 1355 271
Lions are ordinary men, women and young people from all walks of life who are united in their desire to make a difference by contributing their personal time and talents to help other people. Our motto is “We Serve”. We are community volunteers who roll up our sleeves to help young people, elderly, the ailing, the needy and the environment. Lions respond to the needs of our community and are involved in a diverse range of projects and activities.
LocationAkaroa & the Bays
Phone03 304 8738
Akaroa Area School is a small school with strong community links and a family atmosphere. Students from Year 1 to Year 13 mix naturally and harmoniously with each other in an environment where we embrace whanaungatanga (familyness) as the foundation for akoranga (learning) where our tuakana (seniors or older siblings) mentor, support and care for our teina (juniors or younger siblings).
Location141 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7108
Fax03 304 8781
Akaroa Bowling Club. 42-46 Rue Jolie, is situated opposite the Recreation Ground in Rue Brittain. Because of the synthetic surface the green is of fairly even temperament and ordinary walking shoes are ok for playing. No sharp heels please. A $5 green fee per person is sufficient to allow for full game. Bowls are available for those who have none with them and are in crates inside the second door from the entrance. Mats, jacks and score boards in there too. Corporate or social groups catered for by arrangement.
Location42-46 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7209
Akaroa Bridge Club has 60 members who play mixed grade on Monday nights 7.30pm at the Akaroa Golf Club, Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle. Table fee is $5 per person ($1 is a donation to the Akaroa Health Hub). Play usually finishes about 10.30pm. Visitors are welcome. Partners may be found for those who need one. Please contact the partner finder on the website. See the website for more info.
Locationat the Akaroa Golf Club
We are a community group that promote and encourage art in the community. We run Community arts Initiatives in Akaroa and are instrumental in offering a variety of opportunities for the encouragement of creativity within the community. Projects include ArtSpot, Workshops, Easter Eggstravaganza, Art Xpress, Poetry Day and other art related activities in our community.
The Akaroa Croquet Club is located in the sports area adjacent to the tennis courts, and on the seaward side of the car park behind the Grand Hotel. The club comprises of two full size croquet lawns, has its own club rooms and welcomes visitors from other croquet clubs either within New Zealand or from overseas. For visitors we offer playing equipment and have a green fee charge of $8.00 for a full days play. Contact Evelyn Oliver (Secretary) on 304 5040 if you would like to play.
Location48 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
The Akaroa District Promotions Society Inc (ADP) is a grouping of business operators in the greater Akaroa area. The aims and objectives of ADP are to: 1. Aid the growth of the economy in the ADP region by fostering the development of tourism activities and lobbying for the development and maintenance of necessary infra-structural services. 2. Promote a spirit of community endeavour and engagement. 3. Protect and enhance the local environment. 4.Promote the ADP region as a tourism destination that welcomes, involves and satisfies visitors.
Phone03 304 7816
A tapestry of tales will unfold as you explore romantic Akaroa, the oldest and best preserved colonial town in the South Island, and its only French settlement. For groups we recommend a Historic walk with a guide in person - pre-booking is essential. Contact Suky to discuss a quote for group bookings.
Phone03 304 7733
A popular course with panoramic views. This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of picturesque Akaroa harbour. We hire out equipment at a reasonable rate. Please phone us for all your enquiries. We also hire out the Golf Club for weddings and functions.
LocationPawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle
Phone03 304 5704
The Akaroa Health Centre has now moved to a temporary place on 110 Rue Jolie until the new Health Hub is built. The hospital is currently not in use due to earthquake damage. They are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday for routine clinic appointments phone 03 304 7004. If you require a Doctor out of hours phone the clinic number and follow the prompts to talk to the Duty Doctor. IN AN EMERGENCY AT ANY TIME PHONE 111.
Location110 Rue Jolie
The Akaroa Health Hub is the new integrated health care facility being developed in the wake of the closure of the earthquake-damaged Akaroa Hospital. It will be located on the site of the Akaroa Hospital and is expected to be open by July 2016. Construction is funded by a partnership of the Akaroa community with the Canterbury District Health Board and Ngāi Tahu Property Ltd. For more information, please see our website at www.akaroahealthhub.org.nz
To promote, support and provide charitable services that are beneficial to the community within Akaroa and surrounding areas and in particular, promote services relating to employment initiatives, aged peoples' welfare, environmental concerns, youth activities and initiatives with emphasis on needs of youth at risk, artistic and cultural education.
Location39 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
'Put your roots down in Akaroa, plant a tree!.' The Akaroa Heritage Park is accessible from Long Bay Road or on foot via Woodill's Track. Since it was established in 1992, over 1000 native trees have been planted by individual tree enthusiasts. For more information about Heritage Park contact Virginia Wigram on 03 304 8556 or Jeremy Buchanan on 03 304 8445.
LocationLong Bay Road, Akaroa
The Akaroa i-Site - Akaroa Adventure Centre is the Akaroa Information & Visitor Centre. They welcome international and local visitors to Akaroa. The team of local experts provide a FREE Booking Service for a range of activities; dolphin nature harbour cruises, wildlife sailing, dolphin swimming, alpaca, penguin and sheep tours, surf lessons, personalized tours, spectacular walks, kayaking, Stand up Paddle Boarding, Biking and Mini Golf, plus accommodation from basic to beautiful. Let us plan your stay to enable you to have the 'fun'. We are also a New Zealand Post & LTNZ Agency. Open 7 days 9 am to 7 pm (summer hours).
Location74a Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7784
The Akaroa Library offers free membership for ratepayers and residents. Visitors welcome. Free wifi, email and internet access. Hours 10.00 - 4.30 Weekdays, 10.00 - 1.00 Saturdays. Akaroa Library is a joint use school and community library and is part of the Christchurch City Libraries network. Web page HERE. Visitors in the library are welcome to browse the Christchurch City Libraries online databases. web page HERE.
Location2 Selwyn Street, Akaroa
Phone03 304 1177
Fax03 304 1177
The Akaroa Lighthouse Preservation Society moved the lighthouse from the Akaroa heads to its present location on 2 August 1980. Today a roster of volunteers 'man' the light house to enable the public to visit and view this iconic historic Akaroa landmark. All funds raised are reinvested into maintaining the lighthouse for all to enjoy. Opening hours are 11am – 2pm both Sundays and cruise ship days. 10 minutes walk along water. $2.50 Adults, 50c Children to go up.
The Akaroa Pest Control Group is a group of volunteers aiming to help protect biodiversity values around Akaroa. There are a number of pest plants on Banks Peninsula that pose a serious threat to the future of regenerating forest and biodiversity values around Akaroa and the surrounding bays. Members of this group hope to help the community by providing education, advice and where appropriate assistance with control work.
LocationAkaroa & the Bays
Akaroa Playcentre is for babies and children aged 0-6 years old and their families. Many of our parents stay on-session by choice which means we have a high adult to child ratio, however parents are only required to stay on-session when they are on their rostered duty, about twice a term. Staying on-session is a great chance to play and learn alongside their children, and to see other parents and share the ups and downs of parenting.
LocationAkaroa Sports Pavillion Building at the Recreation Ground
Akaroa FM 90.1-90.9 mhz. Akaroa radio broadcasts into the Akaroa basin area with spill over to the remote back bays. We are a community type station based in Wainui and do not make commercial profit. Our focus is to provide value radio services to visitors and local people alike here on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand. Easy listening radio twenty four hours a day.
Phone03 304 8423
Fax03 304 8423
We are a Toy Library based in Akaroa. We lend out toys, play equipment, DVD's, videos etc. We have a large range of toys that your children will enjoy. We also lend to casual visitors who are only in Akaroa for a short time. If you would like to hire toys on a casual basis the cost is $15 and you can contact Hollie on 03 304 7816 or 027 4197507.
Location57 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
PHONE: 111 (ask for FIRE)
CHIEF FIRE OFFICER: M Thomson
ABOUT US: The Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade has been serving the Akaroa and Bays communities proudly since 1877.
Our brigade is made up entirely of volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Location49 Beach Road, Akaroa
We are a small but busy and innovative club catering for cruising and racing yachts as well as launches and power boats. We have a functional and user friendly clubhouse complete with large deck areas and a long jetty for club members to utilize especially during the busy racing season from October through until early June. We also hire out the club house for venue hire, weddings & conferences.
LocationBeach Road, Akaroa
Local Computer Service & Support-We are a small family owned business providing IT support to homes and businesses around Banks Peninsula and around Christchurch. Our services include everything from IT & computer support to laptop and desktop repairs.
LocationOffice:455 Western Valley Road, Little River
The first mass was celebrated in Akaroa in August 1840, and this church, the third, was built in the 1865. Mass is at 10 am on Wednesday and Friday and always at NOON when a Cruise ship is in Akaroa harbour. Mass time is also on SUNDAY at 9.30 am.
Visitors and Cruise ship tourists are most welcome. Enquiries are welcomed for marriages, baptisms and funerals. Ring Fr Paul Shannahan sm 03 304-7083.
Location 29 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7083
Orion, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council, has installed two public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Akaroa. One is located at Rue Brittan and the other on Beach Road near the Fire Station. These public chargers are available 24/7 and are free to use. To start using the chargers, you will need to create an account and order a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag at charge.net.nz. In line with New Zealand guidelines, charging cables aren’t attached to the chargers so you will need to provide your own cable, specific to your electric vehicle.
LocationAkaroa-Rue Brittan & Beach Road by the Fire Station
The Akaroa Civic Trust has developed a database of all the historic buildings and sites in the Akaroa historic area. If you would like to find the location of the cottage that used to be in your family way back or find the name of the person that build your family bach, the database is a great place to start. The database is fully searchable from the Akaroa Civic Trust website.
There are 3 Laundries where you can wash and dry clothes in Akaroa.
1. Akaroa Public Laundry Facility situated at the Akaroa Waterfront Motels 56 Rue Jolie, Akaroa. Opening hours 8am – 9pm. Call in at Motel office first. Charges $4 wash, $4 dry. 4. email@example.com 03 304 7484.
2. Akaroa Village Inn Laudry. Situated by the Akaroa Main Wharf. Opening hours 8am – 8pm. Call in at Motel office first. Charges $4 wash, $4 dry. firstname.lastname@example.org 03 304 1111.
3. Akaroa Laundry. Entrance is off Rue Pompallier, Akaroa. Akaroa Laundry is a commercial laundry where you can leave your clothes there to get washed. Open 10am-2pm daily and closed on Wednesdays. 022 0407511.
Location3 locations in Akaroa
The Akaroa Civic Trust has developed a database of all the historic buildings and sites in the Akaroa Historic Area. If you would like to find the location of the Cottage that used to be in your family way back or find the name of the person that build your family bach, the database is a great place to start. The database is fully searchable from the Akaroa Civic Trust website.
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. All proceeds from the hire will go to support our local charitable causes.
LocationAkaroa & Banks Peninsula
Phone03 304 8711
Visit the Museum at the heart of historic Okains Bay. Enjoy the relaxed environment as you learn about life on Banks Peninsula in former times. Significant taonga Maori and early European items are among the exciting range of treasures on display in the Museum’s diverse complex of heritage buildings. Gift shop, tea and coffee available. Just 2kms to beautiful Okains Beach. Hours 10am – 5pm daily. Open every day except Christmas Day.
LocationMain Road, Okains Bay
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.
Phone03 3251 929
Come and have your Palm read in Akaroa! Experienced reader of over twenty years based specifically in Akaroa. Palm Reading is the ancient science of reading personality and individual traits through the shape, and lines on the hand. The future cannot be told as the lines especially are just a ‘reflection’ of the way we think, the patterns of neurons in the brain, or rivers of thought. This fascinating science can help to understand the way we individually react to the world around us, point out our strengths, and encourage us to work on our weak points.
LocationPigeon Bay & Akaroa
Phone0274 984 529
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. See also the entry for the historic newly refurbished Pigeon Bay Settlers Hall on this site
Location28 Wharf Road, Pigeon Bay
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 and catered gatherings, and features a sprung dance floor.
Location40 Wharf Road, Pigeon Bay
Pompallier House is a 'Home away from Home'. It is situated close to the heart of Akaroa township and offers respite care, carer support and private paying facilities for a maximum of 11 residents. Families holidaying on Banks Peninsula can arrange for an elderly relative to stay at the house so that they can still have the benefit of home care. Please phone the Nurse Manager, Alison Gallagher for more information.
Location Cnr Rue Lavaud and Rue Viard, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7396
Recreational Water Quality-If you want to know what the state is of our recreational water quality go to this Ecan web page. Check there for the latest information and about the sampling history.
St Peter’s have entered into a partnership for worship and mission with Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rue Lavaud. St Peter’s hosts services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 9.30 am. Trinity Presbyterian host the services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, also at 9.30 am. A special community-oriented service is held later in the day when there is a 5th Sunday. A timber copy of an English parish church. Enquiries can be made to Rev Michael Baker. Free guided tours of the church are available.
Location10 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7051
St John is a charitable organisation that provides emergency ambulance services in 97% of New Zealand’s geographic locations, as well as a portfolio of complementary health services designed to build resilient communities. The St John NZ vision is enhanced health and well-being for all New Zealanders. St John have provided ambulance services in New Zealand since 1885 and we are playing an increasing role in meeting the broader health needs of our communities, in partnership with other organisations. We would love to have your support for our Ambulance services in Akaroa. Your support will help us to care for people and the community.
Phone027 521 7022
The Banks Peninsula Branch of the Christchurch Pony Club has a Rally on the second Sunday of every month at the Pony Club / Show Grounds in Duvauchelle. Children from ages 4 – 18 are taught how to care for their ponies, gain and improve riding skills, have fun with their ponies and make new friends with similar interests. Adult riding members are also welcome as are volunteer instructors.
LocationChristchurch Akaroa Road, Duvauchelle
Phone03 304 7744
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.
Location105 Rue Jolie
Phone03 941 8999
The Garden at French Farm sits on the banks of the lovely Te Waimangu Stream in the French Farm Valley on Banks Peninsula. It contains dramatic herbaceous borders forming a natural colourful amphitheatre above the stream featuring tulips, irises, daylilies and dahlias depending on the season. The intention of the planting is to tie the ornamental garden into the wider landscape with its magnificent backdrop of native bush and surrounding hills. Open most days and when the sign is out. Welcome to come and visit.
Location104 French Farm Valley Road, Near Akaroa
The first Presbyterian Church was built at 57 Rue Lavaud in 1860. The present church was erected in 1886. We are in the process of merging with the local Anglican Parish as a Mission Church. At present church services are held at St Peters Anglican, or Trinity Presbyterian at 9.30am each Sunday. Most of these are non liturgical. Notice boards at each of the churches show the location of the weekly services. Mainly Music 10.00 am Mondays during the term. This is a nation wide pre school music gathering, to which visiting mothers and children are welcome. Contact Ken Paulin 03 304 7012 for use of the grounds or buildings, or Clive Weir 3047151.
Location39 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7012
Banks Track is a famous coastal private walking track. Sharing our backyard since 1989. Choose between 3 day classic walk & the 2 day hike.
Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has many great walking tracks that you can enjoy for free. These vary from short hikes to all day tramps over the picturesque hills.