Akaroa Sports Events

The terrain of Banks Peninsula makes it exciting and challenging for many sports. Every year the runners, swimmers, and cyclists get a chance to prove their fitness and endurance with three much acclaimed races.

Various types of watercraft have their chance to show what they are made of too.


Takahe to Akaroa relay Sat 4 October 2015 https://athleticscanterbury.org.nz/Events-Results/takahe-to-akaroa-relay-222730 This event kicks off the summer season of races to and in Akaroa for the fit and dedicated. It’s possible to do a triathalon over months. Start with the running in October and & finish with the bike race in March.


Banks Peninsula Walking Festival is held over 4 weekends in November 2014. From the 8th to the 30th a number of guided walks take you places you may never have been before. https://www.akaroa.com/banks-peninsula-walking-festival Stay for more than a day and take n some of the more traditional walks https://www.akaroa.com/activities/walking-tracks

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The Akaroa Golf Club has several tournaments during the year. Whether you want a relaxed round with friends or a serious competition https://akaroa.com/akaroa-golf-club-akaroa-womens-open-tournament starting with the Women’s Open in October we have it on ggood authority that this course is one of the most scenic in the world.


Dragon boating makes a colourful addition to the variety of vessels on the harbour. On Sunday Jan 18 2015 the Canterbury club will be back on the water with all the colour and enthusiasm we have come to look forward to.


La Grande Ocean Swim 15 Feb 2015 https://oceanswim.co.nz/event/la-grande-swim/ A popular venue for the swimmers and support crew you never know what Akaroa Harbour will turn on for this event. Regardless of the water and weather conditions the hospitality is warming for the body and soul.


Le Race 21 March 2015 https://www.lerace.co.nz/  Cathedral Square to Akaroa cycle race. Teams, individuals, tandems and relays if you have the legs for it Akaroa is the prize at the end. The town and district offers variety of different types of accommodation for the riders and support crews. We hope you will spend some time enjoying the hard earned reward of making it to Akaroa. www.akaroa.com for where to stay. Matua Gardens Retreat offers the chance to soak the sore muscles in a warm bath.dragons1


Akaroa Yacht Club Racing on Sundays and Wednesdays  as well as a number of other races and events during the year. Keep an eye on  https://www.akaroayachtclub.com  to see what’s happening and when. If you’d like to crew in a race contact the club and see who needs a hand.