What do you first think of when someone mentions Akaroa? – “It immediately brings to mind a small French Flavoured town by the sea & for good reason”
French Flags fly high, reminding us of the history of this beautiful Town. Dating back to 1800’s Akaroa brings back traditions in a re- enactment of the settlement of Akaroa in 1840.
The Akaroa French festival is a celebration the unity of European & Maori Cultures over a weekend of fun for friends & families to enjoy!
6-8th October is when this event kicks off with an action packed weekend of activities, we think this is the perfect excuse for a weekend away, in such a beautiful location!
Fete des Lumieres is the Friday Night Street Party – with entertainment looking over the Waterfront (Beach Road, closed to all vehicles) Fancy a dinner over the water, watching the beginning of Frenchfest Weekend?
The most historical event is held on Saturday Morning – The re-enactment of the landing of the French & German Passengers of the Comte de Paris.
“A French sailing ship, the Comte de Paris set sail from Rochefort, France in May 1840 bound for Akaroa for the purpose of developing a French colony in the South Island of New Zealand. After 5 months at sea, and an extremely hard journey, the settlers landed in French Bay to set up their new lives in Akaroa”
Saturday Afternoon head to ‘Rue Lavaud at Jubilee Park’ for the ‘Le Jour du Marche‘ Enjoy the scenes of blue, white & red swirls while looking at The Market Stalls with French Food & Wine, play French games & much more.
Closing a filled Saturday is a ticketed ‘Cabaret Evening’ for the Adults to enjoy, with Can Can Dancers, bands & Burlesque Entertainment.
The final day of The French Frest ‘strengthens its connection with local Tangata Whenua – a Maori Cultural Celebration at the ‘Onuku Marae Whanau Fun Day’
‘It’s the perfect excuse to spend the weekend in Akaroa, enjoying the Culture, Food, Wine & Hospitality”
Plan your weekend away now!
Tickets can be purchased for The Cabaret Evening on EventFinder & at the information booth on Saturday.