Akaroa French Fest

Ref: 661-50, two ships in Akaroa Harbour, 1860s, Sir George Grey Special Collections
It's all happening at the Piper Heidsieck French Fest in Akaroa, Banks Peninsula during October. The biennial fête is being held from  Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October, giving NZers two whole days to immerse themselves in all things French.

Ref: AWNS-19070613-9-2, a model of the Blockhouse from the pioneering days, 1907, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Akaroa with its past history of French settlement, is the perfect place to sample French culture, heritage, cuisine, wine and entertainment. The fun includes: the Beach Road Soirée, the Landing and Parade (which is a a recreation of the 1840 landing of the Comte de Paris immigrant ship), Festivale dans La Verte (Festival on the Green), French Fest Mardi Gras, French Cricket, children's activities and pétanque. Find out more about the full program. Santé!

Ref: AWNS-19190123-37-1, historic Akaroa which was recently visited by the French Mission, 1919, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Auckland Libraries holds a range of heritage resources relating to Akaroa, which you can browse by theme. Examples include: genealogy, buildings, sites and history. You can also search the Heritage Images database for a rich resource of images from Akaroa (simply enter the term Akaroa into the search box). Through Manuscripts Online database you can also find unpublished documents, such as letters relating to Akaroa (simply enter the term Akaroa into the search box). Examples include: a letter from William Rolleston to Sir George Grey about the opening of a new road to Akaroa in 1872 (Ref: GLNZ R18.1) and a letter from Rev. William Josiah Aylmer to Sir George Grey about the use of the store in Akaroa as a Church and government offices, 1852 (Ref: GLNZ A19.2).

Ref: AWNS-19400424-35-1, influence of French colonisation: representation of the first landing, 1940, Sir George Grey Special Collections


  1. very interesting. Will show to our french friends. M.B,


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