The Akaroa Recreation Ground is a large sporting complex consisting of outdoor grounds and an indoor facility.

COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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The Akaroa Recreation Ground is located along the Akaroa waterfront with main access off Rue Jolie, Rue Lavaud and Rue Brittan. Locally, the area as a whole is known as Jubilee Park. 


There are public toilets located on the corner of Rue Brittan.

Car parking is along Rue Brittan and there is an electric vehicle charging station available.

Sports fields and pavilion

Home to three tennis courts, cricket pitches, football and touch rugby fields, a petanque court, skate ramps, a BMX track and plenty of green space for a picnic, the ground is well suited for community events and club sports.

Contact us to book any of the sports fields within the Recreation Ground. 

The Akaroa Sports Pavilion is also located on site and can be booked for events and meetings.


Akaroa Boat Park, accessed off Rue Brittan, is located between the waterfront and the Recreation Ground.

The Boat Park area consists of boat parking and a ramp that can be used at high tide. Find out about use, tides, access and fees for boat ramps.

There is a secure boat compound in the north-west corner of the Boat Park area. This compound is very popular and there is a waiting list for sites.

Booking enquiries can be made through the Akaroa Service Centre, 78 Rue Lavaud, Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 5pm. 


Camping is allowed between the two bridges in the Boat Park area but it is limited to certified self-contained vehicles for two nights in any 30 day period. Check the freedom camping map for the exact locations.

The Department of Conservation(external link) has a number of tips on how you can be a careful camper.