Visitor Information

Akaroa Cruise Ship

Father Paul Shannon

Fr Paul Shannahan sm Parish Priest.

You are most welcome to visit St Patrick’s historic Church on 29 Rue Lavaud Akaroa.

It is about a fifteen minute walk from main jetty and shopping block.

Mass is celebrated there at Noon when cruise ships are visiting this picturesque town. On Sundays Mass is at 9-30 am and another celebrated for ‘shippers’ and visitors at Noon.

Marist Missionary priests arrived in Akaroa with the very first French settlers in 184o and soon had a small Church erected. A more substantial Church called St Patrick’s was built in 1865 and has been in use ever since as the well worn front doorstep attests.

The Church is open every day from 8am to 8 pm and everyone is most welcome to come and see this historic building, the lovely large stained glass window and traditional pews.

visitor_candlesYou are welcome to make a visit, light a candle and say a prayer any time in the day.

A leaflet on the history of the Church is available and other literature.

The grounds, the setting and the roses are a drawcard to all visitors.

On behalf of the Catholic community here I again invite you come see our lovely Church.

Fr Paul Shannahan sm  Parish Priest.   Ph (03) 304-7083. Email