Orion Powerhouse Gallery Akaroa

The Orion Powerhouse Gallery Akaroa is a small community gallery that hosts a variety of Exhibitions from October to April each year.

The Gallery, is run by a group of Enthusiastic volunteers and is open to the public from 10am until 4pm daily, during the exhibition season. The gallery is one and half hours drive from Christchurch, on Banks Peninsula and exhibits work from NZ artists in addition to supporting local and emerging artists.

The Gallery is now closed for the Winter Season

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With summer becoming a distant memory it is time to start looking ahead to winter, and bringing out the warm clothes.


Our Art Gallery has had a fantastic summer season with exceptional exhibitions. We have been honored to have artists from Banks Peninsula, Central and North Canterbury and Central Otago exhibiting their art and in addition a “not for sale” exhibition featuring paintings and photography of a personal journey to recovery after the Christchurch Earthquakes...

Past Exhibitions

Glass Half Empty - Glass
Half Full (thoughts on a post quake city)
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

Through paintings, photographs, and Audio the artist Lynne Lambert shares her personal journey to recovery. This is an exhibition in four stages connected to 4 poems. The first in response to the September 2010 earthquake the second to the February 2011 earthquake, the third a consideration of the city post quake and the fourth a strategy to move forward.


Glass Half Empty – Glass Half Full (thoughts on a post quake city), running from Saturday 27th March until Sunday 18th April 2021 inclusive.

Inspired By Nature
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

Inspired By Nature features work by Judy Curnow, Sarah Ford and Anita May Blanchett, running from Saturday 27th February to Sunday 21st March 2021 inclusive.

Anita May Blanchett is a protégé of renowned NZ landscape painter Tim Wilson. In 2000 she had her first sell-out exhibition in Auckland and has been painting fulltime since then. 

Sarah Ford has been creating hand pieces with clay most of her life. After studying art at school and Teachers College Sarah has had successful exhibitions and has work in collections at Dunbar Sloane International, Christchurch College of Education, and The Canterbury Museum.

Judy Curnow is also a protégé of renowned NZ landscape painter Tim Wilson. Judy draws her inspiration from her beautiful surroundings and nature itself and whatever ignites the joy within her every day. She uses the best quality oil pigments and hand made berge linen canvasses.

Southern Splash
Orion Powerhouse Gallery

The Akaroa Art Gallery is excited to announce our next exhibition coming to the Akaroa Orion Powerhouse Gallery.


The annual Splash exhibition in Wellington displays the work of renowned watercolour artists, and is a highlight on the New Zealand Arts calendar. Now, 'Southern Splash', a new venture for Watercolour New Zealand will be hosted by the Akaroa Orion Powerhouse Gallery.


Adrienne Pavelka, Svetlana Orinko & Nancy Tichborne join well-known watercolorists from around the South Island. The exhibition will be running from Saturday 30th of January until Sunday 21st February 2021. Gallery open daily 10am to 4pm.

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