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akaroa-music-festival-16 January to 22 January – Friday to Sunday –THE AKAROA MUSIC FESTIVALNow celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Akaroa Music Festival is New Zealand’s premiere residential music school.

An array of distinguished international musicians provides lessons, masterclasses and concerts against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful seaside towns. Read More   

2017 concerts include:    Sunday 15th January, 11am.   The Gaiety.  Concert 11: A Bakers Tale – Sunday 15th January, 5pm.   The Gaiety.  Concert 12: Folkalyptica – Friday 20th January, 7pm.   The Gaiety.  Concert 13: Fiona Pears – Saturday 21st January, 7pm.   The Gaiety.  Concert 14: Piano Lunch – Sunday 22nd January, 1pm.   The Gaiety.  Concert 15: Polonus Dance – Sunday 22nd January, 5pm.   Akaroa Area School, Auditorium

Craft Station Produce StandLittle River Railway Station promoting the Little River Show on the 21 January at Awa iti Domain, LIttle River.   Entries in Craft/Baking/Flowers/vegetables/Photography and much more  taken on the day.  – Check out the Schedule –  Cocksford Grass Display in the Heritage Room – Little River War Memorial Boards on permanent display.

Information Service available with local maps and Brochures to help you with your travel plans.

Craft Station and Community Produce Stand.  Members of the Community can contribute to the Produce Stand.  Commissions apply.  Call into the Craft Station for details and form.

BRIC A BRAC AND CURIOS SHOP – The Railway Carriage behind the Little River Railway Station is open on Cruise Ship Days selling an interesting range of Curios, china and other treasures.. Come along and meet John. Open when the sign is out.

4235 Main Road, Little River.  Phone 3251 320.  Open 9.30 am – 4.30pm 7 days a week 


  8 February   – BIRDS EYE VIEW – Exhibition at the Little River Gallery featuring works by John Emery and Kathryn Furniss

Little River Gallery.  Main Road, Little River.  Opening at 11am on the 14 January.  All Welcome.  Exhibition runs through to the 8 February.

Phone 3251 944.  Open Seven Days a week.  9am to 5pm

cheskin-orchard-1CHESKIN ORCHARD – Cooptown – 4547 Christchurch Akaroa Road,   Cheskin in a family lifestyle block Stone Fruit Orchard in Cooptown Little River.  Comfortable 45 Minute drive from Christchurch. We are now harvesting daily and will be open every day  from 9:00am till 7:00pm

Bulk case lots are unlikely to be available till nearer New Year but we offer a full selection of prebagged and boxed summerfruit for your enjoyment.

Apricots,  Cherries,  Peaches,  Nectarines,  Plums,  Tomatoes + more

 For fresh fruit daily please check specials and opening hours on Facebook here

 NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x124DOC – DRAWING COMPETITION – Marine mammals and marine reserves are something very special that we have in and around Banks Peninsula.  Draw your best picture of these including other interesting sea themes, and be in with the chance to win!  First prize in each category, a trip out on the DOC boat to visit the marine reserves with Department of Conservation field officer Tom MacTavish, followed a fish & chip meal from ‘Murphy’s on the Corner’.  Second prize in each category, a $50 Little River Gallery voucher.

Criteria -Create your marine mammal or marine reserve based artwork in colour or in black & white.  Paper to be sized A4 and artwork in a 2D format.  Include age (as at 1st January 2017), phone number and address on reverse of drawing.  A description of drawing may also be included on the reverse.

Age groups: 5-7yrs, 8-12yrs, 13-16yrs, 17+  Open for entry now. Closing date 4.00pm, Friday 17th February 2017.

Entries to:

  • Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa – Little River Craft Station, Posted (no folds) to P.O. Box 166, Akaroa 7542

Winners will be notified by phone and be announced on the Akaroa & the Bays Facebook page on Saturday 25th February 2017.  Please note the winner from the 5-7 age group will have a parent or guardian join them on the cruise. Full details click here

Contact: Rebecca email: Ph: (03) 304-7816

Cruise Ship
15 January – Saturday    – CRUISE SHIP DAYS FOR JANUARY   into Akaroa.  There will be 16 Cruise ships into Akaroa Harbour for January  on the 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 29 and 30.      Two ships in on the 11, 21, and 23. Why not take a trip to Akaroa or Wainui to see the Cruise Ships.  They look awesome in the harbour and Akaroa town is buzzing on these days.  Fun!!!

On these days there will be extra busses and traffic on the roads to cater for the tours the Cruise Ship passengers go on as well as the extra campervans and visitors to the area travelling around the Peninsula for Summer Season.

16 January  – Monday – SUMMER YOGA CLASSES – 10 – 11AM at the Little River Community Hall on Western Valley Road.  $15.00 per class.  Children who would like to practice Yoga are welcome to attend the class for free.

Or if you would like to attend the Yoga class without your child Philippe has kindly offered to entertain the children at our place 72 Western Valley Rd for the duration of the class….drop off anytime after 9.30am.

For any more info phone Arielle – 021 11919 22

REVIVAL CLOTHING FLYER17 January    – Tuesday – Revival Clothing will be open at St Andrews Church .  10.30 to 12noon

All Welcome.  

Contact Heather. 3251 259 or

Contact Fiona 3290171

Little River Wairewa Community Trust Logo17 January – Tuesdays – DROP IN SESSIONS – The Little River Wairewa Community Trust will be running regular drop in sessions at the Little River Service Centre every Tuesday morning  between 10 and 12. If you are interested in becoming involved with the Trust or would like to find out more about our ongoing projects please feel free to drop in and have a chat with Robert (Chair) –  Landline 03 3251 233  or Cell 027 3355 233

or Barb (Secretary),  027 313 2287 or  03 3290947

Little River A&P Show Poster21 January – Saturday – THE BANKS PENINSULA A&P SHOW  ,Awa Iti Domain, Little River – Gates open at 8am.   The Banks Peninsula A&P Show at Little River is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Like many local shows, the annual event at the picturesque Awa-iti domain is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers.

The Little River A&P Show gives them them the chance to show the very best of what the district has to offer to the rest of the rural community as well as the hundreds that travel to the event from the rest of Canterbury and beyond.   Join in the festivities by taking part or visiting the show.    A great day out for all of the family – even the dog!  Read More

Berry Fruit
January – Saturday – 9am – 12noon – PENINSULA BERRIES – COOPTOWN –

Will be open for berry sales every Saturday morning in January 9am to 12 noon.

4374 ChCh to Akaroa Road.

For orders outside of this time, please call Vanessa on 021 120 14

dragon-boat-racing22 January –  Sunday – DRAGON BOAT RACING – Once again, the Aoraki Dragons bring the colour, noise and excitement of dragon boating to Akaroa Harbour in Children’s Bay!

This year we will have an earlier start to catch the high tide with racing starting around 9am and running through to 3:00pm.

More Details here

joy-of-summer-time28 January – Saturday – 10am to 4.30pm.  THE JOY OF SUMMER YOGA WORKSHOP in Wainui Bay with Lisa Mills.

Treat yourself to the loving give of yoga and exquisite food in the beautiful environment of Wainui Bay.

Experience your innate joy by energizing and aligning your body with yoga, breathing techniques, restorative yoga, and a heart-centered meditation.

Your joy-cup will also be filled with a delicious, organic vegetarian lunch.

Wainui Bay Community Centre
$120 includes organic lunch and herb teas
Bookings Essential, limited to 18 participants
Contact Kathy Guidi 03 304 8822, 021 202 2954 or email  Read More here

28 January – Saturday – JULIAN TEMPLE BAND –  TBC 9pm at the Hilltop Hotel.

From Christmas to Easter 7 days 10am to late.

Open all cruise ship days        

Motukarara Races29 January   – Sunday – INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL MOTUKARARA RACES –  A relaxing day at the popular Motukarara Races is a fantastic way to enjoy the break between Christmas and the new Year with family and friends. Loads of entertainment. A family day out Gates open 10am – first race 12noon.  Ad u l t s $ 1 0 . 0 0 C h i l d r e n u n d e r 1 7 y e a r s f r e e . Other dates for races as below.  Sunday 26 March 2017.  Easter Monday 17 April 2017


1 February – Wednesday   – COUNTRY LIVING OUTING –11am –   Visit a 2.5 million dollar one year old modern minimalistic architecturally designed home in the exclusive private gated community of Devondale. You will also be walking past a famous sports stars home. Can you guess who?

Drive to the closed iron gate up the long driveway where we will be met by Bill Inwood who’s daughter is the owner. Plenty of parking on the grass verge.

42 Johns Road ( Belfast end) large Oamaru carving at the driveway entrance. Lunch at Rosebank Estate.

Email: or phone 3251156 to book before 27th January



yoga-retreat3- 5 February 2017  – Waitangi Weekend –  RELAX AND RENEW YOGA  RETREAT – at Okuti Garden Eco StayContact Laurie Silver

Come explore many dimensions of Yoga: Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing), Meditation,Yoga Philosophy and Vedic Chanting.

Come experience many treasures in Little River:Hidden Waterfalls, Hot Stone Massage,

Contact Laurie Silver


5 February    – Sunday – 5pm ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH – Church Services first Sunday of the month 5pm, Formal Service with Communion.   Third Sunday 5pm – Brief Family Centred Message followed by a shared tea. Upper Church Road, Little River.

Local contact Fiona Waghorn 3290-171.

6 February – Monday – WAITANGI DAY CELEBRATIONS AT OKAINS BAY-  A family day at the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.   Highlights include a powhiri (traditional welcome), hangi lunch, children’s races, spot prizes and the paddling of our magnificent waka on the Opara Stream at 4pm. View the Museum’s amazing collections and enjoy continuous demonstrations all day include blacksmithing, bread baking in a traditional clay oven, black powder shooting, early printing works, sheep shearing, crafts, stalls and more!

Entrance Adults $10, Children $2 – Please bring cash. No ATM available.  Gates open at 10am. Powhiri (traditional welcome) commences at 10:30am.

Please phone the Okains Bay Museum for more details. 03 304 8611.


6 February     – Monday 10 -12noon.  CORONATION LIBRARY GARDEN MORNING.Bruces Garden (2)

Bruce is working on getting the garden in shape for summer.  If you have an hour or two to come along and help you would be most welcome.

Phone Bruce on 3251 040 to let him know you are coming


9-february9 February – UNGUS UNGUS UNGUS  entertains at the Hilltop Hotel – 8 pm-

From Christmas to Easter 7 days 10am to late.

Open all cruise ship days              

11 February – Saturday at 5pm. CATHOLIC MASS will be celebrated on the second Saturday in each month during the year.   It will be held at the Little River Service Centre.  Visitors are most welcome. Mass will be lead by  Father Paul Shannahan sm.  Marie Couper will lead a worship time for the children.

Contact Father Paul Shannahan sm 03 304 7083 Akaroa.

11 February – Saturday –  SHAWN KERR– Entertains at the Hilltop Hotel (Canada) 8pm.

From Christmas to Easter 7 days 10am to late.

Open all cruise ship days   

12  February   – Sunday – 10-12noon. LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY OPEN. Allison   will be available to take your return traps, or loan you some new ones and to offer help and suggestions on using them. Open every 2nd Sunday in the Month. Okuti Valley Road up the Toy Library entrance at the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club. Phone Allison 03 3251 336

Tree Climbing Course21 to 22 February – BASIC TREE CLIMBING COURSE – 9am to 5pm each day at the Little River Camping Ground Little River.  All the techniques and skills to climb trees safely.

Including: Using all needed equipiment, lunch and Certificate.

Cost: $ 525,-   Including: Using all needed equipiment, lunch and Certificate.  To Register   email :

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25 February Saturday to Sunday 5 March 2017 – Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2017 will take place from Saturday.   The theme will be “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”.  If you would like to have an event during Seaweek  go to  There will be a display in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station.

26 Feburary – Sunday  – FLORA KNIGHT & ARCHER – Flora Knight & Archer entertain at 7.30pm at the Hilltop Hotel

From Christmas to Easter 7 days 10am to late.

Open all cruise ship days   



6 Responses to Home

  • Adriana de Groot says:

    Congratulations on this great page and all the upcoming event information.

    I’d be interested if any of your readers has a photo of the old house & trees that used to be adjacent to St Andrews and the churchyard? Thank you!

  • Fr.Paul Shannahan says:

    Glynis – what a great service you are offering us all.
    Good on you and my thanks. L River adn beyond are alive alright but you reveal it to us.
    Fr Shannahan sm

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