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Annual Events



25 April – ANZAC DAY –  STAND AT DAWN SERVICE  at home.   Join us at 6:00 am on Saturday 25 April.  Stand at your letterbox, at the front door, in your lounge rooms, balconies, in your driveway. Wherever you are in the world, stand with us and take a moment to remember our fallen – but please stay within your ‘bubble’.Tune into Radio NZ National (AM & FM frequencies), listen live on the internet or on your phone(download app here) for the official dawn service broadcast commencing at 6:00 am. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering.  See further details on Facebook link here   The morning service includes…

  • The Last Post
  • Ode of Remembrance in Te Reo & English 
  • National Anthems
  • Address by Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence / Minister for Veterans

Lets us all make an Anzac Day Poppy or Wreath and put in our  window (with your bears)  or attached to the  letterbox or gate if your window is not visible from the road.   Have these ready in time for the  Stand At Dawn Service at home  being organised for 6.00am on the 25  April.

Have found some links following on making poppies – these are simple ones but your are welcome to create your own creation.



Forsyth 2019 124 & 25 August 2019 – LAKE FORSYTH FLOAT AND FIELD DAY.  Public Event.Come and join us for a weekend of fun flying from 4 flight lines.  You must have a current MFNZ Wings Badge.

Please ensure that you have a MFNZ wings badge to fly at this public event.  You are welcome to camp at the site, but you should be self-contained, as per the Council’s instructions. We have a NOTAM for 1200 feet.  To read full information go here

Contact Peter Hewson 022 0884766 email

Little River PLaycentre Quizz night August – PLAYCENTRE QUIZZ NIGHT – Time – Doors open 6.30p.m. for 7.00 p.m. start.  Where – Little River Community Centre.  Entry fee of $60 per team (Maximum of 4 people per team).  Auction and Raffle to be held on the night with some fantastic prizes to be won. Supper will be provided and cash bar available.  Delicious light meal options are also available to pre order, or limited availability on the night:  – $30 Antipasto platter (for 4 people) veg and gf option.  – $15 Pulled pork and slaw soft tacos, gf and low carb option.  – $15 Spinach a feta spanakopita. Please register your team and order meals by email to or contact Rebecca on 021 1708983 for further details.  For $10 you can sponsor a question please email for details

2Le_Race020  Le Race– Saturday 19 September  – 100k’s Road Race from Cathedral Square to Akaroa.  –  New Date is Saturday 19th September 2020:

  Check out developments on website here

This annual cycle race starts in the middle of Christchurch at 7.30am for the pre-race briefing and then it’s all go at 8.00am. The finish line is in the centre of Akaroa, followed by prize giving on the Akaroa recreation ground. Make a weekend of it by booking into 1 of the many wonderful B&B’s in Akaroa and enjoy a family weekend away. Be warned! This is not your ordinary 100 km race. Hugely popular across all abilities, amazing views and more hills than you can shake a pump at. Go to website here 

Le race PetiteIntroducing Le Race Petite!!! This is the perfect race for those not quite ready for the full 00km traditional Placemakers Le Race course.  Starting at 8.05am in Cathedral Square, the course follows the same route as the full length race, but ends at Little River.  This event has all the same features as Placemakers Le Race including timing , spot prizes and entertainment at the Little River finish line.  (Must be 15 or over at event date.  Contact for Little River Prize Giving Robyn Twemlow <> The Little River Wairewa Community Trust will be putting on a sausage sizzle for any hungry cyclists or supporters before the prize giving.

takahe to akaroa relay21 September 2019  – Saturday – TAKAHE TO AKAROA ROAD RELAY – Celebrating 78 years the annual Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay organised by the Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Club. The first teams are expected to arrive at the Recreation Ground, Akaroa at approximately 2.00pm. The prize giving will begin at 4.00pm at which time the fastest team into Akaroa will present the baton carrying the message from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel to a representative of the Akaroa/Waiwera Community Board and Akaroa District Promotions. This year the event is the National Road Relay  and we expect approximately 800 athletes.  check website out here

Spring Fling Flyer
September – Saturday – LITTLE RIVER SPRING FLING BARN DANCE – 7pm at the Little River Community Centre.  Live Music by local band Decorum.  Nibbles provided BYO Drinks.YOU ARE ALL INVITED!!!!  Will be a neat night for the locals to get together with friends and family. Bring the kids along.  Local band Decoram will be playing – easy music, jazz and Kiwi Classics.   BYO alcohol but juice etc andlight snacks provided.

This is one of the Free, Fun,  Family Community Events  The Trust regularly hosts  to bring the Little River Community together.

Contact Fiona McLean, Little River Wairewa Community Trust  Secretary phone 021 2459349  email


French Fest11 – 13 October – Friday to Sunday – FRENCH FEST 2019 in Akaroa.

  • Go here for full details of the French Fest Programme in Akaroa

 October – BECA HERITAGE FESTIVAL – Encounter our Stories – For your guide to Heritage FestivalEventrs in Christchurch and Selwyn go to here

Flower Power Garden TourFLOWER POWER GARDEN TRAIL – held bi annually Labour Weekend Sunday 24 and Monday 25 October 2021 – to 4.00pm.  In Little River and Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula.

Explore 14 diverse gardens, 3 of which are new to the event this year. From beach-side gems in Birdlings Flat to lush valley producers of proteas, herbs, hazelnuts and berries. This year a must-see is the park-like grounds of Kinloch Estate. Rhododendron lovers are also in for a treat with several gardens featuring them.

A fantastic chance to wander in private gardens, visit a herbal learning garden and properties that grow flowers and food commercially.

Tickets $15 per adult, children are free. Available from Little River Craft Station from 12  September and can be purchased on both days of the event. If buying tickets on Eventfinda, a map and garden information will be emailed to you.

A community fundraiser supported by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.   Contact Kathy email


Seniors Hui 20193 November 2019   – Sunday – ANNUAL SENIORS’ HUI – You’re Invited.  11 – 2pm at the Little River Wairewa  Marae.

Friends and Family,  Under 5’s and Over 50’s.

Lunch is $5.00 per person and includes tea, coffee and a selection of finger foods.

RSVP to  Pam Baird on 03 325 1917

Little River Wairewa Runanga and Little River Wairewa Community Trust

Motukarara Fire Works9 November 2019 – Saturday – MOTUKARARA FIREWORKS NIGHT – 5:30pm–10:00pm at Waihora Domain, 130 Park Road, Tai Tau. Suitable for all ages. Gate Sales only.
The Little River Volunteer Fire Brigade has taken over the running this event for 2019. We would love to see you all, at this year’s fireworks evening, held at Waihora Domain, Park Road, Motukarara.

This family event is for all ages to enjoy, we will have bouncy castles, pony rides, food available, live entertainment/music, free tractor hay rides, stalls & of course our amazing fireworks display to finish off the night. Bring your family & friends- car parking on site. $20 per car, $5 per person for walk in’s

Community Breakfast 2019 110 November 2019 – Sunday –  LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST  from 9am onwards  at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.  Join us for a free BBQ Breakfast of bacon and eggs, sausages plus Berries and ice-cream. A chance to catch up with your friends neighbours and family.  All Welcome

Information Sharing Stands on projects from  The Little River Big Ideas, Little River Village Plan, Drainage,  Little River Playground and The Little River Village Walks  with representatives from the CCC and Project Leaders to talk to.  Hosted by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.

For the kids – Ponies to Go, Toy Library and the Little River Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Contact Fiona Mclean Secretary

POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER – Date to be confirmed   Visit Pigeon Bay ART EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOPS.  Pigeon Bay Hall.  Open 10am to 5pm daily.

Exhibits by 21 Artists and five workshops.

See full information on attached poster.

Eft Pos available but no cash out.  Cash and Carry Exhibition.

Tea and Coffee and Cake  provided by Pigeon Bay Hall Committee as a fundraiser for the Hall.

Walking Festival Poster 2019BANKS PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL STARTS NEXT WEEKEND – Try out some of our family friendly walks – a great chance for grandparents to get the grandkids out and about too.

Held over the four weekends  in November

Many walks have sold out already, but there are still plenty to choose from so visit our Banks Peninsula Walks website for more information or EVENTFINDA to book a space

Project Lyttelton .Little River Wairewa Community Trust.  Rod Donald Trust.  Christchurch City Council.  Rata Foundation.  Akaroa District Promotions

Drum Festival 201923/24 November –  THE DRUM FESTIVAL 2019 – at Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River. A dedicated drum festival set in lush bush beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula.

The Drum Festival is a weekend festival of rhythm and dance, entertainment and education based on Banks Peninsula. Being the only dedicated festival of the drum in New Zealand it is a catalyst for the gathering of drum performers from throughout the South Island and beyond. Workshops on African Dance to performance by Japanese Taiko are part of a programme which involves over 50 performers/tutors and 200+ participants and guests which is very family orientated.

The festival is held in the relaxed space of Manaia Native Habitat where participants can also stay (Little River Campground in Okuti valley). Past festivals have included Japanese Taiko, West African, Arabic, CSM Samba, Robert Fugah from Ghana (drum and dance), Ra McRostie and Doug Brush. Expect a stellar line up. Contact Marcus 03 325 1014 or 021 611 820 or book at Little River Campground,


December – Wednesday  – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CAROLS –  Come along with your friends and family and bring a plate for supper.  7pm at the Little River Wairewa Marae. Christchurch to Akaroa Highway, Cooptown, Little River.

A combined Little River Churches event.  Anglican, Baptist and Catholic.  Feel free to phone

Kim and Christine Peters for further details 3251 0 


vintage car picnic1st January 2020 – Wednesday  BANKS PENINSULA VINTAGE CAR CLUB NEW YEARS DAY PICNIC at the Little River, Awa Iti Domain, from 11.00 am. The Cars will arrive from about 10am to 3pm.  Come along with your picnic lunch and check out  the lovely old cars on display.

Bring along your own vintage or classic car and join the display. Music by Mainland Big Band and lolly scramble for the children. Gold coin entry.

Enquiries to Ron Hassel 942 1105.

1Little River A&P Show Poster8 January 2020 – BANKS PENINSULA A&P SHOW – 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 in Little River  is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers.

The Little River A&P Show gives 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.  Go here to plan your Show Day and get Schedules and book trade space.  Buy your Tickets on line or at the gate on the day.   Plan your day here

Saturday  January 2019.  Gates Open 8am, Awa-iti domain, Akaroa highway

6 February 2021 – Saturday – WAITANGI DAY AT OKAINS BAY – A great family fun day out in Okains Bay. Events include a traditional Maori welcome onto the Marae, a magnificent carved Waka being paddled up the river, colonial displays, exhibits, crafts, vintage engines, printing presses, children’s games, a traditional hangi lunch, music and a garden bar and so much more.   Okains Bay Commemorations

Nau mai, Tautī mai. Join us at the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum for a family day to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Highlights include a pōwhiri (traditional welcome),

New Zealand citizenship ceremony, hāngī lunch, craft workshops by Rekindle, taonga puoro (Māori musical instruments), cocksfoot demonstration, working blacksmith, kids races, and the paddling of the Ngai Tahu waka, Kōtukumairangi on the Ōpara River at 2pm. View the Museum’s amazing collections and enjoy continuous demonstrations all day including spinning, bread baking in a traditional clay oven, master weavers, and print shop. Crafts, stalls, lolly scramble, sausage sizzle, espresso coffee, garden bar, cafeteria and more!

The Waitangi Day commemorations at Okains Bay are the longest standing in the South Island with 2020 being the 45th consecutive commemoration.  Gates open at 9:30am.   Pōwhiri (traditional welcome) commences at 10:30am.  Waka paddling at 2pm.  Entrance Adults $10, Children $2.00.  Please bring cash. No ATM available.

Please phone the Museum for more details 03 304 8611. 

29 February to Sunday 8  March 2020 – Seaweek –  Kaupapa Moana is New Zealand’s annual national week celebrating the sea.  Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek focuses on learning about the ocean because it is so important tNZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x124o all our lives, no matter how far you are from.   Our mission is about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea! This is not just for children or those involved with formal education – it’s a time for all of us to get to know our ocean, its habitats, characteristics and inhabitants better.

We are using the following theme Connecting With Our Seas and whakatauki:  Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au  –  I am the sea, the sea is me

 Pick up your Rocky shore and Sandy Shore Guides and Colouring Activity Books from the display in the Little River Library.  Check out the Seaweek Collage created with treasures  picked up from our stony Beach at Birdlings Flat.  This original artwork kindly donated by local artist/potter Barb Gaeth.   What can you make with what you pick up from the beach?



12 April Easter Sunday 2020 Easter Egg Hunt a 2pm for the kids – CANCELLED

Contact Fiona McLean organiser if you would like to be involved. email

Organised by  the Little River Wairewa Community Trust

Saturday  25 April 2020 – ANZAC DAY – Has been Cancelled


Anzac Day is celebrated in Little River with a Service in the Little River Community Centre at 9.30am followed by

a march to the War Memorial Gates for Wreath laying and returning to the Community Centre for Morning tea.

The Little River Memorial Boards are on permanent display in the Waiting Room of the Little River Railway Station plus  a special Anzac display if anyone would like to come and have a look after the Anzac Day Service and Afternoon Tea

April 2020 – Sunday.  LITTLE RIVER GIANT COUNTRY BUMPKIN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL.   CANCELLED.  however they  are still fundraising. More details will follow  to include an exciting raffle and a local display of giant pumpkins. Keep informed of these fundraising events on their website here 

Each year the Little River Support Group organise The Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival. Hundreds of visitors and competitors are attracted to Banks Peninsula from all over Christchurch, Canterbury and around the South Island. International tourists to New Zealand also enjoy the festival as they travel through Little River and stop to investigate.

The festival aims to be a family fun-filled afternoon in a stunning country setting. Entertainment including music and dance, competitions (such as children races, gumboot throwing, bottle stalls and chocolate wheels), country stalls and sideshows, food – especially the famous Little River Pumpkin Soup – and of course some amazing pumpkins.

There are some fantastic prizes on offer for all the pumpkin classes and competitions, plus a great prize draw. More details of prizes will be posted on this website nearer the day.  If you would like a stall contact Lyn Odgers email or

Held in April each year.

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