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Annual Events





sEAWEEKSeaweek runs annually and this year from the 3 to the 11 March.  The Theme is The theme will be Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People

Seaweek in Little River will be celebrated on  11 March – Sunday – BIRDLINGS FLAT COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN UP and BEACH SCULPTURE COMPETITION – 1pm.  Come and join in this Community Event to celebrate Sea Week and make our beach beautiful.  Beach Clean up bring gloves, (some provided) – Meet at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre at 1pm.  Sculpture Competition – Create a fish Sculpture from the Beach Rubbish you find.  Sausage sizzle to follow and drinks for the kids.

Akaroa District Promotions has organised a large number of activities over this week.  Including competitions, Films, Worsley Exhibitions at the Akaroa Museum, Dolphin Talks  and Operator Specials on Cruises and Sea Kayaking Safaris.

For the full programme go here SeaWeek Events Poster 2018 FINAL

manderley-garden-festival17 & 18 March  – Saturday and Sunday – MANDERLEY HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL10:00am to 4:00pm each day. 

Delight your senses with tantalizing taste sensations and visual delights at the Manderley Festival.  Browse 140 carefully selected boutique stalls with a clever mix of food, wine and craft beers set within the stunning grounds of Manderley gardens.

Experience the eclectic Manderley entertainment, programmed by Kate and Lei’lataua Limuloa, (runners up of NZ’s Got Talent 2013). With varied pace and tempo to suit all ages including ballet, circus performing, a singer and guitarist, and even tap and jazz dancing, it’s too good to miss. Maybe you prefer to wander peacefully and take in the breathtaking views.

Find your own little piece of paradise at Manderley come rain or shine. Whether it’s a relaxing day in the country, a family picnic or watching performances in the park, Manderley Festival is where it’s at.

A relaxing drive with something for everyone. Come, experience the renowned Manderley Festival.

Le_Race2017  Le Race– Saturday 24 March – 100k’s Road Race from Cathedral Square to Akaroa.

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.

Unleash the Beast1st April – THE BEAST BIKE SHOW –  This is the first of an annual motorcycle bike show held in Little River.   This is tru bike hires grand opening and we plan on making this an amazing event so come check it out and enter your sexy two wheeled mistress (or mister).   In the next few years, it is expected to grow from a small event to something even more amazing as we celebrate our love for the two wheeled beasts with plans already been put together for the addition of a rally in 2018.What is it all about you ask?   It’s simply love of our two wheeled friends with  Food, displays, music deals and prizes.

The BEAST bike show prizes with trophy for each class.   $40 entry fee per bike with:   British $300 total prizes.  European $300 total prizes.   American $300 total prizes.   Sports and Touring $300 total prizes ..  People choice prizes total $1000

Will be spot prizes from our many sponsors.   To register send,  name,  address.   Contact details and  And details of bike  To


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 childrens 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.   This year on Sunday 22 April 2018.



Tuesday 25 April 2017 – ANZAC Little River Service Sheet 2017

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


Silverstream Bull Sale14 June – Wednesday – ANNUAL BULL SALE 2017 – at 2pm.   Silverstream hosts and annual on farm auction where this year we will offer 72 Charolais bulls and 18 Hereford bulls. The sale is always held on the second Wednesday in June every year.

This year’s sale will include our first sons of Palgrove Foresight and Silverstream Geddes. We will also have more sons of the awesome Silverstream Evolution and our powerful Silverstream Frampton. Our Herefords will include the second crop of sons from Gay Olympus (Our fantastic sire we purchased off the Maungahina stud 4 years ago).  Read more Here


float and field day 201726 & 27 August – LAKE FORSYTH FLOAT AND FIELD DAY. 

Come and join us for a weekend of fun fying from 4 flight lines.  You must have a current MFNZ Wings Badge.

Contact Peter Hewson 022 0884766 email


Revival Clothing Poster new9 September – Saturday – REVIVAL RUNWAY – A FASHION SHOW WITH A DIFFERENCE –   Little Rivers Annual recycled Fashion Show.

Only $5 per ticket, children free. Bring a plate to share, refreshments provided. Spot prizes and a new Refashion Runway category. Buy something from Revival Clothing and ‘Revive’ it for the runway. Just make sure you let us know and take before and after pics! 

Little River Community Hall at 7pm.

More information from or phone Heather 3251 259

takahe to akaroa relay16 September – Saturday – TAKAHE TO AKAROA ROAD RELAY – Celebrating 77 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 prizegiving 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 for local teams only and we expect approximately 350 athletes.

Flower Power Garden TourOctober 2019 – Sunday and Monday of Labour Weekend –  LITTLE RIVER FLOWER POWER GARDEN TOUR  – $15.00 per person.  $9.00 Garden Club Members, Children Free.  Tickets available from the Little River Craft Station  phone 3251 320  (Open 7 Days a week.) or email .Tickets can be purchased on both days.

14 exciting gardens and venues to visit.  Devonshire teas and refreshments.

Proceeds to the Community.  Tickets and  information contact Kath Brines Phone 3251 266

Seniors Hui
October  – Sunday – ANNUAL SENIORS’ HUI – You’re Invited.  11 – 2pm at the Little River 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 Trish Manson o  03 325 1153 or Pam Baird on 03 325 1917

Little River Wairewa Runanga and Little River Wairewa Community Trust

community breakfast 1 November – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – from 9am onward 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 and freshly flipped pancakes.  A chance to catch up with your friends neighbours and family.

Pony Parties from 8.30 to 10.30am.

Showcasing the following local community groups.  Little River Village Plan, Little River Toy Library, Revival Clothing, Little River Fire Brigade.  Hosted by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.    Community Breakfast Flyer


Saturday, November 4, 2017 to Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Walking Festival celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula. The walks will take place over the weekends of  November 4 & 5 November, 11 &12 November, 18 &19 November and 28 & 29 November. The event is designed by local people who love to share their passion for this special place with people from the wider community. Participants will enjoy a refreshing walk and are guaranteed an enjoyable experience as they relax, meet new people and together absorb the stories and atmosphere of this rugged land, right on the doorstep of Christchurch.

You must register for the walks on Eventfinda here  Programme is on that page too.   The departure place will be emailed to you once you have booked the walk. Email  Phone 0274197507 

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


Carols poster 2017 (1)

December – Thursday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CAROLS at 7pm at the  Wairewa Marae, Christchurch to Akaroa Highway,  Cooptown.  Little River.

Come along with your friends and family and bring a plate to share for supper.

A combined Little River Churches Event Anglican, Baptist and Catholic.

Contact Christine Peters 3251 099


vintage car picnic1st January – Monday – BANKS PENINSULA VINTAGE CAR CLUB NEW YEARS DAY PICNIC – at the Little River, Awa Iti Domain, from 11.00 am. You are invited to come along with your picnic lunch and join in with the Vintage Car Clubs Annual New Year’s Day Picnic. Bring along your own vintage or classic car and join the display. Big Band and lolly scramble for the children. Gold coin entry.Contact Ron


Little River A&P Show Poster20 January  2018 – The Banks Peninsula A&P Association Little River Show is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Like many local A&P shows, the annual event at Little River’s picturesque Awa-iti domain is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers, giving 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 Christchurch, the rest of Canterbury and beyond.

Saturday 20 January 2018.  Gates Open 8am, Awa-iti domain, Akaroa highway

Waitangi Day 2018WAITANGI DAY CELEBRATIONS AT OKAINS BAY-  6 February, 2018 – Monday – 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 9.30am.

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. 


NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x124SEA WEEK IN LITTLE RIVER – Includes a Display in the Waiting Room of the Historic Railway Station Building and a Display on Traditional Eeling at Lake Forsyth in the Heritage Room.

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2018 will take place from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018. The theme will be Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”.

If you would like to organise an event for Seaweek 2018 or get your school or community group involved please contact the National CoordinatorFor full details of all events go to 

old schoolMarch – OLD SCHOOL AT THE OLD SCHOOL – 1 – 6PM at the Okuti Valley Hall.  A free afternoon of DJ’s playing old School beats and trance with old school games for the kids.Bring a picnic, friends and enjoy the last weekend before daylight saving ends.

Organised by Love Little River.  Thanks to the Little River Wairewa Community Trust for their support.

Cancelled if wet or cold.  Koha appreciated.

Contact Marcus Phone 3251 014

Drum Festival 201823/24 and 25 February – THE DRUM FESTIVAL 2018 – at Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River.  Saturday 24 February 2018 1:00pm and Sunday 25 February 2018 9:00am . A dedicated drum festival set in lush bush beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula.

Includes cultural drum groups from around new Zealand performing rhythms from Africa, Asia, the Middle East & South America plus drum and dance workshops and evening camp-fire tribal drumming.  Featuring Takumi Japanese Drum Group, Doug Brush, Robert Koffie, Chitongo, Ra McCostie and many more.

The program will be a moving progression of concerts with different groups performing in unique locations in the bush, beside the river, in the shade of the walnut trees and at the local pub.  oFor further information on how to get tickets phone Marcus on 3251 014 go here 

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