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Annual Events



Community Breakfast snip28 October 2018 – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST – from 9am to 12 noon at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.  Join us for a free delicious BBQ Breakfast of bacon and eggs, sausages plus Berries and ice-cream .  A chance to catch up with your friends neighbours and family.


Pony Rides and animals to pet.

Showcasing the following local community groups.  Little River Village Planning Committee, Toy Library, Revival Clothing plus the Launch of  Hosted by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.

If you are interested in having a display contact Barb


 Seniors Hui 20184 November   – 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 Trish Manson o  03 325 1153 or Pam Baird on 03 325 1917

Little River Wairewa Runanga and Little River Wairewa Community Trust

AKAROA HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR – Show Weekend 17 & 18 November 2018 –  There are some popular known homes and gardens and some exciting new ones that you will definitely want to visit. Many thanks to the home owners who very generously have opened up their homes and gardens for this community fundraiser.  Further details to follow.

Banks Peninsula Walking FestivalBANKS  PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, November 25, 2018

The walks will take place over the weekends of  November 3 & 4 November, 10 &11 November, 17 &18 November and 24 & 25 November. Fabulous walks available over the four weekends in November. Check out what is available and make your booking by going to the following link…/banks-peninsula-walking-fest…     Brochures are available at the Little River Information Station also.

There is something to suit all fitness levels, from gentle meanders around the historic towns of Lyttelton and Akaroa, to climbing the high volcanic peaks with their breathtaking panoramic views.

You will have the opportunity to explore Hinewai Reserve by night, take the ferry to Quail Island and appreciate the historical and geological significance of the Peninsula. We have rangers, conservationists, historians, geologists, artists, and many more passionate local guides who will lead, inform and inspire you along the way.

Special events this year include the formal openings of a new tramping hut on Ōtamahua/Quail Island and a family campground at the Le Bons Bay Langer Reserve. These events include walks exploring the areas the new facilities serve.

Walks around  Little River include Little River Ridge Tops, Okuti Track to the Hilltop and return, Wildlife Watch on Kaitorete Spit, Hukahuka Turoa Walk and 8 over 800 Tramp 3 – French Peak and and Saddle Hill.  Check out full details in the above link. There is something for everyone, so book early as places are limited and walks fill up fast.

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


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


Waitangi Day 2018WAITANGI DAY CELEBRATIONS AT OKAINS BAY-  6 February, 2019 – Wednesday – 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. 




Seaweek 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

sea weekSeaweek 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.  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 

manderley-garden-festival17 & 18 March 2018 – 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_Race2019  Le Race– Saturday 23 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.

14 April 2019 – Sunday.  LITTLE RIVER GIANT COUNTRY BUMPKIN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL.  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.   Next  year on Sunday 14 April 2019.

Thursday 25 April 2019 – ANZAC DAY

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


THE bARK UP9 June – Saturday –BARK UP – from 6pm at the Little River Rugby Club Rooms, Awa iti Domain.  Come along for a fun filled night that is not just limited to Rugby Fans or Farmers but for everyone.  There are prizes for the Best Barkers in a range of classes (Dogs and humans)  and for related contests  such as the Best Dressed Dog.

Refreshments and food will be available and entrants can register for the competitions on the night.

Contact  John Masefield email   Entries can be received on the night.   The Banks Peninsula Rugby Clubs Annual Fundraiser.  This year they are fundraising for a Kitchen Extractor Fan.

Silverstream Bull Sale13 June – Wednesday – ANNUAL BULL SALE 2018 – at 2pm.   Silverstream hosts and annual on farm auction where this year we will offer 65 Charolais bulls and 15 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  Headline  and Silverstream Jensen J19 plus more sons from Silverstream Geddes, Silverstream Evolution and Silverstream Frampton. We will also have more sons of the awesome Silverstream Evolution and our powerful Silverstream Frampton. Our Herefords will include the third crop of sons from Gay Olympus (Our fantastic sire we purchased off the Maungahina stud 5 years ago).

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 201825 & 26 August 2018 – 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.

Our sponsor this year is Hangar One and there are prizes and a raffle to be awarded on the Sunday lunchtime. A Buy, Sell & Exchange tent will be operating and there is food on site. Landing fee for the weekend is $12.

Contact Peter Hewson 022 0884766 email


takahe to akaroa relay6 October 2018 – 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 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

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  .  held bi annually

Drum Festival 2018October –  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.

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.

held bi annually

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