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Annual Events


Spring Fling Flyer28 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.


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


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

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

  • Friday 11th October: This will be a family friendly street party on Beach Road.  It will include Mundi & Danger Baby playing in the truck and some roving entertainment.  The street party will commence at 6pm and conclude at approximately 10pm.
  • Saturday 12th October: The Landing 2019-our exciting historical re-enactment on the main beach. The Landing will be held at 8.30am -10.30am at the Akaroa Main Beach – rain or shine! Bring a beach chair and a rug (and a raincoat if it’s raining). Following on from the acclaimed success of The Landing 2017, Akaroa Community Arts Council once again is working in partnership with AHFSI to produce this living history re-enactment. Following this the parade will leave for Akaroa Recreation Ground at approx. 10.35am with restricted parking along the route.
  • Saturday 12th October: Le Jour du Marche (Market Day) – Following the re-enactment and parade the main events of the day will take place on the Akaroa Recreation Ground.  The official opening will be at 11am.  Activities on the green will include market stalls, French games, food, wine, music and entertainment running from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The Cultural & Heritage Marquee will have a significant heritage area, the photo booth and interesting displays. This will pack down at approx. 4pm.
  • Saturday 12th October: Le Cabaret evening – This will take place in the Festival Marquee on the Akaroa Recreation Ground.  The Cabaret show starts at 7pm sharp (doors open at 6.30pm) and finishes with a rocking dance.  Admission is by ticket only, $40 and on sale from this week at the Akaroa Museum (cash only) and online at Eventfinda.
  • Sunday 13th October: Circotica – Circus Workshop & Show – Circus Workshop 11:00am to 12:30pm – 90 minutes. Give It A Go Circus Workshop!

Come and try out different circus activities: adagio, aerials, floor acrobatics/tumbling, juggling, mime/clown. Tickets: $12 per person. (pre-bookings essential). For ages 7 – 60 years old.

Circus Show 2pm – 50 minutes approx. An Awe-Inspiring Circus Show!  Presented by performers from Christchurch based circus school Circotica.  Tickets: $12 per person. (door sales if available). All ages.  Tickets:  Go here for full details of the French Fest Programme in Akaroa

Flower Power Garden TourFLOWER POWER GARDEN TRAIL – Labour Weekend Sunday 27 and Monday 28 October. 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 20183 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 Trish Manson o  03 325 1153 or Pam Baird on 03 325 1917

Little River Wairewa Runanga and Little River Wairewa Community Trust

Walking Festival Poster 2019BANKS  PENINSULA WALKING FESTIVAL 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, November 24, 2019  

Come and explore beautiful Banks Peninsula this November, enjoying the spectacular landscapes that make it such a unique gem. Our guides will lead you on tracks, reserves and private land, sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience along the way. Hear their stories, meet new people and appreciate the ‘great outdoors’ as you go.

This year we have some great new events, along with some ever popular favourites. Try out the new multi-year challenge for hardy trampers – walking the whole of Kaitorete Spit in several stages, with QEII Trust representative Alice Shanks. Adventurous walkers may also enjoy a ‘Head of the Harbour’ hike in Governors Bay, or a gentler option exploring the new Childrens Bay Farm track on the Akaroa headland.

Try some of the great family friendly options; a nature trail at Gibraltar Rock, a ‘Kiwi Guardians’ challenge in Ōtepatotu Reserve, a night time adventure in Hinewai Reserve, the Antarctic Hut and Penguin Colony at Godley Head and a ‘Pirate’s Treasure Hunt’ on Quail Island.

Back by request is a ‘Plalk’, this time in Charteris Bay, as well as ‘Grunts and Dykes’ in Le Bons Bay and the chance to walk from Allandale up to Living Springs.

There is something to suit all fitness levels, from gentle meanders around the historic areas of Lyttelton and Governors Bay, to climbing the high volcanic peaks with their breathtaking panoramic views.  The Festival is also delighted to be supporting another ‘Youthtown’ event – this time a weekend tramp for the children, with overnight stays at both the Packhorse and Rod Donald Huts. Book them yourselves to create your own adventure!

We have rangers, conservationists, historians, geologists, and many more passionate local guides who will lead, inform and inspire you along the way.  There is something for everyone, so book early as places are limited and walks fill up fast.

For more programme information visit or book tickets on Eventfinda.  Or read 2019 Printable Programme Final – Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

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

Motukarara Fire Works9 November 2019 – Saturday – MOTUKARARA FIREWORKS NIGHT – The Waihora Entertainment committee is thrilled to run the annual Fireworks Evening.

It is a community and family oriented evening with free music and hay rides, a relaxed comfortable atmosphere, ice cream, fairy floss, sausage sizzle and bake sales raising money for various community groups and of course the best fireworks show we can afford!

Community Breakfast10 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, 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.  Contact Fiona Mclean Secretary

Drum Festival 201823/24 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.

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

CAROLS 2018 December  – 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 099

LRCC 2018 poster 1


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.

Little River A&P Show Poster 18 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.

While still keeping with our farming tradition, this year’s show will also feature some of the regional hospitality personalities, in the Peninsula 2 Plate marquee, who have connections with the Peninsula. We have exciting regional judges from Twenty Seven Steps,  Civil and  Naval and 5th Street restaurant as well as our special star guest judge Simon Gault of Master Chef New Zealand fame. There will be a mystery box cook off using local produce as well as fabulous spot prizes and activities for the children.  So book the date, get your entries in, pack a picnic and bring your family and friends. ”

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


Waitangi Day at Okains Bay 2019

WAITANGI DAY CELEBRATIONS AT OKAINS BAY-  6 February – Thursday – At the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial  Museum.  Don’t forget to leave home early for this years Waitangi Day Celebrations, the Waka is coming up the river about 7.30am .

If you miss this fantastic sight, there will still be plenty to see and do on this “Family Fun” day, including the superb hangi, bouncy castle, children races, stalls, live displays and the late Murray Thackers all time favourite, the “Tug Of War.

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


2 – 10 March – Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019.  The theme will be “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”.  Pick up your Rocky 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?

Beach Clean up3 March – BIRDLINGS FLAT BEACH CLEAN UP – at 2pm.     Meet at the hall/car park. Bring some gloves, bags supplied. This years rubbish run followed by a drift wood art competition, and the usual sausage sizzle/drinks etc.  The locals can come down later for a social drinkie BYO.  Details about driftwood comp to Norma 3290044  for Rubbish Clean up Fiona 3290171.  All Welcome, children, families Contact Fiona 3290 171

DRIFTWOOD ART SCULPTURE COMPETITION – Competitors can start creating their Art Sculpture with their finds from the Beach Clean Up at 3.00pm in front (Seaward side)  of the Birdlings Flat Community Centre.   Norma will be there to give further instructions ideas.  Any queries phone her on 3290044.  The whole event will finish with a sausage sizzle.  Supported by Te Whare Tapere o Te Mata Hapuku (Birdlings Flat Community Hall )

SEAWEEK POETRY COMPETITION 2019 – Run in association with the School for Young Writers.  Entry details  Further information from or phone 027 7030 772.  Entries close 11 March,  Great prizes to be won across four categories.  ECE, Schools, Te Reo and Open.  This competition is run biennially in Canterbury.

Akaroa has a programme for Seaweek .  Check out the events on in Akaroa on the poster here

Le_Race2020  Le Race– Saturday 21 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.  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.


 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.

Old school event 201912 April Easter Sunday 2020 OLD SCHOOL AT THE OLD SCHOOL  1 PM – 6 PM. Okuti Valley Hall, Okuti Valley, Little River.A free afternoon of DJ’s playing Old School House and trance with an Easter Egg Hunt a 2pm for the kids.  Bring a picnic, friends and your dancing shoes.

Organised by Love Little River .  Thanks to the Little River Wairewa Community Trust and the Banks Peninsula Community Board for their support.  A sunny day event. Cancelled if wet or cold.

Saturday  25 April 2020 – 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


Silverstream Bull Sale12 June – Wednesday – ANNUAL BULL SALE 2019 – 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


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

Plant for the future25 August 2019 –  Sunday – PLANT THE FUTURE – The Okuti River Project invites you to help from noon to 3.00pm. Meet at the Okuti Valley Hall for Hot Soup from 12pm.  Planting from 1pm just up the Road.

This is stage II of a five year project.  Come and see how the project is progressing.  The kids will love it.  Bring gumboots, spade and gloves.
To read the presentation Alison and Marcus presented to ECAN go to the following link The Okuti River Project (2019)
Contact Alison or Marcus

Little River PLaycentre Quizz night30 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

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