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Youth Activities


WHAT TO DO IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – 7th July – Saturday to   Sunday  22nd July

reading12 July  -Thursday – STORYTIMES AT LITTLE RIVER LIBRARYDuring the school holidays from 2pm to 3pm  there will be a storytimes session at Little River Library.  Come along for story time, songs, rhymes and crafts.

This is suitable for up to 8 years old.   So come along with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews and have a fun time – no need to book in.  See you there!

Catherine Boyd  – Library Assistant, Little River Library.

READING CHALLENGE FOR TEANSto  Monday to 29 July –    READING CHALLENGE FOR TEENS – Challenge yourself to read or trial something new this winter and be in to WIN! Clip, tick, sticker, or stamp at least five ideas and then add your own for good luck. Competition opens Monday 2 July and runs until Sunday 29 JulyMore information and reading ideas to come …

For competition entry forms and further information, call into the Little River Library, or any Christchurch city library.

Dr SeussDR SEUSS – A FAMILY CHALLENGEWe are running an exciting competition during June and July this year. Express your creativity and be in to win a family pass to The Cat in the Hat at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal on Tuesday 9 October! Competition is open from Monday 18 June to 5pm Sunday 29 July 2018Find out more.

LITTLE RIVER RAILWAY STATION – The Historic Display at the Station in the Heritage Room this month is around life in the 1880s when the railway station and line opened. Some interesting domestic and scenic pictures taken in Little River included plus a timeline.  Really interesting display set up by Sue Mather.   Check out the Little Train in the Waiting Room.  Ask the Craft Station person on duty if they would make it go for you.  Displays organised by the Little River Railway Station Trust.

BIRD SURVEY 201830 June – 8 July – NZ GARDEN BIRD SURVEY – Spend  just one hour watching birds in our garden and record the highest number of each species you see or hear at one time..  This helps monitor distribution and detect population trends in garden bird.

Birds are important indicators of the health of New Zealand’s environment. This citizen science project helps us discover and learn more about NZ garden birds – and it takes just one hour.  This is the 12th year that the survey has run and every survey submitted helps build a clearer picture.  Go to the Landcare research website here for full details HERE

GEMSTONE AND FOSSIL MUSEUM,  Birdlings Flat. Open 7 days a week.  Fascinating.  Gold Coin Donation. Contact Vince Burke Phone 03 329 0812.

Requests (2)REQUESTS – MOVIE AND MEAL MATCH – at Bernadette’s Retreat, 4511 Christchurch to Akaroa Highway, Cooptown, Little River.   
10 seat Boutique Cinema – request your movie and Bernadette will match a meal to go with it.
Bernadette’s Retreat, 4511 Main Road, Cooptown. Phone 3251 154 or 021 257 0592
Bernadette needs two weeks lead time from you booking.


Enjoy a nice easy bike ride along the old railway tracks from town to Little River.

Stop off at Birdlings Flat, visit the Gemstone Museum and collect gems from the beach.

Finish up at the old Train Station at Little River and have a well deserved drink at one of the local cafes (dad’s shout!)

Little River Camp Ground

LITTLE RIVER CAMP GROUND – is now open for the season.  Come and have a night camping or day passes to enjoy the bush and walks are available.  The Kowhai Trees are in full bloom at present and the trees are alive with bird life.

For enquiries phone Marcus 3251 014 or email


 SWIMMING – LITTLE RIVER SCHOOL POOL – Parents and Community can get keys via the school office.  You are required to sign a form (available from the school office or by email) and pay$75.00.  This includes a $20.00 bond if key returned at end of season.  Keys should not be shared and non key holders should not be swimming.

Scary Slippery MudslidesSCAREY SLIPPERY MUDSLIDES AND THE BIG SWING – $5.00 Per Child and $5.00 per caregiver (Required). Ages 5 to 13years.The Little River Camp Ground opens for kids who like the outdoors. Will our slides scare you? Come and find out. The Scarey Slippery slides are fast and you 80m in 5 seconds. They are back to basics fun, made out of plastic with water running down a steep slope. You go really fast and may even get a bit of “air time”. We recommend wetsuits which keep you warmer and make you go even faster. Try our Scary Giant Swing as well.

Get your friends together and visit the Little River Campground for a fun afternoon. It is a perfect wet weather activity. You could even stay in one of the cosy cabins and explore the native habitat including a 500-year-old tree. A quick hot shower is available for $2.00. Bring warm clothes, hot food and drink to keep you cosy, as you will get wet.

For a quick hot shower, the cost is $2.00. Bring a change of clothes and towel. 1pm to 3pm during Kids Fest.

For enquiries phone Marcus 3251 014 or email


THE CREATIVE DREAMING TRUST is Open for funding Applications.  Created after Kaite Hansen’s death, this is open for applications.  Throughout her life Kaite was a very creative person. She had a passion for arts, which inspired the dream to create a trust to help support children and young adults on Banks Peninsula to attain  their goals in any of the arts.  The Creative Dreaming Trust is open to consider applications from individuals for funding to help further their participation in  their chosen field.  Please apply to Pam Baird on 03 3251 917 or for further information and application form.





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