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Youth Activities


NZAEE-Seaweek-logo-TM-300x124Akaroa District Promotions  and Department of Conservation  SEAWEEK ART COMPETITIONWin an Akaroa Harbour boat trip on the DOC boat with Department of Conservation officers Derek Cox & Tom MacTavish and a delicious fish ‘n’ chip meal from Akaroa Fish & Chips .  Second prize: Prizes from the Little River Art Gallery

To enter: Create a drawing or painting in colour or black and white, on A4, with the theme of marine mammals and/or marine reserves as these are very special to Banks Peninsula. Categories (as at 1 Jan 2018): 5-7 years; 8– 12 years; 13-16 years; 17+ years. (1st & 2nd prizes awarded in each category) .  Entries close: 4pm Friday 23rd February 2018 and can be left at: Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa and The Little River Craft Station or post to PO Box 166, Akaroa, 7520—unfolded.  Please note artwork will not be returned unless requested.  Date for prize-winners boat trip: Saturday 11th March 2018 (wet weather alternative 12th March) For full details go here ADP & DOC Art Comp details 2018


Little River Youth Group LRYG 2018 Term 114 February – Wednesday nights  – LITTLE RIVER YOUTH GROUP – A typical evening will involve a range of activities including games, music, bible discussions, prayer, food and of course a great bunch of young people. The Little River Youth Group offers a place for young people to hang out in a positive environment and learn about God.

St. Andrew’s church, Upper Church Road.   Every Wednesday night during the school term from 6:30 pm – 8pm.  Term Dates: Feb 7th, 14th 21st and 28th and March 7th, 14th and 21st.   For young people in years 5 – 13.  For more information contact

Holiday activities














Requests (2)January  – SCHOOL HOLIDAY MOVIES –  STORKS  – Ring Bernadette to see what selection of movies she can show.  Tuesday and Wednesday showings suit best.

11am or 1pm whichever you prefer on a Tuesday or Wednesday  at Requests Boutique 10 Seater Cinema, 411 ChCh to Akaroa Road, Cooptown.

Entry  – $5.00 –  nibbles  included in price.


Phone Bernadette on 3251 154 to reserve your seat.


 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



18 October  – Tuesday – PIXIES ORIGAMI AYATORI –Craft Group for Pre-schooler’s (Home Schoolers and Elderly Welcome).  10.15am to 11.30am.activity_village_keeping_kids_busy  $5.00 per child (under 2 free) at te Okuti Valley Hall.  Have a fun time together in a relaxed atmosphere.  Please bring your smile and a snack for your child.

1st  Week we will make Milk Carton Suit Case.  Then children can take it home with their Origami Art in it.  Please bring back with them next week.  Contact Sachi Miso 0212 111 789


 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.


PumptrackBehind the Goods Shed at the back of the Little River Historic Railway Station there is a Pump Track designed for the young ones.

It is free to use.

There is also a playground and seating for a picnic around this area.

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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