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to 31 Jan 2021 – POP UP PENGUIN ART TRAIL –  Decorated penguins are displayed across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula on a Public Art trail that will celebrate all the unique parts of our city

Check out the  “Gateway to the Peninsula Penguin” by Frankie Bakker ” in the Heritage Park,  Main Road, Little River sponsored by the CCC and selected by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust as part of their decorate a penguin Competition held earlier in the year.

Frankie is a local artist who spent many hours on this passion project which is inspired by the local native animals and landscape.

 Another local Little River Artist has also designed and painted a penguin.  Jane Downes “Kiwiama” Penguin  sponsored by Go Media is at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

After 10 weeks out and about in Christchurch, the street-sized penguins will be auctioned to raise money for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.  The art trail will be launched on our streets on 29 November 2020.  Check out our penguin in Little River  and upload the App Code displayed there  to “collect a penguin” and you could unlock a reward from our sponsors.  To read more about how you can purchase a penguin at auction go here

Tuesday – SUMMER  BADMINTON  on a Tuesday at the Little River  Community Centre, Western Valley Road.  All levels welcome,

Mixed doubles, Rackets provided

Contact.   Simon All equipment is supplied. Even some friendly tutors willing to share their skills. Beginners welcome. 7- 8.30pm.  $5 casual fee or $60 for the whole season.   The “season” will run until daylight saving ends in early April 2021. The last evening of the season being 30 April. The only Tue night that badminton won’t be on is 15th Dec (LR School Assembly). That makes 25 evenings in total, hence why the  season fees are  $60 to cover the hall fees. 

PONIES 2 GO – Open 10-4 Weekends, School and Public Holidays weather permitting $6 Pony Ride $3 Animal Visit and $8 to do both.

Pony Led  rides and interactive animals.  Come and meet, ride  and pat  Mrs Chips one of  the Little Ponies,  Chopper the sheep, Ping Pong the Lamb.   Pat the rabbits and  guinea pigs.  Meet the batman fowls  Leith and his girlfriend Vicky and the new Angora Rabbits Twinkle and Dusty.     A lovely outing  under the shade of the willows  for the children to meet all the  animals and their helpers..

Most of the animals are rescued and  rehomed with Ponies 2Go.  You will find Ponies to Go behind the Little River Silo Stay.  Contact Karen 021 0742595.

THE KINDNESS ROCK GARDEN – Take one when you need one.  Share one with a friend.  Swap one for another.  Inspirational words to brighten someone’s day

Join us at Village Art as we launch our Kindness Rock Garden to share kindness, connect with friends, encourage each other and inspire creativity.

We offer drop-in sessions for budding Rock Painters in our local Banks Peninsula and Christchurch community.  Call in to Village Art to meet with friends and neighbours or make new connections. Be inspired to paint one or two rocks for a Koha. Leave your rock in our Kindness Rock Garden or take one to share with a friend.

Visit for more information.  You will find us behind the Little River Service Station 4223 Main Road, Little River.  Open Wednesday to Saturday.

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.

AstronomicDelightsASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS – Join us to view the night sky above Akaroa. Friday & Saturday nights, 8.00pm-10.00pm. 10 inch Newtonian telescope. Heritage Park, 10 mins drive from Akaroa. Check with us for times and conditions, phone Craig on 027 3000 547.  Dress warm.  Charges: Children $5.  Adults when accompanied by a child are FREE. Children under 15 are free,  (in other words everyone is FREE)  phone 027 3000 547

 learningCHRISTCHURCH EVENTS APP NOW HAS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. Help spread the concept of endless opportunity to children and young people!  How you can help To promote the app/website widely by distributing this information to:

  1. Young people, parents, teachers through your local networks
  2. Learning opportunity providers– asking them to upload the information themselves on to the website
  3. If you know of any local events or opportunities, please distribute and promote as appropriate

To download your free app, click here.


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!)

 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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