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To promote the sustainable development of the Lake Wairewa and Southern Bays catchments, plan, fund, develop and establish facilities which contribute to the social, cultural, environmental or economic wellbeing of residents or visitors to that area'.

Little River Railway Station Trust

The Little River Railway Station Trust are a small volunteer community group who Lease the Historic Railway Station from the Christchurch City Council.  They look after the Gardens, Historic Railway Station Building and environs  and enthusiastically restore the Railway Carriages.  Inside the Railway Station there is a Heritage Room and a Waiting Room with the Little River War Memorial Boards from the 1914-18 and 1940-45 World Wars.  There are changing displays also in these rooms on local historical and community events and many reference books that are available for the public to use to research their own family history.  Check out Website HERE

These rooms are open 9am to 5pm seven days a week with a member of the Little River Craft Station always on duty.

Chairperson –   Warren Brixton –  Phone 3251 386

Secretary –  Jody Tuckwell – email Phone 3251 970

Treasurer – Marie McFarland

Trustees – Ken Sitarz, Andrew Wilson, Colin Higginbottom, Rob McFarland, Warren Brixton.

Meetings are held bi monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the 2nd month.   All are welcome to these meetings but only the Trustees are able to vote.


WAITANGI DAY DISPLAY in the Heritage Room of the Historic Railway Station – Displays by the Little River Railway Station Trust  Open when Craft Station Open 7 days a week. 9am to 5pm.

New TrainCHECK OUT THE NEW LITTLE RED ENGINE AT THE LITTLE RIVER RAILWAY STATION –   It arrived on Valentines Day February 14  at 7.30 in the morning. A 31 tonne ex NZR Hunslet DSA – class shunting locomotive manufactured by the Hunslett Engine Company in Leeds.  This one was in the service of the NZ Railways from 1957 – 1985 and shunted Wagons in the Ravensdown Yard at Hornby from 1985 to 2002 before going to Mainline Steam in Christchurch.  In 2009 it was sold to a private collector in Dunedin, from whom the Little River Railway Station Trust bought it from.  The Trust hopes to get the engine operating again and any Railway Maintenance engineers  or diesel engineers  out there please contact Jodi on email

The engine  can be viewed at any time with the other pieces of Rolling Stock (this includes an A Class Passenger Carriage, Flat Deck Wagon and  a Guardsvan plus a Gangers Hut ) the LRRSTrust are collecting out on the siding on the Back Platform  of the Little River Historic Railway Station – one of the  few remaining examples of a Class 2 Vogel Station. For further information on joining the Trust or helping with their many working bees go to their website here  The inside collections and displays can be viewed when the Craft Station is open. 
The Craft Station is located in the Historic Railway Station Building on the Main Road, Little River.  Craft Station, Information Service and Produce Stand open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.

27 April – Wednesday -A new  RAILWAY CARRIAGE –  came   into the Historic Railway Station. on Wednesday 27 April 2017.  The Little River Railway Station Trust have been working hard to secure a Carriage for the display at the “Station” and this one came from Dunedin Railways. It has been painted and the Little River Railway Station Trust are now asking for donations to restore the inside of the carriage.

Railway Station concert

 This February 2017 saw  a happy crowd of 35+ enjoyed a variety of Scottish songs, played by the duo Saltire –  Edinburgh based Alex Hodgson and David Vernon, under the Cherry Trees at the Little River Railway Station.

Included was a special French tune by David composed himself called Excelsior Hotel Paris.

I think “Susie the shoe shine girl” was another favourite.

(Photo and article by Ken Sitarz)


The Railway Station Gardens are a blaze of colour mainly thanks to John Calvesbert who faithfully maintains them on a regular basis.

John also opens the Gangers Hut on weekends over the summer from where he runs a Bric-a-brac shop.

(Photo Ken Sitarz)

Copyright © 2012 by Bryan Morgan for the Little River-Wairewa Community Trust