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Information Centre



The Little River Information Station  operates out of the Waiting Room at the Historic Railway Station Building on the Main Akaroa Highway, Little River.  It is staffed by Craft Station members every day except Christmas Day and Anzac day to 12 noon.

We provide an information service on local and Banks Peninsula walks, attractions, accommodation, community and rural activities and places of interest.

We have available on the Information Counter the free tear off Banks Peninsula Maps and the Akaroa Banks Peninsula Tourist Guide.  We also stock a range of maps, brochures and books for purchase and a range of local and Peninsula Tourist promotional brochures for any local or travelling visitors to our area.  Visit our website here

The Little River Historic Railway Station is the focal point for the end of the Christchurch to Little River Railtrail and bikers are welcome to come inside.  We have Certificates of Achievement and Railtrail Memorabilia (Caps and Patches) for Sale and Railtrail brochures it you are still planning your ride.  Bicycles are available for hire at the Little River Garage Phone (03)3251 002.

Bike Rental, transfers and Pick ups

Photo competition 2LOCAL WALKS  – Little River has a number of local walks for you to enjoy.  On a hot day walk in the shade up the Montgomery Track, or a shorter walk under the canopy of regenerating bush in the Okuti Valley Scenic Reserve.  More exposed walks are the Hilltop Hike from Okuti Valley Reserve to French Peak, Saddle Hill and the Te Oka Bay Walk downhill from Bossu Road.  The Rail Trail can be hiked or biked in stages and a nice evening stroll would take you from Little River township to the Little River Hotel for a meal.  An enjoyable evening out.  For further information on local walks go here or pick up the Discover Little River Brochure from the Information Station and/or other local Little River Business’s


To check out the Cruise Ships into Akaroa Harbour during the 2017/2018 season go here


Did you know that Railway Stations had a Waiting Room where travellers bought their tickets and waited out of the weather for their train?  The Little River Historic Railway Station Waiting Room has many books, photographs and articles of interest on the Railway and the many families, who settled, worked, farmed or ran their business in the Little River and Banks Peninsula area and anyone is welcome to sit a while to browse or research their family history.  You can even read what happened in 1869 in the bound pages of the Christchurch Press.

Little River and Banks Peninsula is rich in history in many areas from the early Maori settlements, Sealers, Whaling, Logging, Cobb and Co Stage Coaches, Railway, Cocksford grass growing and Dairying.  Little River had a blacksmith shop, Engineering Company, Boarding Houses, General Store, Hospital, Tea Rooms, Hall, Jail.  The hotel was just out of town.   There are photographs and articles of the men and women who worked hard and lived often in isolation to break in the land and did their part in settling our beautiful area.

The Waiting Room has changing displays and is available for Community Groups to promote themselves or their events or have space for fundraising.



Phone 3251 320 or email

Little River War Memorial Boards in the "Waiting Room "of the Railway Station

Little River War Memorial Boards in the “Waiting Room “of the Railway

For historical information on the men and women in the Armed Forces go to  and/or



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