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New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 May.  For information on life and business in Level 2 go here

If you’d like to keep up to date with what impact COVID-19 is having locally, please follow the Council’s rolling blog on Newsline .   and Read the latest Banks Peninsula Community Board Newsletter here

The Little River Service Centre/Library is open.  Normal opening hours apply, but the number of customers at any one time in the building will be restricted, and they will need to sign a register for contact tracing.  Library book returns will recommence on the evening of Thursday 14th, and reserves will be able to be placed for library books online by then as well. The library will be open as normal on Saturday mornings from the 16th. Any queries, please contact the Christchurch City Council on 941-8999 or

The Little River Challenge Service Station  – will remain open 9am to 4pm everyday for all services.   Alex will be coming out to Little River most days.  Phone or email if there is something  you need from Christchurch and  he  will do their best to try and help.    Phone 3251 002   or email  

Shane is open for  Garage services and repairs 10-5pm Monday to Friday.

The Little River Store  – Open 7.30am to 5pm.   7 Days a  week. Social distancing applies   . Phone 3251 933.

The Little River Café – Open 7.30am to 4.30pm.

TAKE-A-WAY MENU – available Friday/Saturday pick up only – no deliveries.    Pick up between 5 – 6pm and 6 – 7pm. The Take-a-way menu for this week is here and will change weekly as could the days available depending on requirement.

THE LITTLE RIVER HOTEL  – Open .    Come & meet our new cook & try the amazing new menu additions. It’s a real pleasure to have her onboard.

Things to remember…
  1. Track & trace – Check in form or use the QR Code.
  2. All meetings must be booked 1 week in advance. T’s & C’s apply.
We look forward to seeing all those familiar faces again. Please be kind to staff & be patience.  Phone 325 1007

HAZEL NUTS – Country Nutters new seasons spray free hazelnuts are now ready for sale. We are NP2 registered and usually sell at the Little River Craft station. Under covid 19 level 2 we are able to sell from the gate providing payment and pickup is contactless. Prices are – Raw hazelnuts 400gms $10 or 1kg $25. Roasted hazelnuts – 400gms $15 or 1kg $35. For orders please Email or text 0276982608.

As Fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, “CHESKIN” in Cooptown  WILL remain OPEN by appointment Monday, Wednesday and Friday  9:00am till 2:00pm for pre ordered collection in 10 – 15minute slots.  The product range has been extensively extended.   

Produce hamper service continues: $30 $60 $80 $100 options.  Swappacrate rate concept as per 2019/20.  Phone 021 568 224      to txt orders    

Or email  orders   – prearranged  collection.  New customers welcome.  All orders received pre 9:00am may be collected same day.

LITTLE RIVER DINER – Is temporarily closed until further notice.

THE HILLTOP TAVERN –  We are currently open with all Government requirements in place to make it safe for you to dine with us. Our hours of operation are changing due to the times so please bear with us as we figure these out.
Friday- Sunday 10am open
Monday-Thursday please call to check hours

Please call to check kitchen hours as main kitchen closes earlier then pizza oven
Book to avoid disappointment
.   Phone 033251005. 

Go to website   here

Vetlife in Little River will be open. for clinic and vet services normal hours 8am to 5pm.    Phone 3251 006 or email  to pre order Animal/Pet food products so we can have these ready for a easy/quick pick up.  information on further services  or check website

Little River Vet – We’ll be open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 12 noon on Saturdays. Online bookings are now back on.   This also allows us to assess potential Covid risk in advance.  Read their full notice here

Wairewa Motors in Cooptown is open for fuel 24 hours as normal.

Courier services will also be operating.  Phone Doug Go Couriers Phone 0274 269 255 or Akaroa Couriers Mike 027 566 4036

Transfer Station at Barrys Bay is OPEN  and Birdlings Flat is open Saturday 9am to 12 noon as usual.   Kerbside collection is also continuing.

Please remember to space your bin at least 50 cm apart for safe collection in keeping the driver safe and for not having to get out of the truck.

Orion is still working, so if any power issues ring 3639898

Or if you can’t get thru ring Mark on 3251-176.

6  June – New Exhibition at the Little River Gallery –  LOST AND FOUND – The Anatomy of Melancholy – Part III by SIMON VAN DER SLUIJS.  The opening will be this Saturday 6 June at 11.00am.  Simon will be present to chat to.  Come along and enjoy the event and a glass of complimentary wine. The exhibition runs through to the 30 June.

The gallery doors are now open so you can enjoy these magnificent paintings ‘in the flesh’.    Level 2 conditions of social distancing will be observed and every precaution taken.

Open 7 Days a week 9am to 5pm email or call 021 325 074

THE OKUTI VALLEY SPORT AND RECREATION CLUB – The club is open again, with the provisions that now constitute our new normal ie maintain social distancing, regularly wash or sanitise hands, wipe down all high-use surfaces and no more than 10 inside at a time.

Please, no use of the kitchen while we are still at Level 2.

Chook Manors retail store is open 8.30am to 5pm  They also have a Click and Collect service on website orders only .  Read full details here

VILLAGE ART – “We are now open with new Winter Hours of 10 – 4pm Wednesday to Saturday. Looking forward to seeing you in the Gallery soon.  More about the Kindness Rock Garden very soon!”

Village Art – Create  Inspire Relate  4223 Christchurch Akaroa Road , behind the Little River Garage. Open 10-4pm Wednesday to Saturday.   Phone   Kath McDonald  027 298 9288     email

THE ARTISIAN LAB – is open 11 to 4 Wednesday to Friday, 10 to 4 Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  (Closed on Tuesday).   We look forward to seeing you.  We have an   online store and we also have click and collect for your convenience. while we are in level 2

Narielle A’Court runs The Artisan Lab in Little River, now with an online shop

Support New Zealand made!

Murray Peden – Banks Peninsula Automotive – WOF, Servicing and repairs – If you need me I will be available on 021 1080 222 or 3251982

Little River Dogstay is open again under Level 2! We are here to provide the same high quality care for your dogs when you are ready to get away. Booking enquires to Tara at

For physiotherapy support during the Covid-19 crisis –
As it is now not possible to see a physiotherapist in person, I am offering email or phone advice to past clients of Banks Peninsula Physiotherapy (Carli Richter).  if you are currently seeing another physiotherapist they may also be able to provide you with phone support/sessions, and it may be best to contact them if this is the case.
There will be no charge for this of course, and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can if you have messaged me.
Ways to contact: email, phone or text 02040059411 (best not to leave a phone message as they sometimes get missed), or through my Facebook page, which still exists!
I may also be able to arrange supply of some items like tape, braces etc to be shipped directly to you (charges do apply here of course).
Stay safe and do get out and exercise, but go easy to avoid new injuries!!



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