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100 Year Celebration of Pigeon Hall

Saturday 1st May at the Hall, 40 Wharf road Pigeon Bay.

A day of celebration, storytelling, exploring and dancing. For more info click here: Pigeon Bay Hall Facebook page. Or call 027 757 9778 for more details.

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Saturday 1st May

Duck Hunting season opens

Saturday 1st May 2021

Please refer to the NZ Fish and Game website for all dates and daily bag limits.  Fish and Game website info.  Use all safety precautions and if you are going out alone, tell a friend where you are going and what time you are due back.

Trust Aims

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’.


From Sat 1st – 25th May

Christine Maynard: Hidden Essence

From Saturday 1st – 25th May at the Little River Gallery.

The Exhibition Opening is on Saturday 1st May with drinks and nibbles from 11am. For more details:

Little River Gallery Facebook link

Little River Wairewa Community Trust General Meeting

Monday 3rd May from 7.30pm 

At the Little River Service Centre, the back part of the Library

Visitors are welcome to see what community initiatives we are working on or learn more about a specific project. Contact Fiona lrwctrust@gmail.com for more information.


Saturday 8th May

Biodiversity Workshop

Saturday the 8th May 2.30-5.30pm

At Te Mata Hapuku, Birdlings Flat Community Hall

This wonderful event will be a celebration of local native plant and animal taonga at Birdling’s Flat. Miriama Kamo will share her love and special cultural connection to the area. There will be a focus on the unique ecosystem and biodiversity of this special place. You’ll learn about protecting the valuable native flora and fauna from pest plants. All welcome. Bpctnz Facebook



Saturday 15th May

Colette O’Kane Poetry Reading and Presentation

Saturday 15th May from Ipm – no charge

At Village Art, 4223 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Little River (Behind the Petrol Station)  

Come along and meet Colette (Artist and Writer) hear her talk about her experiences living in Australia and hear her Poetry first hand. 

There will also be an opportunity to view some of her artwork in the Gallery.

For more information and to register your interest, please email  Kath Macdonald at Village Art on villageartstudio@outlook.co.nz. Village Art Facebook

Harakeke Weaving Workshop

Saturday 22nd May at 10-4pm (TBC)

At Village Art, 4223 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Little River (Behind the Petrol Station)

Both beginner weavers and those with experience who are looking for a new technique or project. The Harakeke will come prepared ready for weaving straight away.

We are still finalising the details, but all materials will be provided. 

Just bring your creativity and sense of humour, as we plan for another fun day with Lisa, Cathy and Corabelle from Kahu Collective.

For more information and registrations please email Kath Macdonald at Village Art on villageartstudio@outlook.co.nz. Village Art Studio Facebook

𝐓𝐞𝐫𝐦 𝟐 𝐂𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐄𝐧𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧

Pre-school, kids, youth and adult circus classes in the lovely Little River Community Centre – all levels welcome and payment plans available if needed.

If you/your child is keen but doesn’t quite fit with the schedule please get in touch as I’d love to accommodate them. Email to enquire/enrol: myss.treesagreen@gmail.com 021 278 1289


Second Sunday of the Month

Little River Trap Library

Second Sunday of the month from 10-12pm 

At Okuti Valley road before the Okuti Hall.

Interested in protecting the wildlife around your property?

They have traps and lures for all sorts of pests and free advice on where to set the traps for maximum success. If you have any questions please contact Rouke Bakker by emailing: littlerivertraplibrary@gmail.com or grbakker@gmail.com


Each Tuesday and Thursday

Revival Clothing

Open each Tuesday and Thursday 10.30-1.30pm at St Andrews Church, Church Road 

For good used and recycled clothing, the shop is open these two days.

Revivals creative Facebook page here

Revival Clothing also runs the: 

Little River Food Bank – Need a bit of help? For a Food Box phone Pam Baird 3251 917 or Fiona Waghorn 329 0171.  Absolutely confidentiality assured. Donations of dry goods can be placed in the box in the foyer of the Little River Service Centre.  

Frozen meals – Revival Clothing organize a Community Cook up to make and freeze meals that can be given to people who need them.  These are delicious and if you know someone who needs some of these please contact Heather 3251 259.


Living Streams Nursery

Saturdays 10am-2pm. Volunteers Wanted

At this time of year we can be short of volunteers. There is a lot of propagating to be done, and if you enjoy talking with customers, we welcome you as a shopkeeper.


High Tea

Sunday 9th May at Pigeon Bay Hall.  11am to 3pm. Groups are very welcome. Bookings required. See The High Tea Lady website for more info.


Details coming soon

Details coming soon



August – Saturday

August – Saturday – PLAYCENTRE QUIZZ NIGHT –  the Little River Playcentre Annual Fundraising Quiz Night.   Doors open 6.30 for a 7pm start at the Little River Community Centre. Entry Fee $60 per team (limit of 4 people per team).  Auction and Raffles will be held on the night with some fantastic prizes.

Delicious platters are available to pre-order.  $30 Antispesto platter for 4 people veg and Gf options.
Please register your tea and order meals by email to littleriverqiiz@gmail.com or contact Rebecca on 021 1708983 for further detail.


August 2021 Details to come

August 2020 – LAKE FORSYTH FLOAT AND FIELD DAY – UNDER COVID-19 LEVEL TWO:   Pre-registered fliers only. No spectators

We are going ahead with our annual fly-in at Lake Forsyth, but restricting attendees to registered fliers (MFNZ Wings) only in order to keep the number below 100, as per government guidelines.  There will not be room for public and non-fliers.

If you wish to attend you will need to pre-register with Peter Hewson (peter.a.hewson@gmail.com, or 0220884766) before Thursday evening, 27 August. Send your name, cell phone number and MFNZ number.  Registration will be completed at the site.  Fees are $20 for the weekend. Pilots get free tea and coffee and there will be food and drinks available for purchase.  If you wish to camp at the site the City Council require that your camper is self-contained. We will have toilets at the site too.

To read full information go here Contact Peter Hewson 022 0884766 email jilhewson@xtra.co.nz     http://www.radiofliers.org.nz/



September 2021  – Saturday – TAKAHE TO AKAROA ROAD RELAY – Celebrating 79 years the annual Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay organised by the Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Club. The first teams are expected to arrive at the Recreation Ground, Akaroa at approximately 2.00pm. The prize giving will begin at 4.00pm at which time the fastest team into Akaroa will present the baton carrying the message from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel to a representative of the Akaroa/Waiwera Community Board and Akaroa District Promotions. This year the event is the National Road Relay  and we expect approximately 800 athletes.  check website out here


FLOWER POWER GARDEN TRAIL – held bi annually Labour Weekend Sunday 24 and Monday 25 October 2021 –  10.am to 4.00pm.  In Little River and Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula.

Explore 14 diverse gardens, 3 of which are new to the event this year. From beach-side gems in Birdlings Flat to lush valley producers of proteas, herbs, hazelnuts and berries. This year a must-see is the park-like grounds of Kinloch Estate. Rhododendron lovers are also in for a treat with several gardens featuring them.

A fantastic chance to wander in private gardens, visit a herbal learning garden and properties that grow flowers and food commercially.

Tickets $15 per adult, children are free. Available from Little River Craft Station from 12  September and can be purchased on both days of the event. If buying tickets on Eventfinda, a map and garden information will be emailed to you.

A community fundraiser supported by the Little River Wairewa Community Trust.   Contact Kathy email  matheson_grant@yahoo.co.nz



November  2021– Sunday

November  2021– Sunday – ANNUAL SENIORS’ HUI – You’re Invited.  11 – 2pm at the Little River Wairewa  Marae.

This is the tenth anniversary so we hope to make it a special occasion.  We will be screening a short movie of the early days in Christchurch and Little River along with a photo board display of past events and people of Little River, plus a performance from the local Kapa Haka group and a celebratory cake.  There is a charge of $5 per person which includes tea, coffee  and a selection of finger foods for lunch.

RSVP to  Pam Baird on 03 325 1917

Little River Wairewa Runanga and Little River Wairewa Community Trust


November – Saturday – 2021 

November – Saturday – 2021  – MOTUKARARA FIREWORKS NIGHT – 5:30pm–10:00pm at Waihora Domain, 130 Park Road, Tai Tau. Suitable for all ages. Gate Sales only.
The Little River Volunteer Fire Brigade has taken over the running this event.  We would love to see you all, at this year’s fireworks evening, held at Waihora Domain, Park Road, Motukarara.

This family event is for all ages to enjoy, we will have bouncy castles, pony rides, food available, live entertainment/music, free tractor hay rides, stalls & of course our amazing fireworks display to finish off the night. Bring your family & friends- car parking on site. $20 per car, $5 per person for walk in’s


20, 21, 22 November 2020 

20, 21, 22 November 2020  –  THE DRUM FESTIVAL 2020 – at Little River Campground, 287 Okuti Valley Rd, Little River.  A dedicated drum festival set in lush bush beside the Okuti River on Banks Peninsula.

The Drum Festival is a family orientated weekend festival of rhythm and dance, entertainment and education based on Banks Peninsula. Being the only dedicated festival of the drum in New Zealand it is a catalyst for the gathering of drum performers from throughout the South Island and beyond. Performances, workshops, two special evening gigs.

There  will be 50 performers from Africa, Asia, Cuba and South America, performing Taiko, samba, African dance and rhythms and an Indonesian Gamelan as well as two bands playing Friday and Saturday which is free for locals

Camp over or day pass.

BANKS PENINSUL WALKING FESTIVAL – held over four weekends in November.


20, 21, 22 November 2020 

November – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY BREAKFAST.  Held annually 9.00am to 12 noon at the Banks Peninsula Rugby Club Rooms, Awa-iti Domain, Little River.

The Little River Community join us for a delicious free breakfast with a selection of hot and cold food. A chance to catch up with friends, neighbours and family.

This year we incorporated the   Little River Wairewa BUSINESS EXPO showcasing local business people.  The CCC provided a Little River Playground Update, Pony’s2Go Rides for the children and the Little River Wairewa Community Trusts Games Trailer.


December 2021 – LITTLE RIVER COMMUNITY CAROLS –  Come along with your friends and family and bring a plate for supper.  7pm at the Little River Wairewa Marae. Christchurch to Akaroa Highway, Cooptown, Little River.

A combined Little River Churches event.  Anglican, Baptist and Catholic.  Feel free to phone

Kim and Christine Peters for further details 3251 099



1st January 2022

1st January 2022– Wednesday  – BANKS PENINSULA VINTAGE CAR CLUB NEW YEARS DAY PICNIC – at the Little River, Awa Iti Domain, from 11.00 am. The Cars will arrive from about 10am to 3pm.  Come along with your picnic lunch and check out  the lovely old cars on display.

Bring along your own vintage or classic car and join the display. Music by Mainland Big Band and lolly scramble for the children. Gold coin entry.

Enquiries to Ron Hassel 942 1105. bankspeninsula@vcc.org.nz


January 2022 – Saturday

January 2022 – Saturday –BANKS PENINSULA A&P SHOW – The Banks Peninsula A&P Show at Little River is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Like many local shows, the annual event at the picturesque Awa-iti domain in Little River  is the highlight of the year for many local farmers, growers and producers.

The Little River A&P Show gives them  the chance to show the very best of what the district has to offer to the rest of the rural community as well as the hundreds that travel to the event from the rest of Canterbury and beyond.  Go here to plan your Show Day and get Schedules and book trade space.  Buy your Tickets on line or at the gate on the day. www.littlerivershow.org.nz   Plan your day here

Saturday  January 2022.  Gates Open 8am, Awa-iti domain, Akaroa highway




6 February 2022 – Sunday 

6 February 2022 – Sunday – WAITANGI DAY AT OKAINS BAY – A great family fun day out in Okains Bay. Events include a traditional Maori welcome onto the Marae, a magnificent carved Waka being paddled up the river, colonial displays, exhibits, crafts, vintage engines, printing presses, children’s games, a traditional hangi lunch, music and a garden bar and so much more.

The Waitangi Day commemorations at Okains Bay are the longest standing in the South Island with 2021 being the 46th consecutive commemoration.  Gates open at 9:30am.   Pōwhiri (traditional welcome) commences at 10:30am.  Waka paddling at 2pm.  Entrance Adults $10, Children $2.00.  Please bring cash. No ATM available. Please phone the Museum for more details 03 304 8611.  www.okainsbaymuseum.co.nz