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Sunday 18th April

Little River Giant Pumpkin Festival

Sunday the 18th April from 10.30am-3pm

At Awa Iti Domain.

A day for the whole family with entertainment, competitions and food stalls. Don’t miss the famous Little River Pumpkin Soup – and of course some amazing pumpkins. 

Giant pumpkins arrive by 10am. All others competition entries by 11.30am. Judging is at 12pm. Winners will be announced at 2pm, and prizes given out then.  See here for more details : Pumpkin Fest website

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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’.


Until 27th April

Peninsula Light Exhibition – Little River Gallery

Until the 27th April 

At the Little River Gallery, open from 9-5pm 7 days a week. 

Peninsula Light, by Philip Beadle, helps remind us of adventures we have had on Banks Peninsula, the smells and tranquillity and a moment to rest and enjoy the view.”

For more details click: Peninsula Lights information


Sunday 25th April

Anzac Day Commemorations

Sunday 25th April 9.30am

At the Community Hall, Awa Iti Domain

The service will be followed by a procession to the ANZAC memorial where poppies will be placed.





100 Year Celebration of Pigeon Hall

A day of celebration, storytelling, exploring and dancing at the Hall 40 Wharf road Pigeon Bay.

 For more info click here –Pigeon Bay Hall Facebook page

Or call 027 757 9778 for more details.


Duck Hunting season opens

Please refer to the NZ Fish and Game website for all dates and daily bag limits.  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. 

Christine Maynard

Hidden Essence exhibition running from the 1st-25th May.

The Exhibition Opening is on Saturday 1st May 

For more details:

Little River Gallery Facebook link

May event details will be available 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 – Info coming mid May

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 


23 January 2021 – 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 23  January 2021.  Gates Open 8am, Awa-iti domain, Akaroa highway



29 January – Friday – 2021

Little River Farmers Market – Little River Farmers Market  will be operating every Sunday  9am -1pm in the space between the Little River Gallery and Silo Stay.  (weather dependent

 A 3x3m stall is $20  and Richard is still keen to hear from any local growers who would like a space.
All profits raised through the year will be donated back to the community.
All enquiries to Richard and Alex  email littleriverfarmersmarket@gmail.com


LRWCT 1 February – Monday

1 February – Monday – LITTLE RIVER WAIREWA COMMUNITY TRUSTS GENERAL Meeting. 7.30pm in the Meeting Room at the Little River Service Centre. Items for the Agenda to Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator lrwctrust@gmail.com or phone 021 245 9349.  Each Tuesday – Fiona McLean, Secretary/Coordinator for the Little River Wairewa Community Trust will be working at the Little River Service Centre between 10 – 12 noon.

You are welcome to pop into see her to discuss any projects you or your group would like some help with.

BANKS PENINSULA SPEED LIMIT REVIEW – CCC are  making changes so it’s safer for everyone to get around the peninsula.

Changes proposed across the whole Peninsula, and include Akaroa township from 50kph to 40kph, and most rural roads from open road/100kph to 60kph.

NZTA will also be seeking consultation on a speed review in the coming months. “We’d like to hear what you think about our Banks Peninsula Speed Review.  Open for feedback: 28th January 2021 – 25th February 2021.

Go here for full information and to give feedback and make a submission.


2 February   – Tuesday

2 February   – Tuesday – SUMMER  BADMINTON on a Tuesday at the Little River Community Centre, Western Valley Road.  All levels welcome.  Mixed Doubles, Rackets provided.

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.

Contact.   Simon Fowlers@landcareresearch.co.nz 


3 February – Wednesday

3 February – Wednesday –COUNTRY LIVING OUTING  to Casa Rossa Gardens and Rhodo Direct.   10am at Casa Rossa Gardens Jowers Road, West Melton.  11am at Rhodo Direct, 377 Halkett Road.  Cost $10.00 at Casa Rossa.  No Charge at Rhodo Direct.
Lunch at Melton Estate, Weedons Ross Rd, between West Coast Rd and Newtons Rd West Melton.

Since our visit several years ago Casa Rossa garden has grown and now has a 5 star rating – well worth another visit.

11am visit Rhodo Direct where we will be given a talk of establishing their Rhodo business and truffle venture.

Reply to Mary Millar email manderleyfarm@gmail.com

3 February – Wednesday –  KIDS HOLIDAY CIRCUS CLASSES with F’Aerial Arts Circus School .  1.15 to 5.30pm at the Little River Community Centre.  Free

Keen to try the trapeze, climb the silks or swing in a sling?  These one-off classes are a great way to have a go before committing to a full term – or just for some holiday fun!
1-1.45pm 3-4 years $12
2-3.30pm 5-9 years $20
3.45-5.15pm 10-17 years $20

Email myss.treesagreen@gmail.com to book or more information.


6 February 2021 – Saturday

6 February 2021 – Saturday – 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.

Please phone the Museum for more details 03 304 8611.  www.okainsbaymuseum.co.nz


7 February – Sunday

7 February – Sunday – LITTLE RIVER  FARMERS MARKET – Little River Farmers Market  will be operating every Sunday 9am -1pm in the space between the Little River Gallery and Silo Stay.  If the weather is wet it will be postponed to the following Sunday.

A 3x3m stall is $20.  Local Growers can Contact Richard if they who would like a space either as a permanent or casual.  All profits raised through the year will be donated back to the community.  All enquiries to Richard and Alex  email littleriverfarmersmarket@gmail.com


9 February – Tuesday

9 February – Tuesday – YOGA IN LITTLE RIVER.   7pm – 8.15pm at  One Spirit studio 72 Western Valley Road.  This will be a 5 week course (Followed by another 5 week course)

Each class includes breathing, asana, meditation and relaxation. Classes are suitable for everyone no experience necessary. Space are limited so enrolment is essential.
For more info and to enroll phone Arielle 0272321610
Cost for the 5 weeks is $95
Arielle is an experienced Yoga Teacher, Healer and Facilitator who teaches a gentle form of Hatha Yoga.


14 February –  Sunday

14 February –  Sunday – HIGH  TEA ON VALENTINES DAY – Sunday 14th February at Pigeon Bay Hall.  11am to 3pm. Groups are very welcome. Bookings required.
Perfect as a treat for someone special or just for a lovely day out to our special bay.  Please please do book a table in advance.
Contact Debs O’Keefe  www.thehightealady.nz 
022 3079974

14 February  – Sunday LITTLE RIVER TRAP LIBRARY   – Interested in protecting the wildlife around your property?

The famous Trap Library is  based in  the Okuti Valley.   We have traps and lures for all sorts of pests and free advice on where to set the traps for maximum success

The Little River  Trap Library please contact Rouke Bakker by emailing: littlerivertraplibrary@gmail.com or grbakker@gmail.comer Trap Library can be found on Okuti Valley Road.   Go up the west entrance (the old Bowling Club entrance) of the Okuti Valley Sport and Recreation Club.

The Akaroa Trap Library has a new Co-Ordinator  please contact Karin Bos by emailing: akaroatraplibrary@gmail.com 


16 February – Tuesday

16 February – Tuesday –  POP UP PENGUINS AUCTION.   Air Force Museum,45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch. Auction Ticket: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees)

After nine weeks of the Pop Up Penguins trail, Wild in Art will be selling the 50 large penguin sculptures at an auction run by Presenting Partner, Harcourts.

Each of the penguins has been designed and decorated by established and emerging artists. Over the summer, the penguins have delighted and entertained thousands of trail followers as they were discovered across the city. After the trail, the little penguins will return to the schools that decorated them and the large penguins will be available to buy by new owners.

We invite interested bidders to attend the auction to purchase one of these unique pieces of art for your home or garden. All penguins will be sold throughout the course of the evening as we celebrate creativity and raise money for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre. Wild in Art will give 75% of the auction proceeds to this well-established local charity.

For tickets and registration go to Eventfinda here

LIVING STREAMS NURSERY– Open each week Wednesday 9am till 3pm – Saturday 10am till 2pm

At this time of year we can be short of volunteers. There is a lot of propagating to be done, which is time consuming when working with small seedlings.  And if you enjoy talking with customers and have a basic knowledge of native plants, we welcome you as shopkeeper on Saturdays, from 10am to 2pm.

Read the spring Newsletter here.


16 February – Tuesday

27 February – Saturday –INTRODUCTION TO RONGOA MAORI -LEVEL ONE  – Okuti Valley Hall, Okuti Valley Road, Banks Peninsula.9am to 5pm.

A one-day workshop which takes participants through the tikanga and practice of identifying, collecting, gathering and using Native plants for medicinal use.  This event begins with a morning hikoi or journey through the beautiful Manaia Reserve to identify plants used in Rongoā Māori practice.

Kai Rongoā and Manaaki Mama, Chelita Zainey, will engage participants in learning and growing their knowledge around the pono or right way to cultivate, collect, gather and protect rakau used in Rongoā Māori.

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Rainwater tanks and resource consents – With summer upon us we are starting to think about water restrictions.  Did you know that in the Residential Banks Peninsula Zone, rainwater tanks can be installed without resource consent if they:       Do not exceed 25,000 litres capacity and are supported directly by the ground; or   Do not exceed 2,000 litres capacity and are supported not more than 2m above the supporting ground.

If you are installing a water storage tank this year, please carefully consider its location so that it minimizes impact on your neighbours.

Christchurch and Banks Peninsula  has some of the best water in the world and it’s up to all of us to be mindful of how we use it. Check out these simple household water-saving tips here

RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON – FIRE BY PERMIT ONLY – As of 11:59pm on Wednesday 16th December the Canterbury area which includes the district’s of Selwyn, Waimakariri, Hurunui and Christchurch City including Banks Peninsula.

This means that you must apply for a permit to light a fire in the open air unless it is an approved fire type.

To find out if you need a permit head to our website www.checkitsalright.nz

Revival Clothing  –   Open each Tuesday and Thursday  10.30am  – 1.30pm at St Andrews Church, Church Road, Little River. Contact Heather Williams  Phone  3251 259 or Fiona Phone 3290171 or email  waggie@xtra.co.nz.     Revival Clothing also have a stand in the Waiting Room at the Historic Railway Station.  This is restocked regularly and is available 7 days a week whilst the Craft Station is open.

Revival Clothing also run 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 – Two or three times a year Revival Clothing organize a Community Cook up to make and freeze meals that can be given to people in need of them.  These are delicious and if you or know someone who could need one of these please contact Heather 3251 259

LITTLE RIVER HISTORIC RAILWAY STATION, INFORMATION SERVICE , PRODUCE STAND AND CRAFT STATION – Selling local produce.  If you have any produce you would like to sell through the Produce Stand, contact the Craft Station member on duty to find out details or phone 3251 320.

The Historic Railway Station Building is on the Main Road, Little River.  Craft Station, Information Service and Produce Stand open 7 days a week 9.00am to 5.00pm (Summer  Hours) . The 2018 Telephone Directory is available at the Craft Station for $10.00 a copy.


20 February – Saturday

20 February – Saturday – LE GRANDE SWIM – 6.15am to 1.30pm.   The Generation Homes La Grande Swimis essential for your ‘Kiwi Summer Swimming Roadie’ if you’re taking on the only endurance distance in the Series, the 5km ‘Wainui to Akaroa’. Now that’s a reason to fist-pump the sky when you cross that finish line!

Why not make a weekend of it in the beautiful bay area and experience the distinctly French-influenced restaurants, boutiques and galleries.

Swims on offer:

  • Wainui to Akaroa – 5km – cross the Harbour in our longest swim of the Series
  • The Akaroa Bay – 2km
  • Beach to Rec Grounds – 750m
  • Banana Boat OceanKids 100m and 200m (7-10 years)

    Go to website link here for all details and how to enter.

20 February – Saturday , 2021 AT 11:15am – 6:15 PM – CASSELS BANKS PENINSULA FESTIVAL –  Orton Bradley Park

Public · Hosted by Banks Peninsula Festival
Tickets  www.ticketfairy.com/event/banks-peninsula-festival-2021-20feb2021  

Nestled on the sun drenched side of Lyttelton Harbour, Orton Bradley Park plays home to the Banks Peninsula Festival: a vibrant showcase of music, food, beverage and culture from around the region and beyond.

Enjoy world-class local musical talent across two stages, international quality cooking demonstrations in our sprawling teepee and stroll the gorgeous grounds between and surrounding each area at your leisure.

Banks Peninsula Festival celebrates the spaces, art and culture we all hold so dearly but can all too easily overlook among the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Escape the grind and enjoy a day of excitement and intrigue in your very own backyard!

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