When travelling between Christchurch and Akarao, Little River is a wonderful place to stop, and it’s a great destination in itself.

If you enjoy walking, cycling, fishing, surfing or swimming you’ll be spoilt for choice. Or if you enjoy arts and crafts, nature, farm visits, we have that too.


Showcasing the talents of local and New Zealand artists and craftspeople, The Little River Gallery displays a rich array of original artworks and crafts. Whether you’re looking for fine art, a gift, jewellery, or a memento of your trip you’re sure to find a tasteful piece at the Little River Gallery. Housed in an architecturally-interesting building, The Little River Gallery features regularly changing exhibitions from a wide range of exciting established and emerging artists.

Little River Rail Station

Although the train no longer runs through Little River, the historic Little River Rail Station still stands in the town centre. Surrounded by attractive gardens, it now houses a museum, with ever changing displays focusing on local history, and is the site of many community events.

Rail Trail

The Little River Rail Trail is a popular destination with cyclists and walkers. The trail runs form Christchurch to Little River and follows the route of the 19th century railway line. It travels through hundreds of years of human history, passing rural areas and settlements, the massive flanks of ancient volcanoes, the shoreline of a vast lagoon, Te Waihora or Lake Ellesmere and the smaller Te Roto o Wairewa or Lake Forsyth.


The Banks Peninsular A&P Show at Little River is held each January and is one of the most popular A&P Shows in Canterbury. Held in the picturesque Awi-iti domain the show features the best of what the district has to offer, including crafts, delicious food, produce, livestock, and events such as equestrian competitions, sheep sharing, dog trails. It’s a great day out for people of all ages.


Birdlings Flat Gemstone and Fossil Museum is a unique private collection open to the public. The display features stunning and surprising material gathered from local rivers and hills, including agate, quartzite, jasper, and petrified wood.


October is the best time to see the wildflowers at Birdlings Flat. Walk towards the spit from the car park to feast your eyes on the wildflowers growing amongst
the stones.


Home to a herd of over 140 alpacas, all with their own names, the Shamarra Alpaca Farm provides a tour with a difference. You can wander among the herd grazing in their natural environment and discover the unique quality of their fleece. Plus you can purchase luxurious alpaca garments and accessories exclusive to Shamarra.

Walking Tracks

Walking Tracks Little River is the starting place for walks short and long, from the 30 minute Okuti Valley Reserve Walk, to the 3-4 hour Sign of the Packhorse walk. Walks take in historic churches and cottages, bird life, native bush, and gardens. Some walks are push chair friendly. Brochures for walks are available at the Little River Information Station.