Each year the Little River Support Group organise The Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival. Hundreds of visitors and competitors are attracted to Banks Peninsula from all over Christchurch, Canterbury and around the South Island. International tourists to New Zealand also enjoy the festival as they travel through Little River and stop to investigate.
The festival aims to be a family fun-filled afternoon in a stunning country setting. Entertainment including music and dance, competitions (such as childrens races, gumboot throwing, bottle stalls and chocolate wheels), country stalls and sideshows, food - especially the famous Little River Pumpkin Soup - and of course some amazing pumpkins.
There are some fantastic prizes on offer for all the pumpkin classes and competitions, plus a great prize draw. More details of prizes will be posted on this website nearer the day.
The Little River Support Group hosts the festival every year on Anzac Day. This years event is on Sunday 23 April 2017. The festival hours are from 11 am - 3 pm. Entries need to be in by 12 noon and judging is at 12:30 pm. Winners will be announced at 3 pm, and prizes given out then. EFTPOS will be available.
Admission is by donation only, so bring the family out to experience a traditional country event. All proceeds go to the Little River School.
Hundreds of pumpkin seedlings are distributed every spring available from all the local stores and businesses in Little River.
In the past they have travelled throughout Canterbury and further afield throughout New Zealand, where they have been nurtured, tended, fed and watered in an attempt to win the ultimate accolade of largest pumpkin!
Come and enjoy the biggest pumpkin festival in New Zealand!