The Little River Pumpkin Festival

Heaviest pumpkin weigh-in and measurement 2007Each year the Little River Support Group organise The Little River 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, 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 and several exciting silent auction items. More details of prizes will be posted on this website nearer the day.

This year's festival will be held on Sunday 10th April 2022.

Sadly our main event is CANCELLED for 2022, due to the pandemic. However, there will be a Giant Pumpkin contest with prizes for Giant Pumpkin growers. Many details yet to be sorted, please email Mel at to stay informed. 24th April Little River Domain. The Giants may form a display afterwards near Silo Stay and the Little River Farmers Market where we'll have some school fundraiser stalls.

We love giving great prizes and we'd really appreciate your support, so please listen out for our exciting online raffle and thrilling silent auction, these will follow after 24th April. Details TBD.

Thanks and good luck, from the organising committee of your favourite Pumpkin Fest.

Pumpkin seedlingsGiant pumpkin seedlings are distributed every spring, available from all the local stores and businesses in Little River.

New this year, get your hands on fresh seeds and germinate them yourselves for the satisfaction of the entire giant pumpkin growing experience. Also from local businesses or mailed direct to you.

In the past our seedlings have travelled throughout Canterbury and 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!