Little River

Travel Guide
Little River

Bike or hike along a historic rail trail, visit a working sheep farm, browse a gallery and a railway museum and enjoy the nature of this water-rich destination.

Explore Little River, a small town beside the Okana River on the Banks Peninsula. Little River is less than an hour by car from Christchurch, in New Zealand’s Canterbury Region. To the south of town, the Okana joins the Takiritawai River to flow into Lake Wairewa which in turn flows out to the coast at nearby Birdlings Flat.

Enjoy the views and fresh air by cycling or hiking the Little River Rail Trail. The trail follows the old Christchurch to Little River railway line along rivers and lake shores and through rolling countryside. Challenge yourself to the whole 30 miles (49 kilometers) of trail or just do part of it and take in the nearby views over Lake Wairewa.

Appreciate the art and crafts of the creative locals. Visit the Little River Gallery for a mixture of weird and wonderful art. Just next door, the Craft Station has a wide range of crafts along with a fascinating historical collection in the old railway station. The station opened in 1886 and the last train departed in 1962.

Experience the lifestyle of sheep farming in New Zealand with a trip to Manderley Farm. See the show demonstrating the teamwork of farmer and dog as they herd the sheep and watch a shearing demonstration. Relax with a cup of tea in the historic homestead built in 1876 while enjoying the views over the farm and lake.

Get a real feel for the local community by checking out one of the many local events held in the summer months. The Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival is not to be missed. As well as the obvious display of large pumpkins, there are all sorts of stalls and activities including a hilarious gumboot throwing competition.

Stay in one of the quirkiest places in New Zealand by spending a night or two at SiloStay. Sleep soundly in a converted grain silo with intriguing little details and a comfy bed. Sit on the balcony of your silo, maybe with a glass of local wine, and gaze out at the serenity and landscape of the endearing town that is Little River.

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$101 per night from 11 Nov. to 11 Nov.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and Cardboard Cathedral. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,627 reviews)
"Property was great - close to everywhere I was going and central to city centre. Very clean!"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
SiloStay
SiloStay
4.5 out of 5
State Highway 75, Little River
The price is NZ$230 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Lake Forsyth and 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from Lake Ellesmere. Artisans Gallery and Giant's House ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (175 reviews)
"Very sustainable, loved the custom finishes. An amazing experience and innovation."

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2021

SiloStay
Loch Sloy Farmstay
Loch Sloy Farmstay
3 out of 5
109 Kinloch Rd, Little River, Canterbury
The price is NZ$310 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Situated in Little River, this guesthouse is 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from Lake Ellesmere and within 20 miles (32 km) of Akaroa Museum and Giant's House. Akaroa Wharf ...
Loch Sloy Farmstay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
Southwark Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
25 Southwark Street, Christchurch
The price is NZ$101 per night from 11 Nov. to 11 Nov.
Located in Christchurch City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and Cardboard Cathedral. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,627 reviews)
"Property was great - close to everywhere I was going and central to city centre. Very clean!"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2021

Southwark Hotel & Apartments
SiloStay
SiloStay
4.5 out of 5
State Highway 75, Little River
The price is NZ$230 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Lake Forsyth and 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from Lake Ellesmere. Artisans Gallery and Giant's House ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (175 reviews)
"Very sustainable, loved the custom finishes. An amazing experience and innovation."

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2021

SiloStay
Fino Hotel and Suites
Fino Hotel and Suites
5 out of 5
87 Kilmore Street, Christchurch
This family-friendly Christchurch apartment building is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Christchurch Casino and Theatre Royal. Hagley ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (618 reviews)
"Excellent location with two bedroom apartments, great for families"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

Fino Hotel and Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Little River

Top activities in Little River

Cities near Little River