Little River Travel Guide

Nestled into a wide valley on the Banks Peninsula, en route to Akaroa, Little River (Wairewa) is a typical small country town. No trains have run to Little River since the 1950s, but the town’s historic railway station lives on and is now home to a craft shop, information centre and historic displays. The store next door to the station has a great café and gallery.

Cyclists and walkers can tackle the Little River Railtrail, the first stage of which runs from Motukarara to the picnic area at Catons Bay, near Little River. This section follows an old railway embankment as it winds its way through farmlands, past the wild, stony beach at Birdlings Flat to Lake Forsyth (Te Wairewa). The area has dramatic views of the Banks Peninsula volcanoes and you may also get to see some rare migratory birds on the lake, including the crested grebe.