Ice-skating and glow beach trails coming to the centre of Kaikōura


The inaugural Kaikōura Community Winter Festival is taking place on the 5 August through to the 8 August. There is a focus on activities that everyone can take part in from outdoor ice skating through to a Bingo event hosted by drag queens.

The event is the creation of Kaikōura District Council’s Community Development and Events. The festival is led by Joanna York who said. “Local events are a great way to bring everyone together. A lot of work goes into organising events from everyone involved, so it would be great to see this celebration well supported by our community.”

The Kaikōura Museum and Fyffe House are joining the festivities with night tours, the Mayfair Theatre is hosting a Willy Wonka Tea Party to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film. All four local primary schools and school holiday programs are also involved, creating planets for a scaled down Solar System Walk. The walk will begin at the clock tower with a 3m sun created by Hapuku School and finish at Gooches Beach.

A glow beach trail will take participants on a wander of wonder, this is a chance to admire the glowing creations and absorb the incredible night sky that is present in Kaikōura.

A curling competition will be held on the outdoor ice-skating rink on Saturday afternoon, this promises to be a fun event for competitors and spectators alike! To book in your team contact The ice-skating rink will be hosted in the Memorial Hall if the weather is bad.

The family friendly event will start relatively small, but it is hoped to build the festival each year, eventually becoming a well-known and locally driven celebration that the whole town can be proud of, and that brings visitors to the district.

Download the full programme here.

19 July 2021