Spring Festival bounces into Kaikōura

LOW RES Mia and Ruby Piggon take aim at the archery for web

The sunny, calm weather on the first weekend in October created perfect conditions for the inaugural Kaikōura Spring into Summer Festival. The festival was very well attended with locals and visitors enjoying the outdoor movie on Friday night, and fun activities for the kids on Saturday. The event was organised by Kaikōura District Council Community Events and sponsored by Kaikōura Family Violence Free Network, and Innovative Waste Kaikōura.

The Kaikōura Music Collective provided live music on Friday night before an adults only poetry reading at the local Slam Club and a family friendly outdoor movie in the village green. On Saturday, the centre of Kaikōura was transformed into a colourful, bouncy kids playground, including a 20metre long obstacle course, a gladiator game and two castles. Archery on the beach was very popular with festival goers of all ages, the mountains and sea providing a scenic backdrop to the firing range. 

KaiChorus sang their “Çoastal Roads” song (to the tune of John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads) to celebrate the end of the Council Horizontal Infrastructure Rebuild project. A $38.6 million programme of works delivered on budget and supplying repaired, and where possible, improved horizontal infrastructure assets.

For those that still had the energy the Kaikōura Seaward Lions Club Lip Sync on Saturday night created lots of laughs for audience and participants. 14 musical acts from hip hop to country and western, who knew we had so much talent in town!

Thanks to everyone who helped out or just came down and joined in the fun. It is hoped to build the family friendly event each year, becoming a well-known and locally driven celebration that the whole town can be proud of, and that brings visitors to the district.