About the Festival

7.30am River walk - Cambridge Green to Gayhurst Bridge
9.15am Waka Journey to Kerr’s Reach
9.30am Official opening and welcoming of the Waka Huia
9:45am Flat Water Regatta at Kerr’s reach
10am - 2pm Carnival Market at New Brighton
11am Flat Water Regatta at Kerr’s reach
11:45am Flotilla assembles and starts to move down to Owles Tce
12.30 Journey from Owles to New Brighton
1pm - 6pm Family Music Concert, New Brighton Water Front (Free)
2pm Stand Up Paddleboard Race around the Pier
4.30pm Yacht Race at Pleasant Point Yacht Club, visit the Container Clubroom at South Brighton Reserve
8.30pm Concert at the Pierside. (Cover charge)

About the Festival

2012 concert photo

Family Music Concert
Where : New Brighton Beach, next to the pier

1.00pm – Opening Speeches
1.10pm – Natural Magic Ukulele Pirates
2.30pm – Willie McArthur
3.15pm – Stone Cold Chillers
5.00pm – 1 Drop Nation

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The Concert will be held at New Brighton and will feature a range of music that will have something for everyone one. Starting at 1pm with the Natural Magic Ukulele Pirates, other artist include the popular Stone Cold Chillers and 1 Drop Nation, the concert will allow for a celebration for the east with sounds for the young to the old.

Other attractions alongside include carnival, sand painting, kite fest and SUP race around the pier. Also check out the market information stalls of Environment Canterbury, Forest and Bird, Coastal Pathways and Avon-Otakaro Network.

About the Festival

2012 regatta photo

When : 9.30am

Where : Kerrs Reach

Held at Kerr’s Reach, the regatta will see rowing, canoeing, dragon boating & Waka Ama participating together in a range of races. The official opening of the festival will be held at 9.30 and the regatta will culminate with a challenge pitting each sport up against each other in a handicap race.

About the Festival

The 2013 Spring River Festival will showcase the vitality and potential of the east as “Ōtakaro: place of the game”. Building on the inaugural year in 2012, the event will be held on the 2nd November on the lower Avon corridor, estuary and beaches – the playground of the city!

The programme will focus on two key events, the River Regatta and the Community Concert. The festival will also have a range of other events which will connect up the many areas of the east.

Initiated, coordinated and promoted by Avon-Ōtakaro Network, the festival is supported by CCC, CERA, Sport Canterbury, CanCERN, Healthy Christchurch and Rebuild Christchurch Foundation and the Volunteer Army Foundation.

There is something for everyone, whatever their age there, ability or interest, with a diverse range of activities embracing sport and recreation, culture and heritage, environment and gardens, and entertainment and community.

It will be a very special day that recognises the importance of the Avon-Ōtakaro River and estuary to the history, health and wellbeing of Christchurch. Reconnecting people and communities from all parts of the city, this celebration of the human spirit will particularly support and strengthen many of the communities most affected by the quakes.