30 Nov 2023

The popular family day out returns to New Brighton Beach on Saturday 10 February to brighten the skies of the seaside suburb.

From inflatable dragons, sea creatures and cartoon characters to the more classic shapes and styles, the colourful kites on display at Kite Day always draw a crowd.

A popular pick on Christchurch City Council’s summer events calendar, Kite Day is a fun and relaxing way to spend a cracker summer’s day says Council Manager Events and Arts Lucy Blackmore.

“The atmosphere at New Brighton on Kite Day is abuzz with activity and excitement. It’s wonderful to see people of all ages flying their kites, whether for the first time or as a seasoned professional.”

The free event runs from 11am to 3pm, with activities, competitions and live music hosted by radio station sponsor The Hits.

“They’ll run a sandcastle-building station and a beach dig competition, with fun prizes to be won,” Ms Blackmore says.

“People can bring a picnic to enjoy or take a stroll through New Brighton’s township and choose from the many eateries.

“It wouldn’t be a Kiwi summer without Mr Whippy, so we have them on hand at the New Brighton South Ramp car park for those craving an ice cream treat,” Ms Blackmore says.

“Youth Alive Trust will also be onsite with a candyfloss and kite stall, and the pop-up Kite Shop is back, selling a range of colourful kites for those who decide on the day to get in on the action.”

Kite Day rounds out the Council’s summer events programme, which also includes Rock the Park NYE23 and the NYE Kids’ CountdownMitre10 SparksSummer Sundays, and Anthony Harper Summer Theatre. 

Learn more about Kite Day on What’s On.