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Little River’s Foodie Oasis

If you’re heading to Banks Peninsula these summer holidays, make sure a visit to the Little River Café & Store is at the top of your list.


Whether it’s time for brunch, lunch, a relaxing coffee in the sunshine, or a chance to pick up any last minute essentials, you’ll find it’s the perfect place for a break as you travel the beautiful stretch of Christchurch Akaroa Road.

Cam Gordon has been running the business for the past 10 years alongside co-owners, his partner Jess Morrison and her mother Claire Cameron.

“We keep getting busier each year,” he says. “Summer’s coming so it’s going to be increasing from now on.”

The passionate foodies are dedicated to providing a varied menu that changes by the day, introducing a lot more gluten and dairy-free options and a keto selection. Cam is especially proud of the popular Keto Haloumi Bagels, Cheesecakes, and the Ultimate Keto Benedict, served without bread and potatoes.

“We focus on old-school home-style food made to a high standard, and a varied cabinet range.

“Tourists come in summer from all over and people share their experience word of mouth, too.”

Little River Café & Store use as much local produce as possible, so you can sample regional olive oils, nuts, Akaroa smoked salmon and stone fruit. Everything else is sourced as close to Christchurch as possible.

Just next door, the general store stocks craft beer and a current New Zealand wine selection, as well as essential travel goods and services.

For more information, contact the café and store at


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The anatomy of melancholy: Little River Gallery

Simon Van Der Sluijs’ hauntingly deliciously dark paintings and convincing sculptures will intrigue and provoke. Simon’s trilogy of exhibitions, so named because it represents his work and the person he is, deals with the desire to belong, to be allowed to be but also getting damaged in the process.

 Little River Gallery

Part 1: Identity comprises two separate sections within the exhibition. Little Sorrows features small paintings of pet mice, hamsters and goldfish and faux taxidermy objects which illustrate when we try to recreate or make an effort to preserve the friend we’ve lost. Intimacies (explicit) features miniature paintings about sexuality, placed in lockets to be enjoyed in private, as growing up in a traditional Catholic environment, sexuality was not a topic of discussion.
Little River Gallery showcases his trilogy: Identity August 4 – 29, Part 2: Dissectum April 2019 and Part 3: Lost & Found November 2019. For more information, visit

Little River Gallery

Winds of change: Little River Gallery

Little River Gallery packs a mighty punch on the Aotearoa arts scene. Nestled in the heart of picturesque Little River township, on Highway 75, this is an arthouse powerhouse (including café and giftshop) committed to showcasing both established and emerging artists from the local and wider arts community.

Little River Gallery

Ashley Smith, the mega-talented sculptor, cartoonist and caricature portraitist painter presents Winds of Change, opening on 7 July and running until 1 August at Little River Gallery. The paintings are from a milestone period in his life which Ashley hopes, much like life’s gearshifts, have the power to surprise.
Imagine, for instance, you’re on an island nation of pristine waters and clamorous birdcall when a sail broaches the horizon…you glance up from an endless summer to find a rampaging wind bearing down on you…then what? Curious?
Well, bring your friends and come find out for yourselves!