Flying kites has an important role in many cultures across the world. Māori used kites, Te Manu Tukutuku, for recreation and communication. Kites were often seen as connectors of the heavens and the earth. In Christchurch, Kite Day at New Brighton is a popular summer event.
Kite Making Workshop - Friday 24 January 2020 10am to 11.30am
Let’s go fly a kite! Make your own kite from sustainable and recycled materials. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. This is a free workshop at New Brighton Library (it is now fully booked).
Kite Day at New Brighton - Saturday 25 January 2020 11am to 3pm
Kite Day takes place on New Brighton beach, south of the pier. Join in the seaside activities, try some fun beach sports with Sport Canterbury, and watch the kites soar on the sea breeze at Deep South Kite Day.
Find kite information in our collection
- Kites and manu tukutuku Te Ara The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
- Canterbury Windsports Association
- Peter Lynn – Canterbury kite designer
- The Kite Shop Christchurch-based kite business
- Jim’s Kites Local kite enthusiast who flys on New Brighton beach regularly. Lots of useful information on getting started.
Get a taste of Kite Day, see our photos.