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 Day at New Brighton
4 February 2023, 11am to 3pm
This well-loved summer event is back. Enjoy a relaxed whānau day out, lapping up the sunshine, and taking in the spectacular view of the sky lit up with colourful kites.
There will be sandcastles, games and a heap more to keep you entertained too.
Remember to be sun smart - slip, slop, slap and wrap.
Sorry, dogs aren't permitted at this event.
Find kite information in our collection
- Te manu tukutuku - Māori kites Find out about traditional Māori kites
- Te manu tukutuku – Māori kites for kids Information for kids about traditional Māori kites
- 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.