Otaki Kite Festival

R_OtakiKiteFestivalTHE Ōtaki Kite Festival is back on the weekend of 5-6 March and it’s going to bigger and better than ever.

Fantastic kites from around New Zealand and overseas will again be flying above Ōtaki’s spectacular beach. There will be another Rokkaku business kite challenge, stunt kites and plenty of stalls including food, arts and crafts, face painting, merry-go-round and bouncy castle. Eftpos
will be available at the information tent.

Entertainment on stage throughout the weekend will be capped off at 4pm each day by the fabulous Beat Girls.

Master international kite makers are running workshops before the weekend (see at right) and kites will be on sale from the information tent. There will also be a kite repair service and visitors will be able to get advice on how to fly their kite. Bicycles can be hired and there will be a bike repair stand.

So pack your deck chair and jandals, browse the stalls and relax with family and friends at the 2016 Ōtaki Kite Festival.


If you’re keen to learn how to design, build and fly your own unique kite, international kite makers Mikio Toki (Japan),

Tony Rice (Australia) and Yvonne de Mille (NZ) are running workshops in the week prior to the kite festival. Places are
limited, so book early. Cost is $25, including materials. All workshops are at the Ōtaki Surf Life Saving Club.

Tuesday, 1 March, 10am‑1pm

Yvonne de Mille — making recycled rainbow kites using 99% recycled materials and food dyes.

Wednesday 2 March 6‑9pm

Tony Rice — making ‘Dart Fighter’ kites; an Indian fighter variation, using ripstop and oil paints.

Thursday 3 March, 6‑9pm

Mikio Toki — making fold 愦灭;amp; dye, Tokyo style kites using Japanese washi paper and dye.


Register online at kitefestival.org.nz or contact Barbara Franks on 027 485 8888