Little River Craft Station is a former railway station that has been converted into a local craft market and tourist information centre with historic displays.
Little River Station, which is located on Christchurch Akaroa Road (SH 75), was built in 1886 and was the terminus station on the Little River Branch line until 1962.
The station buildings are managed by the Little River Railway Station Trust, a volunteer community group that has leased the historic railway building from the Christchurch City Council and have restored and maintain it.
The Station is open 7 day a week, except Christmas Day and ANZAC morning. Summer hours are 9 am – 5pm and winter hours are 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
The Craft Station sells a variety products including art, jewellery, baby and women’s clothing, knitwear, patchwork, leather work, wood work, pottery, soft toys, local souvenirs, soap, preserves, vegetable seedlings and plants, cut flowers and fresh produce.
They also have displays on local history and railway memorabilia. These displays are regularly updated by the Trust.
They also provide tourist information on Little River and the Banks Peninsula region to Akaroa.
A small section of tracks have been installed behind the station so that a number of preserved heritage freight wagons can be displayed.