Kites Soar Again In Otaki

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Annual event attracts large crowd on a perfect weekend

Photo story by Ian Linning

Crowds I estimate of up to 2,000 people travelled to Otaki Beach at the weekend to enjoy what’s become an annual iconic event.

The Festival, with financial backing from the KCDC this year, was the perfect family event.

It had safety, sand and lots of spectacular sights. And so happy families made the most of this completely free event.

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It was the 4th annual Festival, held just one hour’s drive north of Wellington, and presented by the Otaki Promotions Group Inc.

One of Kapiti’s biggest free events

As one of the region’s biggest free events, thousands of people converged on the beautiful Otaki Beach to see kites from around New Zealand and overseas.

B kitesVisitors brought picnics, browsed the stalls and enjoyed the low-key entertainment. The fourth annual festival showcased huge and colourful show kites, stunt kites and fighting kites.

The event brought together NZKA kite fliers from all around New Zealand, Peter Lynn Kites of Ashburton and international guest kite fliers — all showcasing their artistry, design and flying skills.

Kites of every shape and size

Kites of all shapes, sizes and styles thrilled those viewing from the beach, from above the dunes and the Pavilion roof – these included massive inflatable kites, a stained glass window — and bug kites through to tiny fluttering seagull kites.

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There were spot prizes on Saturday afternoon for children’s and families’ homemade kites.

Food and drink vendors were located around the site, as well as market stalls . And the kiddies’ entertainment area included a bouncy castle, merry-go-round and face painting.

Entertainment on the beach included fighting-kite battles and stunt kite flying demonstrations, with various musical acts  playing near the beach throughout what must be judged a great weekend.