River crossing cars, 1903 style

Ranger Motor and Cycle Company

Both these cars were specially designed to cross rivers. They were exhibited at the Canterbury A & P Show, by the Ranger Motor and Cycle Company, in 1903. Do you have any information on these vehicles, or the company? Please contact us if you’d like to share it. We also accept donations.

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Showtime on the Peninsula

Summer time is show time on Banks Peninsula. Every year in early January Duvauchelle opens its gate to rural life when it hosts the Banks Peninsula A & P Show.  It might be a small show, but it’s a goodie.  You can enter your pet terrier in the lunchtime races, enjoy watching show jumping or wife carrying races and potter round the trade displays.  Indulge childhood memories with a hot dog or candy floss.   If it’s gossip you need, pay a visit to the beer tent while the puppet shows or clowns entertain the kids.

Local rivalry is at its best inside the produce shed.   There folks battle it out for the best cabbage,  carnation or plum jam, the perfect photograph or  decorated cake.  Over 300 different classes cater for most interests.  You can all enter – how about a bottle of your own homebrew (yes the judges will taste it!) or is painting your thing, show it off in the art section.    

Under 17 years of age?    Perhaps you’re a budding photographer, or training for master chef, or the old sand saucer appeals.  Have a go and enter your treasures before 10 am on the day.

Click on this link to see all the classes available and deadlines for entries which usually close in early December.

Sheep shearing is more exciting to watch than you would imagine – you’ll be lucky to find a spare seat later in the day when the competition is hotting up.

Gumboot throwing is the focus after all the competitions are over, a time when most folks are found in the beer tent.  Hot food is available as the night wears on and the band keeps the place lively.   There’s even a local taxi to get you safely to your motel room in Akaroa, 10 minutes away.