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Lonely Planet Lauds Otaki Kite Festival

“I think it was a great success to see so many family groups down on the beach, enjoying the kites and enjoying time together,”said Barbara Franks, Otaki Village Promotions Group’s (OVPG) festival organiser. “Sunday’s weather was perfect for flying. Certainly the kite fliers with us are keen to be involved next year.”

The Otaki Kite Festival was another huge success and drew 12,000 people to Otaki Beach over the three days, many bringing their own kites and others to watch the wide variety of kites from around New Zealand and overseas.

While the wind, so essential to fly kites, wasn’t overly cooperative on the Saturday morning, by afternoon the steady breeze saw the gigantic sperm whale take to the skies and when viewed from up near the pavilion, it appeared to be above the sand dunes and flying off over Kapiti Island! Sunday’s flying was also held in near-perfect conditions.


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