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THE ANNUAL Ōtaki Kite Festival on the weekend of February 17-18 had more crowds than ever before as it showed off Ōtaki to the wider region and well beyond internationally.

Event director Kirsty Doyle says when the Sunday dawned fine and sunny, and the breeze turned favourable for kite flying, the crowds kept coming.

“We had good crowds on the Saturday when it was overcast, but Sunday drew probably the biggest numbers we’ve ever had on a single day.”

She estimated 15,000 people flocked to Ōtaki Beach to see a huge array of fantastical kites from around New Zealand, Australia and Germany.




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