ducksrgoThousands of rubber ducks will take to the water on Sunday 30 November, setting a quacking pace for the 2014 Great New Zealand Englefield Charity Rubber DuckRace, as part of the Hutt River Festival in Lower Hutt. The race is a main feature of this year’s Interislander Hutt River Festival, with 10,000 individually-numbered little yellow ducks available for people to purchase, and a number of larger ducks available for corporate sponsorship. 

The racecourse is the stretch of river between the Melling and Ewen Bridges and around 10,000 spectators are expected.

Before the event, tickets are sold, and each duck is allotted a ticket number.  Small ducks are $2 and Corporate Ducks cost $200 – these are larger and you can dress them up in your businesses colours / logo (and you keep the duck for your office).

The proceeds from the sale of the tickets go to charities and this year The Little Miracles Trust has been lucky enough to be selected as a charity which will benefit from the tickets sold in our name!

We have a number of tickets to sell, both:

– the $2 tickets for the smaller tickets
– the larger $200 Corporate Ducks.

There are some impressive prizes on offer including a $1,000 Wellington Experience, a $600 Pak N Save voucher and a $400 White Swan Voucher. There’s also a Best-Dressed Racing Duck Trophy awarded to the most creatively-costumed corporate sponsored duck. Competition for the best-dressed ducky amongst business sponsors is expected to be fierce.

If you would like to buy tickets, please email

If you would like to help the Trust sell tickets, email

As well as the Englefield Duck Race, the ‘Hutt River Festival’ will be a great family day out, it will include:

  • Food and craft Stalls
  • A sound stage with a variety of entertainment taking place from 11am to 4pm
  • A 5km, 10km and Half Marathon fun/run and walk along the Hutt River Trail
  • Emergency Services Displays including Police, Fire, Ambulance, Defence Force and Upper Hutt Community Rescue
  • A childrens activity area

More information about the day can be found here: