CHRISTCHURCH LANTERN FESTIVAL
10 & 11 March 2018
Bring along your family and friends to experience Chinese culture in Christchurch’s central city this March, when vibrantly coloured lanterns will light up the Avon River Precinct. This free event is for everyone and features music, performance, dance, food, and lanterns from 6pm to 10pm both nights. The Lantern Festival has been part of the Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206BC - 221AD) and marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.
More information at christchurchnz.co.nz
NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL
23 February – 18 March 2018
Aotearoa’s leading celebration of cutting-edge arts, the New Zealand Festival fills Wellington’s streets, theatres and laneways with the best arts and artists from around the world. This much-anticipated festival offers experiences for everyone with world-class theatre, dance, music and so much more. Opening with the free harbour spectacular A Waka Odyssey on 23 February, the themes of that event echo through the rest of the programme: epic journeys; a sense of discovery; home, and belonging.
More information at festival.co.nz
THE BIG EASY
30 March – 1 April 2018
The Big Easy on the Hawke’s Bay Trails is the ultimate antidote to all those serious cycling events. Starting at the stunning Black Barn Vineyard, you will then meander along 42 km of the Hawke’s Bay Trails, making plenty of tasty stops along the way. You will aim to finish at Church Road Winery for the finale party and concert, which starts at 2pm. Also back for 2018 are The Little Easy events in central Hawkes Bay on Friday 30 March and Wairoa on Sunday 1 April, catering to the younger riders with easy 5 to 12 kilometre jaunts.
More information and tickets from thebigeasy.co.nz
Blog by Juliet Calder