Tim and Sandra Babbage amongst a crowd of thousands at Saturday night’s Opera in the Park event. Photo: Sinead Ogilvie.

What’s on this weekend


This weekend is jam packed with activities for everyone, ranging from the Nelson Motor Show, the Burger King 3X3 Quest Tour, Opera in the Park and the Dovedale Country Affair Festival.



  • Petrolhead heaven, otherwise known as the Nelson Motor Show, officially started today with the Lake Hop Cruize and tonight’s Friday Nite Cruize at 5.30pm from the Speights Ale House. Saturday features the public show, followed by the Nelson Motor Show Formal from 5.30pm at the Speights Ale House and Sunday the cars are once more on display for the public show and prizegiving. For more information, head to www.nelsonmotorshow.com or check out this week’s Nelson and Waimea Weekly.



  • Tapawera is hosting the New Zealand Hang Gliding National Championships and enthusiasts from across the nation to put on a show and see who is the fastest hang glider pilot. Kickstarting on Saturday, the championships run from 9am – 7pm and go until Sunday, February 21 at the Hidden Sculpture Garden. For more information, call 027 275 1022 or email [email protected]
  • Ballers from across the region will converge on the Tahunanui Beach Reserve Tennis Courts for the Burger King 3X3 Quest Tour on Saturday to show off their skills and qualify for the World Tour Open Men’s grade. The quest tour kicks off at 10am and runs through to 5pm. Entry is free so if you have what it takes, register your team online of find out more information at www.basketball.org.nz/3X3 or call David on 021913550.
  • There’s fun for the whole family at the Flash Electrical Beach Fun Day in Kaiteriteri. Head to the lagoon end of Kaiteriteri beach from 5.30 – 8.30pm for everything from sandcastles, races, a free BBQ, big dig, kareoke and tug of war.
  • Back with some of the nation’s best singers including, Dave Dobbyn, Anna Leese, Jared Holt, Jackie Clarke, Modern Maori Quartet and Jubliation Choir, this year’s Opera in the Park is sure to be a great night. Trafalgar Park gates open at 5.30pm if you’re keen to make a picnic of it but performances run from 7.30pm – 10pm. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketdirect, Theatre Royal and the iSITE – Adults are $25, children from 5-15 years are $5 and children under 5 go freeFor more information, Click Here.



  • Check out the Dovedale Country Affair Festival on Sunday form 11am – 4pm at the Dovedale Recreational Reserve. On rain or shine, this country event will include sheering, sheepdogs, sidecar rides, craft and food stalls, animals, traditional country games, a waterslide and live music all day. Entry is $2 for adults, children free.