What’s on this weekend


Across the region, Nelsonians and visitors will be enjoying the long weekend, check out some of interesting events going this weekend.


  • Chill out to Fat Freddy’s Drop at Neudorf Vineyards from 5pm tonight. Rock up with rugs and beach chairs for some great music and delicious food, no matter what the weather. Tickets are $75 with children 12 and under going free, to book, call Cameron on 03 5432643, head to www.ticketmaster.co.nz or purchase at the cellar door.


  • Head to the Takaka Village Green from 4pm to midnight for the Takaka Mardi Gras. This free event has everything from face painting, belly dancing, fire performances, lots of music, food, crafts, the Mardi Bra competition and the Mask Parade at 6pm. For more information, call 035258876 or head to [email protected]
  • The Nelson Vintage Car Club are holding their second swap meet on Saturday from 8am – 3pm. Head on down to the Nelson Speedway on Lansdowne Road to buy, sell and swap. Entry at the gate is $2 per adult with children under 12 free. For site sales, ph 03 541-8112, email [email protected] or for more information head to http://www.nelsonvcc.org.nz/
  • Check out the Waitangi Day Festival at Te Awhina Marae  on Saturday from 2pm – 6pm to commemorate the signing of the Treaty Of Waitangi. The festival will include a Powhiri, music, cultural performances, food craft & information stalls, games, raffles, and a hangi to be lifted around 5 30pm. Admission is only a gold coin and for more information, call 03 528 6061 or flick an email through to [email protected]
  • If you’re up for a challenge and enjoy cycling, check out the Lakes to Sea Road Race. Starting at Lake Rotoiti and finishing at Rabbit Island, registration begins at the lake from 8.30am, with the first riders away at 9.00. To enter or for more information head to www.tasmanwheelers.co.nz/ or contact [email protected]


  • To taste the world, head to Founders Heritage Park and Whakatu Marae for the 2016 International Kai Festival on Monday. The festival kicks off at 10.30am with a Powhiri at the Marae and stays open until 3.30pm. The festival also collides with the Chinese New Year which will be celebrated at Founder’s energy centre from 12pm with Chinese food, drink and entertainment including traditional dance, a traditional costume show and a Dragon Dance. With a massive variety of international food, live music  and a gold coin entry, this festival is always a big hit.