What’s on this weekend


This weekend the region is hosting the NZ Paragliding Open, Classic Boatshow, a fiesta in Mahana, Relay for Life, the iconic Weet-Bix TRYathlon and more.

MetService is predicting fine weather across the weekend with Saturday forecasted to be mostly sunny with some high cloud and a high 26 degrees. Sunday will also be fine with light winds, afternoon sea breezes and a high of 27 degrees.



  • The New Zealand Paragliding Open wraps up this weekend with two final days of paragliding around the region. The Nelson club is hosting the PGOpen from the Tahuna Beach Function Centre. For more information, head to www.pgopen.org.nz
  • With all sorts of boats from clinkers, canoes, classic sail boats, seagulls, race boats and classic hydroplanes, the NZ Antique & Classic Boatshow will give enthusiasts the chance to talk boats, display their boats and go head to head. Drive on down to Lake Rotoiti from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday to check out the show. Tickets can be purchased at the gate and are $15 for an adult day pass or $20 for the weekend and children are free. Eftpos is available.
  • Relax on the hay bales while eating fresh local food and listening to live music at Saturday’s Mahana School Twilight Food & Music Fiesta. There’s fun for the whole family from 3 – 7 pm at Mahana School with a carnival fun zone, face painting, pony & mussel buoy rides, Mahana crate mountain, NBS obstacle course, horizontal bungy, lazer tag, a silent auction, raffles and more. Entry is a gold coin and the fiesta will be moved to Sunday if wet.
  • Head to the corner of Trafalgar and Selwyn Streets and Upper Trafalgar Street for the Big Bang Nelson Tasman from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday. This FREE regional celebration of drumming to support Fair Trade Nelson Tasman will feature rhythms from around the world.
  • Relay for Life returns, celebrating and supporting those touched by cancer from Saturday night until Sunday morning at Saxton Field. The opening ceremony begins at 4 pm, the candlelight ceremony starts at 9 am and Sunday’s closing ceremony will begin at 9 am. The public is welcome to attend any of the ceremonies.



  • It’s back, the Nelson Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon kicks off on Sunday from 8.30am. Based at the Tahunanui Sportsfield, the triathlon will see the region’s little athletes complete an ocean swim, a 4 or 8km bike and a 1.5km run.
  • Murchison’s Country Market is on once more, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Historical Stables car park. The local Craft and Growers market is the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic, relax and browse the stalls for some of the locally produced goodies.
  • Check out the Choice Children’s Day at Rabbit Island’s Connifer Park from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday. The celebration will include interactive games and activities as part of the national children’s day celebrations such as bouncy castles, balloon twisting, sports, bike riding challenges, and a treasure hunt.