NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - 23 MAY: Mike Pero Nelson Giants vs Wellington Saints, 23 May 2015, Saxton Stadium, Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by: Barry Whitnall Shuttersport Limited)

What’s on this weekend


Events are popping up across the region with everything from Heritage week, Loop the Lake, the Giants home game against the Waitakere Super City Rangers to the Apple Fair, Market at Melrose and the Spooners Tunnel opening.

The weekend is promising more sunshine with Saturday’s Metservice forecast predicting a fine day with northerly breezes for a time in the afternoon and a high of 18 degrees. Sunday will also be fine with developing southwesterlies and a high of 20.



  • Heritage Week kicks off tomorrow. This year will celebrate Nelson’s rich history of discoveries though walks, talks, theatre, film, children’s workshops and more. For more information on the free or low cost family events, head to or phone 5460331.
  • Roll on down to the Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp at 10am for the Kaiteriteri 6 Hour Mountainbike. Enter solo or in relay-style teams of 2, 3 or 4 to share the 6 hours of riding. Categories include: Solo Man, Solo Woman, Men, Women, Mixed, Workplace Challenge, Intermediate and High School. Fancy dress is encouraged and spot prizes will be handed out through the day. Adults $30, Kaiteriteri MTB Park Workingbee Volunteers (5+) $25, School $15.
  • For a bit of a challenge, check out Lake Rotoiti Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake 2016. Registration and gear check is at the Lake Rotoiti Community Hall, from 7.30am. The 25km race will start at 9.15am by the Kerr Bay lakefront and wind anticlockwise around the lake. For more information and a list of compulsory gear, Click Here, or call (03) 548 3655.
  • For a boutique market experience, head to the Beacon Hill Shabby Chic Market Day from 10am-3pm at the Beacon Hill Estate. The gold coin entry raises money for a non profit organisation that works in a red light district in China rescuing and rehabilitating trafficked girls. For more information, visit
  • Check out the opening of Victory Medal, a sculptural work in memorial to the grievous losses of the First World War at The Nelson Provincial Museum. Entry is free for Nelson/Tasman Residents, visitor tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per child. The museum is open 10 – 5pm Weekdays, 10 – 4.30pm Weekends & Public Holidays and the sculpture will be on display April 16–30, May 1–31 and June 1–12.
  • 54 teams are kicking off the netball season with the two-day Geraldine Hodgson Tournment at Saxton Field. With five grades, each team will play three pool games on Saturday before going to cross-overs on Sunday.
  • Head to the newly reopened Trafalgar Centre at 7pm and watch the Mike Pero Nelson Giants go to war with the Waitakere Super City Rangers. Can’t make the game? Keep an eye on for our live blog.



  • Turn your harvest apples into juice at the annual Apple Fair. Bring your family and apples and step back in time at Willow Bank heritage village from12.30-4pm for a gold coin donation.
  • Pop along to the Elma Turner Library with a donation at 2pm for Murder in Nelson. Former judge Bill Unwin will tell the story of the 1940s murder of Bill Hill. The suspected murderer committed suicide in the grounds of Melrose house shortly after Hill’s body was discovered. Was justice really done?
  • For a day of Victorian frivolity and a celebration of Nelson Heritage, head to Melrose House with a gold coin donation between 10am and 3pm for A City Affaire – Market at Melrose. The day will boast market stalls, entertainment, the Melrose Cafe, costumed photos, Vintage Bridal Gowns and Vintage Cars. Club Cars. The best Victorian costume wins a prize.
  • Bring your bike along to the Spooners Tunnel and the Belgrove Pub for the Spooners Tunnel Opening at 11am. At 1.4 km in length, Spooners Tunnel is the longest tunnel open to cycling and walking in New Zealand and the 5th longest in the world. Participants are required to bring a torch and are encouraged to park at the Belgrove Pub and use the tunnel shuttle, which will run from 10am to get you and your bike to Spooners Tunnel.