Hot rods, sunflowers and epic swims: Five events to look out for this weekend


Summer is definitely here and there’s no let-up in the events taking place up and down the country. Here are five to attend.

Epic Swim Lake Taupō

January 16 and 17

If you fancy a bit of exertion in a very idyllic setting, then this recreational open water swimming event could be for you.

It’s open for all ages and ability levels. Enter via the website.

Hundreds of competitors are expected to take part in the Epic Swim.

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Hundreds of competitors are expected to take part in the Epic Swim.

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Fans of hot cars should head to the Cromwell Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival.

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Fans of hot cars should head to the Cromwell Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival.

Cromwell Classic Car and Hot Rod Festival

Saturday, January 16

Check out some of the flashiest cars in the south at the car show at Cromwell Recreation Ground, from 11am to 4pm. $5 entry, children under 12 free.

Details at southlandfordfalconclub.co.nz

Bread & Circus performers Trevor Jones, Nomi Cohen and Josh Grimaldi are part of the 2021 line up.

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Bread & Circus performers Trevor Jones, Nomi Cohen and Josh Grimaldi are part of the 2021 line up.

Christchurch – Backyard Buskers Festival 2021

On now until January 31

The Backyard Buskers Festival (aka Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival but cross out the word ‘world’ because of the ‘Rona) is on now at multiple venues throughout the city.

Funny favourite, Jared Fell, returns with a new show. Paul Klaas is a one-man circus. Sport Suzie is back but this time with new show, Betty’s World. Watch Josh Grimaldi escape from a straight jacket while riding a 2-metre 2M unicycle. There are busking workshops for teens and awesome local entertainer Rutene Spooner presents Hori Housie with hot band The Doughboys. More details breadandcircus.co.nz

Van Gogh Alive – no ordinary art exhibition.

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Van Gogh Alive – no ordinary art exhibition.

Wellington – Van Gogh Alive

On now until January 28

Van Gogh Alive returns to New Zealand with a large-scale, indoor experience.

It follows the successful, outdoor ‘Digital Nights’ experience that wowed sold-out audiences on Wellington’s waterfront in 2020. Catch the new immersive experience at the TSB Arena. Tickets available from Eventfinda.

Teegan Hall proudly holds the 2020 Winton A&P Show's Supreme Exhibit - a Friesian cow owned by her father Alister Hall of Waianiwa.

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Teegan Hall proudly holds the 2020 Winton A&P Show’s Supreme Exhibit – a Friesian cow owned by her father Alister Hall of Waianiwa.

Winton A&P Show

Saturday, January 16

Thousands are expected to descend on Winton Racecourse for “the greatest little show in Southland”.

Dog trials, show jumping, sheep shearing and as many baked goods as you can possibly eat, are just some of the highlights. It all starts from 8am. More details at wintonapshow.co.nz.



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