This weekend in New Zealand there is Santa, some fun obstacles for kids, and a celebration of motorbikes.
Auckland – Farmers Santa Parade
On Sunday at 1pm, the 87th running of the annual parade will make its way down Queen St.
Hilary Barry, who was recently voted TV personality of the year, will lead this year’s edition and 200 floats and about 4000 participants are expected, as well as the big man himself, Santa Claus.
More details at santaparade.co.nz
* Toy Run to raise money and gifts for Nelson children at Christmas
* Hilary Barry’s love life, the legacy of the Polynesian Panthers, to take centre stage at Auckland Arts Festival
* Wellington festive season opens with weekend of fun and fireworks
Wellington – A Very Welly Christmas
Not to be outdone, the capital is hosting a two-day Christmas festival on Lambton Quay from noon on both Saturday and Sunday.
Get in the Christmas spirit with live entertainment, an ice skating rink, have a snowball fight, or have your photo taken with (the very busy) Santa.
More details at averywellychristmas.co.nz
Hamilton – Building Champions Obstacle Challenge
This is one for the kids! The event at Claudelands Park is aimed at 3-13 years old and there are 15 obstacles to complete.
The idea is to jump, dash, crawl, throw and balance your way over the 1.5km course, and the adults can join in too.
More details at obstaclechallenge.co.nz
Nelson – The Great Christmas Market
Still undecided on what to buy your loved ones this Christmas? Then a trip to Founders Heritage Park on Sunday could be right up your street.
Browse the over 100 stalls offering high-quality New Zealand-made goods. Even if shopping isn’t your thing, there are food and beer offerings, and buskers and choirs to keep you entertained.
More details at thegreatnelsonmarket
Timaru – Southern Classic
Petrolheads – assemble this weekend at Timaru International Motor Raceway.
The Mike Pero Southern Classic is a celebration of classic, post-classic, vintage, Grand Prix, superbikes and side-car racing. The event starts on Friday and runs until Sunday.
More details at cams-racing.org.nz