The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

The Fruit Loop, 5 March. Dress up in a kooky cos­tume and join the an­nual fun run/walk through Matakana’s vine­yards and or­chards. matakanafruit­

Man­sion House Mu­sic in the Gar­den, 13 Fe­bru­ary. En­joy an af­ter­noon in the sun with live mu­sic, lo­cal food and Matakana wines. There are mus­sel frit­ters, need we say more? Oh yes, it’s on Kawau Is­land.

Labour Week­end, 24 Oc­to­ber. The long week­end hosts sev­eral long-stand­ing events that draw crowds to the re­gion. Mor­ris & James holds its an­nual Labour Week­end sale and the Matakana School has a range of stalls, events, com­pe­ti­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties at its an­nual gala.

Omaha Clas­sic, 3 April. This fam­ily-friendly event has sev­eral run op­tions, from the 10-kilo­me­tre beach run to the two-kilo­me­tre kids’ dash. om­a­ha­clas­

Leigh Fam­ily Fish­ing Fes­ti­val, 19 March. Hit the wa­ter and bat­tle for the big­gest fish. Prizes and brag­ging rights to be won. leigh­fam­i­ly­fish­

Leigh Walk Event. Held over three days, or­gan­ised group walks are guided by lo­cals happy to share their knowl­edge. The best bit? Pro­ceeds go straight back into the com­mu­nity. leigh­bythe­

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