The Fruit Loop, 5 March. Dress up in a kooky costume and join the annual fun run/walk through Matakana’s vineyards and orchards. matakanafruitloop.co.nz
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. eventfinda.co.nz
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. omahaclassic.co.nz
Leigh Family Fishing Festival, 19 March. Hit the water and battle for the biggest fish. Prizes and bragging rights to be won. leighfamilyfishing.org.nz
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. leighbythesea.co.nz