Dal­tons in­cluded in tulip fes­ti­val

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MONIQUE BALVERT-O'CON­NOR

Mata­mata is go­ing to en­joy a slice of the ac­tion when New Zealand’s largest tulip fes­ti­val kicks off on the week­end.

The Ro­torua Tulip Fes­ti­val, held from Oc­to­ber 1-9, will fea­ture more than 100,000 tulips in bloom, as well as a host of other ac­tiv­i­ties.

One of those ac­tiv­i­ties is on Mata­mata turf.

Bus tours will travel to two well known des­ti­na­tions in Mata­mata, one of them be­ing the beau­ti­ful and scenic Dal­ton’s Plan­ta­tion gar­dens, with a de­tour to Dal­ton’s pot­ting mix plant, where ro­bots will be seen in ac­tion.

The trips to Dal­tons will take place on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 3 and Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

Tulip Fes­ti­val man­ager Brigitte Nel­son says it is won­der­ful to in­clude such a high cal­i­bre des­ti­na­tion in the fes­ti­val pro­gramme.

It is es­pe­cially worth­while given that ac­claimed NZ land­scaper Xan­the White was in­volved in the de­sign of the plan­ta­tion gar­dens and she is one of the fes­ti­val’s celebrity speak­ers.

An­other celebrity speaker in­cludes chef and tele­vi­sion show Kiwi Liv­ing foodie sen­sa­tion Michael Van de Elzen (whose ad­dress will in­clude a cook­ing demon­stra­tion).

Also in­cluded is award- win­ning con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture de­signer and maker David Trubridge and NZ Gar­dener magazine ed­i­tor Jo McCar­roll.

Brigitte says she hopes peo­ple from Mata­mata will make the trip to Ro­torua to see the fes­ti­val for them­selves, which in­cor­po­rates 40 events – 30 of them free of charge.

Tulip ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­ages are avail­able, as de­tailed on the fes­ti­val web­site www.tulipfe­stro­torua.co.nz

‘‘It’s a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for a day trip, or week­end away,’’ says Brigitte, ’’to en­joy not only the Tulip Fes­ti­val but Ro­torua’s many other at­trac­tions’’

The fes­ti­val will in­clude an ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a Dutch Ap­ple Cake com­pe­ti­tion, bike and walk­ing tours, bus tours and many ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren.

Also in­cluded in the launch is Ro­torua’s Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on the Sun­day.

Two art ex­hi­bi­tions with a dis­tinct Dutch flavour are be­ing staged at Ro­torua Mu­seum dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Dig­i­tally re­mas­tered Rem­brandt works will be ex­hib­ited, as will the work of Dutch-born Ro­torua artist, the late Wal­ter Bakkenes (1920 – 1986).

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