LAST-MINUTE LABOUR WEEK­END

If you don’t al­ready have plans for the first pub­lic hol­i­day week­end of sum­mer, head out on a road trip or hop on a short flight for one of these events across the coun­try.

Herald on Sunday - - AT HOME -

NORTH­LAND

Labour Week­end Char­ity Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion

Land a big one at Waipu Boat & Fish­ing Club’s an­nual char­ity com­pe­ti­tion and be in to win, with more than $7000 in cash and prizes on of­fer. There will be a prize for the heav­i­est snap­per on Satur­day, fol­lowed by a fish auc­tion on Sun­day. All pro­ceeds go to the Waipu Lions Club.

De­tails: Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21 at Waipū Boat & Fish­ing Club, Nova Sco­tia Drive, Bream Bay, Whāngārei Dis­trict. En­try costs $50. waipuboatand­fish­ing­club.com

AUCK­LAND

Di­wali Fes­ti­val

Cel­e­brate the best of Auck­land’s vi­brant Hindu cul­ture at Aotea Square, which at­tracts tens of thou­sands ev­ery year. Sam­ple the flavours, sights and sounds of In­dia and en­joy live mu­sic and dance — in­clud­ing a hotly con­tested Bol­ly­wood dance com­pe­ti­tion and the Mr & Ms Di­wali tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion. It’s fun for all the fam­ily, with a fire­works dis­play on Sun­day night. De­tails: Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, Aotea Square. Ad­mis­sion is free. auck­landnz.com/auck­land-di­wal­ifes­ti­val

BAY OF PLENTY

We­ber Bros Cir­cus, Mt Maun­ganui Fol­low­ing a world tour, We­ber Bros Cir­cus re­turns to New Zealand with its lat­est pro­duc­tion: Adren­a­line. It in­cludes co­me­di­ans and FMX Rid­ers un­der the big top, The Split­ting Globe of Death and the show-stop­ping Hu­man Can­non.

De­tails: Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21. ASB Bay­park Boule­vard, 81 Tru­man Lane, Tau­ranga. Ad­mis­sion starts at $25 for adults and $15 for chil­dren. we­ber­broscir­cus.co.nz

TAUPO

Graf­fi­ato: Taupō Street-Art Fes­ti­val New Zealand’s premier street-art fes­ti­val fea­tures award-win­ning lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists. This year, 10 walls will be painted by 10 artists over three days, cap­tur­ing the di­ver­sity of mu­ral paint­ing. Over its eight years, the fes­ti­val has brought more than 120 unique pieces of street art to Taupō — and this is your

chance to see it hap­pen live.

De­tails: Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20-Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22. Taupō Town Cen­tre. Ad­mis­sion is free. great­lake­taupo.com

HAWKE'S BAY Hawke's Bay Arts Fes­ti­val

Run­ning over 14 days, The Hawke's Bay Arts Fes­ti­val has plenty of events to keep you oc­cu­pied over Labour Week­end. Read­ers and Writ­ers dis­cus­sions are tak­ing place all week­end and kids will be en­ter­tained by “Chil­dren are Stinky” — a dy­namo of cir­cus tal­ent and fre­netic noisy fun — while Māori mu­sic trail­blaz­ers Ria Hall and Rob Ruha per­form on Mon­day evening.

De­tails: Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15-Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28. Have­lock North Vil­lage Green, Cnr Napier Rd and Karanema Drive, Have­lock North. Ad­mis­sion prices vary. hbaf.co.nz

TARANAKI

Gen­eral Mo­tors Fam­ily Re­u­nion

Taranaki Holden Club is bring­ing to­gether the many makes and mod­els of the Gen­eral Mo­tors fam­ily to show­case the his­tory of one of the big­gest ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world, be­hind well-known brands like Chevro­let, Buick, Cadil­lac, Pon­tiac and Holden. This fam­i­lyfriendly event fea­tures ve­hi­cle awards, kids’ en­ter­tain­ment, food and drink and plenty of cool cars to take you down mem­ory lane.

De­tails: Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, 10am to 4pm at The TSB Hub, Cam­ber­well Road, Hāw­era, South Taranaki. En­try cost for par­tic­i­pants is $30 within the sta­dium, $10 out­side and door en­try to the pub­lic is $5 for adults and free for un­der-12s. taranaki­hold­en­club.kiwi.nz

WELLING­TON Munchen Ok­to­ber­fest, Queens Wharf

Dust off the leder­ho­sen and cel­e­brate Ok­to­ber­fest at Welling­ton’s Munchen Food Hall and Bier Haus — you’ll en­joy a range of Ger­man food and drink, in­clud­ing Hof­brau, Jager­meis­ter, brezel and bratwurst, as well as lo­cal craft beer. There’s also a Bavar­ian Show­down fea­tur­ing some of New Zealand’s top brass bands.

De­tails: Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19-Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, 6 Queens Wharf, Welling­ton. En­try is $25, plus book­ing fee — which in­cludes your first drink. This is an 18-plus event. whg.co.nz/munchen

CAN­TER­BURY

FESTA 2018: A pub­lic fes­ti­val of ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign & food

This vi­brant bi­en­nial event in­vites you to ex­pe­ri­ence a reimag­ined Christchurch and cel­e­brate the in­no­va­tive and pos­i­tive hap­pen­ings in the city. The event fo­cuses on ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban cre­ativ­ity and com­mu­nity, with this year’s theme ex­plor­ing the in­ter­con­nec­tions be­tween food and city. Sam­ple the of­fer­ings from food trucks, new and re­lo­cated restau­rants, with live mu­sic and art in­stal­la­tions — it’s the Gar­den City’s big­gest street party.

De­tails: Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19-Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22. Var­i­ous venues, Christchurch. Ad­mis­sion is free and open to all. festa.org.nz

NEL­SON

Lift Off Fes­ti­val, Abel Tas­man

This unique fes­ti­val in­cludes two events over Labour week­end. On Satur­day, Motueka Air­port fea­tures sports sky­div­ing, an arts vil­lage, night mar­kets, cir­cus en­ter­tain­ment, live mu­sic, a fire­works dis­play and more. On Sun­day, Kai­teri­teri will host the world’s first hot-air bal­loon night glow on the beach, with catered sun­set cruises to Adele Is­land wildlife sanc­tu­ary also on of­fer.

De­tails: Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, Motueka Air­port. Tick­ets $10 for adults, $30 for a fam­ily pass. Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, Kai­teri­teri Beach. Tick­ets $20 for adults, $60 for a fam­ily and $149 for a sun­set cruise. liftoff.nz

CEN­TRAL OTAGO Alexan­dra Basin Wine­grow­ers New Re­leases Tast­ing

Sam­ple more than 50 of the best newly re­leased wines of the Alexan­dra Basin, held at the beau­ti­ful Oliver’s Gar­den in Clyde. This year marks the 10th an­niver­sary of the event and there will be prize draws and a com­pe­ti­tion for the best wine-in­spired out­fit. Munch on com­pli­men­tary cheese and crack­ers and en­joy live mu­sic on the day. De­tails: Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, 1pm to 4pm. Oliver’s Gar­den, Clyde. Tick­ets are $30 and in­clude en­try, a glass to keep, com­pli­men­tary tast­ing and nib­bles and the op­por­tu­nity to win a gift voucher from Pur­vey­ors of Clyde. alexwine.co.nz/events

SOUTH­LAND

Targa South Is­land 2018 Rally

Targa is the ul­ti­mate road race se­ries, test­ing driv­ers on gor­geous, but tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing, New Zealand roads. This year sees the event re­turn to the South Is­land for only the sec­ond time in 24 years, start­ing in In­ver­cargill and run­ning through Gore, Dunedin, Cromwell and Queen­stown.

De­tails: Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 22-Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27. Com­pe­ti­tion en­try costs $6990 and tour costs $4990 — or watch from the side­lines. targa.nz

JK Un­ti­tled Panorama at Christchurch FESTA.

Street artist Gasp will be at Taupō's Graf­fi­ato.

Nel­son pre­pares for lift-off.

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