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Five things to do outside the city this weekend!

HighLight: Carnival of Lights

Riddiford Gardens, Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Friday 25 October 2019 – Monday 28 October 2019 7:00pm – 11:00pm

  • Admission: Free

Lower Hutt’s Riddiford Garden will be transformed into a spectacular carnival of light for all ages.

Get lost across space and time, through magical forests and maybe even fall in love.

The carnival features live entertainment, brilliant light installations, fireworks, interactive activities and more, all free.

We’re proud to have White Ribbon New Zealand as this year’s charity partner, there’ll be opportunities to support them at the carnival and in the lead-up.

We need you!

Help us out by volunteering and be in to win some great prizes, including movie tickets, food, drink and accommodation vouchers.

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69th New Zealand Open Dance Championship

Te Rauparaha Arena, 17 Parumoana St, Porirua – Mana, Wellington Region

Saturday 26 October 2019 9:00am and Sunday 27 October 2019 9:00am

  • Adult – Premium General – Day & Night (per day):$85.00
  • Senior – Premium General – Day & Night (per day):$65.00
  • Child – Premium General – Day & Night (per day):$65.00
  • Adult – General – Day & Night (per day): $70.00
  • Senior – General – Day & Night (per day): $50.00
  • Child – General – Day & Night (per day): $50.00
  • Adult – General – Day OR Night Only (per day): $35.00
  • Senior – General – Day OR Night Only (per day):$25.00
  • Child – General – Day OR Night Only (per day): $25.00

We’re excited to be bringing you the 69th NZ Open Dance Championship, being held this Labour Weekend at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua. Bringing the event back to region where it all began!

Rich in history and with national titles up for grabs, this is the main event on the New Zealand dance-sport calendar.

All age groups will be competing over three dance styles – Ballroom, Latin American & New Vogue.
Juveniles (6 – 12yrs)
Juniors 13 – 15yrs)
Youth (16 – 20yrs)
Adult (16 – 34yrs)
Masters 1 (35 – 49yrs)
Masters 2 (aged 50+)

If you’re involved in dance or just love to watch it, you’ll want to join us for two days of spectacular dancing across all three styles of dance-sport: Ballroom, New Vogue and Latin American.

We are extremely excited to present an exciting dance showcase featuring three of Australasia’s leading professional couples:
– Steven Grinbergs and Rachelle Plaass (Standard – Australia)
– Stefano Olivieri and Jessica Prince (New Vogue – Australia)
– Sigurdur Thor Sigurdsson and Annalisa Zoanetti (Latin American – Iceland)

This is going to be an amazing showpiece.
In addition they will be running a workshop on Monday 28 October (Labour Day).

We are proud to run this event under the Freedom to Dance banner.

Zirka Circus

Avalon Park, Taita Drive, Avalon, Lower Hutt

Fri 25 Oct 2019, 7:00pm–8:45pm

Sat 26 Oct 2019, 2:00pm–3:45pm

Sat 26 Oct 2019, 7:00pm–8:45pm

Sun 27 Oct 2019, 1:00pm–2:45pm

Sun 27 Oct 2019, 4:30pm–6:15pm

Mon 28 Oct 2019, 1:00pm–2:45pm

Zirka Circus, New Zealand’s household name circus, is proud to bring our sixth tour – Into the Future, and it’s more spectacular than ever!

Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for more than ten years and this all new show takes it to a whole new level of entertainment. Performing Arts, Theatre and Show Time all wrapped up in a world class performance embarking on its World Tour.

Whether you like action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful, balletic and poetic acts, there is something for everyone in this new show.

You will be amazed and dazzled by the skill, beauty, and strength of our incredible international artists. You will fall off your seats laughing at our clowns. you will gasp in awe and fear as our acrobats and magicians perform tricks never seen here before.

Award-winning acts from international circus competitions make this show something not to be missed.

“Universoul Circus” in the USA describes our international award-winning bicycle act as…“The most amazing bicycle display you’ll ever see! 12 beautiful girls performing tricks on a single bicycle in an act that combines aerobics, gymnastics, riding and dance… Truly incredible!”

The World’s Biggest Sphere of Fear, with the death defying Motobike riders!

Zirka Circus the family-friendly circus guarantees you a whole new circus experience.

  • Adult VIP: $54.25 ($50.00 + $4.25 fees)
  • Child VIP: $38.88 ($35.00 + $3.88 fees)
  • Concession VIP: $52.20 ($48.00 + $4.20 fees)
  • Adult Ringside: $44.00 ($40.00 + $4.00 fees)
  • Child Ringside: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees)
  • Concession Ringside: $41.95 ($38.00 + $3.95 fees)
  • Adult Elevated (Deluxe): $38.88 ($35.00 + $3.88 fees)
  • Child Elevated (Deluxe): $28.62 ($25.00 + $3.62 fees)
  • Concession Elevated (Deluxe): $36.83 ($33.00 + $3.83 fees)
  • Family Pass (Deluxe): $115.75 ($110.00 + $5.75 fees) (see website for more options)


Paekakariki Pride Festival 2019 – Space Oddity Dance Party

St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast

Saturday 26 October 2019 7:00pm – 11:00pm R18

  • Waged: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Unwaged: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)

Vinyl&Proud are over the moon to host this year’s Paekakariki Pride Dance Party… A Space Oddity.

Grab your crew and join us for an out-of-this-world dance party in the best venue in the universe!
We’ll rock your moon boots off with some of the best old skool and new dance music in the galaxy.

Dress code is space-age, futuristic, sci-fi, alien – queer chic.

There’s a cash-bar (no BYO) and snacks available for purchase.

Don’t delay – tix will sell out FAST!

Thanks to Abandoned Brewery for running the bar and snacks.

All proceeds from the dance will be donated to Project Youth – a social and support service for rainbow identified young people run through Kapiti Youth Service (KYS).

Mt Bruce Open Day 2019

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, 85379 State Highway 2, Mount Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa

Sunday 27 October 2019 10:00am – 4:00pm

  • Admission: Free

Announcing The Pūkaha Open Day!

Come and enjoy all that we have to offer (and more!) on our Open Day – 27th October 2019.

Entry is by koha (donation). See native wildlife and walk amongst ancient forest.

Free tours and talks from our Rangers.
Activities from Rangitāne and Pūkaha.
Cultural Demonstrations and Workshops.
Local Arts & Crafts.
Please bring cash for food and market stalls.

Takeaway café food.

Wairarapa buses running from Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton & Masterton.
Tararua bus running from Dannevirke south.

See for details and booking information.

So Harare Mai Everyone! Come and connect our forest. Our Staff, Rangers, Birds and Wildlife look forward to welcoming you!