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March may signal the end of summer, but the events calendar in North Canterbury is showing no signs of cooling off.
“March is going to be a huge month for event-goers in the Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts,” says Enterprise North Canterbury CEO Heather Warwick. “There are a number of key events taking place, which people are telling us they’re very keen to attend. This is great for local businesses as the busy summer season starts to ease.”
March 4th – the first Sunday of the month - will see thousands of visitors from all over the South Island converge on the Swannanoa Domain for the annual Swannanoa Country Fair. The local school fundraiser, which has been running annually for 20 years, promises a fun day out for all the family with craft and trade stalls, games and rides, food, entertainment and a huge white elephant sale.
The following weekend will be a big one in the Hurunui District, with Jason Kerrison (of Op Shop fame) playing an intimate show at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa on Saturday, March 10.
“There has been huge excitement over the event so far,” said Shane Adcock, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. “It is a unique setting for a concert and the public have responded to an awesome opportunity to see a New Zealand musical icon in that unique environment.”
A number of concert-goers will be making a weekend of it, heading to the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival in Waipara on Sunday the 11th. Recently named one of the top 10 must-visit food and wine events in New Zealand by The Urban List, this ever-popular day out at Glenmark Domain is set to again draw huge crowds keen to sample the North Canterbury food and wine offerings.
As well as over 20 other events throughout the month, including markets, family events, A&P shows and sporting events, a new event will be occurring in Rangiora on March 24th. Rangiora Festival of Colour is the first of its kind in the Waimakariri District. Based on a traditional Indian festival, the Rangiora Festival of Colour will celebrate the town’s diversity and energy with traditional games, performances, music, food and, of course, the throwing of vibrant colours that marks all Festival of Colour events worldwide.
Event Manager Karl Horwarth said the interest and support they’ve received for the Festival of Colour so far is “huge”.
“We’ve had amazing support from individuals, organisations and sponsors, plus those enquiring to perform and have food stalls.
“We’re really encouraging people to get along to the event for a day of great fun, great food and great music!”
For more details on the events, or to see what else is going on in the region, you can view the full Waimakariri events calendar here: www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz/events and the Hurunui events calendar here: https://visithurunui.co.nz/events.