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Hurunui Event Calendar



Writing and illustrating Childrens books with Verity Busby - Illustrator & Michele Clark McConnochie -Writer

Date  September 21, 2019End date  September 22, 2019Details  A two-day course for anyone who wants to write and illustrate books and stories for children. Michele will run workshops covering plotting, expectations for each age group, characterisation, dialogue and making every word count. Verity will show students how to draw what they see (observe line and shape), animate the characters they draw and also how to cartoon.Location  Hanmer SpringsPhone  275398484Website Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  

All Blacks vs. South Africa / Live Music

Date  September 21, 2019Details  Come watch the All Blacks take on South Africa in their first match of the Rugby World Cup. Kick off at 9:45pm. We will have live music playing from 6:30pm. This is going to be a fantastic night not to be missed. The Hurunui Hotel is the only place to be. With drink specials throughout the night and a courtesy van available to pick you up and drop you back home afterwards.Location  Hurunui widePhone  03 314 2207Website  

110th Annual Scargill Spring Show

Date  September 21, 2019Details  The historic Scargill Spring Show is a celebration of Spring and all things creative! Exhibitors submit entries from 8.30am til 10am on Show morning and the general public arrive from midday onwards to enjoy the ambience of stalls, live music, food & coffee at the beautiful Tipapa Woolshed.

Woolshed doors open at 1pm for viewing of exhibits and prize-giving is at 3pm. Cash only - bring extra for the raffle! We look forward to seeing you there.
Location  Greta ValleyPhone  0226240424Website Wheelchair Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  

Stand up comedy: Gary McCormick and Tim Shadbolt

Date  September 21, 2019Details  Only a handful of seats left for this show on Saturday night. Tim and Gary are great entertainers, and will give you a night to remember.
Only $35 per person, and $5 will go to the Blue September for Prostate Cancer Awareness fundraiser.
Location  CulverdenPhone  03 3158028Licensed  




Date  September 27, 2019Details  Beer and wine will battle it out to see what beverage is the perfect pair to our Spring 3 course dinner.Location  AmberleyPhone  03 3146777Licensed  


Long Drive Coming to Hanmer with Phillis Meti

Date  October 10, 2019Details  Phillis Meti is coming to Hanmer springs Golf Club.

If you have been watching Sky you would be Seeing Phillis the NZ girl who is leading the way. She is 3 x World Champion, almost World Champion again last week but just pipped at the post by a metre.

She is coming to Hanmer Springs Golf Club on the 10th of October for an exibition from 11 am to 1 pm.

This is a huge deal for us and we should get some great exposure.

Family friendly.
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
Free transport available - Limited spaces
Buses travelling from Cheviot and Amberley (pick up points: Rotherham & Waiau ,Culverden ,Hurunui Hptel ,Waikari)
Register for transport by Friday 27 September 2019 on
Location  Hanmer SpringsPhone  022 1767492Website


Tuffet Footstools with Zoe Barber

Date  October 11, 2019End date  October 13, 2019Details  Learn how to put together a Tuffet top through foundation piecing, and produce a pumpkin like footstool. Extra stuff you will need: Tuffet Hardware Kit - (to be supplied on the day by Loburn Tuffets $195.00) Have a question? Ring Music & Arts Trust Hanmer Springs Trustee Jane van Kuelen 027 443 4541 or email Tutor Zoe Barber :zoeb@inbox.comLocation  Hanmer SpringsWebsite Wheelchair Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  



Cheviot Area School 125 Year Celebration

Date  October 25, 2019Location  CheviotDetails  Join us in celebrating 125 years of Schooling in our district - Labour weekend 2019.

A number of schools operated in the Cheviot District since settlement but only one remains still remains open today, Cheviot Area School, also known as Cheviot District High School, Cheviot School and McKenzie School.

Contact the school Office for more details
End date  October 26, 2019Licensed  Phone  03198787Website Accessible  


Halloween Masquerade

Date  October 26, 2019Details  Noon- 4pm Family Carnival games & costume contests for kids
The Perservatives live in concert 6pm-10:00pm
$20 admission or $34 admission with round trip shuttle bus from Christchurch & Rangiora
$10 food & refreshment certificate for anyone who arrives in costume
$100 Gift certificate to Bistro for best costume.
Tickets available at Bistro or Eventfinda
Location  WaiparaPhone  03 314 7679Website  


Hurunui Garden Festival 1st - 3rd November 2019

Date  November 01, 2019End date  November 03, 2019Details  From Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd November you can visit gorgeous private gardens from Amberley to Gore Bay, Hawarden to Hanmer Springs, many within just one hour's drive of Christchurch and the airport.

There's a programme of garden events to educate, entertain and inspire you. While you're enjoying our gardens and warm country hospitality, we hope you'll sample our wineries, cafes, and the natural attractions that make Hurunui District such a great place to visit.

Visit our website For more information or look out for our printed Guide to the Festival, also available as a downloadable PDF from July 2019.

The gardens are arranged into geographically based clusters, making it easy for you to plan your visit to multiple gardens. Each cluster has its own detailed map, showing you the precise location of the gardens, along with useful information, such as the locations of public toilets, accommodation, petrol and diesel stations, and food outlets.
Location  Hurunui wideWebsite Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  

Hanmer Springs Fete

Date  November 01, 2019Details  Join us for North Canterbury's exclusive shopping event. Over 100 incredible stall from across NZ. Stroll beneath the trees in the stunning Queen Mary Grounds. Treat yourself to a day out with friends in a friendly relaxed atmosphere where the shopping is amazing !Location  Hanmer SpringsWebsite

An evening with John Wright and the Sou'westers

Date  November 01, 2019Details  New Zealand cricketing great John Wright and The Sou'Westers will play for charity at the Rangiora Town Hall on Friday 1 November 2019 to support the Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust, as part of their nationwide tour.
Trust Manager Deirdre Ryan says that the show will bring top class entertainment to the district to launch the Trusts Friends of Wellbeing membership initiative.
We are so excited and grateful that John Wright & The Sou'Westers are keen to support the important work we do with families and young people, right here in North Canterbury, Ryan says.
A highlight of the evening will be a VIP event where fans can share a glass of wine and nibbles with John Wright and the band before the show.
The John Wright & Sou'Westers tour combines songs and yarns from Wright's many tours of duty as a high profile international sportsman, traveller and solitary songwriter. Wright was the first New Zealand test batsman to score 5000 test runs in first-class cricket and went on to coach both the New Zealand and Indian cricket teams, featuring recently on the Netflix series 'Cricket Fever'.
The Sou'Westers features Nelson-based international singer-songwriter Aly Cook, with Liam Ryan (keyboard, The Narcs) and Dean Hetherington (guitar, The Coalrangers). The group formed as a songwriting collective in 2010 and has since featured at New Zealand and Australian festivals.
The event marks the launch of Friends of Wellbeing, a way for businesses and families to show regular support for the Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust, through regular giving and volunteering to support local whanau.
Expect an evening of fine musicianship, rich harmonies and tales from the road.
Book online at iTICKET, at Stans Pharmacy in Rangiora or the Kaiapoi iSITE.
Location  RangioraWebsite



North Canterbury Lego Fair

Date  November 30, 2019End date  November 30, 2019Details  More info to follow.Location  AmberleyWheelchair Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  


The Big Dig

Date  December 27, 2019Location  Leithfield BeachDetails  A fun family event run by the Amberley Lions
Children aged to 13 buy a wristband which entitles them to dig in the allocated area according to their age. They can then dig for 1 token which can be exchanged for a prize. Only 1 prize per wristband. Entry is $5. Event start at 1 pm.
There will also be sausages, ice-creams, cold drinks and coffee, not to mention a bouncy castle, playground, tennis courts, entertainment and a car-boot sale.
Take a stroll through the beach settlement, wander through the Holiday Park to check out the best spots to camp or buy some takeaways for tea from the Takeaway caravan located at the Leithfield Beach Store.
Phone  021 070 20 65




The 104th Amuri Show

Date  March 07, 2020Details  Horse and Sheep classes judged at venue on show day.
On Farm Beef and Dairy classes judged Tuesday of Show week.
Steer riding, Sheep Counting, vast range of trade exhibitors, Wearable Arts, Arable, Cooking and Home Industries, Poultry, Art, Flowers, Vegetables and Fruits, Needlework and Handcraft and plenty more!
A great range of delicious food available.

Heaton Street
Location  RotherhamPhone  +6433156202

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113th Annual Hawarden A & P Show

Date  March 16, 2019Location  HawardenDetails  Welcome to the Hawarden A & P Association
The Hawarden A & P Show Society was established in 1906.
It is a community organisation run by volunteers and their families.
The Committee has approximately 50 members who attend regular meetings throughout the year to organise the event.
As soon as one Hawarden Show finishes the next one begins to be organised.
The event runs for one day a year from 8am - 5pm and can best be described as the Hurunui Community putting Hurunui and District on show. The families involved come from all aspects of the Hurunui community - farmers, business people, school teachers, students, retirees - everyone young and old!

Adults $10-00, Children under 16 Free
Cars $2
Catalogue $3 Pre-purchased, $5 on the day.
Measuring certificate for horses competing $10-50
Phone  021 0279 0241Website


Autumn Art School

Date  May 10, 2019Location  Hanmer SpringsDetails  An annual event that has been hosted in Hanmer Springs for many years, run by Music and Arts Hanmer Springs Trust.

Our aim is to offer exciting workshops in a range of music and arts subjects. A continuation of the amazing event that already has an established history.
End date  May 19, 2019Phone  275398484Website Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  


SONG WRITING With Charlotte Yates

Date  May 17, 2019Location  Hanmer SpringsDetails  Charlotte is a singer-songwriter with seven albums of her own and multiple collaborative releases. She also works as a songwriting coach running workshops, clinics and inhouse retreats through her service More info

Songwriter Starter Pack – over this weekend we hope you will be able to set yourself up to write your best songs everyday with an insider’s view on what you need to get started successfully.
End date  May 19, 2019Phone  275398484Website Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  

Saxophone Section Workshop with Lana Law

Date  May 17, 2019Location  Hanmer SpringsDetails  Ever wondered how those professional Big Bands sound so good? It’s the little things that make the difference in a saxophone section. Lana Law lifts the curtain on how to play better as a section. In this workshop you will discover the secrets of phrasing, length of notes, articulation, blending and balance. Dynamics are key, and Lana will talk about when to follow the leader and how to take charge of the melody line.

Bring your saxophone and be ready to play!
End date  May 19, 2019Phone  275398484Website Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  


Learn to Play Boogie Woogie Piano with Jan Preston

Date  May 24, 2019Location  Hanmer SpringsDetails  JAN PRESTON’s workshop Learn To Play Boogie and Blues Piano takes piano players, elementary and advanced, on a journey towards playing the exciting and uplifting style of Boogie/Blues Piano.

Participants will learn the many left hand “8-to-the-bar” patterns on which the right hand can improvise, learning to dig into the groove with confident timing, whilst simplifying or embellishing the bass to suit your hand and ability.

And having fun!
End date  May 25, 2019Phone  275398484Website Accessible  Wheelchair Toilets  


InsideOUT Confidence Workshop

Date  September 03, 2019End date  September 03, 2019Details  InsideOUT Confidence Workshop is a 1 day event for 10 women. Coach Marina Shearer BSc. Psychology offers group coaching on confidence, personal self talk, relationships and much more. Lucy Hunter Weston takes each woman on her own for a special 1-1 to take beautiful natural photos of your beautiful self.Location  RotherhamPhone  0275916555Website