Comedian Bill Bailey kicks off Australasian leg of Larks in Transit tour in Christchurch
Bill Bailey is a man of many talents – comedian, musician, and outdoorsman, to name a few.
The British comedian, known for his stand-up work and role in TV show Black Books, is starting the Australasian leg of his Larks in Transit tour in Christchurch on Thursday night.
The tour takes in Invercargill, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland, before moving on to Australia later in the month.
The show focuses on stories from Bailey's 20 years as a travelling funny man, something he has tried to avoid up until now.
Anyone heading along to the show can expect anecdotes and personal recollections, including a story about an awkward meeting with Paul McCartney. Music and audience participation will feature.
Bailey has said he loves New Zealand and has already got his hands on "all the classics" since arriving in Christchurch.
He's a known outdoor enthusiast, an itch he won't have trouble scratching while in New Zealand.
When Stuff talked to him earlier in the month, Bailey had just been paddle boarding on the River Thames, a hobby he's pursued for several years since trying it in Indonesia.
"I love the freedom of it."
Given his love of the outdoors, we put together a short list of activities Bailey could try while in Christchurch.
TOP FIVE ACTIVITIES FOR BILL BAILEY IN CHRISTCHURCH:
1. Mountain biking in the Port Hills: The Adventure Park is still a few weeks away from opening but there's still plenty of great riding in the hills above Christchurch. Tracks such as Flying Nun are great for a short blast above the city or further along the hills there are several tracks above Sumner, which is the spot for ...
2. Surfing: It may depend on the swell a bit, but surfing in Sumner is great when conditions are right. If it's looking flat, the alternative is ...
3. Stand up paddle boarding: Hiring a board from Sumner, Bailey could head along to Taylor's Mistake if it's calm or pop over to Lyttelton and paddle from the harbour.
4. Bouldering at Castle Hill: About 100 kilometres from the city is one of New Zealand's best sites for bouldering (short rock climbs up the sides of boulders, which are low enough to not need ropes). Even if the climbing is brief, the unique limestone features are still worth a look.
5. Hiking in the Craigieburn Forest Park: Along the road from Castle Hill, there are several day hikes starting from the Craigieburn picnic area which wind through native beech forest.