What's on this weekend

Last updated 12:31 27/01/2013
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If you're struggling for inspiration for things to do this weekend, take a look at this snapshot of free (or fairly wallet-friendly) activities from around the country. It's not comprehensive and it's something we're looking to expand, so if there's something fun, free and family-friendly happening in your neck of the woods then let us know.


It’s Auckland Anniversary Day on Monday, so make the most of the long weekend.

If you fancy a market, check out the Mission Bay Art and Craft Market, which will feature around 200 stalls of art, craft and food.

What: Mission Bay Art and Craft Market
Where: Selwyn Reserve, 48 - 56 Tamaki Dr, Mission Bay
When: Monday January 28 10am - 4pm


If you’re after some free entertainment why not head to the 13th annual Auckland International Buskers Festival? Acts include an acrobatic cyclist; stuntman, contortionist, escapologist, clown and a sword swallower. Performances will be taking place all over the CBD, including Viaduct Harbour, Downtown Westfield, Vulcan Lane, Wynyard Quarter and Princes Wharf. For a full rundown of what’s happening and when check out the festival’s website.

What: International Buskers Festival
Where: Auckland CBD
When: Sat 26 Jan, 12:00pm – 10:00pm, Sun 27 Jan, 12:00pm – 10:00pm,
Mon 28 Jan, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Free Admission


It’s not called the city of sails for nothing, so why not mark Anniversary Day by checking out Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. The harbour will be teeming with sailboats, tugboats, dragonboats, dinghy sailors.

What: Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta
Where: Viaduct Harbour, Waitemata Harbour, Westhaven, Hauraki Gulf, Wattle Downs.
When: Monday 28 January 9am – 5pm
Free for spectators



That kiwi classic, the A&P Show, is in Rotorua this weekend. As well as plenty of animals to look at the kids can entertain themselves with races, wagon rides, a climbing wall and much more.

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What: A&P Show
Where: Riverdale Park, Western Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua
When: Sat 26 Jan, 8:30am – 5pm, Sun 27 Jan, 8:30am – 5pm
Free admission for children under 16, $10 for adults


The first round of the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Championship will be held on Lake Taupo. Laps are run close to shore to give spectators a fantastic view.

What: Offshore Powerboat Racing – Thunder on the Great Lake
Where: Lake Taupo
When: Sunday 27 January
Free admission for spectators


Take advantage of what is supposed to be fabulous weather this weekend and head along to the Interislander Teddy Bears Picnic. A huge, free, family event featuring fairies, clowns, face painting, rides, songs, dances and prizes – and of course, teddy bears.  Bring your teddy bears and a picnic blanket. Click here for the full programme.

What: Interislander Teddy Bears Picnic
Where: Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, Wellington (right next to the Mother Goose Kids’ Market)
When:   Sat 26 Jan, 12:00noon – 4:30pm (if its raining it will take place on Sunday)
Free Admission


The Mother Goose Kids’ Market is taking place right next to the teddy bears picnic spot. The market features stalls selling items for babies through to teens. There will also be live music, face painting, kids’ entertainers, craft activities and food.

What: Mother Goose Kids’ Market
Where: Frank Kitts Underground Carpark, Under Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay
When: Saturday January 26, 10am – 4pm
Free Admission


The teddy bears are also picnicking in Motueka this Sunday. There’ll be face painting, sports and a bouncy castle.

What: New World Motueka Teddy Bears Picnic
Decks Reserve, Motueka
When: Sunday January 27 10am-1pm


Family-friendly tetertainment tailor-made for kids this is part of the World Buskers Festival.

What: Tip Top Busker Kid Pitch
Where: Weather Station Lawn at the Botanic Gardens (next to the playground)
When:  11am – 3pm Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January
Free admission

- Essential Mums

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