Top five things to do this weekend

Here are Stacey Oliver's picks for the weekend

Last updated 13:50 04/04/2014
five bridges swim
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RIVER FUN: Wetsuit-clad swimmers plunge into the water at last year's 5 bridge river swim.

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This Sunday will mark the first endurance mountain biking event to be held Fraser Graham's farm block, nestled in the Taupiri range. The landscape will soon be altered by the Huntly Bypass Express, so keen mountain bikers may find this opportunity hard to pass up. There are two tracks available - the 23km Maxi track for experienced riders and a 12km mini track for junior riders, aged 10 plus. Sound like a bit of you? Click here for registrations details and here for directions.


Fancy a day at Mt Maunganui? The Northern Knights will play the Wellington Firebirds at the Bay Oval  tomorrow in the Ford Trophy final. It starts at  10.10am. If the weather is nice, you could take a dip in the ocean too.


The Climbing New Zealand National Cup Series, round one, is on this Saturday and Sunday at Extreme Edge in Frankton. The event is free for spectators. Saturday is ''difficulty competition'' which I understand to mean climbers try to get as high as they can. The winner is the climber who makes it the highest. Sunday is ''bouldering'', which involves highly intense movements closely together. It could be neat to go and watch, especially if you have a keen climber in your household.


The Five Bridges River Swim dates back to 1939 and is a 7.1 kilometre course from the Hamilton Gardens to Ann St beach. The event is run by the Hamilton Masters Swimming Club. Swimmers must be over 19 to enter and can register on the day, at the Hamilton Gardens at the Hungerford Crescent entrance car park. The swim will get underway at 1pm and registrations start at 11am.


There are three markets - that I know of - happening in Hamilton this Sunday: the Hamilton East Village Market, the Farmers Market and the Glenview Country Market.

The market in Hamilton East is held every second and third Sunday of each month. There's a bit of everything to be found along Grey St during the market, and some nice spots to stop for a coffee too.

The Waikato Farmers Market takes place in the River Road carpark and is laden farm-fresh products.

Finally, there is the Glenview Country Market, held on the first Sunday of each month, at the Glenview Club on Peacockes Road. There will be indoor and outdoor stalls with all kinds of crafts and art and homegrown produce.

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And let's not forget the Cambridge Farmers Market on Saturday. It is branch of the Waikato Farmers Market so if you're busy on Sunday, try this market. 


Hamilton East Primary School is holding a garage sale this Satuday morning between 7.30 and 10.30 to fundraise for a sunshade for their sandpit. There will be even be a cake and slice stall too.

Oh, and don't forget that Daylight Savings ends on Sunday - the clock is going back an hour. 

If you know of an event or gig happening in the Waikato, email with the details before that week's top five is published. 

- Waikato


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