Top five things to do this weekend: The Easter edition

Stacey Oliver's Easter Weekend edition

STACEY OLIVER
Last updated 14:50 17/04/2014
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Chiefs back Tom Marshall with the ball in a match between the Chiefs and the Stormers at Waikato Stadium on March 14.

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Because it is a long weekend, this week's top five list is more full than usual. More spare time means more room for activities. 

 GO TO A MARKET

As many families and friends go away over Easter, I have widened my search for markets and fairs to include the Coromandel and some parts of Bay of Plenty. But don't worry, if you're sticking around the Waikato for whatever reason, there's something for you too. 

Cambridge Farmers' Market:

Saturday, 8am-12pm, Victoria Square, Victoria Street, Cambridge.

Tamahere Country Market:

Saturday, 8.30am-1pm, Stephens Anglican Church, Cnr Airport and Tamahere Drive, Tamahere, Hamilton.

Hamilton Farmers Market:

River Road Carpark, 204 River Road, Hamilton, Sunday, 8am-12pm.

Tairua Fireman's Market:

Fire Station, 233 Main Rd, Tairua, Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Thames Market:

Grahamstown, Pollen Street, Thames, Saturday, 8am-12pm

Mt Maunganui Farmers Market:

Phoenix Car Park, 137 Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui, Sunday, 9am-1pm   

Coroglen Farmers Market:

The Coroglen Hall, SH25 Coroglen, Coroglen, Sunday 9.30am-1pm

The Whangamata Lions Craft & Farmers Market:

Whangamata Memorial Hall, 326 Port Road, Whangamata, Saturday, 8am-3pm

WATCH SOME SPORT

On Saturday the Chiefs will play the Crusaders at Waikato Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.35pm. On Sunday, the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic will face the Northern Mystics in Hamilton at Claudelands Arena, 7.20pm. Also, the NZ Barefoot waterskiing champs are taking place from Friday to Sunday at Horahora Domain at Lake Karapiro.

LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC

How about the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga? It is the longest running jazz festival in the southern hemisphere and is held every Easter weekend. Today(thursday) is the opening day and Monday is the final day of the festival.

EXPERIENCE SOME ART

The Coromandel Artstour is on this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, held at various Coromandel art studios between 10am-4pm. Around 30 artists will open their studio doors and welcome the public in. Tickets are $20 each. Another event celebrating creativity this weekend is Art @ the Port in Port Waikato on Easter Sunday. It is an art and food festival held biannually each Easter and Labour Weekends at Brasell's historic woolshed and an adjoining paddock next to the Waikato River.

LEARN SOME HISTORY

The New Zealand Military Vehicle Collectors Club is hosting an event at Waihi's Operation Minefield between 10am and 1.30pm on Sunday. Vehicles, including Bren gun carriers, half tracks, Dodge command cars, jeeps and transporters, will be on display at the top of the town's main street near the Poppet Head until 11.45amThe vehicles will head  to the Pumphouse entrance on the edge of Martha Mine.There they will have a Waihi Tunnellers emblem and the name of a World War I Waihi Tunneller attached to each vehicle's windscreen in commemoration of the town's contibution to WWI. The vehicles will then drive to the bottom of the mine and an obstacle course there.

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I will be walking around Lake Waikaremoana and right now I am hoping with all my heart the weather clears up. All wishes of luck are appreciated. If you hear about someone being rescued from that area, it will probably be me. On that note, have a great weekend. 

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

- Waikato

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