Napier's Winter Solstice Fire Festival on June 23 is a free fun event featuring a multicultural programme of fire artists, musicians and dancers. A highlight will be the dazzlingbeach fire sculpture, which has a rocket theme and combines sound and light. This will be followed by a fireworks display set to music. The festival is at the Sound Shell on Marine Parade. Food and activities from 5pm, main show at 6pm.
Contact: (06) 833 5891
On the web: www.creativenapier.org.nz
From ballroom to ballet and polka to pole dancing, Invercargill's Dance Your Southern Sox Off is a week's dance experience incorporating seminars, classes and demonstrations across a wide range of dance forms. On June 30, Stadium Southland is the venue for demonstrations and participation sessions including ballroom, Latin, clogs, Irish dancing, rock'n'roll, ballet and hip-hop. It starts at 11am and entry is free. Associated activities continue until July 5.
Contact: 0800 768 8430
On the web: www.events.southlandnz.com
At the Wellington Tramway Museum near Paekakariki you can experience a slice of history as you ride through the coastal dunes of Queen Elizabeth Park.
The last Sunday of every month is a fun day and each month has a different focus, such as vintage cars, machinery or music. The next one, on June 24, features old-time movies, vintage tram rides, pony rides, a bouncy castle and food and craft stalls. Entry is free, but you pay for activities. Events are on from 10am to 3pm.
Contact: (04) 292 8361
On the web: www.wellingtontrams.org.nz
Stonehenge Aotearoa in the Wairarapa is where you'll find Matariki: Stones, Posts and Stars, on June 17. It includes a special presentation about Stonehenge Aotearoa and Maori star lore, followed by a site tour with an emphasis on Matariki, the Maori New Year. Stonehenge Aotearoa is a practical open-sky observatory inspired by Stonehenge in England and built on a similar scale. Stonehenge Aotearoa is designed specifically for its location and combines modern scientific knowledge with ancient lore from many civilisations. Tours are available at other times and bookings are essential.
Contact: 027 246 6766
On the web: www.stonehenge-aotearoa.com
Goodbye to blues
A change of scene can be the cure for the winter blues and the winter Chill Out promotion in Hawkes Bay has plenty of special deals, including those from motels, holiday parks, hotels, wineries and restaurants. There will be a big varity of activities and attractions.
On the web: www.chillouthb.co.nz
Visit the giants
Footprints Waipoua are offering Matariki night tours to the giant kauri of Northland'sWaipoua Forest until June 30. Under the winter starlight you can learn how the majestic trees are entwined with the lives of Maori and the important role kauri play in the forest ecosystem. Tours of four hours or 1 1/2 hours. Contact: (09) 405 8207