Carnival rides, gypsies and traders, entertainers, fire shows, a fireworks display, food and exhibitors are just part of the fun at the 101st Waikato Winter Show. Take a trip back to the medieval era with jousting knights, battles and banquets, and enjoy the excitement of the NZ Off Road Racing Championship. It runs May 23-25 at the Claudelands Events Centre. Tickets $10 (adults), $5 (children aged 5-14).
Contact: (07) 855 7739
On the web: www.waikatowintershow.co.nz
Puff and stuff
Teams from the community and local schools will be competing to pull a vintage steam train down the main street of Kawakawa on May 25. It's part of the Puff and Pull Carnival, which includes other competitions, a sponsored walk, stalls, a vintage car display and activities based around the theme of steam and coal.
Contact: (09) 402 7650
Platform 08 showcases the talents of students and staff from the University of Canterbury, offering exhibitions, theatre, literature, lectures, music, film and opera. The festival runs May 21-June 1 at venues in the city and on campus. The programme is online.
Contact: (03) 364 2176
On the web: www.canterbury.ac.nz/platform
Head north and take advantage of the Warm Winter Special on offer in Mangonui. For $135, two guests get a comfortable bed, fabulous views and breakfast at the Mangonui Motel, plus fish and chips and a drink at the famous Mangonui Fish Shop. It's valid until September 30.
Contact: 0800 46 26 46
More than tango
The NZ Street/Latin Dance Festival runs in Hamilton May 29-June 2. Teachers and performers from New Zealand and overseas will provide shows, competitions and workshops covering modern and traditional dance styles. There's also a Charity Ball and nightly dance parties.
Contact: (07) 855 2324
On the web: hamiltondancefestival.co.nz.
During May, Southland celebrates its creative side with a stimulating programme of events. Local and visiting artists provide a range of cultural experiences including a literary programme, theatre, film, exhibitions and concerts across many genres.
Contact: (03) 211 1412