Close to Home: Fun in the sun in full swing

By Heather Ramsay

Taking to the streets
Check out more than 40 national and international artists at the World Buskers' Festival from January 22-February 1 in Christchurch.

Contact: (03) 377 2365
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Waiheke takes shape
Combine fresh air, beautiful scenery, exercise and art at Waiheke's headland Sculpture on the Gulf. Open 9am-6pm daily from January 23-February 15.

Contact: (09) 372 9894
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Bike the backblocks
Pack your tent, load your quad bike and head to Gisborne for Bike the
Backblocks, a two-day, 45-kilometre quad bike adventure through scenic
Eastland. Earlybird registration until January 31 is $250 per bike (two people). Forms available online.

Contact: (06) 867 7444
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Get motor running
The Motorcycles Unleashed exhibition at Palmerston North's Te Manawa
Museum features more than 50 special racing bikes, including four built by John Britten and several raced by Kiwi greats. Until May 17.

Contact: (06) 355 5000
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Walk Queenstown
Whether you want a sedate half-hour stroll or a challenging day hike, you'll find something perfect in the extensive network of walks throughout Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin.

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Fly with Leonardo
Leonardo's Picnic, January 17- 18, is a family event at Frank Kitts Park on the
Wellington waterfront. It features activities related to the Leonardo Da Vinci
Machines exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts - including a birdman
competition off the wharf - plus food stalls, a craft market, music and rides and activities for kids. Open from 11am-5pm both days.

Contact: (04) 384 1998
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