The Bay of Islands P&I Show (above) features livestock and agricultural events, exhibits, fairground rides and entertainment. It will encompass Savouring the Source, a wine and food festival showcasing top local produce. It's at the Waimate North Showgrounds on November 14.
Contact: (09) 407 8143
On the web: bayofislandsshow.co.nz
Blenheim in bloom
On November 8, Blenheim's picturesque Seymour Square takes on a carnival atmosphere for the Garden Fete. There'll be entertainment, food, and stalls selling plants, flowers, gardenware, art, furniture and more. It's part of Hunters Garden Marlborough, which runs November 4-9, and features garden tours and workshops.
On the web: gardenmarlborough.com
Around 20 beautiful private gardens in and around Kerikeri will be open to the public during the Kerikeri New World Rotary Garden Safari, October 31 to November 1. Tickets are $20 and include entry, map and brochure.
On the web: kerikeri.co.nz
Christmas is coming
The Christmas Country Fete will be held in the park-like gardens of Wynyard farm near Culverden on October 29. Around 200 stalls will offer top-quality arts and crafts from around the country. There will also be demonstrations, refreshments and entertainment. A delectable picnic lunch can be pre-booked. It costs $43 with lunch, or $20 entry only.
Contact: (03) 315 6167
On the web: thefete.co.nz
A new heli-cruise package into Milford Sound (above) takes only four hours and includes a fascinating two-hour cruise that ventures beyond the entrance of the sound into the Tasman Sea. Helicopter flights can also be combined with rafting, bungy, skiing and wine-tasting experiences.
Contact: (03) 442 3034
On the web: totallytourism.co.nz