Six gardens on SH50 will open during the Tikokino District Gardens Fun Weekend in Central Hawkes Bay from November 21-22, 9am to 5pm. Tickets cost $5 per garden or $25 for all gardens.
Contact: (06) 856 5546
On the web: chb.co.nz
Food on the coast
The Kapiti Food Fair will feature diverse foods and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs. It's at Whitireia Polytech, Paraparaumu on December 5.
Contact: (04) 902 3883 or (04) 905 5520
To the mountain
Maungatautari Mountain will host the Maunga Cycle Challenge on November 22. Part of each entry fee goes to the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust.
On the web: themaungachallenge.co.nz
Beside the lake
The biennial Rotorua Garden Festival will run November 13-15 and feature 35 gardens, including urban gardens, private lakeside retreats, and gardens with rare plants. Tickets are $20 (one day), $30 (three days), seniors $15 (Friday only).
Contact: (07) 345 9660
On the web: rotoruagardens.org.nz
Out for a paddle
The Mokoia Challenge Waka Ama is an action-packed spectacle held on November 14, where world-class paddlers will compete in races on Lake Rotorua.
On the web: wakaama.co.nz