The world's top female surfers will be in Taranaki for the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival, which incorporates one round of the international ASP Women's World Tour (aka the Dream Tour) and the NZ Women's Open. There will also be surfing lessons, a "surf with the pros" afternoon, signings by the Dream Tour girls, sandcastle competitions, and foreshore and dune planting activities. It's based at New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach, April 26-May 1.
Strum your stuff
The inaugural Katikati Ukulele Festival kicks off on Friday, April 1, with a jam session at the RSA, while on Saturday the War Memorial Hall is the venue for a concert, workshops and sing-along with the Big Muffin Serious Band. On Sunday, Athenree Homestead will host entertainment, a children's art competition and other family activities.
Contact: (07) 549 5827; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire in the sky
The Classic Fighters Airshow takes place at Omaka Aerodrome near Blenheim, April 22-24 (Easter). There will be an amazing line-up of international aircraft and dramatic scenarios in the air and military re-enactments on the ground. Trade shows, food and wine, and kids' activities add to the fun.
Contact: (03) 579 1305
Nelson's Heritage Week runs April 17-25, kicking off with entertainment, activities and displays at The Boathouse. Guided walks, a quiz, dances, a 1920s-style swimming day, high teas and a display of vintage wedding dresses are a sample of what's on offer.
Contact: (03) 546 0331
On the web: nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz
East meets west
The Woodville Lions Track & Tunnel Walk through the Manawatu Gorge covers about 8km of railway and includes several tunnels and bridges. It takes about two hours and costs $25 per person. It's on April 10, with departures at 9am, 9.45am and 10.30am. Pre-bookings essential.
Contact: (06) 376 0217
On the web: tararua.com