Wild on Waiheke offers a range of challenging, fun activities in a vineyard and brewery. Activities include archery and claybird shooting using laser technology, petanque, a giant chess board, mountain bikes, and volleyball, cricket and tennis. Groups can take on the popular Great Escape Team Challenge, or you can just sit back and enjoy the beer and wine. It's open 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Sunday, and daily from Boxing Day. Bookings essential for some activities.
Contact: (09) 372 3434
On the web: www.wildonwaiheke.co.nz
Flat out in Wanganui
If you plan to be in Wanganui over summer, join one of the activities offered on the Community Summer Nature Programme, which runs through January to early February. The programme, which includes beach walks, bus trips, a trip to Kapiti Island and evening talks, is available next week from the local i-SITE or the Whanganui Regional Museum. Bookings can be made with the local DoC office.
Contact: (06) 349 0508 (i-SITE); (06) 348 8475 (DoC)
Delicious day out
Waimate celebrates its long association with the strawberry during the Strawberry Fare on December 8. This delicious family day out features hundreds of stalls selling everything under the sun, including strawberries, and there'll be lots of other food and all-day entertainment.
You can try hand-milking a cow, crosscut sawing or enter the scarecrow-making competition. Dr Silly Billy will be clowning around and Santa will pop in.
Contact: (03) 689 7588
On the web: www.waimate.govt.nz
The Transport Gallery at the Canterbury Museum hosts the exhibition Speedway King: The Ivan Mauger Story, until March 30. The exhibition showcases memorabilia from Mauger's career including his World Speedway trophy and three motorcycles, one of which is the Triple Crown Special gold-plated Jawa 500 speedway bike. It's open daily except Christmas Day, 9am-5.30pm. Museum admission is free.
Contact: (03) 366 5000
On the web: www.canterburymuseum.com
Winging it over Wanaka
Wanaka's spectacular scenery is the backdrop for the high-adrenalin Air Sports Live event on December 27 and 28. This huge event incorporates the New Zealand Air Games, which feature sports ranging from paragliding to sky diving and anything from helicopters to hot air balloons. Sky divers will be racing head-to-head around free-falling pylons, top helicopter pilots will perform phenomenal stunts and precision flying and powered aircraft will perform dramatic aerobatics. The aerial action will be fed live to a giant screen from cameras mounted in cockpits. Adults $18, under 16 free.
Contact: 021 116 4558
On the web: www.airsportslive.com
Trout in Tongariro
The Tongariro National Trout Centre at Turangi is a great place to stretch your legs on a drive south. You can wander through the hatchery, look through an underwater viewing chamber, take a stroll along the Tongariro River, have a picnic in the peaceful grounds and browse the interesting displays in the Visitor Centre. It's 4km south of Turangi on SH1. Open daily 10am-4pm (3pm in winter), except Christmas and New Year's Day. Entry is free but donations are welcome.
Contact: (07) 386 9254
On the web: www.doc.govt.nz