A series of events showcasing the history, adventure, wine and culture of Central Hawke's Bay is set to start next month.

The third annual Spring Fling will capture the essence of what is the start to the season of longer days and warmer temperatures.

Hawke's Bay Tourism and Central Hawke's Bay Promotions created 'The Spring Fling' back in 2015 and since then it has grown in size from a modest 13 events to 32.

Central Hawke's Bay Tourism co-ordinator Trudy Hales was pleased with the diversity of this year's programme and the number of events on offer.


"The success of last year's event has encouraged more of our operators and event managers to get involved and I'm thrilled to see another really diverse programme, including cultural offerings from Rongomaraeroa Marae in Porangahau, kids hunting, garden and homestead tours, art and more. There really is something for everyone."

The popular Taniwha Daffodils and The Spring Hurrah at the Artmosphere Gallery will kick the festival off next month before cycle days, train rides, wine events, a trolley derby and a wearable fashion show take over.

Waipukurau's 150th anniversary will also be celebrated during this year's Spring Fling on Labour Weekend.

A powhiri will be held at the Waipukurau Pa site near Russell Park for invited guests on Friday, October 20, to start the celebrations.

A free public parade through the main streets of Waipukurau on Saturday, October 21, will feature vintage vehicles and machinery, period costume and more and on Saturday evening Waipukurau Primary School is holding a gathering of past and present staff and students.

To close the celebrations on Sunday, October 22, a special high tea will be hosted by the local Central Hawke's Bay Tea Party ladies group on the front lawn of George and Beth Winlove's homestead Glenora.

Ms Hales said the Spring Fling was a true reflection of the dedication local operators had to promoting the district as a great option for visitors.

The annual spring festival begins on Friday, September 1 and finishes on October 29.

Tickets went on sale for The Spring Fling yesterday at 9am and a full list of events can be found at thespringfling.co.nz.