Our top picks for your next weekend getaway.
Eddie Rayner's ENZO celebrates both its 21st birthday and New Zealand Music Month this weekend at The Civic with a recreation of the original show featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra playing Split Enz songs with original band members Rayner, Mike Chunn, Paul Crowther and Michael Barker. This time around, a 10-piece brass-and-strings orchestra and guest vocalists Rima Te Wiata, Rikki Morris and Phil Madsen will help put a unique spin on iconic hits including Message to My Girl, Six Months in a Leaky Boat and I See Red.
Cnr Queen and Wellesley Sts, Auckland City, Friday, May 18, 8pm-10.30pm. Tickets from $79 at Ticketmaster. Visit aucklandlive.co.nz
Ride for a good cause
Edgecumbe is still suffering the effects of last May's terrible flooding and local group Tauranga Weekend Riders are holding their second 400-strong charity motorbike ride to help ease the load. Funds raised by the SOS Edgecumbe Charity Ride 2018 will go back to the community and be used for food, water, facilities, shelter and equipment. Non-riders can get involved too, at the local rugby club after the ride.
Assemble 9am at Mount Cosmopolitan Club and Blake Park, Saturday May 26, ride from 10.30am-1pm. Entertainment at the Edgecumbe Rugby Club 1pm-4.30pm. Tickets $20-$30 from sosedgecumbe.org
Bikes and bites
Get out and explore Auckland's increasing network of cycleways next Sunday on EcoMatters' Pedal&Pizza Flat White Ride. The two-hour cycle, in two groups determined by riding speed, is a loop from the EcoMatters Bike Hub in New Lynn, with a wood-fired pizza to greet you at the finish line and a coffee stop at the halfway mark. If the 33km is too much, you can get a train back to New Lynn at either 16km, 23km or 26km. You'll traverse cyclepaths, shared paths and roads, so you'll need to have some cycling skill and confidence. Rain date is June 3. Olympic Place, New Lynn, Sunday, May 27, 9am. Tickets from $10 at Eventbrite. Visit ecomatters.org.nz/flatwhiteride
Light up your life
The annual LUX Light Festival will illuminate Wellington's Waterfront and Frank Kitts Park for 10 colourful nights from 6pm on Friday. This year's festival, the largest of its kind in New Zealand, has a new programme of light sculptures including Melbourne's Skunk Control, who will present their acclaimed new work Parliament of Colour, featuring mechatronic winged butterflies.
Another highlight will be the LUX Light Festival Cruise with Cruising Jacuzzi — a 90-minute jaunt around the inner harbour in a floating wood-fired Jacuzzi. Wellington Waterfront, Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 27, 6pm-10pm daily. Visit lux.org.nz. For information about Cruising Jacuzzi visit cruising-jacuzzi.co.nz