Summer's here! Welcome to the best season of the year which brings longer days, barbecues and dips at the beach - duration dependant on how brave you are...
Christchurch has a bazillion things going on over the summer months. That's a pretty long list, so we've condensed it down to a few of our recommended must do activities. In no particular order they are:
Every Sunday during January and February will see a different local performer doing their thing at the Archery Lawn in Hagley Park's Botanic Gardens. Well except for the 11th of Jan... that will see the Mike Field Quartet cranking out their upbeat, energetic music in St Albans Park. Pop, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Funk, Rock, Folk - there's something for everyone. Times are generally from 3 - 4:30pm, but you can check here to see the full Lazy Sundays schedule.
This year's Sparks will revolve around movie themes. So come along to North Hagley park on the 31st of Jan and make a night of it - bring the friends, family and a picnic and get into the spirit. Dancing and singing along optional... A pre-show kicks off at 5:30 with Sparks starting at 7:30 including themes from Harry Potter, The Godfather, Toy Story and James Bond before a spectacular finale featuring fireworks.
Greet 2015 in style by heading along to the New Year's Eve party in North Hagley Park besides Lake Victoria. Get the party started by bringing the kids down for the movie Cats and Dogs on the outdoor cinema at 6:30pm. The Johnny Possum Band will then provide the tunes as kids get amongst the bouncy castles, bubbles and confetti cannons. A Kids Early Midnight Countdown will take place at 8:30pm. From 9pm country music band Remedy will get you up dancing before Kiwi funk/reggae/soul/rock group D'sendantz take the stage. The Black Velvet Band will welcome in the new year with their Celtic classics.
Odds are you're too late to nab a ticket to the Blackcaps vs Sri Lanka opening match of the tournament but there are other games definitely worth seeing. Christchurch will also play host to a match between Pakistan and the West Indies, as well as a grudge match between England and neighbours Scotland. Read more about the Cricket World Cup.
They're back! The world's best buskers return to Christchurch for the 23rd edition of the festival. Whether you're a fan of highly skilled acrobatics, hoola-hoopers, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers, circus and vaudeville skits, burlesque or simply out for a good belly laugh - they've got it all. On from the 15th until the 25th of January, plan your schedule now!
Hungry? Well if it's a Friday afternoon you're in luck... Head on down to Cathedral square between 4pm and 10pm to get yourself a delicious feed. Aimed at bringing some vibrancy and family friendly fun back to the city, the food trucks will be accompanied by events and activities. So whether you're after authentic Mexican street food, Sri Lankan finger food, European rotisserie chicken or many other global cuisine options then head into Cathedral Square. Oh and bring your appetite. (For other great food and drink options around the city check out: Exploring Christchurch's Current Cuisine Scene)
Saturday the 24th of January will see the return of the ever-popular Kite Day at New Brighton beach. Head along between 1pm and 4pm, to south of the pier to witness an amazing range of kites of all shapes, sizes and colours. From beautiful hand-painted tapa cloth to monstrous flying beasts come and watch them fly, or build your own and give it a whirl. There'll be spot prizes, buskers, bands and hopefully a breeze!