With Easter and the colder months just around the corner, Christchurch has plenty of activities and events to keep you warm. The garden city will be dressed in autumn leaves soon, so make sure you have your camera ready.
Here’s our top picks for the next few months:
SPECTRUM Street Art Festival, YMCA, March – Sunday 17 April (Free)
SPECTRUM Festival will have you Instagramming some of the biggest names in street art. Explore our new city that’s been splashed in colour by Flox, Selina Miles, Solfles, the DTR Crew and more.
Sol3 Mio, Horncastle Arena, Saturday 26 March ($79-89)
Treat yourself to a night at the Opera. Sol3 Mio will give you a taste of something truly spectacular. It’s a night to be moved by powerful voices and cheeky Samoan humour.
The Palms Ultimate Easter Egg Hunt, The Palms Shopping Centre, Saturday 26 March (Free)
Get your kiddies in the Easter spirit and let them run wild. The Palms are challenging them to find 10 hidden Easter eggs to get a free Easter treat and go in the draw to win the Ultimate Easter Prize Pack.
Latino Market, The Commons, Saturday 26 March (Free)
Charm your date and take them to a movie under the stars. With an array of Latin dishes to tantalise your taste buds and a bit of salsa to get you moving, you’re set!
Demon Energy D1NZ Drifting Championship, Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 March ($10-$140)
Calling all petrolheads, don’t miss out on Australasia's most prestigious drift series. This is a real Kiwi v Aussie battle that will get you jumping off your seat.
Big Eat Out: Pride Dinner & Dance Party, Winnie Bagoes CBD, Sunday 27 March ($10-$25 R18)
Auckland Pride DJ Jordan Eskra will spin you into a night of dancing and dinnertime entertainment provided by your favourite Queens.
The Christchurch Home Show, Horncastle Arena, Friday 1 April – Sunday 3 April (Free)
If DIY or a new home build is on the cards, the Home Show is a must. There will be 130 exhibitors showcasing the latest building products and furnishings at the best prices. Bring your plans and photos, and you’ll go home with a bucket load of ideas to get your project off to a great start.
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival, Hagley Park, Saturday 2 April ($25-$179)
Beer lovers and connoisseurs, prepare yourself for excitement on tap. With a huge range of craft beers to wrap your taste buds around and plenty of musical might to get you in the vibe – this is one not to miss.
Muddy Good Run, Canterbury Agricultural Park, Sunday 3 April ($20-$59)
If you’ve over indulged in delicious Easter treats, this race couldn’t come at a better time. Run, walk, crawl, climb and slide your way around the Muddy Good Run – it will be like Easter never existed.
The Food Show, Horncastle Arena, Friday 8 April – Sunday 10 April ($15-$23)
Foodies, this is the event of the year. Learn from some of New Zealand’s best chefs and stock up on the finest food, drink and kitchen equipment on the market. You’ll be sampling delicious food all day long.
Crusaders v Argentina, AMI Stadium, Friday 15 April ($7.50-$46)
Rugby season is kicking off, and you haven’t experienced Canterbury without watching a Crusaders game. Some of the biggest names started here including Richie McCaw and Kieran Read. Grab your woollies and wrap up for a night of live excitement.
The Stranglers, Horncastle Arena, Friday 15 April ($89-$109)
If you’re a rock 'n roll kid from the 80’s – this is for you. The UK hellraisers are back to showcase their eclectic and inspiring 40-year rock ‘n roll journey.
HMS Pinafore, Isaac Theatre Royal, Sunday 1 May ($57-$102)
You’re in store for a giggle. Gilbert & Sullivan’s sparkling musical masterpiece is about the love between members of different social classes and lampoons the British class system. HMS Pinafore is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations. As always, the stunning Isaac Theatre Royal will be at her sparkling best, showcasing some of the city's most impressive restoration work.
Penrith Panthers v Vodafone Warriors, AMI Stadium, Saturday 14 May ($29-$59)
NRL is back! Christchurch hasn’t had a NRL game since 2010, so help this sports mad city re-ignite the game. Watch the Warriors fight it out for Trans-Tasman bragging rights. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so make sure to book ahead.
New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival, Wednesday 25 May – Sunday 29 May 2016
This will get you clicking your fingers and tapping your toes. The Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz & Blues Festival will bring together some of the finest jazz and blues musicians from around New Zealand and the world.
Leighs Construction CSO presents: The Topp Twins, Saturday 28 May, Horncastle Arena ($15)
The "untouchable" Topp Twins are New Zealand’s most loved musical and comic duo. They will be taking a nostalgic look at what has made New Zealand God’s Own in what is guaranteed to be a hilarious foray through history.