Winter has well and truly gripped Christchurch with its icy cold mornings. Thankfully though a crisp morning usually leads to stunning days filled with blue skies affording fantastic views from the coast to the Southern Alps. Cold weather not your thing? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that the Winter Solstice, which occurs on the shortest day of the year, is on the 21st of June, so longer days and warmer weather is on the way. In the meantime, to get you through June there are a number of events in Christchurch worth checking out.
Body in Action
This one’s for kids of all ages. Body in Action is a highly interactive exhibition which will take you on a journey through the human body. Put your body to the test, see what your aerobic capabilities are like and try out the Gutz Game. Learn about the five senses, bones, blood, brains and more! On at the Canterbury Museum until Sunday the 20th of July.
Chopper – Repeat Offender
Chopper, the star of TV’s 7 Days is back with a new show – Repeat Offender. Chopper's colourful comedy will have you laughing your socks off, so you might want to bring a couple of pairs. You can catch Chopper at the CBS Canterbury Arena on Saturday, 7 June from 7:30pm, as part of a 14-city national tour.
June starts up where May left off with a great array of musical talent performing across the city. International acts include indie pop songstress Ellie Goulding, UK legend Lloyd Cole, Gary Mullen who resurrects the spirit of Freddie Mercury in a Queen tribute act, and the Fabulous Beatle Boys who put their spin on the Beatles. Add this to concerts by kiwi singer-songwriter Greg Johnson (who will be performing with Lloyd Cole) and local rockers Blacklistt and you can see there is quite the range to pick and choose from.
Lloyd Cole & Greg Johnson, Fri 6 June, 8pm. Cardboard Cathedral.
Blacklistt Always Tour, Sat 7 June, 8pm. The Bedford at CPSA
One Night of Queen, Sun 8 June, 8pm. CBS Canterbury Arena.
Ellie Goulding, Wed 11 June, 7pm. CBS Canterbury Arena.
The Beatles 50th Anniversary Tour of NZ Relived, 24 June, 8pm. Christchurch Casino.
Does catching a Court Theatre play with a nice warm mulled wine sound appealing? Then head along to Midwinter Readings at The Court Theatre Shed in Addington, on Sunday the 8th for “Middle Aged Man In Lycra” a cycling-focused comedy featuring Mark Hadlow, or Sunday the 15th from 4pm for “Mule” a contemporary drama about technology, disconnection and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Nature Through Our Eyes
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Nature Photography Society of New Zealand will host Nature Through Our Eyes, a collection of the society’s most spectacular photos over the years. This will be held at the Canterbury Museum from the 12th of June until the 20th of July.
If, like us, you’re looking to celebrate the Winter Solstice and the prospect of longer days, then here are a couple of options:
Winter Solstice Night Light Bike Ride
Time to bust out the bike lights! Ride with hundreds of others around North Hagley Park after sunset on June 21st and help achieve the event organiser’s goal for this year of having enough riders to completely encircle North Hagley with a ring of bicycle lights. The Winter Solstice Night Light Bike Ride aims to drum up support for safe cycling infrastructure in the new Christchurch, so the more the merrier. Speaking of merry, after the ride, which starts at 5:30pm and will last for around 30 mins, there will be beers, hot chocolate and good old cycling chat at Fiddlesticks.
Winter Soulstice Christchurch Concert
If you’re into DnB, Dubstep, Trance, Electro, Hard-Dance, or Psy-Trance then the Winter Soulstice Christchurch Concert is for you! Wrap up warm, or be prepared to dance like crazy, and make your way to Kowai Bush, Christchurch from Saturday 19 June 6pm for an overnight gig that finishes at 11am on Sunday the 20th of June. The line up includes Joint Forces, AHORIBUZZ, Pieter Borgh, Million Buxx and more.