Monthly Archives: December 2007

Christchurch is Festival City.

It’s often known as the Garden City, but Christchurch should really be called ’Festival City‘. Throughout the year, the city hosts over a dozen festivals with themes as diverse as adventure, music, heritage, and flowers.

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The year starts of with the internationally acclaimed World Busker’s Festival. Billed as the largest street performance festival in Australasia, it attracts the unusually talented (contortionists, mimes, human statues, death defying acrobats etc) to perform on street and stage during it‘s 11 day, 10 night ‘don‘t try this at home‘ entertainment extravaganza.

At the end of February, Christchurch does live up to it’s title as ’garden city’ with Festival of Flowers which features colourful floral displays, exhibitions, lectures, and workshops. Highlights include the Cathedral Floral Carpet, Wearable Flowers Parade, and Garden Party at Edmonds Factory Garden.

March brings the Chinese Lantern Festival. The usually sedate Victoria Square lights up with lanterns strung from the trees and floating along the Avon River. Chinese music, dancing, and food is in abundance, as are the nightly fireworks .

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At the end of March, the wineries of Canterbury converge at the Wairapa Wine and Food Festival for one day event featuring the best food, wine, and music that the region can offer.

 In April, music is in the air with the International Jazz & Blues Festival. A line-up of both international and nationally renowned musicians keeps everyone humming. Along with night time performances in bars and pubs around the city, the festival features free outdoor concerts all weekend at the South of Lichfield Square right in the heart of the city.

At the end of June there’s the Lyttleton Festival of Lights, nine days of mid winter celebrations starting with the street party. Celebrations include an outdoor street market, short films and exhibitions, music and dance, and fantastic firework displays.

The Christchurch Arts Festival is the highlight for July and August. With over 30 venues scattered throughout the city, this two week festival is Christchurch’s largest festival and showcases the a wide array of New Zealand arts and culture.

September delivers art, history, and culture with the Christchurch Press Writer’s Festival, the Christchurch Antarctic Festival, and the Body Festival.

And finally, in November, there is the NZ Cup and Show Week which features fashion week, horseracing, and the Canterbury Agricultural Show. Its when country comes to town.

You would think that December would be the month of rest and recovery , but no. December is earmarked for annual Summertimes Festival, a collection of events that occur throughout the summer months.

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Kayaking to New Zealand.

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Most of us arrive in New Zealand via plane but two Australians have decided to come by water. They are paddling the 2200 kilometer distance between Sydney and Auckland, hoping to become the first people to successfully kayak across.

James Castrission and Justin Jones left Sydney on November 13 and are about half way at present.

They hope to get to Auckland before Christmas but the weather might plan otherwise.

Apparently the winds have been pushing them back to Australia.

 You can follow their journey at Crossing the Ditch

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Skywalk at Auckland’s Sky Tower.

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Looking for adventure in the big city. Then Skywalk 360 might just be the thing for you. This new attraction at SkyCity lets you walk the rim of it’s famous pergola that sits 200 meters above the street. The only barrier between you and a 192 meter drop on either side is a harness and rope.

Doesn’t sound like a simple walk in the park. 

But if that isn’t enough adventure, then you can book a Sky Jump Compo that lets you end your walk by jumping of the tower…tied up, of course, in a bungy jump harness.

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Welcome to KiwiWriter, a guide to all things New Zealand

Welcome to the new site of Kiwiwriter. I’ve been posting about New Zealand over the past year at two sites…

Travel New Zealand

Christchurch Tour Guide

But from now on, all the information you could ever want about New Zealand will be here…

Welcome and I hope you enjoy your visit.

…the kiwiwriter. 

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