Things to see and do through August and September in New Zealand!
If you’re feeling bored of being cooped up inside from the miserable weather this winter, cheer up – spring is almost here! There are some fantastic events happening around New Zealand to help you pass the time until the sunshine makes a welcome reappearance. Whether you’re living in or simply visiting Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, it’s good to know there’s still a variety of exciting and engaging events going on to pique your interest.
Auckland Tourist Market, Queens Wharf, 18 August-22 September
Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. Year-round activities and attractions make for a fun and interesting visitors’ experience in New Zealand’s biggest city, and the annual Tourist Market is just one of Auckland’s many fun and festive events during the winter season. As New Zealand’s largest indoor market, the Auckland Tourist Market aims to celebrate Auckland’s beautifully diverse, multicultural population by featuring a variety of stalls with food products and merchandise from all over the world.
‘Fun for the whole family’ is an apt phrase here, as the all-ages market provides stimulation and entertainment for adults, teenagers and children alike. With the wide range of merchandise covering such items as clothing, toys, beauty and health products, arts and crafts, games and souvenirs, and many other knick-knacks, you’re sure to spot a great bargain.
Theatresports Freestyle, Wellington, 25 August-27 September
If you’re in the mood for a little (or a lot!) of light-hearted humour, be sure to check out the Theatresports Freestyle production taking place at Wellington’s Circa Theatre. Written and directed by The Improvisers, Wellington’s premier corporate entertainment company, Theatresports Freestyle is a hilarious live comedy show that will guarantee a memorable night filled with big belly laughs from the audience, as well as widespread awe and delight at the ingenuity of its performers.
If you’re a fan of the popular television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, you’ll fit right in with the crowd at Theatresports Freestyle, and newcomers will be enthralled with the charmingly spontaneous format of the performance. The show is comprised of two teams who attempt to outdo each other over three rounds, with their only constraint being the time limit – other than that, anything goes! As every line spoken and gesture performed is made up on the spot, you’ll find that the results are often fantastically crazy, strange, unexpected – and always, always funny.
New Zealand Bachata Festival, Christchurch, 30 August-1 September
It can be hard to motivate yourself to get up and engage in vigorous exercise when it’s cold outside, but what if the work-out was actually fun? Enter the New Zealand Bachata Festival, flush with success from its fantastic first run in 2012. This year the Bachata Festival is even bigger and better than before, featuring an incredible host of talented dancers and instructors who are enthusiastic to pass on their knowledge. As a sensual and vibrant dance style that originated in the Dominican Republic, Bachata is quickly growing popular across the Western world, with its unique Spanish flair making it an appealing choice for both amateur and expert dancers.
The festival is comprised of an amazing array of live shows, detailed workshops and social dance parties that take place over three days, and participants will have an incredible time bonding with their fellow dancers as they learn to pick up the moves. Because of the versatility of Bachata, which has undergone many ‘fusion’ changes from the traditional style to the modern versions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Fans of the Tango, Salsa and Ballroom styles of dancing will be particularly pleased.
There you have it!
Even in the depths of winter, New Zealand never disappoints its locals and its overseas visitors – there’s still a fantastic variety of interesting events and activities to keep you entertained as you wait for the warmth of spring to arrive. Check out all the great wares on display at Auckland’s Tourist Market, pop into Wellington for a great comedic evening at the Theatresports Freestyle performance, and be sure not to miss the vibrant energy of the Bachata dance festival in Christchurch.
For those on holiday, be sure to check into one of Europcar’s many locations and book yourself a rental car and save!