There’s Fun to be Had This Winter

Published: 12-Jul-2019

Rug up and get ready to enjoy the wide range of wonderful winter activities coming to the Waimakariri District this July.

Colourful image of paint brushes resting on a deskWinter festivities begin with the ever popular Kaiapoi Art Expo.

The Expo, now in its fourteenth year, will display over 600 artworks from 115 artists.  Guest artist Ivan Button will return to exhibit 22 artworks showcasing scenes from New Zealand to Europe. Held at the Riverview Lounge, Kaiapoi Club from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, entry is by gold coin donation.

Blackwell’s Department Store are bringing back the amazing ice-sculpting talent of Victor Cagayat on Saturday between 1-5pm. Watch in awe as he carves life-like sculptures out of huge blocks of ice.

The fun in Kaiapoi continues from 6pm with the Fire and Ice Night Market. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the market as you wander the lantern lit street. Fire poi performers and live Latin guitar music will keep you entertained while you sample from the food stalls and indulge in the mulled wine.

For the brave, head to the Waikuku Surf Club at 10am on Sunday to join other hardy souls and take a chilly dip as part of the annual ‘Waikuku Invigorator’.  Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and afterwards you can recover with a hot shower and soup.

But wait….there’s more! The wildly popular Waimakariri Winter Festival returns for its fourth year to Rangiora on Sunday 21 July.

Held in the Blake Street carpark between 9am and 4pm, the full day town festival has something for everyone. Head along to enjoy delicious food, great music, a farmers market, ice sculpting, buskers, bouncy castles, a big screen movie, animal farm, virtual reality and much more. Most activities are free.

If you want the fun to continue, check out the huge range of school holiday activities that are running as part of Kidsfest 2019.

To find out what else is happening this winter in North Canterbury -  Visit Waimakariri