Central’s calendar full for weekend


Central Otago is the place to be this weekend.

The district’s Waitangi weekend calendar is full of events, promising fun family activities, music, classic cars as well as the fast-paced, high-octane variety.

The long weekend of events starts on Friday with the Five Stages Summer Festival from 2pm to late.

It will feature live music, giveaways, late-night DJ sets and more.

Motorcycle enthusiasts will also gather for the 37th Bronz Otago Vincent County Motorcycle Rally from tomorrow.

Money raised from the event, that takes place at Galloway, near Alexandra, from noon, will go towards muscular dystrophy and the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter.

Another event starting tomorrow is the Lauder Ukulele Festival.

The festival will feature all types of music, along with workshops, jams and concerts.

Each of the events will continue into the weekend — the summer festival and motorcycle rally on Saturday and ukulele festival on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Half a dozen other events are also taking place on Saturday, including the opening of a new exhibition at Central Stories Museum and Gallery called ‘‘We Drove Here’’.

The exhibition, curated by guest curator Michael Findlay, looks at the social side of early motoring and showcases resources from the Hocken Library collection.

‘‘We Drove Here’’ will be on display until March 28.

The Central Otago Craft Beer Festival also returns to Alexandra’s Pioneer Park on Saturday from noon to 7pm, to celebrate brews and great food.

Cars will remain the focus on Saturday with a Classic Car Show and Shine at Roxburgh Area School from 10.30am.

The event aims to raise funds for the town’s new pool.

Fast-paced motoring action will also be on display at the Heavy Trax Central Motor Speedway Cromwell from 4pm.

For those interested in Cromwell’s history, Old Cromwell Inc is opening the doors of the recently renovated McNulty House on Sunday from 10am to 2pm, and there will also be silent and live auctions to raise money for the restoration.

Also on Sunday, Vallance Cottage will have an open day and market, from 10am to 2pm in Alexandra.

The Hawea Waitangi Day Town v Country Challenge will take place on Saturday at Hawea Flat School.

This is the 16th year the annual event has taken place where residents from inside the township boundary (wearing blue) compete against country teams (wearing red).

The competition has been close, with Town just ahead with eight wins to Country’s seven.

For all of that and much more, make sure you take time out to enjoy what Central Otago has to offer this weekend.