Holidaymakers and locals visiting Wanaka have been enjoying free activities on the waterfront with a range of equipment supplied by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Recreation programmes assistant Marie Schmidt said equipment including hoops and rackets as well as games like giant Jenga and giant Connect Four were being provided over the next few weeks in Wanaka and Queenstown.
‘‘It is just for everybody to enjoy the summer days and get a bit more light-hearted with all the Covid stuff going on.’’
The equipment, games and toys were a chance to ‘‘have some fun, to be together and play’’ no matter what age, she said.
Council spokesman Jack Barlow said the council’s outdoor games on the lakefront were an opportunity to encourage both residents and visitors to the district to enjoy the outdoors and a bit of company with one another.
‘‘These activities and games are free for anyone to attend and be a part of.’’
The council was hosting the free activities and games throughout the entire month of February, and might look to extend this into March.
“These outdoor games are part of our Summerdaze initiative, which also includes the opportunity for community associations to book and use a community activation pack filled with items and games for use in a neighbourhood gathering.’’
Together, Summerdaze initiatives were about helping people connect with one another — one of the five ways to wellbeing as defined by the Mental Health Foundation’s All Right? campaign.