Things to do  |  23 Jun 2022

From lights and dancing to inflatable fun, there’s lots to do over the holiday weekend as Matariki celebrations kick off around the city.

Tīrama Mai

The second annual Tīrama Mai lighting festival starts this Friday 24 June and runs until Sunday 3 July. The free event features a series of illuminated artworks, dazzling light displays and live performances set up around the central city. Check out the interactive map of installations and start planning your route around the city.

Matariki at the Libraries

Come along to the free Whānau Day at Tūranga on Saturday 18 June, 10am – 2:30pm. Learn about Matariki and take part of a range of fun, educational activities.

Check out our libraries website for the full schedule of Matariki activities and events happening at a library near you during the month of June. From colouring sheets, to story times with Matariki kōrero (stories) and waiata (songs), there’s something for everyone – and it’s all free.

Inflatable fun at Taiora: QEII Recreation and Sport Centre

Inflatable fun at Taiora QEII

Rush, jump, slip and slide your way through our inflatable obstacle course this Sunday at Taiora: QEII Recreation and Sport Centre from 2pm to 4pm.

General pool admission prices apply.

Matariki family planting at the Rongoā Garden

If you’re looking for something a bit different to do with the family this weekend while also giving back at the same time, why not bring the family along to plant native trees and shrubs in the Rongoā Garden at  Pūharakekenui / Styx River.

Meet at 303 Radcliffe Road at 10am where you will have a chance to explore Te Waoku Kahikatea Reserve before mucking in. To find out more about this event, visit our website.

Matariki ki Ōtautahi Celebration

Looking for a way to celebrate Matariki this year? Head down to James Hay Theatre on Friday, to enjoy some of Ōtautahi’s top kapa haka and Pasifika groups for free. Te reo champion Anton Matthews and Tahu FM announcer Jason Phillips will be your MC’s with special guest William Waiirua will bring his own special brand of “wowwee” to the show.

It’s all kicking off at 10am and running through until 2pm. If you can’t make it, join the livestream via the Waka On Avon Facebook page.

Ad Parnassum – Purapurawhetū

As part of the Matariki celebrations an exciting new dance film by Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts is being projected across the North Quad of Te Matakiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre from now until 4 July from 6pm to 8pm every day. This event is free for all.

Doggie Style: Pride Dog Walk

To celebrate Christchurch Pride, Rollickin Gelato Cafe are bringing back their dog walk for the second time this year.

Starting at Rollickin in Cashel Street at 5pm on Sunday, join them for a 30-minute evening strut through the fabulous Ōtautahi Central City, ending back at Rollickin Cashel St. Dress up your dog and join in the fun. Koha appreciated.

The Christchurch Art Show

Come along to Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre this weekend to celebrate the Christchurch Art Show. Take the opportunity to purchase some great art works from various arts in a relaxed environment.

You can also meet the artists and vote for your favourite top-ten artwork. Tickets start at $6 and the event will be open from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.