Things to do  |  14 Jan 2022

Perfect your moves at the Jellie Park manu competition, check out a bike race or head along to a carnival or market this weekend

Manu competition

Make a splash by showing off your skills in the manu competition at Jellie Park pool on Sunday.

The competition starts at midday and is one of six heats being held at Christchurch City Council swimming pools over the summer. There are four categories to give people the opportunity to show their best manu - under 13s, 13 to 18 years, open female and adult.  

At the end of the competition season, the top three queens or kings of the manu will be awarded an official trophy and prizes. Spot prizes will also be handed out throughout the competition.

Normal pool admission charges apply and people over 12 will need a My Vaccine Pass.

Criterium National Championships

Cyclist competing in the National Road Cycling Championships

The country’s top cyclists will race for glory on the streets of central Christchurch this Sunday at 1pm as the Criterium National Championships returns to the city.

Cyclists will be competing for national elite and Under 19 titles on a multi-lap 1.1 kilometre race circuit around Cambridge Terrace, Cashel Street, Montreal Street and Gloucester Street.

People wanting to come along and watch the action live can enter the event village in the Park of Remembrance (by the Bridge of Remembrance). You will need a My Vaccine Pass to enter the event village. My Vaccine Passes aren't required around the rest of the course, though the wearing of face coverings is encouraged and physical distancing is required.

There will be some road closures around the city centre on Sunday and parking within the race route will be closed from 10am to 9pm, including the West End and Christchurch Art Gallery carparks. People needing to exit the carparks after 10am should be prepared for delays.

L.A.B and Shapeshifter at Hagley Park

This Saturday night, L.A.B and Shapeshifter along with Ladi6, Katchafire, JessB and RIIKI take to the stage at North Hagley Park from 3.30pm.

With an ever-expanding catalogue, this show will see L.A.B performing new tracks from their forthcoming L.A.B V, alongside songs that have made them a household name, including hits ‘In The Air’, ‘Controller’ and ‘Why Oh Why’.

This is an R18 event. Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To get your tickets, click here.

Isolation Hotel

Check out the Isolation Hotel exhibition at Canterbury Museum

If you’re looking for something a little bit different this weekend, don’t miss checking into Isolation Hotel, an immersive art experience by Auckland artist Heather Straka.

This new exhibition, brought to Christchurch by Canterbury Museum in collaboration with SCAPE Public Art, allows visitors to check in to a specially-constructed set designed to evoke a once opulent but now run-down 1930s German hotel.

Isolation Hotel hints at present-day social issues; Covid lockdowns and managed isolation, #metoo, LGBTQIA+ aesthetics and liberation, the housing shortage and contested monuments to a colonial past.

Museum hours and more information on the exhibition can be found at the Museum’s website.

Super Summer Carnival

Enjoy some old-school family fun at the Super Summer Carnival at Gloucester Green, 221 Gloucester Street. The Carnival will be held both days this weekend from midday to 8pm. With lots of fun rides for all ages, delicious treats and games to play, there is something for everyone.

Canterbury Sidecar & Solo Bike Championships

For some quickfire, action-packed, adrenalin fuelled fun head down to Moorepark Speedway on Saturday at 5pm for the 2022 Canterbury Sidecar & Solo Championships.

An event the whole family can enjoy, buy your tickets on entry, cash only. More information here.

Snow White and the 21 Dwarfs

The childhood classic with a twist, Snow White and the 21 Dwarfs, is showcasing this weekend at Merivale Lane Theatre. Suitable for all ages, this funny and witty performance follows Snow White as she falls in love, escapes death and meets 21 Dwarfs… what could possibly go wrong? Book tickets online.

Little Shop of Horrors

As one of the most successful musicals of all time, Little Shop of Horrors tells the beloved story of hapless florist Seymour and his bloodthirsty singing plant. Including musical hits such as 'Somewhere That’s Green', 'Feed Me' and 'Suddenly Seymour', this is one not to miss at The Court Theatre this weekend.

Book tickets online for one of their evening performances.

Akaroa’s retro outdoor film festival

Enjoy a film under the stars at Ethels Cinema Akaroa at the retro outdoor film festival. With different films being shown across summer, get some friends together to enjoy Rocketman (Friday night), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Saturday night) or Psycho (Sunday night), at 9pm each night.

The movies start at 9pm each night and all tickets are $10.

Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market

If you love poking around markets, why not check out the Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market this weekend. It is held every Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Collett’s Corner, corner of Oxford and London Street. It is a great place to find yourself a locally-made Aotearoa craft or a vintage treasure to take home.

Other events

You can find information about other events on around Christchurch through What's On .