Black is back
Eden Park, Auckland
There’s no point in sugarcoating the stats: the Wallabies have lost their last 15 games against the mighty All Blacks at Eden Park. So, as they prepare for next month’s Rugby World Cup in England, Michael Cheika’s players will be desperate to break the drought at the Fort Knox of New Zealand rugby, and our boys will be working hard to ensure their impressive record remains intact. Go the ABs…
The white stuff
For nine days, Otago will become a mecca for winter sports athletes as cross-country, slopestyle and halfpipe skiers, curlers and snowboarders flock to the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ. The Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, Snow Farm NZ and the Maniototo Curling International Rink are the venues for the sporting action, which includes six World Cup events. There’s also off-snow entertainment taking place across Queenstown and Lake Wanaka, including the annual Adventure Film Festival and the closing-day JUCY Meltdown Concert.
Shine a light
The Wellington Lux Night Lights Festival will illuminate the capital with bespoke sculptures creating an urban light trail snaking through the city. Also on the 10-day programme are pop-up exhibitions and installations, and talks with national and international artists.
July 16 to September 20
Across New Zealand
This year’s New Zealand International Festival takes over movie theatres in 12 cities from July to September, with a programme of cinema from around the world – from music offerings and sports documentaries to thrillers and Sundance winners. Don’t miss Matthew Heineman’s powerful and chilling documentary Cartel Land, which examines the impact of drug cartels on both sides of the US/Mexican border. Gripping stuff.