Across New Zealand
Let your freak flag fly, music lovers. NZ Music Month is our annual 31-day celebration of homegrown talent. Now in its 15th year, the event covers local music of every genre, with hundreds of gigs across the country. Check out the line-up, get your hands on an iconic bullseye T-shirt, and support the Kiwi music cause.
Crazy about racing
Comprising a 13k kayak course, a 30k mountain bike ride and a 13k trail run, the aptly named Crazyman event provides a scenic tour of the hills, beaches and rivers of Wellington’s Hutt City. Past champions include Coast To Coast legends Steve Gurney and Jill Westenra, and legendary husband-and-wife team Richard and Elina Ussher, so this year’s victors will need to be made of stern stuff.
Follow The Script
Vector Arena, Auckland
Dublin trio The Script have made their name with stadium-sized pop-rock anthems including The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, Hall Of Fame and Superheroes, so it’s only fitting that they’ll play Auckland’s 12,000-capacity Vector Arena when they return to New Zealand in May. Danny O’Donoghue and co are going off-script with their choice of support; rather than picking another band, the Irishmen have invited Tinie Tempah along for the ride. The UK rapper and producer – best known for his hits Pass Out, Written In The Stars and Invincible – brings a different, more urban sound to the mix. frontiertouring.com/thescript
Built by the Manawatu Car Club in the 1970s, the Manfeild Autocourse in Feilding is a world-class 4.5km motor circuit set in 88 hectares of parkland, with a focus on grand prix meetings and superbike racing. The annual Manfeild 6 Hour Cycle Challenge, however, sees high-powered engines replaced by pedal power. Competitors will aim to complete as many laps of the main 3km section of the circuit as they can within the six-hour time limit. Tandem and mountain bikers are welcome to enter the event, and riders can compete solo or in teams, with separate challenges for groups representing bike clubs, schools, universities, the services and workplaces.
Venue of the month
219 High Street, Christchurch Central
Out of the devastation of the 2011 Christchurch quakes came the precinct known as Strange’s Lane. Since opening in August 2014 with three venues – cocktail bar Strange & Co, creole restaurant Orleans, and burger joint Lower 9th Diner – this buzzing hub has added two more bars, Vespa and Nucleus. It’s a testament to the optimism in the city right now.
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