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Ashburton: an all-rounder

When it comes to things to do, Ashburton is an all-rounder, with something for everyone. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite upcoming events.


Date: Saturday 15 February
Location: Ashburton Domain

If you want to go to an event that is both family-friendly and guilt-free (zero waste, alcohol free and smoke free) – this is the one for you.

Celebrate the diverse culture that is ever-growing in Ashburton.

Henna tattoos, local musicians and bands, market stalls, spot prizes and the unique experience of partaking in a Holi Festival… what’s not to be excited about?

Date: Saturday 14 March
Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Tutus on Tour 2020 – an event that is suitable for all ages.

The performance features tailor-made dancing created by local talent as well as world-class superstars.

With affordable tickets and only hour-long performances, this event is perfect to pass some Saturday spare time.

Date: Sunday 22 March
Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

How could you turn down a Tina Turner tribute – she’s simply the best!

The stage production will feature live vocals from Caroline Borole accompanied by a band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers.

Don’t miss out on a night of Tina classic hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.


Colour to the City

Colour to the City

North Hagley Park was awash with colour on Saturday 2 February, as more than 12,000 people gathered to celebrate the Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours.


Colour to the City


A traditional Indian celebration of diversity that is globally recognised, it was especially pertinent in the lead-up to Waitangi Day, according to event co-organiser Hitesh Sharma of Revel Events. “The Indian practice of throwing powdered colours symbolises everyone becoming equal, no matter where they come from and whether they are friends or strangers, which couldn’t be more fitting in the lead up to our national day.”

This year’s event treated festival-goers to an explosion of music, dance, colours and food. Indian fusion performances and other elements of New Zealand culture were included, alongside a variety of other cultural performances and music, with an array of food and craft stalls and family activities that include traditional Indian games.

A spectacular aerial flower petal drop saw petals of different colours dispersed from a helicopter to signify the friendship and harmony between New Zealand and India and to highlight the event’s charitable focus this year, with proceeds of an optional gold coin koha at the event helping to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.