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Your Weekly ‘Back-Pocket’ Guide - Rugby 2017 Festival events 9-18 June

The DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 heads south for the Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday 10 June and the against the Otago Highlanders on Tuesday 13 June, then the Māori All Blacks match in Rotorua on Saturday 17 June.
On the field the rivalry and traditions will play out, but between matches the Rugby 2017 Festival offers the best of New Zealand and the chance for visitors and locals to get close to what makes this country so special. The Festival offers events and experiences around the match days in each Host City, and even a few in between and celebrates the Māori New Year festival of Matariki.
Highlights of the Rugby 2017 Festival around these three matches include: Christchurch fanzone with free entertainment and the match screened live, a free concert highlighting and The Giant Haka world record attempt in Rotorua on Saturday 17 June.






Scared Scriptless

Fri 9 & Sat 10 June 10.15pm

NZ’s longest running improvised comedy show.

The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington


Royal New Zealand Ballet:
Three by Ekman

Fri 9 & Sat 10 June

An electrifying night of three razor-sharp works by choreographer Alexander Ekman: Episode 31, Tuplet and Cacti performed together for the first time

Isaac Theatre Royal

Tickets $49-110 adult / $25-50 child
Book at 0800 842 538

Christchurch Fanzone

Sat 10 June 5-10pm

If you’re not at the game, this is the place to be.
With food vendors, free entertainment, face painting,
a photo booth and the Crusaders vs British and Irish
Lions match screened live.
5-6pm DJ Boogie Beats
6-7pm Lil Chuck the One Man Skiffle Band
7pm Live coverage of the Crusaders v the British & Irish Lions match begins (kick-off 7.35pm) 

Precinct Poplar St        












VHS ‘The Story of Fashion’:
The art and sport of fashion

Sun 11 June 3pm

One of a series of VHS films on the story of fashion screened alongside the exhibition When Dreams Turn to Gold: The
Benson & Hedges and Smokefree Fashion Design Awards
(exhibition on until 25 June).

Dunedin Public
Art Gallery


Sounds Dunedin Music

Mon 12 June 5.30-7.30pm

Highlighting the ‘Dunedin Sound’ with a concert featuring four bands. The Dunedin Sound was born in the 1980s and
its legacy is a well-developed music scene that is popular with locals as well as visitors to the city.

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum


Southern Skies Stargazing –
The View from Down Under

Mon 12 June 6pm

An extraordinary journey from Dunedin’s blazing Milky Way, via
the southern constellations and the aurora australis, to the
northern night skies above Britain. Begins under the dome at the Otago Museum’s Perpetual Guardian Planetarium followed by a London double-decker bus trip to the edge of the Pacific Ocean
to meet up with local astronomers and take a closer look at the
sky through high-powered telescopes.

Otago Museum

$40 per person / Book at

Dunedin Fan Walk

Tues 13 June

From the Octagon to Forsyth Barr Stadium with activities and entertainment along the way

From 6pm












Tima Tangata Māori Rugby Exhibition

14-17 June 9am-5pm

A static history display of the last 106 years of Māori rugby.
Past great Māori All Blacks will be helping guide visitors
through the exhibition.

Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Queens Dr, Government Gardens

Gold coin donation

Rotorua Mud Rugby

17-19 June 10am-4pm

Dig your toes in for the mud tug of war, play mud rugby,
show your art skills with colourful mud rugby jersey body
painting or just sit back and enjoy the rejuvenating
properties of the world-famous geothermal mud on your skin.

Rotorua Hells Gate

Usual entry fees apply

Giant Haka

Sat 17 June from 10.30am (attempt
starts 12pm, but fans need to be present
from 11.30am)

Be part of the International Rugby Club’s Giant Haka attempt
to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Haka
currently held by the French. More than 6105 participants are needed to top a 2016 attempt in the Wairarapa which is still awaiting verification from Guinness World Records.

Village Green
(opposite Novotel Hotel)

Gold coin donation

The Big Brekkie –
the morning after

Sun 18 June 8-11am

Refuel with a big brekkie before heading off to enjoy the
attractions of the area. A range of local kai (food) will be on
offer including seafood, a traditional big breakfast and
international offerings.

Rotorua Lakefront, Village Green, Cnr Tutanekai and Whakaue Sts












Matariki Dawn Planetarium Show

Throughout June Wed-Sun 7pm    

Matariki Dawn looks at the cultural and astronomical aspects
of Matariki, a group of spectacular stars. Part of Matariki
Festival 2017

Stardome Observatory and Planetarium,
Cornwall Park

$12 per adult / $10 per child

Eden Park Tours

Fri 9, Mon 12 & Tues 13 June
10am & 2pm
Wed 14 June 10am

Go behind the scenes of New Zealand’s most famous stadium. Guided by historians who are passion about sports and about
Eden Park.

Eden Park

Book at

Michael Hill
International Violin

Sat 10 June 7.30pm

The winner is decided live at the Grand Final during which
the top three perform concerti with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Auckland Town Hall

Book at






Matariki Dawn Ceremony

Sat 10 June 6am

Herald in the Māori New Year at a dawn ceremony. Part of
Matariki Festival 2017

Tawharanui Regional

Opportunity to experience Māori culture in this special ceremony for Matariki

Manu Aute Kite Day

Sun 11 June from 11am

Watch the sky fill with kites of all shapes and sizes symbolically connecting heaven and earth and sending messages to the heavens. Takes place in three Auckland locations. Part of
Matariki Festival 2017

Ōrākei, Puketāpapa (Mt Roskill) and Manurewa

Stunning giant kites – excellent photo opportunities


Updated on 9th June 2017