With its historic buildings, local crafts and stunning views around this small town, Hokitika is likely the West Coast’s most attractive town ~ “the cool little town”. If we take bus or drive from Greymouth to Glacier Country, we will pass this town. We can visit the Hokitika Heritage Trail which includes 22 historic buildings and sights including Historic Carnegie Complex and Museum (credit to DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand).
My friend and I only spent a few hours in this town in our winter holiday (we should have spent more time here). We took TransAlpine of KiwiRail Scenic Journeys from Chrischurch to Greymouth. Then we continued our trip from Greymouth to Hokitika and then to the Glacier Country with bus. One of my friends had a research around West Coast. He spent a few days in Hokitika so I asked him to send me his pictures as we can see his on this post. Flickr
Knights Point Lookout is one of the points of interest on the way between Fox Glacier and Haast Pass. It has spectacular views of the coast north and south. The Haast region itself is one of UNESCO World Heritage areas. Haast region was situated on the western edge of Mount Aspiring National Park (credit to westcoast.co.nz). My friend and I went there in our winter holiday. It was still early winter so we had a lot of rain on our way from Fox Glacier to Wanaka. Flickr
Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. The day is very important to commemorate all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign, including 2779 New Zealanders. Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. Since then, the ceremonies are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather (credit to nzhistory).
In Palmerston North, a dawn service to commemorate the contribution and sacrifice of Anzac soldiers in the Great War is held on 25 April every year. We can also find a special corner of Anzac Day in Massey library. There, we can gain valuable information and knowledge about this important day.
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Waitangi Day is a New Zealand’s national day which is celebrated on 6 February every year. The day is very important to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs in 1840. The Treaty of Waitangi is considered as the nation’s founding document (credit to nzhistory).
In Palmerston North, Waitangi Day is hosted by Te Manawa Museum and Gallery on behalf of Palmerston North City Council. To learn more about the history of Waitangi Day and to enjoy the holiday itself with our family or friends, Te Manawa hosts a few activities: experiencing a traditional Maori hangi, participating at Ti Rakau (traditional Maori stick game), enjoying some of New Zealand’s best cultural and kapa haka groups, music and performances, bouncy castle for the kids, food stalls, games, workshops, activity stations and gold coin donation entry to New Zealand Rugby Museum (credit to eventfinda).
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The Jenny Mair Highland Square Day is the biggest pipe band contest in NZ, next to the national championships. It is an annual contest of 20 highland pipe bands and scores of contestant solo bagpipers, solo drummers and highland dancers of all ages. This year will mark its 37th year since it was first contested. The Highland Dancing events, Solo Piping and Drumming events commence before the performance of all competing bands. Following that, all competing bands march around The Square. The Massed Bands and prizegiving ceremony are the final event of the Square Day (credit to EventfindaNZ and Manawatu Scottish Community). If you are interested in this event, you can visit the site here. Please visit my flickr here.
Christmas in the Square is an annual Christmas event celebrated with many performances including Community Acts, Bands, and Carols to sing-along. Titanium, New Zealand’s Premier Boy Band, also came in the 2014 event. Many local acts, including the new Celebrity Christmas Band, the Palmerston North Pacific Gospel Choir, the Freyberg Concert Band, Kiwi Bop also cheered us up with their amazing performances. Food vans and things to buy from the Village Night Market, activities for children and a visit from Santa were also featured this annual event (credit to EventfindaNZ). Please visit my Flickr here.
Palmerston North Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Run is an annual Christmas event at the Square. Started with “KidsCan Santa Run”, the Santas en masse ran or walked 2-3kms around the Square. Then, song sheets were provided for us singing the Christmas carols. The final event of the day was the Christmas tree lighting where we turned on our City’s tree (credit to EvenfindaNZ). Please visit my Flickr here.
Palmerston North Christmas Parade is an annual event which is held before Christmas. We can enjoy many types of food and crafts at the market, as well as entertainment on stage before Christmas Parade. The parade starts and ends at the Railway Land. We can enjoy the parade on Church St, around the Square, at the Square carpark or Main St South (credit to EventfindaNZ). Visit my Flickr here.
The Remarkables is not only famous as one of the Lord of The Rings filming locations but also as one of the most famous ski fields in New Zealand. It is only half an hour drive from Queenstown town centre (buses are also available from Queenstown). First timers (like I was), expert skiers and snowboarders can experience alpine experiences at this ski field.
To get Mt Nicholas High Country Farm and experience high country activities such as feeding the cute Merino sheep, you can take Southern Discoveries cruise. From Mt Nic, we can enjoy stunning view of Glenorchy and Lake Wakatipu.
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