Four long years after the Canterbury earthquakes forced him off his famous patch in Cathedral Square, iconic orator, thinker and, er, wizard The Wizard of New Zealand has returned to the spot that helped to make his name and elevated him to the status of the country’s favourite and official spellslinger (sorry, Gandalf). If you’re in Christchurch, you need to get along for a listen!
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The Wizard returns to The Square
Eddie Izzard – Force Majeure
The comedian described by The Los Angeles Times “The funniest man in, well, pretty much all of the known universe” returns to New Zealand with Force Majeure, his most extensive world tour ever. When Izzard says “world tour”, he means it – before reaching NZ, the actor, fashion icon and runner will have visited Europe, Africa, Russia, the UK, Canada, America, India, Nepal, and the Far East.
Cricket World Cup 2015
The cricketing world’s showcase comes to New Zealand shores for the first time since 1992 when the nation co-hosts the 2015 Cricket World Cup. 14 teams, thousands of visitors and a television audience of a billion people will converge on New Zealand as grounds in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin host pool matches and knock out games.
Foo Fighters tour in February
Excitement’s been building ever since the announcement that that rock superstars the Foo Fighters will be returning to New Zealand in February 2015 for their biggest local shows ever (with special guests Rise Against). Rock headliners for 20 years, The Foo Fighters line up of Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear are sure to be in fine form.
One Meal To Rule Them All
You’ve heard of dinner and a movie, but how about dinner in a movie? Lord of the Rings fans can now get their gastronomic geek on and dine like a Hobbit at The Green Dragon Inn by taking an Evening Dinner Tour at the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. With Hobbiton brought into the electric 21st century, the Hobbiton Movie Set experience now offers after-dark tours.
NZ’s Burlesque Revival
Destination NZ pulls back the beaded curtain on New Zealand’s increasingly hot burlesque scene in our extended chat with one of the experienced local and international stars of the form – Wellington-based tasselled temptress Rachel Rouge – to get the lowdown on the local scene, the history, the hottest performers in New Zealand burlesque, and the best stories.
Kiki Beware, Dunedin
Snug in its heritage building and surrounded by some of Dunedin’s finest boutique shopping in its CBD location, The Finest Quality Kiki Beware Refreshment Room – or just Kiki Beware for short, if that’s a bit much of a mouthful when you’re trying to make your lunch plans – is a kooky, quirky and modern boutique café that’s quickly become one of Dunedin’s favourite haunts.
City Works Depot, Auckland
If you’re looking for Auckland’s new go-to casual dining destination, head to the corner of Wellesley Street West and Nelson Street to find the City Works Depot. This hub of creative cuisine, situated alongside advertising agencies and branding gurus, utilises repurposed workshops where the Auckland City Council once serviced buses, trucks, and road-building equipment.
Designing NZ – Killer Kiwi Fashion
Looking to burn some serious plastic and pick up some killer Kiwi threads? For a small country a long way from Paris, New York, or Milan, New Zealand punches well above its weight on the international fashion scene, with top New Zealand fashion designers such as Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper and Zambesi lauded worldwide for their unique take on high fashion.