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6 Events You Don’t Want To Miss This Summer

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6 Events Not To Miss This Summer

Summer in Ōtautahi Christchurch – aaah, is there anything better? Sun’s out, the trees are green and the events calendar is packed.

Here are some top picks of what’s on in the city over the next few months. Let’s kick off 2022 in style.

Hagley Oval Cricket Crowd 2021
Credit: PhotoSport

BLACKCAPS Test Matches

January & February 2022

Cricket fans and anyone up for a day in the sun on a grassy bank are well served this summer with two BLACKCAPS test matches in early 2022 at Hagley Oval.

Get down to Hagley Park to see our boys take on Bangladesh from 9-13 January, and South Africa from 17-21 February. Expect big crowds, big action, and the best cricket of the summer right here in your backyard.

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Cycling Bridge of Remembrance

Vantage Criterium National Championships

16 January 2022

The speed, the thrills, and yes….the spills, are back here in Christchurch!

Come and see New Zealand’s top cyclists compete in a multi-lap race circuit through the inner city. Take in the action from some of the best vantage points – what will you choose? An ice-cold drink on the Terrace? A picnic on the banks of the Avon? This is one of the best events this summer to get some action while also taking in the best spots of our city.



22 January 2022

The famous Sparks! is back in early 2022, combining epic orchestral music and huge fireworks – oh, and it’s free! Bring a picnic and a rug (or make the most of the food trucks), and settling in for traditional classics, modern-day favourite and a few surprises in between.

There’s a shuttle service running between the Bus Interchange and Rolleston Ave to make getting there even easier.

South Island Wine And Food Festival

South Island Wine And Food Festival

5 February 2022

There’s a lot to love about the South Island Wine & Food Festival, taking over North Hagley Park on 5 February 2022. Wineries from up and down Te Waipounamu are showing off their finest drops, there’s a cooking theatre with exciting chefs whipping up delights, and local artists (including The Feelers!) rocking the stage and bringing the vibes.

You can’t go wrong with a day out at this festival – get your tickets and savour the best of the South Island.

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Explore Antarctica Family Day

Days Of Ice

24 February - 6 March 2022

Ōtautahi Christchurch is proud to be one of only five Antarctic Gateway cities in the world, and every year we celebrate with Days of Ice.

Running 24 February – 6 March 2022, this is our annual programme of festivities exploring our connection with Antarctica. Celebrate our unique status with events, exhibitions, polar films, and kids’ competitions.

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Synthony Crowd

SYNTHONY At Electric Avenue

26 February 2022

As if Electric Avenue wasn’t already the country’s coolest (and biggest) music festival, the 2022 edition features SYNTHONY. So what is SYNTHONY? Mash up a symphony orchestra with a laser-filled rave, and you’re on the right track.

Get in fast, tickets to this massive show don’t last long.

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