Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

This page contains a list of upcoming events in the Tasman/ Nelson region.

Featured Events 

These events have been organised or supported by Tasman District Council.


Add An Event 

To add an event, use the regional events website All events listed in the Tasman District on ItsOn will appear on this page.

Event Listings 

Texture Exhibition at The Old Post Office
(Sunday 19th April–Sunday 24th May 2015)

Join us to celebrate the result of 9 exceptional local artists responding to the theme, texture. This eclectic range of original art works is a must see.

Make sure you attend the opening, Sunday 19th April 2-4 for a chance to add some of these works to your collection.

The Old Post Office in Upper Moutere is just a 30 minute drive from Nelson, there you will find a delicious selection of deli items, preserves & homewares along with contemporary art and craft. We're lucky to have Harakeke Farm Wines cellar door right next door. Situated in the charming Upper Moutere Village The Old Post Office keeps excellent company with other galleries, wineries and cafes.

Well worth a visit.

The exhibition is on until 24 May...

Follow our Facebook pages to stay up to date with events at The Old Post Office

More Information.

Richmond Library:Amigurumi - Knit your own Critter
(Monday 25th May 2015)

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting and crocheting small cute animals and creatures.

Bring your own 3mm knitting needles. We'll supply the patterns, wool and basic help!

For ages 11 +

More Information.

Richmond Library: After School Chess tournament
(Tuesday 26th May 2015)

As part of Youth Week festivities you're invited to an after school chess tournament at Richmond Library.

Come along and get matched up for a mini chess tournament. Small prizes. Ages 11+

More Information.

Motueka Library: Youth Week Scavenger Hunt
(Wednesday 27th May 2015)

Motueka Library Teen Book Group presents Youth Week Scavenger Hunt.

How well do you know Motueka? Come along to Motueka Library and enter the Youth Week Scavenger Hunt.

You will be sent on a mission around the town.

After school snacks will be provided and there will be small prizes.

For High School students.

More Information.

Singing Workshop
(Thursday 7th–Thursday 28th May 2015)

Brush up your vocal skills and join the 40 voices of Nelson Bays Harmony to learn an a cappella arrangement of the Beach Boys' song, "In My Room”.

Held over four consecutive Thursday evenings this singing workshop is being offered by Nelson Bays Harmony chorus as an opportunity for women of all ages to brush up their singing skills and experience the buzz of singing 4-part a cappella harmony, in the barbershop style. Barbershop music is arranged to produce beautiful ringing chords that are a buzz to sing and to listen to!

Established in 1995, Nelson Bays Harmony have been teaching women to sing for almost 20 years, and as part of the worldwide Sweet Adelines organisation they have great coaching resources and a team of experienced vocal teachers.

The workshop will cover basic vocal skills such as posture, breathing, resonation etc as well as lessons in the art of singing 4-part harmony. Sheet music and learning tracks for the workshop song will be provided.

More Information.

Motueka Library:NZ Music Month lunchtime concert
(Friday 8th–Friday 29th May 2015)

May is New Zealand Music month and to celebrate we’re featuring some awesome performances at the Library by students from Motueka High School’s Music Department.

Performances will range from classical to contemporary.

Bring your lunch and enjoy a musical performance by our very talented local youth.

We expect these young people will raise the roof.

More Information.

Richmond Library: Quick Draw with Laura Wells
(Friday 29th May 2015)

Learn how to draw people. This one hour workshop led by fine arts graduate Laura Wells will teach you a fast, fun technique that will be useful whatever level you are at.

Materials supplied.

Ages 13-18.

email to register

More Information.

Coastguard MayDay Rescue Appeal + Open Day 2015
(Tuesday 5th–Saturday 30th May 2015)

Saturday Morning 9th May Donation collection - Richmond Mall.
Saturday Morning 16th May Donation collection – ASB Nelson.
Sunday 24th May 10.00am Open day for the public
BBQ, Children’s Colouring completions and an opportunity to look around the
Sealord Rescue Centre at Wakefield Quay.
Saturday 30th May Donation collection at Hunting and Fishing Nelson

Coastguard is a charity, so, the generous donations of all New Zealanders are vital to help save lives at sea
All Coastguard crew members are volunteers. regular men and women with day jobs and other responsibilities – giving up your invaluable time and experience to help save lives at sea.
All donations go to the local unit, and towards the training of Coastguard heroes to ensure you remain ready to save lives at sea.
This year, Coastguard heroes will assist over 7000 people at sea, and on our rivers and lakes.
A Coastguard search and rescue crew is called out on a life-saving mission every 3 hours.

Your donation can help save lives at sea:

We have a Give A Little page for donations

Sponsors: Hutchwilco - RadioLive - ASB

All fund raised stay in Nelson

More Information.

Nelson Van Aid Quiz/Auction - Motueka
(Saturday 30th May 2015)

Fundraising for cyclone Pam recovery in the outer island communities of Vanuatu. 100% of proceeds to go to the Butterfly Trust in Vanuatu to aid these communities with a focus on Health & Education.

A huge range of generously donated items from a 10 day vacation in beautiful Espiritu Santo complete with flights and diving, several weekend getaways through out NZ, such as a weekend in Kaikoura complete with Whalewatch, to gourmet wine& food tours, dining vouchers, skydives, SUP tours, beauty salon vouchers and so much more!!

Get a team together and join us for a night of fun and entertaining questions, with the chance to take home some amazing items. Only $ 10 per person and teams can be between 2 - 8 people.

More Information.

Takaka Library: Celebrating Youth Week with chocolate fish and a Giant Book Domino
(Saturday 23rd–Saturday 30th May 2015)

Get your share of chocolate fish during Youth Week. Every second young adult book going out the door will land you one chocolate fish!

Teenagers are always welcome at Takaka Memorial Library. We would like to treat them to chocolate fish during Youth week and end the celebrations with a Giant Book Domino on FRIDAY 29 MAY.

If you want to be part of setting up and filming the spectacle, please come and see Doris at 3.45pm. We will upload it to YouTube.

More Information.

Tasman District Libraries: Exhibition My Dream House
(Tuesday 5th–Saturday 30th May 2015)

Come and browse the art works created by our young artists during the last holidays.

Tasman District Libraries gave 5-12 year olds in the region the opportunity to get creative and design their “dream house” last holidays. We offered different templates to the budding designers as well as encouraged them to come up with their own ideas.

Their wonderful creations are now up for viewing in all Tasman District libraries!

More Information.

Ruby Coast Arts Winter Open Studios
(Saturday 30th May–Monday 1st June 2015)

The Ruby Coast artists are throwing open their studio doors for Queen's Birthday Weekend.

With 17 artists showcasing their art there's a fantastic variety of styles and mediums; paintings, prints, fused glass, furniture, weaving, textile and pottery. The long holiday weekend gives plenty of time to explore their studios from Mahana, Mapua, Ruby Bay and Tasman.

Download the RCA trail map from this listing, or visit the website, or pick one up from participating artists. Maps can also be found at the Java Hut, Naked Bun, Mapua Library and Jellyfish Cafe in Mapua.

Or visit the Ruby Coast Arts facebook page

More Information.

Open Mic Night, Takaka
(Thursday 4th June 2015)

Open Mic Night hosted by Ron Valente (Gypsy Pickers) at the Brigand Cafe, Takaka. Every Thursday. This is a popular night for locals and travellers. Bring your instruments, songs and dancing shoes for a fun and entertaining evening. Everyone welcome. No cover charge.

More Information.

Pink Ribbon Brunch
(Saturday 6th June 2015)

Last year’s response was overwhelming, so this brunch for Hope is back by popular demand.

Get your friends together and joins us for a fun filled morning, while joining in against the fight for Breast Cancer.

A gourmet buffet brunch in support of raising funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
The inspirational local author Emma Stevens will take you on a journey into a new world, of true life in the frozen wilds of Alaska.

Chef Allan Addison-Saipe will take charge of the kitchen again.

Goody bags, giveaways, Silent auction, raffles.

Crèche available on request.

Bookings are essential

More Information.

Winterruption - Chef's Best Cooking Demonstrations
(Tuesday 9th–Thursday 11th June 2015)

Local chef’s and food experts will be sharing their secret recipes on how to prepare and cook healthy, hearty, and nutritious winter feeds on a budget.

Tuesday 9 June
The Wooden Spoon Café
Chef: Geoff

Thursday 11 June
The Cellar Door @ Waimea Estate
Chef: Neil Ward

More Information.

Best Musicals of All Time
(Friday 12th June 2015)

Iconic artist Helen Medlyn leads our team of music theatre exponents in a show that highlights the best musicals of all time featuring showstoppers from the Golden Age of Musicals through to the modern era.

Helen Medlyn
Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua
Lynette Martin
Hamish McGregor
Rory Nolan

Accompanied by Penny Dodd

More Information.

Winterruption - Kids Corner
(Monday 8th–Friday 12th June 2015)

Get your creative cap on!

New to Winterruption this year is the creative kids corner, which features a jam pack week full of interactive craft activities for pre school kids to get stuck into.

Numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first in first served bases. Registrations taken on the day, from 10.30am.

Free to attend. Children must be actively supervised by parents/caregivers.


Monday 8 June: Cookie Baking with Muffin Break

25 minute cookie baking and decorating workshops commencing at 11am, 11.30am, 12noon and 12.30pm.

Tuesday 9 June: Colouring Comp & Face Painting

$50 Richmond Mall voucher up for best entry into the winter themed colouring comp. Balloon twisting with Flossie the Balloon Lady.

Wed 11 June: Cooking Baking with Muffin Break

25 minute cooking baking and decorating workshops commencing at 11am, 11.30am, 12noon and 12.30pm.

Thursday 12 June: Shaker Making with Kath Bee

50 minute music making workshops commencing at 11am and 12noon. Bring your own small cardboard box.

Friday 13 June: Mask Making

25 minute mask making workshops commencing at 11am, 11.30am, 12noon and 12.30pm.

More Information.

Winterruption - Winter Active Fitness Classes
(Monday 8th–Friday 12th June 2015)

Stay active this winter, with a choice of several winterruption fitness classes.

Sport Tasman offer a variety of fitness classes, suitable for a range fitness levels and ages.

Classes are free for new clients.

Monday 8 June & Friday 12 June,
Medium to high impact Aerobics style class, involving cardio and resistance exercises.

Shape Up
Monday 8 June & Friday 12 June,
10.30 am - 11.30am
Low impact and intensity fitness class for those returning to exercise or rehabilitating

Body Define
Wednesday 10 June,
11.15am to 12noon.
Low to medium impact body work-out and sculpturing at your own pace and intensity mixed with great music and humour.

More Information.

Shadow, Reflection, Transparency
(Wednesday 13th May–Saturday 13th June 2015)

Shadow, Reflection, Transparency

From spirituality, psychology and history to the material properties of colour, form and style.

Some of the artworks embody a single aspect of the exhibition title, or all three.
Interpretations of the theme use sculpture, paint, fibre, fabrics and photography.

More Information.

Winterruption - Old Time Dance
(Saturday 13th June 2015)

Dance the night away at the Richmond Town Hall with an evening full of fox trots, waltz’s and gay gordans.

Supper and a cuppa served during the break. Please bring a plate.

Time to beat those winter blues and let loose on the dance floor.

More Information.

Winterruption - Family Snow Day
(Sunday 14th June 2015)

New to Winterruption this year, and to conclude the week long festival, is the winter themed Family Snow Day.

Hosted at the Richmond Town Hall and adjourning Cambridge street playground, the action packed day has it all!

A 20m toboggan luge will give kids a chance to navigate the custom built slippery snow slope on inflatable tyres.

Associated outdoor carnival games, along with the Sport Tasman obstacle course, bouncy castles and a basketball / hockey challenge will also be offered.

The fabulous Kath Bee will be along to serenade, and Flossie the Balloon lady and her creative balloon twisting will also be involved.

And finally, like it famously did last year, the Richmond Town Hall will return to its movie screening roots as it once did back in the 1940's with the premiere of the animated Happy Feet Two on the big screen.

A heap of cool activities on offer to warm up with Winterruption.

More Information.

Winterruption Festival
(Monday 8th–Sunday 14th June 2015)

Richmond will host big screen movies, an old time dance, kids activities, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, fashion displays, fitness classes and a family snow day to entice people to come out of winter hibernation.

The Winterruption Festival celebrates all things winter and is scheduled to take place between 8-14 June.

The Richmond Town Hall will return to its movie-theatre roots, offering a movie matinee – as it once did back in 1939. It will also host an old-time dance, complete with live music and supper, a series of free fitness classes and a family snow day complete with winter themed activities and games.

Daily kids activities will be on offer at the Richmond Mall over the week, with lego craft, cookie baking and the fabulous Kath Bee along to serenade.

The Mall also host a day of cooking demonstrations, featuring local chefs and food experts who will share their top tips on how to prepare and cook healthy, hearty, and nutritious winter feeds on a budget. Wine Tastings, profiling Waimea's finest vineyards will also take place.

Retail stores will also play a part in the festival, offering sales and discount bargains on their winter merchandise.

More Information.

Richmond Library: Meet the Author – Paddy Richardson
(Thursday 18th June 2015)

A chance to hear acclaimed NZ author Paddy Richardson talk about her life and work as a crime writer.

Paddy is the author of five crime novels and two collections of short stories. Her latest book Swimming in the Dark is longlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2015

More Information.

Richmond Library: Writers’ Workshop with Paddy Richardson
(Thursday 18th June 2015)

Learn to build convincing characters in this workshop with acclaimed NZ crime writer Paddy Richardson.

Paddy will share her insights and expertise to help you learn to create and develop authentic strong fiction characters.

Paddy has published five novels and two short story collections. As well as writing, Paddy teaches creative writing in Otago.

Registration and pre-payment are essential.

Numbers are limited so register today to secure your place.

If for any reason you can’t make the workshop, please notify the library as soon as possible.

Cancellations up to 24 hours prior to the workshop will receive a full refund.

More Information.

Te Koki Trio
(Thursday 18th June 2015)

Te Koki Trio are based at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington and tour regularly in New Zealand and overseas. The members of the Trio are;
Jian Liu (piano)
Martin Riseley (violin)
Inbal Megiddo (cello)

Beethoven | Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in Eb
Psathas | Islands Songs
Ravel |Piano Trio in A minor

The concert is part of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2015 Encompass Series and is presented by the Motueka Music Group.

More Information.

6hr Mid Winter Breakout
(Sunday 21st June 2015)

It's time to start getting your team organised, your BBQ read and your fancy dress created - the 10th annual NMTBC 6hr Midwinter Breakout is coming and it's going to be the biggest and best ever!

21 June 2015 is the date, and we are getting all retro by going back to the event's original stomping ground - Rabbit Island.

The format will be the same as always - 6hrs of fun racing that you can do as a solo rider, in a team of two or a team of four. We have categories for everyone - from families and schools to best dressed. It's an event that is as much about socialising and being part of the fantastic Nelson MTB scene as it is about riding hard for the win. A good BBQ and deck chair are compulsory team items!

You can keep up-to-date with the event on our Facebook event page

All profits go back to Nelson Mountain Bike Club for us to invest in more trail building and maintenance. Let's see if we can break the 1000 riders barrier this year!


More Information.

Midwinter Swim and Duckrace
(Sunday 21st June 2015)

This fantastic event is back again! Organised by the Riwaka School community, the event will see hundreds of brave souls take to the water, many in dazzling costumes. For those not so keen to brave the waters, the duckrace will see a splendid horde of plastic ducks take to the water with prizes awarded for such accomplishments as first over the line. The ducks will be netted and returned to shore post paddle. Ducks will be on sale from Riwaka School, New World supermarket and on the day at the beach.

Midwinter swim registration opens at 10am and those braving the plunge will enter the water at 11am. The ducks will enter the water at 1pm.

Food, drinks, a big dig, spot prizes, best dressed swimmer competition and family entertainment will make this a great family day out.

Head for the golden sands of Kaiteriteri beach for a super day out with the family!

More Information.

Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon
(Sunday 21st June 2015)

Start from the Honest Lawyer participants will, firstly head towards Monaco Peninsula along Point Rd then loop around & return to The Honest Lawyer & then along the cycle trail all the way to Rabbit Island & back! Total distance 42.2km.

Individuals or 2 person teams.
all runners and walkers welcome.

In conjunction with the event there will also be a 6 person relay taking place that is being ran by Waimea Harriers along the same 42km course. This relay forms part of Waimea Harriers 50th anniversary celebrations! For more details see:

No entry fee but a donation to The Mental Heath Foundation would be appreciated.

Walkers start 8.00am.
Runners start 9.00am
(early start for runners available if required)

Pre-registration will be available at:
The Shoe Clinic, Bridge St on Saturday 20th June from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Registration will also be available on the day from 7 a.m. at the rear of the Honest Lawyer (follow signs). Please turn up in plenty of time to register.

Come along and give it a go.

More Information.

A snap Shot in time
(Tuesday 26th May–Friday 26th June 2015)

"A Snap Shot in time" is a photographic competition /exhibition showing Motueka in February 2015.
The museum wants to build on its photographic archives of Motueka and district, creating an historic resource for future generations.
There are five categories - Modern landscapes, Modern buildings, High Street fashion, Coast and waterways and Surviving history.
There is a prize for each category, so we need you to vote! So come on in and have a look at some fantastic photographs.
Also included are items from the museum's collection, showing past and present buildings. Many will bring back happy memories. Remember the Swan Hotel? now it is MacDonald's, to name just one "memory"

More Information.

Motueka Library: Teen Book Group
(Wednesday 1st April–Wednesday 23rd September 2015)

Motueka Teen Book group is for High School students in the Motueka area.

Our group meets twice a term to chat about books, what’s new and favourite reads.

Enjoy the first pick of new books, listen to guest speakers, and participate in fun activities.

Bring along a friend.

Snacks provided.

More Information.

Takaka Village Market
(Saturday 25th October 2014–Saturday 24th October 2015)

A lively Saturday market on the Library Car Park in Takaka, Golden Bay. Come and get your veggies, treats, food, clothes, second hand treasures, seedlings, plants and local art and crafts from the many artists residing in the Bay. Get a coffee and listen to the performing musicians on the market. We will have live music every week.

For information or to book a stall phone 03 525 9663 or 027 5566344

More Information.

Motueka Library: Babbling Books
(Thursday 5th February–Thursday 5th November 2015)

Babbling Books - a chance to enjoy an informal discussion about what you are reading.

Find out what has others enthused and share your favourite titles.

You are welcome to bring your lunch.

More Information.

Takaka Library: Silverfish Book Group
(Tuesday 24th February–Tuesday 24th November 2015)

Do you enjoy reading and talking about books?

Our book group Silverfish could be for you.

Silverfish is a chance to talk about what you have enjoyed reading and hear about what other people have been reading.

It is a group for all people and all tastes.

We pick a theme, genre or author for the month or just swap favourite books. The possibilities are endless.

You don’t have to come regularly.

You’re welcome to come along to listen and enjoy a cup of coffee.

More Information.

Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 12th February–Thursday 3rd December 2015)

Based at the Richmond Library, Mystery Ink discuss what’s hot and new in books, music and movies.

Get first choice of the new YA books fresh in at the library and win movie passes and books with cool competitions and spot prizes.

A great opportunity to meet new people and have a bit of fun. All welcome, ages 12 to 17.

Come check us out in the Young Adults section.

More Information.

Richmond Library: Tasman Talks Titles Book Group
(Wednesday 18th February–Wednesday 16th December 2015)

Tasman Talks Titles is a chance for you to talk about what you have enjoyed reading and to hear about what other people have been reading.

You'll also get to see a selection of new titles which the library has purchased.

Tasman Talks Titles meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 3.00pm

More Information.

Motueka Library: Babytime
(Friday 20th February–Friday 18th December 2015)

Babytime is a fun, social and interactive programme introducing literacy and a love of language to babies, as well as helping to develop the bond between parent and child.

Babytime is a 30 minute programme of action rhymes, music, and books especially suitable for children two years and under. We do not limit session numbers.

More Information.

Takaka Library: Cryptic Turkeys
(Friday 20th March–Friday 18th December 2015)

Book club for kids!.

A fun session for 9-12 year olds where you can talk books, share your favourite authors, play games, tackle quizzes and have first pick of the new children’s books.

The group meets every third Friday during the school term.

More Information.

RichmondLibrary: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 10th February–Tuesday 22nd December 2015)

A hands on session using songs, stories, rhymes and movement for children aged two years and younger with their caregivers.

An opportunity to have fun in the library, interact with your tot using rhymes, songs and movement and introduce them to the wonderful world of books.

Every Tuesday during school term time.

More Information.

Takaka Library: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 10th February–Tuesday 22nd December 2015)

A fun hands-on session for the under-twos.

Songs, movement, rhymes and stories for early learning.

Every Tuesday during term time.

More Information.