Asanas, buskers & chukkas make for an eventful summer

An eclectic event line-up is heading our way this summer. Enjoy an old fave celebrating a big birthday alongside some interesting newcomers.

Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat will present A Night At the Musical at the World Buskers Festival. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Wanderlust 108: Saturday December 2

We fully embrace the concept of living well at Style, so it’s great to see a healthy living festival coming to Christchurch. Wanderlust 108 is billed as the world’s only mindful triathlon, combining running, yoga and meditation.

Arrive with your yoga mat for a 7am start at St Leonard’s Park in Sumner and spend the day completing the three legs of your triathlon, accompanied by some smooth DJ tunes. Do the 5K your way – run, walk, or skip if you feel like it, take part in a 90 minute yoga class and a 30 minute guided meditation led by nationally recognised teachers. Not surprisingly, the gurus behind all this hail from LA’s Wanderlust Centres, which has now toured the event to 17 countries.

For tickets see

World Buskers Festival: January 18-28

It’s the most colourful time of Christchurch’s summer calendar – when street performers from across the world descend on the city for more than a week of incredible street theatre. This January will mark the 25th anniversary of the World Buskers Festival, and with all the stops pulled to celebrate, it’s one you won’t want to miss.

Crowd favourite Tape Face is back at the Wordl Buskers Festival with a new show. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

On offer is 10 days of highly entertaining street theatre hosted at various iconic sites around the city and 11 nights of world class shows. Tickets go on sale November 1 for the headline acts including Tape Face, Le Gateau Chocolat, The Topp Twins, Urzila Carlson, Ginger Minj and Ali McGregor.

Ali McGregor.

For everything you need to know about the WBF 2018 performances and how to book head to

Hagley Park Polo: Sunday January 21

After an absence of more than two decades, the sport of kings is returning to Hagley Park South this summer. Hagley Park Polo is a traditional format tournament featuring teams of local and international players that’s planned to become an annual event.

The fast-paced spectacle unfolds from noon, accompanied by expert commentary for those new to the game. Lunch break entertainment will include pint-sized polo fun for children and parades of the Christchurch foxhounds, the players and their ponies. The final kicks off around 2.30pm and will feature traditional half time divot stomping out on the field. Naturally the champagne will be flowing all afternoon and indeed spraying when the winners are crowned!

It’s free to watch, so sounds like a perfect opportunity to take a picnic and make a day of it with the family. Tickets for hospitality tables and corporate marquees will be available soon via

Also on the bill at North Hagley Park . . . 

Can’t get enough swinging mallets? Heineken Urban Polo is on Saturday 3 March.

Eating and drinking more your cup of tea? The South Island Wine & Food Festival returns Saturday 2 December and The Great Kiwi Beer Festival on Saturday 27 January.

Like your music loud and live? Shapeshifter Live in the Park is on Saturday 9 December and rock down to Electric Avenue on Saturday 24 February.

– Style magazine