This is your New Zealand What’s On for October curated by our New Zealand staff. The Spring weather has brought several comedy events, festivals and great walks you can be doing this month across the country before the end of the semester. Current students can check their inbox for the full digest.

What's On Auckland

Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki [FREE]

When: Open 7 days, 10am – 5pm

Where: Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland

History, heritage and culture are brought to life at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Founded in 1888, it remains New Zealand’s most compelling visual arts experience, with a collection numbering over 15,000 works. See the website for current exhibitions.

Auckland Heritage Festival: Grafton Heritage Walk [$5]

When: Sunday, October 4 from 10am and Sunday, October 10 from 10am

Where: Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds St, Auckland

Take a walk through one of New Zealand’s oldest suburbs and hear about some of Grafton’s residential and public heritage buildings and its illustrious residents. Bookings are essential. Email at community@parnell.org.nz

Project Jonah Event & Charity Auction Ft. Jeremy Elwood [Tickets from $25]

When: Friday October 9, 6:00pm – 12:00am

Where: The Bluestone Room, 9 – 11 Durham Lane, Auckland

Featuring: Comedian Jeremy Elwood, acclaimed singer/songwriter Jamie McDell and entertainers Talia Dickinson, Joshua Herbst & friends. ‘Join us for a night of live music, laughs and dancing’ – all to support a great cause.

Auckland Diwali Festival of Lights [FREE]

When: Saturday October 17 12:00pm and Sunday October 18 12:00pm

Where: Aotea Square, Queen St, Auckland

India’s best loved festival, Diwali symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. Highlights of the festival will include delicious food stalls showcasing authentic cuisine, traditional and contemporary dance and music, the hotly contested Bollywood dance competition, and a grand finale fireworks display.

Wellington What's On

Wellington

The Great War Exhibition [FREE]

When:  Open 7 days, 9:00am – 10:00pm

Where: Dominion Museum Building, 15 Buckle Street, Wellington (On Massey campus)

The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. The visitor will experience the desperate horrors and the triumphs of the human spirit that were part of the Great War (The exhibition is really well done and very much worth the visit).

Carlucci Land [$12]

When: Open 9.30am till late 7 days

Where: 281 Happy Valley Road, Happy Valley

Carlucci land is an award winning Sculptures Park as well as one of New Zealand top mini golf venue. Some of Carlucci’s sculptures are as big as a bus and small as a golf ball. Carlucci land started with a little imagination 6 years ago and is continuously growing. Well worth the visit!

Saturday Chocolate Factory Tours [$15]

When: Every Saturday

Where: Wellington Chocolate Factory, 5 Eva St, Te Aro

“Come join us to learn about the magical world of chocolate making, as this tour introduces you to the entire process of making chocolate at WCF, New Zealand’s first open to the public ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate factory.” The tour traces the journey of making chocolate at WCF, from meeting the farmers to delicious single origin, Fairtrade and Organic chocolate. Admission includes free WCF hot chocolate.

NZSM Orchestra – Mountains and Mozart [Pre-sale $15]

When: Thursday October 1, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Where: Sacred Heart Cathedral, 24 Hill St, Thorndon, Wellington

The concert will also feature Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor, played by NZSM PhD student Xing Wang. Xing won the prestigious NZSM Concerto Competition earlier this year and is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in piano performance.

Geographx Open Day – Spring Festival [FREE]

When: Saturday October 3, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Geographx, 34 Salamanca Rd

The Dominion Observatory, once used for time-keeping and meteorology, is now used for making maps. It is not usually open to the public, so this is your chance to have a look at a piece of Wellington history that dates back to 1907. Access to Geographx is near Carter Observatory, Cable Car entrance to Wellington Botanic Garden

Diwali Festival of Lights [FREE]

When: Monday October 26, 2015 1:00 – 9:30pm

Where: TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington

India’s best loved festival, Diwali symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. To celebrate, families light small oil lamps (diyas) around the home and set off fireworks. Highlights of the festival include delicious food stalls, traditional and contemporary dance and music, and beautiful displays.

Christchurch What's On

Christchurch

Laughter Club [$2 per session]

When: Every Sunday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Scottish Society Hall, Cnr of Edgeware and Caledonian Rds, St Albans, Christchurch City

Laughter yoga employs no humour, jokes or comedy and participants are invited to laugh for no reason at all. Anyone can do it. Laughter is a form of exercise. The group makes eye contact while taking part in a series of playful laughter exercises, including breathing and gentle stretching. After a short while the laughter becomes infectious and genuine.

Peninsula Tramping Club Weekend Walks [FREE]

When: Every Weekend, 8am – 5pm

Where: Oxford Terrace Baptist Church, 286 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch City

Peninsula Tramping Club (PTC) is a Christchurch tramping club. We come from all over Christchurch and beyond. We’re from all walks of life – and we all love tramping! We organise regular tramping trips all over the South Island (and occasionally beyond), with a mixture of day trips/weekend & longer trips. Base camps are run about once a month, were we stay at a lodge or camping ground and make day trip from there. Some people take their bikes and do a bit of cycling.

 Opawa Farmers’ Market [FREE]

When: Every Sunday9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Helios Integrative Medical Centre, 275 Fifield Terrace, Opawa

The Opawa Farmers’ Market prides itself on having the best selection of fresh local produce in Christchurch, including a large organic range from well-known and trusted local growers.Top up your vege shop with fresh artisan bread, French style pastries, free-range eggs, locally made Italian cheeses, antipasto delights, delicious savoury & sweet baked goods and much more.

 Heritage Village [$20]

When: Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead

Where: Open Every Day in September, 10:00am – 4:30pm

An the opportunity to experience a slice of our colonial past, visit Ferrymead Heritage Park today. Ferrymead Heritage Park features an Edwardian township complete with heritage buildings, picture theatre, school house, church, tea rooms, printers shop, jail, general store, post office, railway station and much more.

The Body Festival – The Fallen Mystery [$20]

When: Thursday October 1 – Saturday October 3 from 8:00 – 8:50pm

Where: The Open Stage, 510 Hagley Ave, Christchurch City

The classic 1940s-50s Film Noir style has been an inspiration for developing characters that are multiple and mutating. The work explores the ambiguous flux between the light and dark aspects of human nature. The characters morph between a variety of personas, shifting their roles and genders. This transformation from one persona to another allows for ambiguity in a plot of sliding alliances and reversals.

Build ‘n’ Sip Night [$12]

When: October 24, from 7-9pm

Where: Imagination Station, 113 Worcester Street

This is an adults only event – 2 hours of building goodness. They will have lots of options for great things to do; A massive collaborate Duplo building project, the Lego pit for exclusive adult use only, computers set up to make your own stop motion animation, the mindstorm robots to have a go with, get building one of our awesome sets, train time – our Lego Trains set up to race and smash.

Christchurch Diwali Festival [$10]

When: Saturday October 24 from 3:00pm – 9:00pm

When: Horncastle Arena, Jack Hinton Dve, Addington

India’s best loved festival, Diwali symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.Highlights of the festival will include delicious food stalls showcasing authentic cuisine, traditional and contemporary dance and music, the hotly contested Bollywood dance competition, and a grand finale fireworks display.

Duedin What's On

Dunedin

Avalanche City with Benny Tipene [$39]

When: Saturday 3 October, 6pm

Where: Glenroy Auditorium (Town Hall)

Avalanche City is an indie folk musician from Auckland who’s touring the country with another well-known Kiwi musician; Benny Tipene (of NZ X Factor fame). If you’re a fan of this genre of music then this is a great chance to hear some genuine live tunes from some of our local talent. If you want to check out their music there are some links below:

Vogel Street Party [FREE]

When: Saturday 10 October, 3pm – 10pm

Where: Vogel Street

Last year’s inaugural Vogel Street party was amazing! This year Vogel Street will once again be transformed into a pedestrian space and take on a carnival atmosphere, celebrating Dunedin’s new status as a UNESCO City of Literature. The party includes interactive activities and workshops, performances, exhibitions, projections, building tours, live music and food stalls. It’s definitely worth heading along, especially if you haven’t yet checked out all of the new street art in Dunedin’s warehouse district. Hit Alice up for details about where you can find the best murals.

 Gypsy Extravaganza [FREE]

When: October 24-269am – 5pm

Where: The Oval, Princess St

The gypsy extravaganza is bringing a unique style of market stalls, arts and craft, food, and musical entertainment. They’ll be arts & crafts, readers, herbal remedies & natural perfumes, heaps of funky clothing including revamped and retro, jewellery, crystals, massage, incense, solar products and much more! Throughout the day they will have talented musicians playing sweet tunes for your ears. Go ahead and check it out.