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What’s happening this Queen’s Birthday Weekend

The Mount Runners and Walkers Half Marathon will be taking place at Mount Main Beach this weekend.

Queen’s Birthday weekend is upon us and most people will want to get out and do something with their extra day off.

Thankfully, there’s plenty happening here in the Bay of Plenty and beyond.

Start the weekend off with a spot of ice skating at Matua Primary School on Friday May 31 from 3-6pm.

It’s a family-fun event for all ages and it’s not quite as cold as ice.

The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state-of-the-art artificial ice skate rinks that look like ice and have the same gliding capacity as natural ice.

Children under 16 can skate for $8, adults skate for $12 and a family of two adults and two kids or one adult and three kids can all skate for $35 combined.

Helmets and gloves are provided free-of-charge.

On Sunday, head over the Mount Main Beach to cheer on the runners and walkers participating in this years’ Mount Runners and Walkers Half Marathon. The event starts at 8am on Sunday and there is a number of different distances for runners and walkers to choose from.

If shopping is more your scene, pack into the car and head over to Waihi Beach for the annual Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair at the Waihi Beach Community Centre. Open from 10am-3pm on Sunday June 2, the Waihi Beach Art and Craft Fair has something for everyone at it’s 15th event.

From pet accessories and handmade jewellery to upcycled glass garden art, stylish clothing and toys, there’s bound to be something that catches your attention. The old-style café will also be open for those who like to sip and nibble.

And if you’re looking to add a bit of a road trip in to you weekend, head to Taupo for the Taupo Art Connection Queen’s Birthday Weekend Art Trail, held from Friday May 31-Monday June 3 at the Nukuhau Art Studio and Gallery. Open from 10am-4pm each day, this art event is in it’s seventh year and is well-established in the Taupo art scene. There will be a great display of art from the emerging to the professional in a diverse range of mediums from ceramic, wood and clay to paint, chainmaille and more.

So whatever you get up to this Queen’s birthday Weekend, make sure you enjoy that extra day off.

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