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What’s on this November

Here are some of the events, shows, music and movies you can catch this November.

Highland fling

You don’t have to don a kilt to fit right in at the Hororata Highland Games, November 7. There will be food vendors and market stalls galore, hammer throw contests and pipe bands, as well as archery, tug-o-war games and a ‘best dressed lad and lassie’ competition for the kids. Haggis tasting optional. Check out hororatahighlandgames.org.nz.

Cooking fun

Venture into the rambunctious world of a flamboyant cooking duo at Auckland’s Silo Theatre production of Hudson & Halls Live. The play pays homage to 1980s TV chefs Peter Hudson and David Halls, who became infamous for their booze-fuelled showdowns and kitchen catastrophes caught on camera. Catch the production from November 5, and be prepared for fire, chaos and much hilarity as the action follows the pair filming their Christmas special. For tickets, see silotheatre.co.nz.

A taste of Auckland

Munch your way around food stalls, catch cooking demos, and sip on some of the country’s top vinos at Taste of Auckland, November 5-8. For details see tasteofauckland.co.nz.

Country fête

If you love crafts, gardenware and artisan food, check out the treasures at the Geraldine Summer Fête on November 5. Held at the picturesque Stover Farm, there is plenty of space for the kids to play while the adults browse the market stalls, soak up live music, sample local fare and relax with a tipple or two. See geraldinesummerfete.co.nz.

Staying in

Kiwi musos will enjoy the film-length doco Prime Rocks: NZ Women in Rock, coming to Prime in November. Fronted by Karen Hay, the feature looks at some of our most memorable musicians.

Are you in peak form?

Get your running shoes on and prepare to sweat at the Peak Trail Blazer, Te Mata Peak, Havelock North. Whether you want to go it alone or gather a team of mates or colleagues, there are two scenic trails to choose from – either 3.5km or 12.8km – and the views from the top are not to be sneezed at. The event takes place on November 15, with $500 cash on offer for whoever makes the fastest dash. Details at peaktrailblazer.co.nz.

Night-time walk

It’s a half-marathon but not as you know it – there’s no running, it takes place at night, and all funds raised go to The Cancer Society and Look Good Feel Better. Walking Stars is held on November 28 at Auckland Domain, and competitors of all skill levels can dress up and stroll or stride the night away. See walkingstars.co.nz to register.

Words by: Sara Bunny

Photos by: Alamy and Getty Images

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