Christchurch, New Zealand – January 2000

Millennium In Christchurch

To celebrate the dawn of the new millennium on 1 January 2000, New Zealanders gathered on mountain tops, golden beaches and offshore islands. The first country in the world to usher in the new century, this is also where you’ll find the first fishing tournament, the first marathon, the first round of golf, the first wedding and first bungy jump!

And Now: Goodbye 1999, Hello Year 2000!

Something we’ve all been waiting for during the last 12 months. Think of all the adventure we had back then. I must tell you each year has flown by real fast. Mine certainly did I can tell you! I turned 20 on 20th November then on 5th December I got married. That will be a year to remember.

So did you have a good time partying the night away on 31st December? I bet you did! Now it’s time for a new start. Why? Because it’s the millennium. A whole New World has just begin. One day instead of using ovens we’ll use computers! Even better we won’t have to cook it. All we’ll have to do is ask and bingo out comes one mighty nice meal. What else could there be? How about flying cars? Imagine that your driving then the next minute your flying! Now wouldn’t that be a dream? There’s so much in the future to look forward to seeing that includes new ways of traveling and seeing the world. I won’t say anything about that but I gather I’ve got you all thinking and day dreaming.

What’s New For This Year

This year I have decided to add events happening each month. Who knows what I may come up with! Hey, hope you missed me in the last few months!

New Zealand:

As an island, which was isolated from the rest of the world for many thousands of years, New Zealand has a diverse landscape with unique indigenous plant and animal life. It also has an intriguing history and rich cultural heritage.

These aspects of New Zealand are evident in the wealth of captivating activities which include outdoor adventure, wildlife tours, geothermal activities and cultural experiences. A temperate climate means that most activities can be enjoyed the year round and, in winter, there’s the added bonus of world class skiing in both South and North Islands.

International appreciation of New Zealand’s cuisine, which is based on the freshest of ingredients, and fine wines, continues to grow and there are many opportunities to sample this fare at restaurants and wineries throughout the country.

New Zealand is also a modern, technologically advanced country, a feature that is well-represented in many of its museums and indoor attractions. Some have been designed, from the ground up, to fully incorporate complex multimedia making for an absorbing and stimulating experience.

Events For January

Instant Kiwi World Buskers Festival

Date: 14 Jan 00 – 23 Jan 00, right here in Christchurch

It will be a fantastic week of street entertainment provided by world

class performers. What more could you possibly ask for!

To Find Out More:

Call Jodi Wright

Phone: +64 33772365

Fax: +64 33772576




Night Of Maori Magic

A Night of Maori Magic, beginning at 7pm, allows visitors to enjoy an authentic cultural experience upon a marae. Visitors can take part in a traditional Maori welcome ceremony, including the hongi (pressing of noses) with the Tangata Whenua or people of the marae.

Visitors also watch the hangi (earth oven) being lifted, before sitting down to enjoy this traditional Maori meal featuring top quality local produce. The hangi feast is served buffet style allowing visitors to sample many tastes.

A guided tour of the contrasting meeting houses, will take place before being treated to a high quality Maori cultural performance by the marae’s own culture group. This show has a range of action songs and dance, along with intricate poi dances and haka including Ka Mate, the famous “All Black” Haka. There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to join in and participate if they wish.

Evening Concert

The marae offers an evening tour followed by a full 40-minute concert including songs of welcome, action songs, Poi dances, and the fearsome “Haka.” This program includes a range of old and new songs performed in traditional costume. It is an entertaining show, which will leave visitors with a better understanding of the Maori culture. The evening tour and concert begins at 8:00pm.

Some winter restrictions do apply, however this option is available for prebooked groups on any night. There will be opportunities to get your photograph taken with our performers in traditional costume, after the concert, so please make sure you bring a camera. The concert is also available as an option from 8:50pm.


Informal guided tours of the marae are also offered on demand to a minimum of 10 people. However, the marae is open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm for unaccompanied tours free of charge. Please phone in advance.

These tours are an excellent introduction to Maori culture, protocol, history, and tradition, all presented by our Maori guides, in a fun and informative manner. Tours take in both carved meeting houses, Aoraki and Te Ari Taua Pitama explaining the fascinating myths and legends, which surround many of the carved, woven and painted art forms.

Aoraki, one of the largest meeting houses in New Zealand is carved and painted in the traditional styles of the Maori, whilst the smaller Te Ari Taua Pitama is intricately decorated using contemporary styles and vivid colours. This gives a truly unique contrast of Maori design and art, which visitors especially enjoy, and a great chance to see the meeting of the old with the new. Visitors are invited to touch the piece of greenstone inlaid in the steps of the large meeting house. As legend has it, rubbing the stone will bring you good luck.

The guided tours last approximately 1 hour, and allow plenty of opportunity for visitors to ask questions and take photographs. In addition, guided tours for groups of more than 10 people may be arranged at any time, provided they are pre-booked in advance.


The Nga Hau E Wha National Marae is located only 6km from Cathedral Square and Central Christchurch. It is less than 10 minutes drive from all major accommodation and restaurant venues. Off road parking is available for cars and coaches in front of the main gate.

The Nga Hau E Wha National Marae is also well served by public transport. The Christchurch Transport Limited #5 bus service (7 days) regularly leaves from central city (Cathedral Square), stopping outside the Marae. Charter transport can be arranged for groups. Call to discuss the requirements.


P.O. Box 15009, 250 Pages Rd

Christchurch, New Zealand


Telephone: (03) 388 7685

Facsimile: (03) 388 7692


All prices estimated are GST inclusive and are in NZ dollars.

  • Night of Maori Magic

    Adults (10 +yrs): $60 each

    Children (5+yrs): $33 each

    Children under 5: Free if accompanied by an adult

  • Marae: Tour and Concert

    Adults (10+yrs): $27.50 each

    Children (5+yrs): $16.50 each

    Children under 5yrs: Free if accompanied by an adult.

  • Evening Concert

    Adults (10+yrs): $22

    Children (5+yrs): $13.75

    Children under 5yrs: Free if accompanied by an adult.

    Banks Peninsula Track – Akaroa

    Banks Peninsula Track

    World famous 2 or 4 day walk around the spectacular volcanic coast. Guaranteed beds in cosy fully equipped huts. See old forests, bush, waterfalls, tranquil sheltered bays, rare wild life. Each night your hut is part of a small isolated sheep farm settlement. Starts and finishes in the charming seaside village of Akaroa.

    Season length is from 1st October to 30 April. Even better, it’s less than two hours from Christchurch!

    The Banks Peninsula Track is 35 km long (though the rugged nature of the country will make it seem longer). It is privately owned and managed by the families who have lived for generations in this remote area of New Zealand. Situated 80 km from Christchurch on the East coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

    Over 40 types of birds seen regularly including penguins, hector dolphins and seals. All huts have fully equipped kittens – including dishes, cutlery etc. No insect problems.

    Important Note: Sleeping bags, tramping boots, food and adequate clothing for all weathers is required. As the track climbs from sea level to over 600 metres twice and features rugged exposed headlines, a reasonable level of fitness is required.


    4 Day Walk (limited to 12 people per day).

    This includes 2 shorter days giving time for bird watching, swimming, sunbathing, fishing, reading and beach combing. Often referred as “the holiday walk”.

    2 Day Walk (limited to 4 people per day).

    For the fitter walkers, this covers the same track as the 4 day walk with huts at Onuku and Stony Bays. Very popular with backpackers and weekend trampers.

    Track Huts

  • First Night: Trampers Hut – Onuku Farm.

    Trampers Hut

    Trampers Hut

    New spacious, architecturally designed huts built to take advantage of the view and changing moods of Akaroa harbour below. Gas stoves, lighting, hot water and a log burner.

  • Second Night: Flea Bay “Cottage”.

    A charming 130 year old cottage with verandah views of the sea. Electric stove, lights and hot water, shower, log burner, flush toilets, lots of room. Gas BBQ.

    Email for more information:

    Useful Links

    Canterbury Tourism

    Kiwi Experience

    AA Guides

    Gateway to NZ



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