Fun ideas for Labour Weekend

24 October 2014

Looking for some fun ideas of what to do this Labour Weekend? Here’s a list of some of the great things happening around Wellington over the next few days.

Amorphophallus - Devils toung lily

The Devils tongue lily


Togs, towels and tremendous fun at Thorndon Pool

The ever-popular Thorndon Pool reopens for summer on Saturday October 25th.

Located at 26 Murphy Street in Thorndon, the 30.5-metre heated pool opens this weekend for the summer months, providing all its usual activities and services including:

  • lane swimming
  • aqua jogging
  • lane and pool hire.

It’s also the perfect venue to hire for events, with facilities including a BBQ area, spa, inflatable toys, qualified staff, plus full access to the pool – ideal for that Christmas work function, birthday party, or just a get–together with mates. So dig out that sunblock, slap on a hat and head down to one of Wellington’s hot spots

What’s that stench at the Botanic Garden?!

Why not head up to the Botanic Garden and check out the two devil’s tongue lilies?

They are making their evil presence felt by flowering together and doubling the stench of rotting meat in the Begonia House. The sinister-looking lilies are known as Amorphophallus konjac.

Find out more: News - Devils Tongue Lilies Put on Smelly Double Act - 17.10.14

Otari-Wilton Bush Track Walk

2pm, Sunday 26 October

Join us at Otari-Wilton's Bush on a walk beside the stream to the Karori Cemetery, up to the Skyline, then back via the Flax Clearing. We’ll see various items of interest along the way, including the tombstone of Harry McNish and his cat (of Shackleton's Antarctic voyage). This relaxed 6-km walk starts at the Information Centre. It will take up to three hours so a moderate level of fitness is desirable.
Cost: $3

Yellow Fever at Westpac Stadium!

5pm, Sunday 26 October

Get down to Westpac Stadium this Sunday to see the Wellington Phoenix FC take on the Newcastle Jets.

If McGlinchey scores, he’ll become the first player to score in each of his first three A-League games for the Phoenix. Make sure you wear something yellow, and bring your best cheering voice!

Match day timings

2pm: Event car park opens, $30. Cash and eftpos available
2pm: Ticket booth opens for gate sales and venue pick up
4pm: Gates open 
5pm: Match kick off

Purchase tickets from Ticketek

Witch plant is that?

11am, Monday 27 October (Labour Day), Botanic Garden

In fairy tales witches have had a bad press. Certainly some were wicked, but did they all deserve this reputation? To find out, join this moderate 90-minute Halloween walk to hear about the plants that witches used for their herbal brews. Bring your wands and broomsticks, and we shall share some spells! Meet at the Duck pond.
Cost: $4

Getting down ‘n dirty with DIY

The long weekend is the perfect opportunity to get all those jobs you’ve been meaning to do, done. Perhaps you’re planning to clear out that cluttered hall cupboard, or tackle the outside shed which has become home to who-knows-what.

Recycle it

If there are things you don’t want, they don’t necessarily need to be binned. Why not recycle or donate your used goods to others who might find a use for it?

Check your home's foundations

And, while you’re outside why not take a few minutes to climb under the house and check your foundations? We’ve got a great free guide on how to earthquake strengthen your house -  find out more: Strengthen your Home

There’s even a great kit available which lets you do the foundation strengthening yourself! And, we’ve made an easy-to-follow video to help you.

Watch it on Youtube: How to Install a Pryda Homeowner’s Earthquake Resilience Kit