Queen’s Birthday busy for Te Anau

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Sisters Sally (7, left) and Julie Thompson (9), of Invercargill, enjoy looking through children's books at the 24th Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Fiordland Community Events Centre during last year's Queen's Birthday Weekend. Photo Julie Walls

VISITORS to Te Anau this Queen’s Birthday Weekend will have plenty of events to take part in.

Hosted by the Te Anau Rugby Club, the Te Anau Helicopter Services Fiordland Big 3 Tournament begins today and finishes on Sunday.

Teams of hunters have the opportunity to take on the challenge of bagging a deer, a pig and a fish during three days. The teams can hunt throughout the Fiordland region, as well as the wider Southland and Otago districts, to bag the best they can find in each of the three trophy species. Hunting begins at 7pm tonight and the teams must get to the weigh-in before 2pm on Sunday.

Annual library book sale

The doors to the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale will be open at the Fiordland Community Events Centre tomorrow from 6.30pm to 10pm and on Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

As well as an opportunity to grab some holiday reading or restock people’s personal libraries, proceeds from the sale will also assist with helping the Te Anau Library bring special guest authors to the library, new renovations and much more.

Markets

Two markets will be held during the weekend.

The first will be at the Fiordland Community Events Centre on Saturday, from 9am to 3pm and the second, the Fiordland Sunday Market, will be held on Sunday, from 10am to 2pm, at the Te Anau Club, both with local produce and crafts.

Lake2Lake trail section opening

The official opening of the Manapouri to Supply Bay Rd section of the Lake2Lake Trail will be held on Sunday, from 2pm to 3pm. Hosted by the Fiordland Trails Trust, the opening will be held on the Manapouri lakefront below the intersection with Hillside Rd. If the weather is inclement, Manapouri Motor Inn will be the back-up venue.

People are welcome to walk, run or bike back to Te Anau along the trail. Please note, there is about 4km without constructed trail between Supply Bay Rd and Balloon Loop where users will have to use the Te Anau-Manapouri Highway.

For those needing transport, a bus with a bike trailer will be available to transport people from the Department of Conservation’s long-term car park (on the Te Anau-Manapouri highway) to Manapouri for the opening ceremony, leaving Te Anau at 1.30pm. The bus will return to Te Anau at the completion of the opening ceremony.

For those wanting to make donations to support the construction of the trail, they can be made at the Crowe Horwath office. Donation boxes will also be at Outside Sports, along the trail and at the opening ceremony.

For more details, go to the Fiordland Cycle Trail Facebook page on Saturday.

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