The winter carnival is on in sunny Petone next weekend (7th July). There will be circus acts, trapeze, and extremely chilling dip in the ole briny during the day.

The best bit of all is in the evening, when there is a huge fireworks display off the pier. The middle of winter lends itself to a very civilised start time of 7.30pm.

Wrap up warm and bring a thermos of whatever you like to warm you from the inside.

Come early, enjoy dinner at one of the local eateries and avoid the traffic, which can get a little sticky approaching kick off.

More sensible and detailed information can be found here.