There’s something special about eating a picnic while watching movies outside, and what better way to do it than under the huge redwood tree in Washbourn Gardens? Alfresco screenings of great movies in beautiful surroundings has become a summer staple here in Tasman and this year will be even better. There are 14 region-wide dates, with four at Washbourn Gardens and one at Faulkners Bush in Wakefield.

Take your own chair or blanket, pack a chilly bin and enjoy a great night out. Arrive from 7.30 pm and have a play with the giant board games scattered around the parks, then settle down for the movie, which starts at dusk (around 9 pm).

There’s a real mix of films on offer this year, with New Zealand adventure comedy-drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople kick-starting the event. Next up is family drama Whale Rider; classic British comedy Herbie The Love Bug; and lastly, the animated childrens’ favourite, Disney’s Moana. 

There’s something special about being able to cinema outside, and with summer nights here at last, we can get cosy with our snacks and enjoy the night. Take a torch for the way home and remember to take your litter away with you.

Other regional screenings are at Isel Park, Fairfield Park, Founders Heritage Park and Tahuna Beach Holiday Park.

Tickets cost $2 per adult or  $1 per child.

Washbourn Gardens

Fri 8 Jan – Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Fri 15 Jan – Whale Rider

Fri 22 Jan – Herbie’s The Love Bug 

Fri 5 Feb – Moana

Faulkner Bush

Sun 17 Jan – The Railway Children

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