A Christmas tradition in Te Puna

The Te Puna Quarry Park choir will be joined this year by the Te Puna School choir for Carols at the Quarry.

Christmas carols performed at dusk in Te Puna Quarry Park has become a local tradition, with the annual Carols in the Quarry event set to happen again on Friday, December 15.

Beth Bowden, from the Te Puna Quarry Summer Trust, says the event began in 2004 and has gone from strength to strength, attracting crowds of up to 300 people.

“It’s become something of a Te Puna tradition,” explains Beth. “After the first one people kept asking if we were going to do it again. It’s a simple country event that’s found its place.”

The 20 to 30-strong quarry choir comes together especially for this event, and this year they will be joined by Te Puna School choir, adding some young voices into the mix.

Entry is $5 per car (or more if you wish to donate) and families are welcome to come along earlier with a picnic dinner. Funds raised go back into the Te Puna Quarry Summer Trust, which is an adjunct of the park that assists in holding events there.

“It’s a great chance to get out in the fresh air and sing some well-known English carols,” says Beth.

Carols in the Quarry will be at the amphitheatre at Te Puna Quarry Park from 7-9pm on Friday, December 15. If wet, the event will be relocated to the gallery next to the car park.