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Spring Tango in Martinborough

9-11 October  2020


8 Texas Street, Martinborough Town Centre.

Formally the Martinborough Town Hall

WELCOME MILONGA                                                                                                                         DJ  TBA

Friday 8 October, 8pm - midnight                                       

A relaxed milonga to say WELCOME!

Refreshments will be served through the evening, bring your most relaxed and happy selves and get ready to party!

AFTERNOON TEA MILONGA                                                                             DJ  Maida - Auckland

Saturday 9 October, 2pm - 5pm

Allowing you plenty of time to rent a bike and have a delicious brunch at a vineyard or to drive to Greytown for a spot of shopping in the morning-  then come and have cups of tea and cake and tango the afternoon way. Wear something flowery for a Spring Day, that includes the gentlemen too!!

1920s MILONGA                                                                                                 DJ  Debs - Christchurch

Saturday 9 October, 8.30pm - midnight     

Tonight is the Glitz and Glamour event of the weekend - dress to impress in beautiful 1920s paraphernalia.

Arrive fully decked out in your finest gear as a great night of dancing awaits you. 

Sweet treats await!

BREAKFAST MILONGA                                                                                                            DJ  TBA

Sunday 10 October, 10am -1pm

Yes you read it right - we are having a Breakfast Milonga!  Doors will open at 10am for a tasty breakfast of croissants, fruit, meat and cheese, plunger coffee and tea.   If fancy coffee is what you need to get you going, pick one up at a local cafe and join us for brekkie in between tandas.


Deb Waltenberg - Christchurch 

Deb became a DJ from her love of tango music and dance. She is a resident DJ at Sunday tango in Christchurch as well as guest DJ at local and national events and most recently Spring Tango in Martinborough.

Deb's passion for tango music grew from her many trips to Buenos Aires, dancing and listening to the beauty of tango in the traditional milongas.  Over the years she has built an extensive collection of tango music and although her preference is for the Golden Age music, there are some other very special pieces that she shares from time to time.

Deb likes to see the tango music work its magic on the dancers and is always mindful that a DJ has to watch the energy of the dancers and adapt the playlist.

She likes to take the dancers on a musical journey and looks forward to seeing you on the floor at Summer Tango in Nelson!


Maida Zanaboni - Auckland 

Maida arrived in NZ , from New York City, in December 2001 with her music collection. Listening to and collecting music is her bliss. The dancers joy, when they are dancing to a track that they connect to is her joy. As a dancer herself, her personal taste goes into my choice of music. In all our travels, she always make it a point to return here with new and interesting tracks that she’s heard from other DJ's, around the world. My aim is to keep the energy high and leaving the dancers wanting more."

Brendon Varcoe - Nelson - Sun morning

"Tango and the country of Argentina holds a special place in my heart. I am excited to be able to share my love and passion for tango through my dj'ing. Music is such a big part of my life. As well as playing and studying bandoneon in Buenos Aires, currently I am also studying a Masters degree in Orchestration so my love of the orchestra has given me a deep appreciation for both traditional tango orchestras as well as the many incredible modern tango orchestras. I have tremendous respect for the musicians of today who continue on the tradition of playing live in the milonga as well as those who have gone before. All music evokes emotion and tango music especially, from the dramatic to the playful, the romantic to the melancholic, the best music brings out the emotion in the dance and always when I prepare a playlist I am thinking with this in the forefront of my mind. So expect a playlist full of life, emotion, a little drama and hopefully some fun, because at the end of the day we all come together in this great dance to enjoy ourselves and the people around us."




$125 for the whole weekend

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Please do not forget to type your last name and STiM



1st preference given to those registering for the whole weekend and as a lead/follow couple.   All others put on a wait list until partnered up.

Role balancing will be seriously attempted so please invite your favourite dance partner!



Please register then pay in cash when you arrive to avoid pesky bank fees and non-arrival of funds.



Martinborough is easily accessible by road, rail and bus.

Click here to read about transport options

Driving times are roughly:

1 hour and 15 minutes from Wellington

20 minutes from Greytown

1 hour and 50 minutes from Palmerston North

3 hours and 30 minutes from Napier and Hawkes Bay.

Here's the facebook page in case you want to hook up with a Wellington local for a lift!



There are many options for accommodation in the South Wairarapa Region.

The Wairarapa website has lots of ideas: click here to navigate your way through the region.  But remember all the events are in Martinborough so make sure you can get from your accommodation to the hall …. or hire a bike for the weekend! It is very flat around here :-)

gotomartinborough.co.nz and airbnb.co.nz and bookabach.co.nz

have some ideas about accommodation if you can find some people you want to share with - Renting a house for the weekend is probably the most cost effective way to stay.

If you're travelling alone try the local motels:

just google martinborough motels new zealand and you'll come up with some nice looking motels

Martinborough Top 10 have a camping site that has many cabins of different configurations as well 

Another option is to stay in GREYTOWN just 15-20 mins drive away, a beautiful little town, with loads of accommodation options and shops!

Click here for Greytown accommodation

You'll find something to suit your budget and needs!



Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

Shopping in Greytown

Cycling the Vines

Art, food and adventure also await

Click here for all the things to do in the Wairarapa



If participants cancel after paying I will refund the full amount less $10 handling fee.

If I cancel due to Covid-19 you will receive a full refund of the registration fee.



Come and have a few wines, hire a bike and ride out to vineyards, cosy up in the cute town that is Martinborough, go for walks, socialise, eat at wonderful restaurants and rest as much or as little as you like.
Most importantly come and dance with us!

Yours always in Tango


+64 (0) 27 238 0568


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Spring Tango in Martinborough

8-10 October  2021

Welcome to the 5th Spring Tango Festival 

Bringing together dancers to the beautiful wine district of Wellington. 

3 days, 4 milongas, including a breakfast milonga (with breakfast provided!) 

and 4 great DJs await you.

"no teaching, no performances …. just joyful dancing in celebration of the milonga"