Events

TSB Bank Festival of Lights
TSB Bank Festival of Lights

New Plymouth

Tuesday, Dec 19th, 2017 to Monday, Jan 30th, 2017

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

New Plymouth's gem, Pukekura Park, is transformed into a wonderland of lights! Fluorescent pebble paths sparkle beneath excited feet, majestic trees and plants grow, and waterfalls and lakes shimmer and shine beneath thousands of lights.

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Royal Easter Show
Royal Easter Show

Auckland

Friday, Apr 21st, 2017 to Tuesday, Apr 25th, 2017

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New Zealand’s largest family festival has been running since 1843 and it’s still bringing in the crowds in their thousands. What began as an agricultural event now boasts a host of attractions from the notable to the bizarre, including a competition to find the finest Easter bunny. The big attraction here, however, is the fairground packed with dozens of thrill-seeking rides.

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Bluff Oyster & Southland Seafood Festival
Bluff Oyster & Southland Seafood Festival

Bluff

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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After closing for five months to let the critters get on with breeding, the Bluff oyster season reopens in April. The arrival in town of the first boat-loads has always been celebrated one way or another, and what started out as just a clutch of cake and craft stalls accompanying all that shucking and slurping has become a red-letter day on the calendar of all New Zealand gourmands. Highlights include a shucking competition, as well, of course, as lots of oysters in the menu. The culinary catchment has widened to include finfish as well – the South Island’s legendary blue cod, and greenshell mussels, salmon, paua and scallops, too. Wine features, and so does beer. For two days a year, you’d almost believe there’s life in Bluff.

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Hawke's Bay Wine & Food Festival
Hawke's Bay Wine & Food Festival

Hawkes Bay

Tuesday, Jun 20th, 2017 to Friday, Jun 23rd, 2017

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The region’s winemakers throw open their cellar doors to reveal the latest vintages for a weekend of fine wine sampling. A jump-on-jump-off bus service takes punters around the vineyards, stopping at a selection of the area’s top food producers along with way.

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Queenstown Winter Festival
Queenstown Winter Festival

Queenstown

Wednesday, Jun 21st, 2017 to Friday, Jun 30th, 2017

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Late June/early July , Queenstown Get ready for the snow at this two-week long party. Highlights among more than 60 events include the Party in the Park concert, charity ice-hockey games, fireworks and a winter golf tournament. All washed down with plenty of local hospitality. Note dates change from year to year.

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Peak-to-Peak Race
Peak-to-Peak Race

Queentown

Thursday, Aug 3rd, 2017

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A true multi-sport event, this annual race takes competitors from The Remarkables, through Queenstown and up to Mount Coronet. Those taking part have to ski (or snowboard), paddle, run and cycle their way to the finishing line. Phew! Note dates can vary from year to year.

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Taranaki International Festival of the Arts
Taranaki International Festival of the Arts

New Plymouth

Tuesday, Aug 15th, 2017 to Friday, Sep 1st, 2017

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Late July-early August , (odd years only) Featuring more than 80 acts performing over two weeks, this exuberant two-yearly celebration promises to brighten up winter days with everything from circus acts to classical music. Note dates can change from year to year.

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World of Wearable (WOW) Arts Award
World of Wearable (WOW) Arts Award

Wellington

Tuesday, Sep 26th, 2017 to Friday, Oct 6th, 2017

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Last week in September , Wellington Spectacular is the only word for this surreal event that attracts around 30,000 people each year. What began a decade ago as a promotion for a Nelson art gallery has become one of the highlights of New Zealand’s creative calendar. Part dance, part music and pure theatre. Dates can change from year to year.

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Diwali Festival of Lights
Diwali Festival of Lights

Auckland

Thursday, Oct 19th, 2017 to Friday, Oct 20th, 2017

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Mid October, the Aotea Square & Aotea Centre - The Edge will be full of colour, traditional, authentic music, dance and aroma's of Indian food celebrating Diwali Festival of Lights.

Diwali symbolises the victory of righteousness, the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.

It is the time when families light small oil lamps (diyas) and candles and place them around the home and set off fireworks

Tauranga Arts Festival
Tauranga Arts Festival

Tauranga

Tuesday, Oct 24th, 2017 to Friday, Nov 3rd, 2017

Held bi-annually. Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

Mid – late October, (odd years only). This twice-yearly gala of the arts runs for 10 days from its opening on Labour Day weekend. Expect a good line-up of Kiwi theatre, music, art, dance alongside a host of community events.

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Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden festival
Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden festival

Taranaki

Wednesday, Nov 1st, 2017 to Friday, Nov 10th, 2017

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At the end of a busy day, join us at our evening Jazz & Wine in gardens events. Take in Taranaki hospitality & linger in glorious surroundings while listening to the cool sounds of jazz.

We would like to thank all those who continue to support the festival; with your contributions we can invite New Zealand & the world to explore a range of private gardens, from the rambling & traditional to the innovative & contemporary – all nestled beneath the magnificence of Mt Taranaki.

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New Zealand Cup and Show Week
New Zealand Cup and Show Week

Christchurch

Friday, Nov 10th, 2017 to Friday, Nov 17th, 2017

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Agricultural and Pastoral (A&P) Societies all over New Zealand hold annual shows, and none is bigger and better than the Canterbury A&P Show. It happily coincides with the week in which two of the biggest events on the national horse-racing calendar are held, the New Zealand Cup and the Christchurch Casino Trotting Cup. These furnish an excuse for a 10 day-long fashion parade and a celebration of the bountiful and bucolic hinterland of Christchurch. The horse-racing kicks off with Ladies Day – New Zealand’s answer to the Melbourne Cup, a high-stakes and high-fashion affair. Note dates can change from year to year.

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