Art and culture in New Zealand

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Events and festivals

Slide into summer at Soundsplash

A laid-back festival in chilled out Raglan is the epitome of a classic Kiwi summer, which is why Soundsplash is so popular.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Explore the world of WOMAD

WOMAD, or World of Music, Arts and Dance, is a festival held at locations throughout the world. In New Zealand, the event has made its home in Taranaki.  Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Go wild at Splore

Get out the body paint and glitter for Splore – New Zealand’s biggest fancy dress party.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Indulge in food and fun at Auckland’s markets

Whether you’re in the heart of the city or exploring the outskirts for a weekend, the Auckland region has a selection of excellent markets to visit.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Dial up the style at the Napier Art Deco Festival

Get your glad rags on and join the revellers at the Napier Art Deco Festival.   Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Whangamatā Beach Hop: a rock n’ roll revival

A celebration of all the style and sass of the1950s and 60s, Repco Beach Hop is about music, fashion and fun. But mostly it’s about the cars. Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Join the party at the Auckland Lantern Festival

Ring in Chinese New Year in Auckland at the bright, colourful, cultural extravaganza of the Lantern Festival. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

The Giant’s House: a whimsical wonderland

At the top of a hill in Akaroa, you’ll find a striking candy-coloured house with the kind of garden that dreams are made of.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Get your groove on in Takapuna

You don’t have to travel out of the city or even over the bridge to get to a festival this summer when the Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival returns to Smales Farm. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Golden Bay: sun, sand, and secession

At first sight of Golden Bay from Tākaka Hill, you get the feeling this is definitely a settlement that could live happily apart – one of the last, loveliest places on Earth. Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa: French charm

An hour’s easy drive from Christchurch and just over the crest of the hill you reach Akaroa harbour opening dramatically before you, the land dropping steeply to turquoise sea. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Dunedin city: islands in the flow

For every bitterly cold Dunedin day, there is another one, bright and blue, in which the harbour’s beauty will take your breath away and you wish to be nowhere else on earth. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: The Octagon

Dunedin doesn’t really do the hard sell, but if effortless style and laid back libations warm your cockles, then chances are you’ll find yourself in its eight-sided heart soon enough.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Four fun things to do in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. Read the story . . . 

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