Events and festivals in New Zealand

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Bring your crew to the cricket

Summer afternoons filled with thrilling international sports – it must be cricket. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Dance to the rhythm of the New Year

Whether you prefer to ring in the New Year with music and festivities amongst mountains or vineyards, there is a festival to suit. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Dress up for the Hamilton Sevens

The Sevens is a rugby tournament with just as much action off the pitch as there is on it.  Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Gardens Magic: live and luminous in Wellington

There’s nothing quite like listening to live music under stars and fairy lights on a warm summer evening.   Read the story . . . 

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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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Food and drink

Get a taste of terroir at the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival

Sample the best of Marlborough wine in one easy location at the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival.  Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Push your limits at the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon

Challenge your fitness and your endurance running off road at the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon in Queenstown. 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

Challenge your taste buds at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

In Hokitika, locals celebrate their remote and rugged surrounds in the form of questionable cuisine.  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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Get outdoors

Take the plunge at the Taupō Across the Lake Swim

Lake swimming is a particularly refreshing experience. Go big at Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. 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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