Events

Art and culture events

Kiwis aren't only sports mad – many are also passionate about art and culture, getting behind a number of buzzing creative events every year.

Matariki, June - July 2014, Nationwide

Matariki is the Maori name for the small cluster of stars in the Taurus constellation that rise during winter. Known as the Maori New Year, Matariki signals a time for connecting and giving thanks to the earth, sky and sea. Matariki celebrations take place throughout the country, and include everything from live music performances, dance, astronomy sessions, lantern parades and carnivals.

GEON Art Deco Weekend 20 - 23 February 2014, Hawkes Bay

The beautifully preserved art-deco architecture of the East Coast of the North Island plays host to a stylish celebration every year that’s known as the Art Deco Weekend. Visitors dress in elegant 1920s and 1930s fashion and enjoy a myriad of exciting events, including aerobatic flying displays, a Great Gatsby picnic, dances and free outdoor concerts. Hundreds of vintage cars line the streets of Napier, giving the area a unique and buzzing atmosphere.

Auckland Arts Festival, March 2014, Auckland

The bi-annual Auckland Arts Festival celebrates New Zealand’s people and cultural diversity with creations from some of the country’s most innovative artists and performers. Immerse yourself in spectacular dance, theatre, music and visual arts amongst the buzzing atmosphere of New Zealand’s largest city. This 19-day event is family friendly and offers something for everyone.