New Zealand events

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From food, sport, arts and culture, there's always something going on. Here are some of New Zealand's best festivals and events.

Art Deco weekend

Napier's annual highlight, the Art Deco Weekend, is held on the third weekend of February when the town turns back the clock and dresses in its Deco finest. Vintage vehicles and planes, picnics and jazz concerts, parades and dancing in the street, good food and wine are some of more than 100 events that help celebrate the city's unique heritage.

World Hobbit Day

The birth of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins is a cause for celebration, and where better to do it than in New Zealand, the home of Middle‑earth? Hobbiton Movie Set Tours in Matamata celebrate this occasion with an exclusive festival on the day.

ISPS Handa New Zealand Open

Held in Queenstown, the ISPS Handa Open is an iconic event on the New Zealand sporting calendar. Hosted at two spectacular golf courses – Millbrook Resort and The Hills – the tournament incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of professional and amateur golfers. 

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Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

A food festival like none other, you'll find seagull eggs, huhu beetle grubs, whitebait patties and mountain oysters on the menu at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival held every March. Celebrating the wild food and drink of the West Coast, the festival programme includes live entertainment and cooking demonstrations.

WOMAD

WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) is an internationally established festival which brings together artists from all over the globe to celebrate many forms of music, arts and dance. Held annually at the stunning New Plymouth site in Taranaki, the three-day festival is family-oriented, with different camping options, food stalls and plenty of activities.

 

Crankworx Rotorua

Crankworx Rotorua brings nine jam-packed days of gravity mountain biking to the Southern Hemisphere for its fourth year in March 2018. The first stop of the Crankworx World Tour, Crankworx Rotorua is staged in the Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park and amongst the famed redwoods in the Whakarewarewa Forest trail network, with events spilling out all over the city.

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Whangamata Beach Hop

The popular seaside resort of Whangamata in The Coromandel roars to life once a year for Beach Hop, a five-day festival celebrating the music, culture, fashion, music, hot rods, motorbikes, dancing, dragsters and scooters of this golden era. The festival has grown from 4000 to over 70,000 people since its inception in 2001, making it one of the largest events of its kind in the world.

Warbirds over Wanaka

Pilots, aviation enthusiasts and families flock to the resort town of Wanaka to see the unique Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow every year for four days of high-octane aviation excitement. Check out Air Forces from around the region, view the Nasa display, talk to pilots or even purchase your own aircraft! 

Golden Oldies

For the first time ever, all 10 Golden Oldies sports have come together for one big global festival in Christchurch. During the Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration, more than 10,000 athletes and their supporters, are expected to descend on the Garden City in April. 

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Hawke's Bay Marathon

The Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon will return for its third year on 12 May 2018, offering 42km, 21km and 10km courses and options to either walk or run. Showcasing a number of the region’s highlights, the courses take participants through local cycle trails, vineyards, olive groves and quiet country roads.

Hawke's Bay Food and Wine Classic

F.A.W.C! is one of New Zealand's premier food and wine outings with winter and summer editions. Sample a wealth of food and wine that has been sourced, fished, foraged and blended right in the heart of Hawke's Bay, a region recognised the world over for its fresh produce.

Audi quattro Winter Games

One of the world’s top five winter sports competitions and the only one in the southern hemisphere, the Audi quattro Winter Games is heading into it’s 6th year of competition. Winter Olympic, Paralympic and X Games stars will head to New Zealand’s Southern Alps to compete in freestyle skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and curling.

World of Wearable Art

The World of Wearable Art (WOW) is a leading design competition that includes a spectacular stage production in Wellington every year - a must-see event for nearly 60,000 people every year.  WOW also produces ongoing exhibitions within New Zealand along with a successful international touring exhibition programme.

The Pioneer

The Pioneer is an awe inspiring six-day mountain bike stage race through and around New Zealand’s pristine Southern Alps. Starting and finishing in Queenstown, the race links together amazing riding over private farm tracks, NZ Cycle Trails, double track and single track.

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