Nations don’t come more passionate than the Kiwis, and if there’s something worth celebrating their guaranteed to take advantage of it. The New Zealand calendar is always jam-packed full of great events to entice visitors with all kinds of interests, and with vineyards, beaches and lush greenery providing the setting for them, events and festivals in New Zealand aren’t to be missed!
Whether you’re a lover of sport, a music fanatic or a food and drink connoisseur, check out some of the best events, celebrations and festivals taking place in New Zealand over the next twelve months.
The New Zealand Open
Golf fans are in for a treat as the New Zealand Open returns to Queenstown between 27th February and 2nd March 2014. Taking place at the The Hills Golf Course and Millbrook Resort, this is the biggest golfing event hosted in New Zealand and has a rich and diverse 106-year legacy. This south Island resort provides the perfect backdrop for the event, with world-class facilities and multi award-winning courses. Watch the pros in action as you take in the breath-taking lake and alpine scenery.
The Marlborough Food and Wine Festival
Marlborough produces some of the greatest wines in the world, so it seems only right to celebrate them! Over 8,000 wine lovers descend on New Zealand’s most successful wine festival every year and it’s held every second Saturday in February on one of the region’s oldest and most beautiful vineyards, Brancott Estate.
Here you can sample some of the region’s award-winning wines including crisp sauvignon blancs as well as enjoying gourmet food and watching tutorials from leading winemakers. The stunning scenery is an added bonus too!
Many people use Cheapflights Australia to experience the Southern Hemisphere’s fascinating culture, and at Matariki you’ll be able to get right into the middle of it. Matariki is the Māori name for the small cluster of stars in the Taurus constellation that rise during the New Zealand winter, signalling the beginning of the Māori New Year, celebrations that take place across the country for a month. Known as a time of being thankful, celebrate new beginnings and remembering departed members of the community, the city of Auckland is a great place to see it all, with plenty of live music performances, theatre and poetry events.
Ohakune Mardi Gras
Taking place in June, the Ohakune Mardi Gras Festival welcomes in the Southern Hemisphere’s winter and the start of ski season on the snowy slopes of Mt Ruapehu. The mountains provide an incredible backdrop to a night of music, fireworks, exhilarating pyrotechnics, street performers, stalls and a vibrant carnival atmosphere.
New Zealand boasts a vibrant music scene, and Kiwi music has its own special day on Wellington waterfront in February. Celebrating the very best home-grown musical talent, the capital is overtaken by festivalgoers heading to six stages offering a huge variety of musical performances from pop and electronic to RnB.
The festival sells out every year and as well as great music, the waterfront also comes alive with attractions including a food market, street performers, art installations, interactive activities, breakdancing competitions and displays from some of the city’s best graffiti artists.
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Scotland’s capital is famous for its iconic annual festivals, Holyrood House, its clubs and restaurants and its beauty. The city is easily accessible from all parts of the UK and the rest of the world.
If you don’t have much time and don’t want to spend hours on a train or stuck on a motorway, then the easiest option is to fly to and from Edinburgh. For example, if you have a busy work schedule but want to spend a long weekend in the city then it’s easy to choose flights from Edinburgh for a convenient solution.
You can have a wonderful mini-break and be back at your desk ready for the working week. For those who have more time you can use Edinburgh as your base and then fly on to Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides or any other destination.
Most flights from Edinburgh will connect you with the rest of Europe.
The Edinburgh Festival is truly international and it’s very easy for you to include this occasion on your late summer timetable and then go on to another festival elsewhere. In fact sight seeing by festival is an exciting way to see the world. You could celebrate the end of winter with a visit to the Venice Carnival and then go on to the March Snowbombing Festival in Austria.
The Avignon Festival in July is one of France’s oldest arts festivals and this will put you in a perfect frame of mind to fly from Avignon, directly to Edinburgh for the August festivities.
In 2014, the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival starts on the 1st August and will continue until the 25th of the month. The Edinburgh International Festival runs from the 8th until the 31st of the month. Both festivals are exciting and offer the spectator a chance to spot the talent of the future and the opportunity to revel in new and wonderful performances.
If you’ve still got the energy, then why not fly from Edinburgh to Barcelona and take part in the September Merce Arts Festival? This is an exhilarating display of dance, regattas, street art and many other activities and has been in existence since 1871. With the growth of international air travel, festival hopping couldn’t be easier.Add a comment Add a comment