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!
. 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.