Visit New Zealand During the Festivals.
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The Practical Guide of the Activity.
- 1A Hundred of Festivals in New Zealand!
- 2Public Holidays in New Zealand.
- 3Which Festivals to Attend During Your Stay?
- 4The Best Festivals in New Zealand.
1A Hundred of Festivals in New Zealand!
For a small country with only 4.5 million inhabitants, New Zealand offers an extraordinary number of festivals. Whatever the period of the year in which you visit the country, there will be plenty of opportunities to discover Maori culture and the New Zealand gastronomy.
With more than 100 referenced festivals, you can attend a film screening in a botanical garden, watch a sailing race or explore the local culture in a festive atmosphere with barbecues...
There are so many possibilities, but don't panic, I will help you choose!
I will, of course, give you the links to the official websites of every festival where you will get more practical details.
At the end of the page, you will also find our friend Ben the Kiwi who manage his own question and answer section.
But before going on with the list of festivals, I suggest you consider the list of public holidays in New Zealand.
Booking a flight to arrive in a country with all the shops closed is not the best idea one can have.
2Public Holidays in New Zealand.
Public holiday often rhyme with festivals in New Zealand. And to the national festivals one must add the festivals of each region which celebrate their own anniversary dates.
The region festivals' dates being not fixed, you will pardon me for not quoting them here.
Here is the list of major public holidays:
|New Year's Holiday||January 1st and 2nd|
|National Day (Waitangi Day)||February 6th|
|ANZAC Day||April 25th|
|Queen's Birthday||First Monday of June|
|Labor Day||4th Monday of October|
|Boxing Day||December 26th|
Public holidays are to be taken into account during the organization of your stay. Consult the list of school holidays of the year on the official website of the government.
3Which Festivals to Attend During Your Stay?
To help you plan your trip, I have divided the country's top festivals into three distinct categories. You can easily spot the festivals taking place during your stay or according to the season.
The Must-Do Festivals
Guaranteed atmosphere with these international festivals which justify that you plan the dates of your trip to match the festival's ones.
The Original Festivals
These festivals are worth a visit, especially if you have some free time during your stay. As the name suggests, originality makes all the difference.
The Small Festivals
These festivals are not essential, but if they are on your itinerary, you can give them a try or follow your motivated friends.
4The Best Festivals in New Zealand.
- All New Zealand Festivals
- Spring Festivals (Sept, Oct, Nov)
- Summer festivals (Dec, Jan, Feb)
- Autumn Festivals (Tue, Apr, May)
- Winter festivals (June, July, August)
Open Men's International Tennis
Auckland Seafood festival
Auckland Anniversary Regatta
Big Day Out
Music & Movies in Parks
Auckland Lantern Festival
NZ International Film Festival
Diwali Festival of Lights
Farmers Santa Parade
Summer City Festival
Cuba Street Carnival
New Zealand Festival
Air New Zealand Cup
Dunedin Summer Festival
Queenstown Bike Festival
Warbird Over Wanaka
Marlborough Wine Festival
Rotorua Bike Festival
Women's International Tennis
Big Gay Out
NZ International Comedy Festival
NZ Boat Show
HSBC Coastal Classic
Adidas Auckland Marathon
Manukau Festival of Arts
Christmas in the Park
The Fringe NZ Festival
NZ International Comedy Festival
The Food Show
Christchuch Art Festival
Cardbury chocolate Carnival
Festival of colour
HSBC Round The Bay
Auckland Cup Week
Royal Easter Show
Air New Zealand Fashion Week
Sovereign Harbour Crossing
World of Wearable Art Awards
World Buskers Festival
NZ Cup and Show Week
National Jazz Festival
Questions & Answers.
What can I do for you? You'll always find me on the street during the big summer festivals. If I can help you choose activities, do not hesitate to contact me.
- How to get more info about cultural shows?
The "Event Finder" website which lists every concert, show or festival is fantastic.Event Finder
- Is there a gay pride in New Zealand?
Yes, and I recommend you to check the Auckland Pride Festival website for more information. Remember that New Zealand legalized gay marriage in 2013.Auckland Gay Pride
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