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Five New Zealand events you can’t miss in 2018

Party, eat, drink, dance….there are so many ways to enjoy New Zealand events. What stands out at every New Zealand event is our kiwi community vibe – down to earth and not being afraid to let our hair down!

New Zealand Festival

23 Feb – 18 Mar 2018, Wellington

The New Zealand Festival is Aotearoa’s leading celebration of cutting-edge culture. For three weeks, once every two years, the Festival transforms the capital city into a thriving, place, abuzz with the best arts and artists from around the world. This year the Festival will open with Kupe, an epic event that will turn Wellington’s waterfront into a massive stage. It also includes A Waka Odyssey, a theatrical spectacle that will see a mass assembly of waka hourua (twin-hulled canoes) descend on the capital’s harbour. We can’t wait!

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Held in our capital city Wellington the New Zealand Festival is packed with New Zealand culture

Volvo Ocean Race

24 Feb – 18 Mar 2018, Auckland

Exciting sailing parties and harbour-side cheering is in order again as yachties from around the world stop off at Auckland as part of the iconic Volvo Ocean Race. New Zealand’s America’s Cup winning sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke will be among the Volvo Ocean Race crews due to sail into the Waitemata Harbour in February 2018.

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Held in the biggest city in New Zealand the Volvo Ocean Race is an exciting event in which our America’s Cup winning sailors race in

Matariki Festival, Nationwide

From 15 Jun 2018

Join in the celebrations around the country to celebrate Matariki, our Maori New Year. Traditionally Matariki was celebrated by gathering with whanau (family) and reflecting on the past. Alongside traditional celebrations, festivities are held around the country that encourages the wider community to join in and understand this rich culture. Among the activities typically held are hangi and feasts, storytelling, dawn ceremonies and family days. Wherever you are, make sure to join the fun.

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The Food and Wine Festival in the Hawke’s Bay is a must do for wine lovers

Hawke’s Bay Food & Wine Classic – A very popular New Zealand event

June 2018, Hawke’s Bay

Also known as F.A.W.C!, this bi-annual festival is a celebration of food and wine that has been sourced, fished, foraged and blended right in the heart of sunny Hawke’s Bay, a region recognised the world over for its fresh produce. Travel to the art deco cities of Napier and Hastings to enjoy this gastronomic feast – a must-do for every foodie and a highlight in our New Zealand events calendar. Make sure you bring your appetite.


16 – 18 Mar 2018, Taranaki

Another annual highlight in the New Zealand events calendar, this internationally-renowned festival brings together artists from around the world. WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) celebrates many forms of the three disciplines every year in New Plymouth. The three-day festival is a hit with all ages and stages, including families. Various camping options, food stalls and activities make this the place to be in March every year.

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