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Published on : Monday, January 11, 2016
New Zealand might not be very big, but it is a land of dramatic contrasts. There are striking shorelines and majestic peaks where, if you plan your trip right, you can ski on snow and surf in the ocean all in the same day. It’s also a nation where the inhabitants are dedicated to sport, art, culture, history and the great outdoors. From winter to summer, spring to autumn there’s always plenty going on so to help plan your visit in 2016 here you’ll find a handful of popular pursuits, some ancient and heavenly – like the Tekapo night sky where visitors reach for the stars – and others like the inaugural Hawkes Bay Marathon where participants will have their feet planted firmly on the ground. Whether you want to pedal or peruse, cheer or clap, there’s sure to be an activity, event or location in New Zealand for you.
1. Get a kick out of watching rugby
All Black Haka CREDIT Kai SchwörerFollowing their most recent Rugby World Cup win, the people of New Zealand are even more fixated on the rugged game than ever. This coming season, the team will be welcoming a host of fresh faces onboard and, to see how those new players stack up, in 2016 there are plenty of test matches for fans to attend. Witness the All Blacks up against Wales in Auckland in June, taking on South Africa in a test in Christchurch in September or later that same month as they pit their wits against The Pumas (Argentina) in Hamilton. Dedicated fans will ensure they’re in Wellington for The Bledisloe Cup in September while for sports fans who like a lot of notice, here’s a note for your diary – in 2017 the British and Irish Lions will be taking a tour of New Zealand. This series, featuring at least three test matches, will be the most significant sporting event hosted in New Zealand since the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
2. Get festive at Auckland City Limits
Music to the ears of New Zealand music lovers, the City Limits Music Festival is coming to Auckland. Inspired by the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas, over 40 artists will be taking the stage on March 19, 2016 at Western Springs Stadium. This green space (right next to Auckland Zoo) offers a more relaxed concert vibe to the other stadiums in town and, from 11am-11pm, the line up will include a range of impressive artists. Headliners The National, Kendrick Lamar and Action Bronson will be joined by local acts The Phoenix Foundation, Che Fu and singer-songwriter Tami Neilson who is taking the country world by storm.
3. Have a taste of Christchurch’s burgeoning hospitality scene
C1 Cafe ChristchurchFive years on from the earthquake of February 2011, Christchurch has a host of new restaurants and a confident local identity, led by the likes of the locavore fine diner Roots in Lyttelton. Craft brewers, meanwhile, have opened throughout the city – including Dux Central, in a fine old building in the CBD – along with cafes such as C1-Espresso in a 1930s bank building, and Supreme Supreme in an artfully reworked former Chinese restaurant. Meanwhile everyone’s favourite popup, The Smash Palace, just moved its bus to High Street next to sister restaurant Brick Farm.
Source:- Visit New Zealand