Summer in New Zealand – Event highlights

Published on : Friday, November 17, 2017

Tourism NewZealandSummer in New Zealand is a time to recharge the batteries and enjoy sunshine, swimming and succulent food. Christmas is celebrated in shorts and T-shirt style, as the bright crimson blooms of the pohutukawa – New Zealand’s native Christmas tree – line the coasts with festive colour.


And just as the pohutukawa flower brings the coast to life, New Zealand summer also bursts into activity with everything from music festivals held in some of the most dramatic locations on the planet to top-notch sporting events like the ASB Classic, and – just because this is New Zealand – topped off with some of the world’s most gruelling and rewarding multi-sports events.


As always, arts and creativity feature strongly and visitors are never far from experiencing some of the most delectable produce found in New Zealand – foods that offer the true flavours of summer.


December 2017


Mudtopia – Rotorua

1 – 3 December, 2017

Celebrating Rotorua’s distinctive geothermal and volcanic environment, this three-day inaugural festival is shaping up as a deeply immersive experience mixing iconic New Zealand music acts and a slippery slather of mud-related activities for everything from restorative to high-energy pursuits.



South Island Wine and Food Festival – Christchurch

2 December, 2017

A celebration of the South Island’s position as one of the world’s leading wine producing areas, with more than 40 wineries from Central Otago, North Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough showcasing their wines. It also features gourmet food producers, top local restaurants, wine seminars, cooking displays and live entertainment.

South Island Wine and Food Festival


TSB Bank Festival of the Lights – New Plymouth

16 December, 2017 – 5 February, 2018

New Plymouth’s magnificent Pukekura Park, a vast 52ha domain, provides a dramatic backdrop for this highly anticipated festival. Festival-goers can expect on-stage night entertainment, daytime activities and the new lighting features from local and national artists.

TSB Bank Festival of the Lights


Rhythm and Vines Music Festival – Gisborne

29 – 31 December, 2017

The Rhythm and Vines Music Festival is one of the biggest parties in the southern hemisphere. Set in the picturesque Waiohika Estate on the sunny east coast of Gisborne, this is the ultimate New Year experience in the first place in the world to see the dawning of a new year. For the 30,000 campers inhabiting the estate’s lush green hills and vines, there are 100-plus acts on five stages and an award-winning three-day festival.

Rhythm and Vines Music Festival


Rhythm and Alps Music Festival – Cardrona Valley, Wanaka

29 – 31 December, 2017

Rhythm and Alps is the South Island sister of Gisborne’s Rhythm and Vines. Created to ensure the good people of the South Island of New Zealand could celebrate the New Year to the beat of some of the world’s hottest music. The 2017 festival takes place in the beautiful Cardrona Valley on the fringe of the mighty Southern Alps, and just 50 minutes by car from Queenstown or 15 minutes from Wanaka.

Rhythm and Alps Music Festival


January 2018


ASB Classic – Auckland

1 – 13 January, 2018

The ASB Classic is the ultimate summer destination, delivering world-class tennis and entertainment for two weeks in January. The ASB Classic is a tennis event featuring some of the world’s biggest names on court off court, the site offers a hub of eclectic zones that people can explore and enjoy the best of New Zealand’s summer culture including food, fashion and music.

ASB Classic


New Zealand Cycle Classic 2018 – Wairarapa

16 – 24, January 2018

The New Zealand Cycle Classic brings top international male cyclists to the Wairarapa’s quiet country roads – routes that take riders throughout this productive coastal region. Each year the Cycle Classic unearths new cycling talent, some of whom have gone on to win stages in the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and other world championships.

New Zealand Cycle Classic


World Buskers Festival – Christchurch

18 – 28 January, 2018

The 2018 World Buskers Festival promises to carry on the tradition by offering a full programme that showcases the best of the best with amazing street performers, comedians, fringe artists, musicians and visual artists who are destined to leave the crowd mesmerised.

World Buskers Festival


Soundsplash Festival – Raglan

19 – 21 January, 2018

Located at Wainui Reserve with breath-taking coastal views, and Ngarunui beach just 500 metres from the festival site, this is the perfect location for attendees to enjoy the full Soundsplash experience. This eco- conscious and family friendly festival features a main stage nestled at the base of a stunning natural amphitheatre.



Pasifika Festival – Wellington

20 January, 2018

Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the wider Pacific in Wellington. There will be delicious food, free family-friendly activities, and performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists. It is an opportunity for all Pacific people to celebrate and share their knowledge, values and beliefs and supporting the vision of Wellington as a vibrant, creative capital.

Pasifika Wellington


Driftwood & Sand Beach Sculpture Festival – Hokitika

25 January, 2018

Driftwood & Sand is a summer celebration of art on Hokitika beach. Artists express themselves using any materials they can find on the beach. The sculpture competition is judged at the end of the festival week. Hokitika (made famous in Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries) on the South Island’s West Coast has a fascinating history of gold miners and pounamu hunters.

Drift Wood and Sand Beach Sculpture Festival


Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival – Auckland

27- 29 January, 2018

Enjoy three days of traditional and contemporary Māori culture, with performances from Māori musicians and top kapa haka groups. Wander the village marketplace and discover delicious kai (food) and a variety of authentic arts and crafts.

Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival


Auckland Seafood Festival – Auckland

27 – 29 January, 2018

The Auckland Seafood Festival, held on the long Auckland Anniversary Weekend, is a celebration of Auckland ‘City of Sails’ and the abundant seafood that is caught locally. The three-day festival has everything from live music, cooking demonstrations and competitions to, of course, mouth-watering seafood. This family-friendly event is held on Halsey Wharf – the working fishing port on the downtown waterfront.

Auckland Seafood Festival 


The Great Kiwi Beer Festival – Christchurch

27 January, 2018

This festival of brewing is hosted by industry experts and features a range of more than 300 local, national and international brews. Sample brews from Europe to Asia and interact with the people behind favourite brands, enjoy live performances, cooking demonstrations, beer and food matching, and seminars.

Great Kiwi Beer Festival


St Jerome Laneway Festival – Auckland

29 January, 2018

St Jerome Laneway Festival is the place to hear some of the most unique established and up and coming artists of the national and international indie world. The festival will be set amongst the inner city green of Auckland’s Albert Park.

St Jerome Laneway Festival


Source:- Tourism New Zealand


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