Wellington's World of Wearable Arts (WOW)

24 September - 11 October 2020

Experience New Zealand’s largest and most dynamic art event, which has created a global phenomenon. The spectacular annual event includes more than 300 NZ and international designers, and is an audio-visual extravaganza not to be missed.

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Queenstown Winter Festival

18-21 June 2020

It’s party central in Queenstown in late June-early July, so come prepared for 10 days of late nights. Arm yourself with plenty of enthusiasm and a big appetite for wacky activities, concerts, fireworks, good food, banter, frivolity and thrills on and off the piste. All to celebrate the start of the ski season on Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

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Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

7 March 2020

Every March, growers and producers of some of the regions’ iconic wild foods, come together to celebrate. Over 50 stallholders present their edibles harvested from the land, sea, river and mountain in an attempt to dazzle your tastebuds and share their passion. With live music and wacky entertainment, the weekend is always a wild one!

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Bread & Circus - World Buskers Festival, Christchurch

26 January - 16 February 2020

See some of the world’s best international artists every summer at the annual World Buskers Festival.

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Bluff Oyster and Food Festival

23 May 2020

Wrap up for winter and enjoy a day of live music, oyster opening and eating competitions in one of New Zealand’s southern-most towns.

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Taihape's Gumboot Festival

14 March 2020

If it weren't for your gumboots, where would you be?! Join in the famous gumboot throwing day of family fun in the gumboot capital of NZ.

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The Great New Zealand Muster (Running of the sheep), Te Kuiti

March 2020

A cross between a country fair and a rural extravaganza, this annual community event in the “Shearing Capital of the World” is a real insight into the heartland of New Zealand. Take your turn guessing the exact number of sheep racing down the main street to win the $1000 prize.

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Whitianga Scallop Festival

September 2020

Taste scallops cooked in every way imaginable at New Zealand’s iconic seafood celebration, while being entertained by live bands, seafood cooking classes and demonstrations.

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The Hokonui Moonshine Festival, Gore

February 2021

With live entertainment and great food and drink, The Hokonui Moonshine Festival is an opportunity to celebrate Southland history and ‘Old Hokonui’ whiskey.

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Steampunk NZ Festival, Oamaru

28 May - 1 June 2020

As a sub-genre of science fiction, Steampunk creates a futuristic version of 19th century Victorian England and Oamaru is the Steampunk Capital of the World. The Steampunk NZ Festival features 3 days of events, workshops and activities where you can experience the DIY creativity of Kiwi Steampunkers.

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