Events

Whitianga Scallop Festival
Whitianga Scallop Festival

Whitianga

Saturday, Sep 22nd, 2018 to Sunday, Sep 23rd, 2018

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

The Whitianga Scallop Festival is back. With the big day fast approaching, entertainment is the topic of discussion in Whitianga. Indulge in scallop cuisine creations and soak up Whitianga's harbour vista as some of NZ's best live bands play on one of three stages through out the day.
Tickets are for entry only. You will receive a festival glass and programme on entry. All our stallholders sell their treats, ranging from approx. $5.00-$12.00.

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World of Wearable (WOW) Arts Award
World of Wearable (WOW) Arts Award

Wellington

Thursday, Sep 27th, 2018 to Sunday, Oct 14th, 2018

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

Last week in September , Wellington Spectacular is the only word for this surreal event that attracts around 30,000 people each year. What began a decade ago as a promotion for a Nelson art gallery has become one of the highlights of New Zealand’s creative calendar. Part dance, part music and pure theatre. Dates can change from year to year.

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Tauranga Arts Festival
Tauranga Arts Festival

Tauranga

Monday, Oct 15th, 2018 to Thursday, Oct 18th, 2018

Held bi-annually. Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

Mid – late October, (odd years only). This twice-yearly gala of the arts runs for 10 days from its opening on Labour Day weekend. Expect a good line-up of Kiwi theatre, music, art, dance alongside a host of community events.

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Diwali Festival of Lights
Diwali Festival of Lights

Auckland

Saturday, Oct 20th, 2018 to Monday, Oct 21st, 2019

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

Mid October, the Aotea Square & Aotea Centre - The Edge will be full of colour, traditional, authentic music, dance and aroma's of Indian food celebrating Diwali Festival of Lights.

Diwali symbolises the victory of righteousness, the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life.

It is the time when families light small oil lamps (diyas) and candles and place them around the home and set off fireworks

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Gisborne Wine & Food Festival
Gisborne Wine & Food Festival

Gisborne

Saturday, Oct 20th, 2018 to Monday, Oct 22nd, 2018

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

The Gisborne Wine & Food Festival has been a must-do Labour Weekend event since 1997. This year's festival has a spectacular new venue, a completely new format, and lots more to taste, experience and be entertained.

Day one of this legendary festival sees Gisborne’s finest wineries host cellar door visits.

Cellar doors will be open for wine lovers interested in a more intimate tasting experience. Meet the personalities behind our superb Gisborne wines, learn first-hand about their styles and techniques, and what makes each of our wineries different from the next.

Cellar Door Saturday is self-drive and all the wineries are within a 15km radius of the city.

On day two the action focuses on Awapuni Stadium where local Gisborne eateries team up the region’s wineries to deliver wine and food in a boutique marketplace. East Coast artisan food makers are also to the fore and the menu includes locally grown beef, lamb, kaimoana, olive oils, cheeses and fresh produce.

The festival also boasts three stages and plenty of activities and space for you to relax and enjoy the very best our region has to offer.

This year we have brought the festival into the city. Awapuni Stadium play’s host to the festival. Cloistered behind hedgerows, and adjacent to one of the most scenic beaches in the country, it’s one of Gisborne’s best kept secrets.

Enjoy a fun, relaxing and sophisticated day out.

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Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden festival
Taranaki Rhododendron & Garden festival

Taranaki

Thursday, Nov 1st, 2018 to Saturday, Nov 10th, 2018

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

At the end of a busy day, join us at our evening Jazz & Wine in gardens events. Take in Taranaki hospitality & linger in glorious surroundings while listening to the cool sounds of jazz.

We would like to thank all those who continue to support the festival; with your contributions we can invite New Zealand & the world to explore a range of private gardens, from the rambling & traditional to the innovative & contemporary – all nestled beneath the magnificence of Mt Taranaki.

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New Zealand Cup and Show Week
New Zealand Cup and Show Week

Christchurch

Saturday, Nov 10th, 2018 to Saturday, Nov 17th, 2018

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

Agricultural and Pastoral (A&P) Societies all over New Zealand hold annual shows, and none is bigger and better than the Canterbury A&P Show. It happily coincides with the week in which two of the biggest events on the national horse-racing calendar are held, the New Zealand Cup and the Christchurch Casino Trotting Cup. These furnish an excuse for a 10 day-long fashion parade and a celebration of the bountiful and bucolic hinterland of Christchurch. The horse-racing kicks off with Ladies Day – New Zealand’s answer to the Melbourne Cup, a high-stakes and high-fashion affair. Note dates can change from year to year.

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Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival
Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival

Geraldine, Canterbury Region

Thursday, Nov 15th, 2018 to Sunday, Nov 18th, 2018

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

The annual Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival is a three day event including a Boulevard Market on the Friday and a fantastic Market Day on Saturday.

Wander through the excellent gathering of superb craft and plant stalls. Lots of activities for the children to do also.

Events will be taking place right across Geraldine. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Alpine Energy Art Exhibition and the Mixed Media & Photography Exhibitions at the Geraldine Primary School Community Hall.

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Toast Martinborough Wine, Food & Music Festival
Toast Martinborough Wine, Food & Music Festival

Martinborough

Sunday, Nov 18th, 2018

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Third Sunday in November Wine buffs wouldn’t want to be anywhere else as one of New Zealand’s leading wine regions plays host to a celebration of the good things in life. The 10,000 tickets sell out quickly, so get in fast when they go on sale in early October. Note dates can change from year to year.

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NZ Flower & Garden Show
NZ Flower & Garden Show

Auckland

Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2018 to Sunday, Dec 2nd, 2018

Venue/dates may change - you are advised to check.

A week-long celebration of all things bright and beautiful celebrating modern horticulture and design and providing visitors of all ages an array of things to do and see.

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TSB Bank Festival of Lights
TSB Bank Festival of Lights

New Plymouth

Friday, Dec 14th, 2018 to Sunday, Feb 3rd, 2019

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New Plymouth's gem, Pukekura Park, is transformed into a wonderland of lights! Fluorescent pebble paths sparkle beneath excited feet, majestic trees and plants grow, and waterfalls and lakes shimmer and shine beneath thousands of lights.

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Fiesta of Lights - A Million Watts of Family Fun
Fiesta of Lights - A Million Watts of Family Fun

Hastings

Saturday, Dec 15th, 2018 to Monday, Jan 7th, 2019

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Enjoy a fairyland of 350,000 sparkling lights which envelope lake-side walkways. Wonderful light displays animated precisely to music offer an experience you will not see anywhere else in New Zealand. People of all ages enjoy the wonderful atmosphere as they stroll around this beautiful 100 year old garden on a lovely Hawke's Bay evening.

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