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Festivals in New Zealand


March is festival month in NZ with over 50 festivals around the country, in total there are over 300 festivals listed below. The list is updated as we find out about new festivals, and we check the links are current a month in advance. Feel free to contact us if you would like us to add a festival to the list. Enjoy celebrating Kiwi style throughout the year.

(A list of Food, Wine & Beer Festivals only)


November

Alexandra Thyme Festival (October/November) www.thymefestival.co.nz

Art in the Olives Festival www.telegraphhill.co.nz (Hastings) part of F.A.W.C.

Auckland Festival of Quilts www.aqg.org.nz

Auckland Garden Design Fest www.gardendesignfest.co.nz (next festival 2017)

Automania Automotive Festival (Auckland) Facebook New

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival www.akaroa.com New

Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival www.gardenandartfest.co.nz (returns 2018)

Bikes, Bands & BBQS (Auckland) www.motat.org.nz New

Central Districts Wine & Food Show (Palmerston North) Facebook New

Cherry Blossom Festival (Auckland) New

Christmas in the Park (Christchurch) www.christmasinthepark.co.nz

Cinema Italiano Festival www.cinemaitalianonz.com (June - December, various locations) New

Cranked Retro Festival (Auckland) www.crankedfestival.weebly.com New

Dive Festival (Whitianga) www.divefestival.co.nz (returns April 2018)

Drone Film Festival (Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch) www.dffanz.com New

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival www.dunedinbeerfest.co.nz

Dunedin Festival of Photography www.dps.org.nz (no festival 2017)

FAWC - Food & Wine Classic (Hawkes Bay) www.fawc.co.nz

Festive Fete (Cromwell) www.festivefete.co.nz New

Fiesta Del Sol (Auckland) Facebook New

Fraud Film Festival (Auckland) www.fraudfilmfestival.co.nz (?2017)

Fringe Garden Festival (Taranaki) www.taranakigardens.co.nz (October/November)

Garden Marlborough www.gardenmarlborough.co.nz

Geraldine Arts & Plants Festival www.geraldinefestival.co.nz New

Gisborne Garden & Arts Festival (returns 2019)

Go Green Expo (Wellington) www.gogreenexpo.co.nz

Gold'n Notes Hoedown (Cromwell) www.cromwell.org.nz New

Gore Rhododendron Festival www.gorenz.com

Grey Lynn Park Festival (Auckland) www.greylynnparkfestival.org

Hell Horror Fest NZ (Auckland) (October/November) www.iticket.co.nz New

Highwic Christmas Garden Festival (Auckland) www.heritage.org.nz

Hororata Highland Games www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

Kapiti Coast Festival (incorporating Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival) kapiticoastfestival.nz

Kerikeri Half Marathon Street Party www.kerikeristreetparty.co.nz

LitCrawl (Wellington) www.litcrawl.co.nz

New Zealand Cider Festival (Nelson) www.nzciderfestival.com

NZ Book Festival (Mt Eden, Auckland) www.nzbookfestival.co.nz

NZ Cup & Show Week (Christchurch) www.nzcupandshow.co.nz

NZ Flower & Garden Show (Auckland) (November/December) www.nzflowergardenshow.co.nz New

NZ Tattoo & Art Festival (New Plymouth) www.nztattooart.com

NZ Web Fest (Auckland) www.nzwebfest.com

Ocean Vine Hop (Marlborough) www.oceanvinehop.co.nz New

Pacific Rose Bowl Festival (Hamilton) www.pacificrosebowlfestival.co.nz

Pak N Save Triathalon Festival (Canterbury) www.triathalonfestival.co.nz

Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular (October/November) www.gardenfestnz.co.nz

Quarryfest (Tauranga) www.quarrypark.org.nz

Rotorua Festival of Gardens www.rotoruagardens.org.nz (returns 2017)

Rotorua Half Marathon www.rotoruahalfmarathon.com

Russian Resurrection Film Festival (Auckland) www.russianresurrection.com

Selwyn Motor Fest (Rolleston) New

Show Me Shorts Film Festival (various locations, October/November) www.showmeshorts.co.nz

Steampunk The Thames Festival www.steampunkthethames.org

St Francis Wine & Food Festival (Auckland) Facebook New

Taste of Auckland www.tasteofauckland.co.nz

Te Atatu Spring Festival www.teatatuspringfestival.nz New

Te Matuku Oyster Festival (Waiheke Island) www.tematukuoysters.co.nz (returns 2018)

Three Kings School Scarecrow Festival (Auckland) www.scarecrowfestival.co.nz (?2017)

Toast Martinborough Wine, Food & Music Festival www.toastmartinborough.co.nz

TriMaori Festival (Lake Karapiro) www.trimaori.nz New

Waiheke Island Walking Festival www.waihekewalkingfestival.org

Wellington Polish Film Festival www.wpff.nz

Victorian Heritage Celebrations (Oamaru) www.vhc.co.nz


December & December/January (* New Year music festival)

Auckland Ska Festival (Kings Arms)

AUM New Years Eve Festival (South Head, Auckland) www.aum.co.nz *

Beers at The Basin (Wellington) www.beersatthebasin.co.nz New

Cambridge Christmas Festival

Caroline Bay Carnival (Timaru - December/January) www.carolinebay.org.nz

Christchurch/South Island Wine & Food Festival www.winefestival.co.nz

Christmas in the Park (Auckland) www.christmasinthepark.co.nz

Christmas Carnival (Takapuna) www.ilovetakapuna.co.nz

Cinema Italiano Festival www.cinemaitalianonz.com (June - December, various locations) New

Festival of Roses (Timaru) www.festivalofroses.co.nz

Fiesta of Lights (Hastings - December/January) www.fiestaoflights.co.nz

Highlife New Years Day (Takapuna) www.highlifenye.co.nz New

Hutt City Christmas Charity Rockfest www.undertheradar.co.nz

Interislander Summer Festival (various locations from December - February) www.theraces.co.nz

Kapiti Food Fair www.kapitifoodfair.net

Lake Hawea Summer Festival includes Top Paddock Music Festival www.toppaddock.co.nz*

Lightpath Festival (Auckland) Facebook New

Mandeville Craft Festival www.mandevillecraftfestival.co.nz

Mudtopia Festival (Rotorua) www.mudtopia.com New

Northern Bass (Mangawhai) www.northernbass.co.nz *

NZ Flower & Garden Show (Auckland) (November/December) www.nzflowergardenshow.co.nz New

NZ Ukelele Festival (Auckland) www.nzukelele.org.nz

Raglan Music & Dance Festival Facebook New

Rhythm & Alps Festival (Wanaka) www.rhythmandalps.co.nz*

Rhythm & Vines (Gisborne) www.rhythmandvines.co.nz *

Rotorua Glo Festival Facebook

SummerFest (Auckland) www.ourhouse.co.nz New

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 16 December - 5 February 2018) www.festivaloflights.nz

Tui Farm Folk Festival (Nelson - December/January) www.tuifarmfolk.co.nz * New

Twisted Frequency NY Festival (Takaka - December/January) www.twistedfrequency.co.nz * (returns 2017)

Waimate Strawberry Fare www.waimatestrawberryfare.co.nz

Whangamata Summer Festival

Whare Flat Folk Festival (Dunedin - December/January) www.whareflat.org.nz*

Wondergarden (Auckland) www.wondergarden.co.nz*

January

Akaroa Music Festival www.akaroafestival.org.nz

Auckland Folk Festival www.aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz

Auckland International Buskers Festival www.aucklandbuskersfestival.co.nz

Auckland Seafood Festival www.aucklandseafoodfestival.co.nz

Bay Dreams Music Festival (Mount Maunganui) www.baydreams.co.nz

Beast of a Feast (Mt Maunganui) New

Berry Town Festival (Whakatane) www.whakatane.com

Bikefest (Nelson) www.bikefestnelson.co.nz (Jan/Feb) (? 2017)

Birdman Wellington www.birdman.org.nz

Blue Lake Multisport Festival (Rotorua) www.rats.org.nz

Branded Country Music Fest napiercountryfestival.co.nz (Hastings) New

Brazilian Day Festival Facebook

Bridge Pa Wine Festival (Hawkes Bay)

Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration (Queenstown) www.pinotcelebration.co.nz (returns 2018)

Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival (Kumeu) www.kumeuhotrodshow.co.nz

Coromandel Keltic Fair www.kelticfair.co.nz

Coro Summer Fest (Coromandel Town) www.corosoniclab.co.nz New

Cromwell Food & Wine Festival www.cromwell.org.nz

Driftwood & Sand (Hokitika) www.driftwoodandsand.co.nz & Facebook

East Coast Vibes Music Festival (Gisborne) www.eastcoastvibes.co.nz

Evolve Festival (Nelson) www.evolvefestival.co.nz

Festival of Pots & Garden Art (Otaki) www.festivalpots.com

Festival One (Mystery Creek) www.festival-one.co.nz

Fiesta of Lights (Hastings - December/January) www.fiestaoflights.co.nz

Golden Bass Music Festival (Golden Bay) www.goldenbassmusicfestival.nz NEW

Great FitzRoy Mussel Fest (Great Barrier Island) www.thebarrier.co.nz

Hell SmashFest V www.smashpalacebar.com (Gisborne)

Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival (Orewa) www.hibiscusrodders.co.nz

Huri Huri Cycle Festival (Wairarapa) www.wairarapanz.com

Interislander Summer Festival (various locations from December - February) www.theraces.co.nz

Kaikoura Longboard Festival www.kaikouralongboardfestival.com New

Kiwiburn (Hunterville) http://kiwiburn.com

Laneway Festival (Auckland) www.auckland.lanewayfestival.com

Marton Country Music Festival www.martonfestival.nz

Motueka Country Music Festival Facebook New

Mount Festival of Multisport www.mountfestival.kiwi

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival as such, but great free entertainment: January- March) www.musicinparks.co.nz

Nelson Jazz & Blues Festival www.nelsonjazzfest.co.nz

Nelson Summer Kite Festival

Ngapuhi Festival www.ngapuhifestival.com (Kaikohe) (returns 2018)

Northland Circus Festival (Waipoua Forest Camping Ground) www.creativenorthland.com

NZ Festival of Motor Racing Festival (Hampton Downs) www.nzfmr.co.nz

On the Lawn Food, Beer & Wine Festival (Mount Maunganui) www.onthelawn.co.nz (?2017)

Paihia Summer Festival www.northlandnz.com New

Pasifika Festival (Wellington) www.wellington.govt.nz New

Picton Maritime Festival

Primal Getaway (Cooks Beach) www.primalgetaway.co.nz NEW

Raglan Arts Weekend and Little Food Fest www.raglanartscentre.co.nz

Ratha Yatra Chariot Festival (Whangarei) www.northlandnz.com New

River Range Music Festival (Cromwell) www.riverrangefest.nz

Sarau Festival (Upper Moutere) www.saraufestival.co.nz

Sevens (Rugby Sevens, Wellington) www.sevens.co.nz

Sound Splash (Raglan) www.soundsplash.co.nz

Summer Arts Festival in Whakatane (January - March) www.whakatane.com

Summer Beer Festival (Queenstown)

Sun & Sound Music Beach Festival (Takapuna Beach, Auckland) www.takapunabeach.co.nz

Sunsplash Summer Festival (Gisborne)

Sweet Az Sun Fest (Blenheim) New

Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

Tairua School Wine & Food Festival www.tairuawineandfood.co.nz

Tauranga Medieval Faire

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival (Christchurch) greatkiwibeerfestival.co.nz

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 18 December - 5 February 2017) www.festivaloflights.nz

Turakina Highland Games www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz

Vintage Weekend (Whanganui) www.vintageweekend.co.nz

Waipu Highland Games www.waipugames.co.nz

WaikeriFest (Alexandra) www.waikerifest.co.nz (2018?)

Wairarapa Country Music Festival www.tauherenikau.co.nz New

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

World Buskers Festival (Christchurch) www.worldbuskersfestival.com


February
Adam Chamber Music Festival (Nelson, next event 2017) www.music.org.nz

Air Tattoo (RNZAF Base, Ohakea) www.airtattoo.mil.nz

Alien Nation Psychedelic Music Festival (30km from Nelson) www.aliennation.co.nz

AmeriCARna (New Plymouth) www.americarna.com

Aongatete Festival Under the Figs (Katikati) www.tamc.org.nz

Art Deco Weekend (Napier) www.artdeconapier.com

Auckland Drum Fest Facebook

Auckland Museum Lantern Festival www.aucklandmuseum.com

Auckland Pride Festival www.aucklandpridefestival.org.nz includes Same Same But Different Literary Festival

Beer Day Out (Hastings)

Clareville Country Music Festival Facebook (returns 2017)

Clevedon Jazz, Wine & Food Festival Facebook

Coastella International Music Festival (Paraparaumu) www.coastella.co.nz

Coromandel Mussel Festival www.musselkitchen.co.nz

Dimension Psychedelic Trance Festival (Northland) www.dimension.nz

Dovedale Country Affair Festival (Nelson area) www.itson.co.nz

Electric Avenue Music Festival (Christchurch) www.electricavenuefestival.co.nz

Estuary Fest (Christchurch) Facebook

Festival of the Elements (Porirua) www.elementsfestival.org.nz

Flochella & NZ Bomb Comp (Lake Taupo) www.zmonline.com

Fringe Festival (Feb/March) (Wellington) www.fringe.co.nz

Fringe Festival (Feb/March) (Auckland) www.aucklandfringe.co.nz

Greater Wellington Brew Day (Upper Hutt) www.brewday.co.nz

Greerton Family Festival (Tauranga)

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival www.hgaf.co.nz

Heroic Gardens Festival (Auckland) www.heroicgardens.org.nz

Interislander Summer Festival (various locations from December - February) www.theraces.co.nz

International Kai Festival (Nelson) www.founderspark.co.nz

International Tattoo & Art Expo (Tauranga) www.tattooexpo.co.nz

Island Bay Festival www.islandbayfestival.org.nz

Just So Festival (Upper Hutt) www.justsofestivalnz.org NEW

Kawhia Kai Festival

La Fiesta - A Celebration of Women (Wanganui) Women's Network Wanganui (February/March)

Lantern Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

Lauder Ukelele Festival www.lauderukefest.com

Leadfoot Festival www.leadfootfestival.com (Hahei)

Little River Drum Festival

Luminate Festival (Takaka) www.luminatefestival.co.nz

Maketu Kaimoana Festival www.maketukaimoana.co.nz (No festival 2017) (Camping & Kaimoana in Maketu blog post)

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival (Blenheim) www.wine-marlborough-festival.co.nz

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival, but great free entertainment: January-March) www.musicinparks.co.nz

Nelson Buskers Festival

Nelson Wine and Food Festival www.bwff.co.nz

New Zealand Festival (Wellington) www.festival.co.nz (returns 2018)

NZ International YOGA Festival (Auckland) www.yogafestival.nz

NZ SandCastle Competition (Christchurch) www.newzealandsandcastlecompetition.co.nz NEW

Niagra Falls Blue Grass Festival (Niagra Falls in the Catlins) Facebook

North West Wine, Beer & Food Festival (The Hunting Lodge, Waimauku, Auckland)

Okura Forest Festival (Auckland) Facebook

One Love Festival (Tauranga) http://onelovefestival.co.nz

Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo www.paeroahighlandgames.co.nz

Raggamuffin Music Festival (Auckland) www.raggamuffin.co.nz

Rebel Round Up (Pukekohe) www.rebelroundup.co.nz NEW

Resonance Karamea Festival www.reasonancekaramea.co.nz

Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival Facebook

Ruapuke Roots Festival (Raglan) www.ruapukeroots.com NEW

Shipwrecked Music & Arts Festival www.shipwrecked.co.nz (Te Arai, Auckland)

Southland Buskers Festival (Invercargill)

Spirit Horse Festival (Auckland) www.spirithorsefestival.org NEW

Splore Music Festival (Auckland) www.splore.net

Summer Arts Festival in Whakatane (Jan - March) www.whakatane.com

Sunshine and a Plate Food Festival (Whakatane) www.sunshineandaplate.nz

Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival www.takapunafestival.co.nz NEW

Tamaki River Festival (Auckland)

The Great Out West Brew Fest (?2017)

Toka Fest (Ruawai, Northland)

Tropfest Short Film Festival (New Plymouth) www.tropfest.co.nz

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 18 December - 5 February 2017) www.festivaloflights.nz

Tuki Festival (formerly Rippon) Wanaka www.tukifestival.nz New

Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival www.twizel.info

Waitangi Day Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

Wanderlust Festival (Taupo) www.greatlaketaupo.com

Wellington Night Market Lantern Festival Facebook

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellingtonnz.com

West Coast Art Festival (Piha) www.piha.co.nz

Whiskey Galore Dram Fest (Christchurch) www.dramfest.co.nz (returns 2018)

Wine & Food Wind Down (Blenheim) Facebook

Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival (every two years, next event 2017) www.wings.org.nz

WTF! Women's Theatre Festival (Wellington) www.circa.co.nz (February/March)

YoiFest Storytellers Festival (Kaitaia) Facebook

March
Aotearoa Cuban Festival (Rotorua) www.nzcubanfestival.co.nz

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (March - May, various locations) www.asff.co.nz

Artists Open Studios (March/April) (Whanganui) www.openstudios.co.nz
(A blog post about 3 artists at Open Studios 2015 + follow up after the event)

ASB Polyfest (Auckland) www.asbpolyfest.co.nz

Auckland Arts Festival www.aucklandfestival.co.nz

Auckland City Limits Music Festival www.aucklandcitylimits.com (cancelled for 2017, returns 2018)

Auckland Coffee Festival www.aucklandcoffeefestival.co.nz

Balloons over Waikato www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz

Beach Hop Rock 'n' Roll Festival (Whangamata) (March/April) www.beachhop.co.nz (Beach Hop - blog posts)

Beer Appreciation Day (Havelock North) www.beerappreciationday.co.nz

Beer Day Out (Hastings) New

Canterbury Japan Day japanday

Chatham Islands Festival www.discoverthechathamislands.co.nz

CheeseFest (Auckland) www.cheeselovers.co.nz (returns 2018)

Childrens Day is celebrated on the 1st Sunday in March each year, visit www.childrensday.org.nz to find an event near you.

Chocol'Art Festival (Wairarapa) (? 2017) Facebook

Christchurch Pride Week Facebook New

Crankworx Mountain Biking Festival (March/April) (Rotorua) www.crankworx.com

CubaDupa (Wellington) www.cubadupa.co.nz

Dunedin Fringe Festival www.dunedinfringe.org.nz

ea Festival - free public art, music and community festival (Auckland) www.ourauckland.co.nz New

Festival of Cultures (Palmerston North) www.festivalofcultures.co.nz

Frankton Thunder (Hamilton)

French Film Festival (March - April, various locations) www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz

Gibbston Wine & Food Festival (Queenstown Gardens) www.gibbstonwineandfood.co.nz

Gumboot Day (Taihape) www.taihape.co.nz New

Harbour Street Jazz & Blues Festival (Oamaru) www.harbourstreetjazz.com

Harcourts Mangere Bridge Food & Wine Festival Facebook

Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival (Havelock) www.havelockmusselfestival.co.nz

Heritage Harvest Festival (Riverton) www.sces.org.nz

Hokitika Wild Food Festival www.wildfoods.co.nz

Hokonui Moonshiners Festival (Gore) www.moonshinefest.co.nz

Holi Wellington Color Fest Facebook New

Homegrown Music Festival (Wellington) www.homegrown.net.nz

Horse of the Year Show (Hastings) www.hoy.kiwi

iD Dunedin Fashion Week www.idfashion.co.nz

Kegkoura Craft Beer Festival (Kaikoura) www.emporiumbrewing.co.nz New

La Fiesta - A Celebration of Women (Wanganui) Women's Network Wanganui (February/March)

Linwood Youth Festival Experience (LYFE) (Christchurch) www.lyfe.co.nz New

Manawatu Craft and Food Fair www.manawatucraftandfoodfair.co.nz (Palmerston North)

Manawatu Walking Festival www.mwf.org.nz New

Manderley Home and Garden Festival (Akaroa) www.manderley.co.nz

Mangawhai Food & Wine Festival www.mangawhai.co.nz

Mangawhai Walking Weekend www.mangawhaiwalking.co.nz

Maoriland Film Festival (Otaki) www.maorilandfilm.co.nz

MarchFest (Nelson) www.marchfest.com

Matakana Wine, Beer & Food Festival

Music in Auckland Parks (not a festival, but great free entertainment: January-March) www.musicinparks.co.nz

Multicultural Festival (Tauranga) www.trmc.co.nz

Newtown Festival (Wellington) www.newtownfestival.org.nz

New Zealand Festival (Feb/March) (Wellington) www.festival.co.nz (next festival 2018)

New Zealand Juggling & Circus Festival (Parakai) www.nzja.org.nz

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival www.ncwineandfood.co.nz

Nostalgia Festival (Christchurch) www.nostalgiafestival.co.nz

Otaki Beach Kite Festival

PARADOX Tauranga Street Art Festival (March - June) www.streetart.co.nz New

Pasifika Festival (Auckland)

Portobello Blues Festival www.portobellobluesfestival.co.nz

Rotorua Festival of Walking www.rotoruawalkingfestival.org.nz

Stampede Music Fest (Pukekohe) www.stampedemusicfestival.co.nz New

Summer Arts Festival in Whakatane (Jan - March) www.whakatane.com

Sundaise Festival (Waihi) www.sundaise.co.nz

Thames Heritage Festival www.thamesheritage.co.nz

The Color Run (Auckland)

The Oyster Festival (Auckland) www.theculpeper.co.nz New

Tora, Tora, Tora, Music Festival (Wairarapa) Facebook (? 2017)

Voices of Sacred Earth Festival (Auckland) www.kawaipurapura.co.nz

Wairakei Folk Festival (Taupo) theroguestage.co.nz New

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival www.wairarapaharvestfestival.co.nz

Warbirds Over Wanaka (every two years - next event 2018) www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com

Waitarere Beach Festival Facebook (no festival 2017)

Wellington Dragon Boat Festival www.dragonboat.org.nz

Wellington Pride Festival www.wellingtonpridefestival.org.nz, website includes information for Out in the Park

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellingtonnz.com

Wellington Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival www.wineandfoodfestival.co.nz

Westport Festival of Discovery www.events.bullerdc.govt.nz New

Whangarei Fritter Festival Facebook

WOMAD (World Music & Dance Festival) New Plymouth http://womad.co.nz (WOMAD 2015 blog post)

WTF! Women's Theatre Festival (Wellington) www.circa.co.nz (February/March) New


April
African Film Festival (Auckland) www.africanfilmfestivalnz.org.nz New

Agfest (Hokitika) www.agfest.co.nz (returns 2018)

Akaroa Harvest Festival www.akaroa.com

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (March - May, various locations) www.asff.co.nz

Arrowtown Autumn Festival www.arrowtownautumnfestival.org.nz

Artists Open Studios (March/April) (Whanganui) www.openstudios.co.nz

Auckland Indonesian Festival www.aucklandindonesianfestival.com

Auckland International Cultural Festival

Autumn Festival (Cambridge) www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz

A Taste of Matarangi www.atasteofmatarangi.co.nz

Brazilian Dance Festival (Christchurch) www.nzouk.com New

Buddha's Day Multicultural Festival (Auckland) www.ourauckland.govt.nz New

Canterbury Folk Festival www.canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz

Chromacon NZ Indie Arts Festival (Auckland) (returns 2017) www.chromacon.co.nz

Clyde Wine & Food Festival www.promotedunstan.org.nz

Colville Arts Festival www.colvilleartsfestival.co.nz

Craft Beer Capital Hopstock (Wellington)

Crankworx Mountain Biking Festival (March/April) (Rotorua) www.crankworx.com

Creative Fibre National Festival (Christchurch) www.creativefibre.org.nz

Devonport Arts Festival (Auckland) www.devonportartsfestival.com

Dive Festival (Whitianga) www.divefestival.co.nz (returns April 2018) NEW

Earth Beat Harvest Festival (Albany, Auckland) www.earthbeatfestival.com (? 2017)

Easterfest (Taupo) www.easterfest.nz New

ECHO Walking Festival (Coromandel - South Waikato) www.echowalkfest.org.nz

Festival of Colour (Wanaka) www.festivalofcolour.co.nz (returns 2017)

Food Show (Christchurch) www.foodshow.co.nz

French Film Festival (March - April, various locations) www.frenchfilmfestival.co.nz

Go Green Expo (Auckland) www.gogreenexpo.co.nz including Better Food Fair

Highlands Festival of Speed (Cromwell) www.highlands.co.nz New

Hop'N'Vine Craft Beer, Wine & Food Festival (Invercargill) www.hopnvine.co.nz New

Ice Fest (Palmerston North) www.manawatunz.co.nz New

Lift Off Levin - Festival of Ballooning Facebook (Lift Off Levin 2016 has been cancelled and there will be no future events - see Facebook)

Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival www.littleriverpumpkinfest.co.nz or Facebook

Mangonui Waterfront Festival www.doubtlessbay.co.nz

MEDANZ Belly Dance Festival (Christchurch) www.medanz.org.nz

Murrays Bay Wharf Birdman (Auckland) www.mbwbirdman.co.nz New

National Jazz Festival (Tauranga) www.jazz.org.nz

Nelson Heritage Week itson.co.nz

New Zealand Bicycle Film Festival (Wellington) www.ngataonga.org.nz New

NZ International Comedy Festival (April - May: Auckland, Wellington and on the road) www.comedyfestival.co.nz

PARADOX Tauranga Street Art Festival (March - June) www.streetart.co.nz New

Pie, Pint & Pinot (part of Arrowtown Autumn Festival) www.arrowtownautumnfestival.org.nz

Play By Play Games Festival (Wellington) www.playbyplay.co.nz New

Queenstown Bike Festival www.queenstownbikefestival.com

SOBA Mountain Ales Craft Beer Festival (Taranaki) Facebook

Southland Festival of the Arts (April/May) Facebook

Taiko Festival (Punakaiki) Facebook NEW

Te Anau Tartan Festival Facebook

The Delightful Festival of Body & Sound www.bodyandsoundfestival.co.nz (Tauranga) (?2017)

The Great NZ Muster (Te Kuiti) www.waitomo.govt.nz (Running of the Sheep - blog post)

The Great Pumpkin Carnival (Hamilton) www.thegreatpumpkincarnival.co.nz (Hamilton)

The Toyota Festival (Highland Motor Sport Park) www.highlands.co.nz

Upsurge Festival (Bay of Islands) (returns 2017) www.upsurgefestival.co.nz

Vegan Food Fair (Auckland)

Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival (Easter weekend) www.waihekejazzfestival.co.nz

Waiheke Island Wine & Food Festival www.festival.waihekewine.co.nz

Waikato Nesian Festival www.visithamilton.co.nz

Wairarapa Balloons Festival www.nzballoons.co.nz (Carried away in Carterton - blog post)

Waiuku Steel n Wheels Festival www.waiukutown.co.nz New

Whangarei Festival of Motorsport (a collection of motorsport events in April 2017) New

Wild Dunedin Festival of Nature www.wilddunedin.nz New

Xterra Rotorua Festival www.xterra.co.nz


May
African Film Festival (Wellington) www.africanfilmfestivalnz.org.nz New

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (March - May, various locations) www.asff.co.nz

Auckland Writers Festival www.writersfestival.co.nz

Banff Mountain Film Festival (various locations May - June) www.banff.nz

Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival www.country-rock.co.nz

Bluff Oyster & Food Festival www.bluffoysterfest.co.nz

Booktown (Featherston) www.booktown.org.nz

Christchurch Swing Festival www.swingtownrebels.co.nz

ComicFest (Wellington) www.wcl.govt.nz New

Coromandel Seafood Fest Facebook

Documentary Edge Festival (Wellington in May, Auckland May/June) www.docnz.org.nz

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz (returns 2017)

Fairtrade Festival (Auckland)

Food Show (Wellington) www.foodshow.co.nz

Hamilton Zinefest

LUX Light Festival (Wellington) www.lux.org.nz New

National Alpaca Day

Nelson Fringe Festival www.nelsonfringe.co.nz New

NZ Hot Sauce Festival (Auckland) www.sweatshopbrew.co.nz New

NZ Music Month (nationwide) www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz

PARADOX Tauranga Street Art Festival (March - June) www.streetart.co.nz New (PARADOX Street Art Festival - blog post)

Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival (Palmerston North and Feilding) (returns 2017) www.reelearth.org.nz New

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival (May - July, various locations) www.resene.co.nz

Space & Science Festival (Wellington) www.spacesciencefestival.org

The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival (Christchurch) www.jazzbluesfestival.co.nz

The Great NZ Food Show (Hamilton) www.greatnzfoodshow.co.nz

Wheels Week (Ashburton) www.wheelsweek.co.nz

Wood Craft Festival (May/June in Auckland) Facebook New

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival www.wordchristchurch.co.nz New



June

Auckland Beer Week

Auckland Festival of Photography www.photographyfestival.org.nz

Banff Mountain Film Festival (various locations May - June) www.banff.nz

Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival (Nelson) www.irishmusic.org.nz (Queen's Birthday weekend)

Cinema Italiano Festival www.cinemaitalianonz.com (June - December, various locations) New

Documentary Edge Festival (Wellington in May, Auckland May/June) www.docnz.org.nz

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival www.midwintercarnival.co.nz

FAWC - Food & Wine Classic (June/July in Hawke's Bay) www.fawc.co.nz

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival (Auckland) www.gabsfestival.com

Handmade Festival (Wellington) www.handmadenz.co.nz (? 2017)

Loemis Winter Solstice Festival (Wellington) www.loemis.nz New

LUMA Southern Light Project (Queenstown) www.luma.nz New

Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights www.lyttelton.net.nz

Matariki Festival (Auckland - June/July) www.matarikifestival.org.nz

Matariki Festival Whangarei (June/July) Facebook New

Mercury Bay Music Festival (Whitianga) www.mercurybaymusicfestival.co.nz

Mid Winter Woolfeast (Christchurch) www.woolfeast.com

NZ Boutique Wine Festival (Auckland) www.boutiquewine.co.nz

NZ Gold Guitar Awards (Gore) www.goldguitars.co.nz

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival (Wanaka, Cromwell & Queenstown) www.mountainfilm.net.nz (June/July)

Ohakune Mardi Gras Facebook (no Mardi Gras 2017)

Okere Falls Store Strong Beer Festival (Rotorua) www.okerefallsstore.co.nz or Facebook

Pacific Dance Festival (Auckland) www.pacificdance.co.nz New

Palmerston North Winter Festival www.manawatunz.co.nz New

PARADOX Tauranga Street Art Festival (March - June) www.streetart.co.nz New (PARADOX Street Art Festival - blog post)

Puaka Matariki Festival (Dunedin) www.matarikidunedin.co.nz New

Queenstown Winter Festival www.winterfestival.co.nz

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival (May - July, various locations) www.resene.co.nz

Rotorua Blues Festival Facebook New

Rotorua Multisport Festival www.rotoruamultisport.co.nz

Steampunk Festival (Oamaru) www.steampunknz.co.nz (Steampunk Festival blog post)

Stellar Mid Winter Light Festival (Auckland)

Taranaki Woodcraft Festival (Waitara) www.waitara.co.nz New

Vibe Youth Festival (Auckland) Facebook New

Waiheke Winter Arts Festival www.waihekeartgallery.org.nz

Wairoa Maori Film Festival www.kiaora.tv

Wellington Jazz Festival www.jazzfestival.co.nz

Winetopia (Auckland) www.winetopia.nz

Wood Craft Festival (May/June in Auckland) Facebook New

Word Cafe Writers Festival (Raglan - June/July) www.wordcaferaglan.co.nz


July

Africa Fashion Festival (Wellington) www.africafashionfestival.com New

A Mid Winter's Ale Festival (Rolleston, 22kms from Christchurch) www.canterburybeerfestival.co.nz

Art Deco Winter Deco Weekend (Napier) www.artdeconapier.com

Bastille Day Street Festival (Remuera, Auckland)

Cadbury Chocolate Carnival (Dunedin) www.chocolatecarnival.co.nz

Canterbury Truffle Festival www.canterburytrufflefestival.nz

Cinema Italiano Festival www.cinemaitalianonz.com (June - December, various locations) New

Edible Fashion Awards (Hastings) www.ediblefashionawards.co.nz

FAWC - Food & Wine Classic (June/July in Hawke's Bay) www.fawc.co.nz

Festival of New Theatre (Wellington) www.youngandhungry.org.nz

Food Show (Auckland) www.foodshow.co.nz

Gizzy (Gisborne) Food Month Facebook

Hutt Winter Festival www.huttwinterfestival.co.nz New

Hanmer Salsa Winter Festival www.hanmersalsa.com

Illume Winter Festival of Lights (Coromandel Town) www.illumefest.co.nz (returns 2018)

KidsFest (Christchurch) www.kidsfest.co.nz

Light Nelson (returns 2018) www.lightnelson.org.nz

Marlborough Book Festival www.marlboroughbookfest.co.nz

Matariki Festival Whangarei (June/July) Facebook New

NZ International Film Festival (Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin from July and various locations until September) www.nzff.co.nz

NZ International Science Festival (Dunedin) www.scifest.org.nz (returns 2018)

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival (Wanaka, Cromwell & Queenstown) www.mountainfilm.net.nz (June/July)

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival National Tour (various locations June - October) www.mountainfilm.nz New

NZ Tango Festival (Wellington) www.nztangofestival.co.nz

Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival (May - July, various locations) www.resene.co.nz

Russell Birdman Festival www.russellbirdman.co.nz

Taiwan Film Festival (Auckland) Facebook New

Taupo Winter Festival www.taupowinterfestival.co.nz

Tauranga Coffee Festival Facebook New

TheatreFest (July/August/September, various locations) www.theatrenewzealand.co.nz New

The Seriously Good Food Show (Tauranga) www.seriouslygoodfoodshow.co.nz

Uke Fest (Geraldine) www.ukelelegeraldine.co.nz

Waipu in Tartan www.breambay.co.nz

Winetopia (Wellington) www.winetopia.nz

Winter Ales Festival (Wellington) www.craftbeercapital.com

Word Cafe Writers Festival (Raglan - June/July) www.wordcaferaglan.co.nz

August

Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival www.jazz-blues.co.nz

Beervana (Wellington) www.beervana.co.nz

Christchurch Arts Festival (August - September) www.artsfestival.co.nz (returns 2017)

Cinema Italiano Festival www.cinemaitalianonz.com (June - December, various locations) New

Chocolate Festival (Wellington) www.chocolatefestival.co.nz (? 2017)

Concert Bands Festival (Whangarei)

Festival for the Future (Auckland) www.festivalforthefuture.org.nz

Go Green Expo (Christchurch) www.gogreenexpo.co.nz

Groundswell Festival of Innovation (Tauranga) www.gswell.co.nz New

Ice & Mixed Festival (Queenstown) www.iceandmixedfestival.co.nz and Facebook

KBB Music Festival (Auckland) www.kbbmusicfestival.co.nz New

Le French Festival (Auckland) www.frenchfestival.nz New

National Poetry Day

NZ Fashion Week (Auckland) www.nzfashionweek.com

NZ International Film Festival (Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin from July and various locations until September) www.nzff.co.nz

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival National Tour (various locations June - October) www.mountainfilm.nz New

Onam Vegetarian Festival (part of Restaurant Month in Auckland) www.iticket.co.nz New

Restaurant Month (Auckland) www.heartofthecity.co.nz

RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival (various locations, August/September)

Spark International Festival of Media, Arts & Design (Hamilton) www.spark.net.nz

STEAMFEST (Otorohanga) www.steamfestnz.com New

Studio Ghibli Film Festival (various locations, August & September) www.studioghibli.com New

Taranaki International Arts Festival (August/September) www.artsfest.co.nz (returns 2017)

TheatreFest (July/August/September, various locations) www.theatrenewzealand.co.nz New

Tutukaka Coast Boutique Beer Festival

Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival Facebook

Visa Wellington On a Plate www.wellingtononaplate.com

Wine & Food Celebration (Auckland) www.event.foodandwine.co.nz

September

Alexandra Blossom Festival www.blossom.co.nz

Arts Festival Dunedin (September/October) www.artsfestivaldunedin.co.nz (returns 2018)

Auckland Heritage Festival (September/October) www.heritagefestival.co.nz

BMW Oktoberfest (Auckland)

Beer & Bacon Festival (Auckland) www.sweatshopbrew.co.nz New

Carterton Daffodil Festival

Cathedral Organ Festival (Auckland) www.parnell.net.nz New

CHB The Festival (Hawkes Bay) www.thefestival.org.nz

Cherry Blossom Festival (Nelson) www.itson.co.nz

Cheviot Spring Festival

Cinema Italiano Festival www.cinemaitalianonz.com (June - December, various locations) New

Deaf Short Film Festival (Wellington) (returns 2017) www.nzdsff.co.nz

Eden Garden Tulip Festival (Auckland) www.edengarden.co.nz

Feilding Festival of Cycling www.feildingfestivalofcycling.co.nz

FermentFest (Hamilton, moved from October to September) www.waikatofoodinc.com

Festival of Architecture (various locations) www.nzia.co.nz New

Franklin Arts Festival www.franklinartsfestival.co.nz

Going West Books & Writers Festival (West Auckland) www.goingwestfest.co.nz

Hamilton Diwali Mela

Hamilton Pride Festival www.hamiltonpride.co.nz

Hastings Blossom Festival www.artsinc.co.nz

Hawkes Bay Arts Festival (September/October) www.hbaf.co.nz New

Hokianga Country Music Festival (September/October)

International Spring Festival (Palmerston North) www.ipc.ac.nz

Kawerau Woodfest & National Woodskills Competition (September/October) www.kaweraudc.govt.nz

Literary Festival (Whanganui) (September/October) www.writersfest.co.nz (returns 2017)

Little Yoga Festival (Mount Maunganui) www.littleyogafestival.com

Manawatu Writers Festival (Feilding)

Maths Craft Festival (Auckland) www.mathscraftnz.org

Moon Festival (Palmerston North) www.ticketdirect.co.nz New

NZ International Film Festival (Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin from July and various locations until September) www.nzff.co.nz

NZ Junior Rugby Festival (Taupo, Whakatane & Queenstown in September/October) www.juniorrugbytournament.com New

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival National Tour (various locations June - October) www.mountainfilm.nz New

NZ Mural Contest & Arts Festival (Katikati) www.katikatimurals.co.nz New

NZ Young Writers Festival (Dunedin) www.youngwritersfest.nz

Otahuhu Ethnic Food Festival (Auckland) www.foodfestival.co.nz

Pinot Palooza (festival of pinot noir in Auckland) Facebook New

Port Chalmers Seafood Festival www.festival.portchalmers.com (returns 2017)

Raglan Film Festival www.raglanartscentre.co.nz

RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival (various locations, August/September)

Short & Sweet Festival (Auckland) www.shortandsweet.org.nz

Spring Festival (Wellington) (September/October) www.wellington.govt.nz

Studio Ghibli Film Festival (various locations, August & September) www.studioghibli.com New

Taniwha Daffodils (Hawkes Bay) www.taniwhadaffodils.co.nz New

Taranaki International Arts Festival (August/September) www.artsfest.co.nz (returns 2017)

TheatreFest (July/August/September, various locations) www.theatrenewzealand.co.nz

The Breeze Walking Festival (September/October) (Christchurch) www.ccc.govt.nz

The Coffee & Chocolate Show (Auckland) www.chocolatecoffeeshow.co.nz

The Others Way Festival (Auckland, R18 event)

Vegan Vibes (Mount Maunganui)

Whangamata Run, Walk Festival www.whangamatarunwalk.co.nz

Whitianga Scallop Festival www.scallopfestival.co.nz

World of Wearable Arts (September/October in Wellington) www.worldofwearableart.com

October

Akaroa French Festival www.akaroa.com

Alexandra Thyme Festival (October/November) www.thymefestival.co.nz

Aoraki MacKenzie Starlight Festival (Twizel) (returns 2017) www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz

Armageddon Expo (Auckland) http://armageddonexpo.com

Arohanui Film Festival (Te Aroha)

Arts Festival Dunedin (September/October) (returns 2018) www.artsfestivaldunedin.co.nz

Artweek Auckland www.artweekauckland.co.nz

Auckland Diwali Festival www.aucklandnz.com

Auckland Heritage Festival (September/October) www.heritagefestival.co.nz

Auckland Jazz Festival www.aucklandjazzfestival.co.nz

Bay Salsa Festival (Tauranga) www.baysalsa.co.nz

Beca Heritage Week (Christchurch) www.ccc.govt.nz

Body Mind Spirit Festival (Christchurch) www.bodymindspirit.co.nz

Brits at the Beach (Whangamata) www.britsatthebeach.co.nz

Cardrona Folk Festival www.martincurtis.co.nz New

Christchurch Big Band Festival www.bigbandfest.org.nz New

Cinema Italiano Festival www.cinemaitalianonz.com (June - December, various locations)

Drone Film Festival (Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch - October/November) www.dffanz.com New

Dunedin Heritage Festival www.heritagefestival.org.nz

Festival Italiano (Newmarket, Auckland) www.festivalitaliano.co.nz

Festival of Transitional Architecture (returns 2018, Christchurch) www.festa.org.nz

Fringe Garden Festival (Taranaki) www.taranakigardens.co.nz (October/November)

Graffiato Street Art Festival (Taupo) www.greatlaketaupo.com

Hamilton Fringe Festival www.hamiltonfringe.co.nz New

Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival www.hamiltongardens.co.nz

Hawke's Bay Arts Festival (September/October) www.hbaf.co.nz New

Hell Horror Fest NZ (Auckland) (October/November) www.iticket.co.nz New

HighLight Carnival of Lights (Lower Hutt) www.highlight.org.nz New

Hokianga Country Music Festival (September/October)

Hunterville Huntaway Festival www.shemozzle.co.nz

InterACT - A Disability Arts Festival (Auckland) www.interacting.org.nz

it! Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival paihianz.co.nz

JFC Food & Sake Expo (Auckland) www.asbshowgrounds.co.nz New

Kawerau Woodfest & National Woodskills Competition (September/October) www.kaweraudc.govt.nz

K-Fest (Korean Pop Culture, Auckland) Facebook New

Kokomai Creative Festival (Wairarapa) www.kokomai.co.nz (returns 2017)

Kowhai Festival (Warkworth) www.kowhaifestival.co.nz

Literary Festival (Whanganui) (September/October) www.writersfest.co.nz (returns 2017)

Live Well Festival (Auckland) www.livewellfestival.co.nz New

Matakana Oyster & Wine Festival www.matakanaoysterfest.co.nz New

Mexfestival (Auckland) www.mexfestival.com

Nelson Arts Festival www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

NZ Cheese Month (nationwide) www.nzsa.org.nz

NZ Improv Festival (Wellington) www.nzimprovfestival.co.nz

NZ Junior Rugby Festival (Taupo, Whakatane & Queenstown in September/October) www.juniorrugbytournament.com New

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival National Tour (various locations June - October) www.mountainfilm.nz New

NZ Mural Contest & Arts Festival (Katikati) www.katikatimurals.co.nz New

Okere Falls Beer Fest (Rotorua) www.okerefallsstore.co.nz

Oktoberfest (Wellington) www.oktoberfest.co.nz

Paekakariki Pride Festival Facebook New

Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular (October/November) www.gardenfestnz.co.nz

Queenstown Jazz Fest (Queenstown) www.queenstownjazzfest.co.nz

RockFest (Mount Maunganui) New

Rosebank Oktoberfest (Christchurch)

Rotorua Bike Festival www.rotoruabikefestival.com (2018)

RunFest (Wellington) www.runfest.org.nz

Sandringham Street Festival Facebook New

Science Teller Festival (Dunedin) (returns 2019) www.scienceteller.com

Seafest (Kaikoura) www.seafest.co.nz

Show Me Shorts Film Festival (various locations, October/November) www.showmeshorts.co.nz

Southern Fork Americana Fest (Auckland) www.sparkarena.co.nz

Southland Festival of Running (Invercargill) www.southlandfestivalofrunning.co.nz

Spring Festival (Wellington) (September/October) www.wellington.govt.nz

Tauranga Arts Festival (Tauranga) www.taurangafestival.co.nz

Tempo Dance Festival (Auckland) www.tempo.co.nz

The Breeze Walking Festival (September/October) (Christchurch) www.ccc.govt.nz

The Shakespeare Brewery's Oktoberfest (Auckland)

The Very Vintage Day Out (Auckland) www.veryvintage.co.nz

Tulip Fest (Rotorua) www.tulipfestrotorua.co.nz (Blooming Rotorua - Tulip Fest blog post)

Uni Shorts International Student Film Festival (Auckland) www.unitec.ac.nz New

Vegan Expo, Christchurch www.vegetarianchristchurch

Waiheke Island of Wine Expo (Auckland) www.waihekewine.co.nz

Waihi Gold Fest www.waihi.org.nz

Wellington Diwali Festival www.asianz.org.nz

Wellington Folk Festival www.wellingtonfolkfestival.wordpress.com

Westport Whitebait Festival www.westcoast.co.nz New

Whitebait Festival Haast www.westcoast.co.nz New

World of Wearable Arts (September/October in Wellington) www.worldofwearableart.com


Comments to date: 4. Page 1 of 1.

Rachael

Hi Rachel
The festival has been added to the list for October.

Rachel Chapman

Hi there I wonder if you can please add the Hawkes Bay Arts Festival to your listing under the NZ Festival www.hbaf.co.nz
thanks very much

Rachael

Hi Akash and anyone else wanting to list

Use the Contact Us tab above and send me details ie. website or Facebook link. Edited to add: Note that the list is for festivals rather than events.

Akash

hi there,

I would like to post 2 events here. How about do i do this?

Kind Regards,

Akash. S

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