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Festivals in New Zealand


March is festival month in NZ with over 80 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

Auckland Festival of Quilts www.aqg.org.nz

Auckland Garden Design Fest www.gardendesignfest.co.nz (next festival 2019)

Banks Peninsula Walking Festival www.akaroa.com

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

Blondie, Beer & BBQ (Wooing Tree, Cromwell) Facebook New for 2018

Budburst Natural Wine Festival (Wellington) www.budburst.nz New for 2018

Cambridge Garden Festival www.cgf.co.nz New for 2018

Central Districts Wine & Food Show (Palmerston North) Facebook

Christchurch Diwali Facebook New for 2018

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

Circulation Festival (Dunedin) www.circulation.co.nz New for 2018

Drift Matsuri Festival (Taupo) Facebook New for 2018

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

Dunedin Festival of Photography www.dps.org.nz (no festival 2018)

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

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

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

Fiesta Colombiana (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Fiesta Del Sol (Auckland) Facebook

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

Garden Marlborough www.gardenmarlborough.co.nz

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

Gisborne Garden & Arts Festival (returns 2019)

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

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

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

Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival www.hamiltongardens.co.nz

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

Hobbiton Beer Festival (Matamata) www.hobbitontours.com New for 2018

Hororata Highland Games www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

Hurunui Garden Festival www.hurunuigardenfestival.com New for 2018

InterACT - A Disability Arts Festival (Auckland, October & November) www.interacting.org.nz

International Festival (Te Puke) Facebook New for 2018

Japan Festival (Wellington) www.japanfestivalwellington.org New for 2018

Japanese Film Festival (Christchurch Art Gallery) www.christchurchartgallery.org.nz New for 2018

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

Kerikeri Half Marathon Street Party Facebook

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - December, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz New for 2018

LitCrawl (Wellington) www.litcrawl.co.nz

Marsden Cove Seafood Festival (Whangarei) Facebook New for 2018

Nepal Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

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

NZ Irish Fest (Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch) www.nzirishfest.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

NZ Ukelele Festival (Auckland) www.nzukelele.org.nz New for 2018

NZ Web Fest (Auckland) www.nzwebfest.co.nz

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

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 2019)

Rotorua Half Marathon www.rotoruahalfmarathon.com

Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival Facebook New for 2018

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

Selwyn Motor Fest (Rolleston)

South Dunedin Street Festival www.dunedin.govt.nz New for 2018

South Island Beer Festival (Christchurch) www.sibf.nz New for 2018

Steampunk The Thames Festival www.steampunkthethames.org

Taste of Auckland www.tasteofauckland.co.nz

Terror-Fi Film Festival (October/November in Wellington) www.roxycinema.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

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

TriMaori Festival (Lake Karapiro) www.trimaori.nz

Vegan Expo (Whangarei) www.veganexpo.co.nz New for 2018

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

Waiheke Garden Festival www.waihekegardenfestival.org.nz New for 2018

Waiheke Island Walking Festival www.waihekewalkingfestival.org

Waihi Vegetarian Festival Facebook New for 2018

Wellington Zinefest Facebook New for 2018


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

Auckland Ska Festival

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

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

Cambridge Christmas Festival

Britomart Block Party NYE (Auckland) www.george.fm.co.nz* New for 2018

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

Cromwell Cherry Festival www.centralotagonz.com

Earthrites Summer Solstice Festival (Takaka) Facebook New for 2018

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

Hamilton Fringe Festival www.hamiltonfringe.co.nz

Invercargill Christmas Tree Festival www.southlandnz.com

Kapiti Food Fair www.kapitifoodfair.net

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

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - December, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz New for 2018

Lightpath Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Mandeville Craft Festival www.mandevillecraftfestival.co.nz

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

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

Paeroa Christmas Lights Show Facebook New for 2018

Raglan Music & Dance Festival Facebook

Reminisce Tribute Festival (Tauranga) Facebook New for 2018

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

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

Rotorua Glo Festival Facebook

Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival (Hawkes Bay) www.sanctuary-sounds.co.nz New for 2018

The Eclectic Garden Music & Arts Festival (Auckland) www.aum.co.nz New for 2018

The Mix Festival (Motueka) www.mixfestival.xyz * New for 2018

TSB Bank Festival of Lights (New Pymouth - 16 December - 3 February 2019) www.festivaloflights.nz

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

Twisted Frequency NY Festival (Takaka - December/January) Facebook *

Waimate Strawberry Fare www.waimatestrawberryfare.co.nz

Wanaka Beer Festival Facebook New for 2018

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 Live Summer in the Square (Dec-Feb) www.aucklandlive.co.nz New for 2018

Auckland Seafood Festival (? 2018)

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

Bay Dreams Music Festival (Nelson) www.baydreams.co.nz New for 2019

Beast of a Feast (Mt Maunganui)

Berry Town Festival (Whakatane) www.whakatane.com

Birdman Wellington www.birdman.org.nz

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

Branded Country Music Fest (Hastings) Facebook

Brazilian Day Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Bridge Pa Wine Festival (Hawkes Bay)

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

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

Coromandel Keltic Fair www.kelticfair.co.nz

Coro Summer Fest (Coromandel Town) www.corosummerfest.co.nz

Cromwell Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival Facebook New for 2018

Cromwell Food & Wine Festival www.cromwellheritageprecinct.co.nz

CymaticS Bass Gathering (Golden Bay) Facebook New for 2019

Driftwood & Sand, Beach Sculpture Festival (Hokitika) Facebook

Dystopian Film Festival (Auckland - Jan/Feb) www.academycinemas.co.nz New for 2018

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

Forestival (Hamilton) www.waikatomuseum.co.nz New for 2018

Gladstonebury Festival of Music, Craft, Food & Wine (Wairarapa) https://gladstonebury.co.nz New for 2018

Golden Bass Music Festival (Golden Bay) www.goldenbassmusicfestival.nz New for 2018

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

Hawkes Bay Summer Cycling Carnival www.summercyclingcarnival.co.nz New for 2018

Hell SmashFest www.smashpalacebar.com (Gisborne)

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

Indian Kite Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

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

Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival Facebook New for 2018

Kaikoura Longboard Festival www.kaikouralongboardfestival.com

Kiwiburn (Hunterville) http://kiwiburn.com

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

Latin Fiesta (Auckland) www.vivadance.co.nz New for 2018

Marton Country Music Festival www.martonfestival.nz

Motueka Country Music Festival www.itson.co.nz

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 Festival www.nelsonjazzfest.co.nz

Nelson Summer Kite Festival

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

Northland Circus Festival (Waipoua Forest Camping Ground) Facebook

NZFR Legends of Bathhurst (Hampton Downs) www.nzfmr.co.nz

One Love Festival (Tauranga) http://onelovefestival.co.nz (moved from February to January)

Out of the Blue Music Festival (Nelson) www.outoftheblue.nz New for 2018

Paihia Summer Festival www.pahianz.co.nz

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

Picton Maritime Festival

Ponies Festival (Takaka) Facebook New for 2019

Primal Getaway (Cooks Beach) www.primalgetaway.co.nz New for 2018

Raglan Arts Weekend www.raglanartscentre.co.nz

Riverside Music Festival (Lower Moutere) www.riverwide.org.nz New for 2018

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

SeePort Festival (Auckland) www.seeport.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

Summer Beer Festival (Queenstown)

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

Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival Facebook New for 2018

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

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

The Mount Comedy Festival www.mauaopac.co.nz New for 2018

Trillian FunFest (Auckland) www.funfest.co.nz New for 2018

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

Turakina Highland Games www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz

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

Waipu Highland Games www.waipugames.co.nz & Facebook

Wairarapa Country Music Festival www.tauherenikau.co.nz

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Wellington Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival www.wineandfoodfestival.co.nz (moved from March to January)

World Buskers Festival (Christchurch) www.worldbuskersfestival.com (no festival 2019)

February

Adam Chamber Music Festival (Nelson, next festival 2019) www.music.org.nz

AmeriCARna (New Plymouth) www.americarna.com

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

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

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (February - April, various locations) www.asff.co.nz

Art Deco Weekend (Napier) www.artdeconapier.com

Art in the Olives Festival (Hastings) www.telegraphhill.co.nz

Auckland Live Summer in the Square (Dec-Feb) www.aucklandlive.co.nz New for 2018

Auckland Pride Festival www.aucklandpridefestival.org.nz

Brits at the Beach (Whangamata) www.britsatthebeach.co.nz (now held annually in February)

Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day (Auckland) www.ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz New for 2018

Chow & Tipple Food, Wine & Beer Festival (Cambridge) www.chowandtipple.co.nz New for 2018

Clevedon Jazz, Wine & Food Festival Facebook (returns March 2019)

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

Coromandel Oyster Fest www.musselkitchen.co.nz

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

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

Dystopian Film Festival (Auckland - Jan/Feb) www.academycinemas.co.nz New for 2018

Egmont Country Music Festival www.egmontfestival.co.nz New for 2018

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

Flochella (Blue Lake, Rotorua)

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

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

Hamilton East Heritage Festival www.hect.org.nz New for 2018

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.itson.co.nz

Island Bay Festival www.islandbayfestival.org.nz

Just So Festival (Upper Hutt) www.justsofestivalnz.org New for 2018

Kawhia Kai Festival

La Fiesta - A Celebration of Women & Community (Whanganui) www.lafiestanz.com

Lauder Ukelele Festival www.lauderukefest.com

Leadfoot Festival www.leadfootfestival.com (Hahei)

Leigh Summer Festival Facebook New for 2018

Little River Drum Festival

Luminate Festival (Takaka) (returns 2019) www.luminatefestival.co.nz

Lyttelton SummerFest www.lyttelton.net.nz New for 2018

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

Mataatua Kapa Haka Festival (Whakatane) www.mataatuakapahaka.co.nz New for 2018

Meatstock - The Music & Barbecue Festival (Auckland) www.meatstock.co.nz New for 2018

Mount Zoukfest (Mount Maunganui) www.mountzoukfest.co.nz New for 2018

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.richmondrotary.org.nz

New Zealand Festival (Feb & March in Wellington) www.festival.co.nz (returns 2018)

New Zealand Juggling & Circus Festival (Hawkes Bay) www.nzja.org.nz (moved from March to February)

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

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

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

Northcote Chinese & Korean New Year Festival ourauckland.govt.nz New for 2018

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

Nostalgia Festival (Christchurch) www.nostalgiafestival.co.nz (moved from March to February)

Okura Forest Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Otaki Beach Kite Festival

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

Portage Crossing Regatta & Festival (Auckland) www.ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz New for 2018

Putaruru Water Festival www.prideinputaruru.com New for 2018

Rebel Round Up (Pukekohe, previously held in Rotorua) www.rebelroundup.co.nz

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

Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival Facebook

Ruapuke Roots Festival (Raglan) Facebook

Sea Week (nationwide Feb/March) www.seaweek.org.nz New for 2018

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

Shiny Side Up Bike Fest (Feb/March, various locations) www.shinysideup.co.nz New for 2018

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

Southland Buskers Festival (Invercargill)

Spirit Horse Festival (Auckland) www.spirithorsefestival.org New for 2018

Splore Music Festival (Auckland) www.splore.net

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

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

Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival www.takapunafestival.co.nz New for 2018

Tamaki River Festival (Auckland)

Taranaki Country Music Festival Facebook New for 2018

Taupo Music Festival New for 2018

The Central Otago Craft Beer Festival (Alexandra) www.craftbeerfest.co.nz New for 2019

Toka Fest (Ruawai, Northland)

The Coast Colour Rush (Greymouth) www.westcoast.co.nz New for 2018

Titahi Bay Beach Festival Facebook New for 2018

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

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

Twizel Salmon & Wine Festival www.twizel.info

Waimamaku Wild West Festival www.northlandnz.com New for 2018

Wellington Night Market Lantern Festival Facebook

Wellington Pride Festival (Feb/March) www.wellingtonpridefestival.org.nz

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Wild Stock (Wellington) Facebook New for 2018

Wine & Food Wind Down (Blenheim) www.vinesvillagecafe.co.nz

Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival (every two years, next festival 2019) www.wings.org.nz


March

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (February - April, various locations) www.asff.co.nz

Armageddon (Wellington) www.armageddonexpo.com New for 2018

Artists Open Studios (Whanganui) www.openstudios.co.nz (Blog posts about Artists Open Studios via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

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

Auckland Arts Festival www.aucklandfestival.co.nz

Auckland City Limits Music Festival www.aucklandcitylimits.com (returns 2018)

Auckland Coffee Festival www.aucklandcoffeefestival.co.nz

Auckland Summer Zinefest Facebook New for 2018

Autofest 2018 (Hamilton) Facebook New for 2018

Balloons over Waikato www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz

Beach Hop Rock 'n' Roll Festival (Whangamata) www.beachhop.co.nz (Beach Hop blog posts via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

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

Biophilia Festival (Queenstown) www.biophilia.com New for 2018

BOON Hamilton Street Art Festival Facebook New for 2018

Burning Lamb (Auckland) www.burninglamb.co.nz New for 2018

Canterbury Folk Festival (March/April) www.canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz

Canterbury Japan Day Facebook

Chatham Islands Festival www.discoverthechathamislands.co.nz

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

Christchurch Holi Festival of Colours Facebook New for 2018

Christchurch Pride Week Facebook

City of Palmerston North Gold Cup Festival www.awapuniracing.co.nz New for 2018

Colville Easter Festival www.colvilleartsfestival.co.nz

Crankworx Mountain Biking Festival (Rotorua) www.crankworx.com

CubaDupa (Wellington) www.cubadupa.co.nz

Dunedin Fringe Festival www.dunedinfringe.org.nz

Easterfest (March/April in Taupo) www.easterfest.nz

EcoFest (Waikato) www.goeco.co.nz

EcoWest Festival (March/April in Auckland) www.ecomatters.org.nz New for 2018

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

Frankton Thunder (Hamilton)

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

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

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

Geraldine Uke Fest Summer Strum Facebook New for 2018

Gibbston Wine & Food Festival (Queenstown Gardens) www.gibbstonwineandfood.co.nz (returns 2019)

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

Hamilton Folk Festival (Hamsterfest, Easter 2018) www.hamc.org.nz New for 2018

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

Harcourts Mangere Bridge Autumn Festival

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

Heart of Te Atatu South Festival Facebook New for 2018

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

Hilux New Zealand Rural Games (Palmerston North) www.ruralgames.co.nz New for 2018

Hokitika Wild Food Festival www.wildfoods.co.nz

Hokonui Moonshiners Festival (Gore) www.moonshinefest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Holi Wellington Color Fest Facebook

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

Island View Jazz & Blues Festival (Opotiki) www.islandviewsjazzblues.com New for 2018

Kaimoana at the Park (Napier) www.hawkesbaynz.com New for 2018

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

Kelmarna Autumn Festival (Ponsonby, Auckland) www.kelmarnagardens.nz New for 2018

Lantern Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

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

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

Manawatu Walking Festival www.mwf.org.nz

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

Mangonui Waterfront Festival www.doubtlessbay.co.nz

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

MarchFest (Nelson) www.marchfest.com

Marlborough Multicultural Festival www.migrantcentre.org.nz New for 2018

Marton Harvest Fair Facebook New for 2018

Medieval Carnival (Hamilton) Facebook New for 2018

Melt Festival of Chocolate (Easter - Rotorua) www.meltrotorua.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

National Jazz Festival (Easter 2018, Tauranga) www.jazz.org.nz

Nelson Beer Week www.nbw.co.nz New for 2018

New Brighton Duke Festival of Surfing www.dukefestival.co.nz New for 2019

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

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

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

NZ Bicycle Film Festival (Wellington) www.ngataonga.org.nz New for 2018

NZ Fringe Festival (Wellington) www.fringe.co.nz

Onehunga Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Oyster Festival (Princes Wharf, Auckland) www.eurobar.co.nz New for 2018

Party in the Paddock Music Festival (Ashhurst, Manawatu) www.manawatunz.co.nz New for 2018

Pasifika Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com

Rangiora Festival of Colour www.rangiorafestivalofcolour.co.nz New for 2018

Rotorua Walking Festival www.rotoruawalkingfestival.org.nz

Rural Fest (Wainuiomata) www.ruralwainuiomata.com New for 2018

Sea Week (nationwide Feb/March) www.seaweek.org.nz New for 2018

Shiny Side Up Bike Fest (Feb/March, various locations) www.shinysideup.co.nz New for 2018

STEAMFEST (Otorohanga) www.steamfestnz.co.nz (returns March 2019)

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

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

Thames Heritage Festival www.thamesheritage.co.nz

The Color Run (Auckland)

Tidal Creek Festival (Little Wanganui) Facebook New for 2019

Tora Tora Tora Family Music Festival (Easter weekend in the Wairarapa) Facebook New for 2018

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

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

Waiheke Island Jazz, Art & Music Festival Facebook

Waiheke Island Wine & Food Festival www.festival.waihekewine.co.nz (returns March 2019)

Waipu Easter Carnival www.waipucarnival.com New for 2018

Wairarapa Balloon Festival (March/April) www.nzballoons.co.nz (Carried away in Carterton - blog post via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival www.wairarapaharvestfestival.co.nz

Waitati Music Festival (Dunedin) www.waitatimusicfest.nz New for 2018

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

Wellington Dragon Boat Festival www.dragonboat.org.nz

Wellington Pride Festival (Feb/March) www.wellingtonpridefestival.org.nz

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Whangarei Fritter Festival Facebook

Whiskey Galore Dram Fest (Christchurch) Facebook (returns 2018)

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

Writers & Readers (Wellington, part of New Zealand Festival) www.festival.co.nz New for 2018


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

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

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival (February - April, various locations) www.asff.co.nz

Armageddon (Wellington) www.armageddonexpo.com New for 2018

Arrowtown Autumn Festival www.arrowtownautumnfestival.org.nz

Aspiring Converstions Ideas Festival (Wanaka) www.aspiringconversations.co.nz New for 2018

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

Buddha's Day Multicultural Festival (Auckland)

Canterbury Folk Festival (March/April) www.canterburyfolkfestival.org.nz

Chromacon NZ Indie Arts Festival (Auckland) www.chromacon.co.nz (returns 2019)

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

Colville Easter Festival www.colvilleartsfestival.co.nz

Craft Beer Capital Hopstock (Wellington)

Devonport Arts Festival (Auckland) Facebook

Dive Festival (Whitianga) www.divefestival.co.nz New for 2018

Easterfest (March/April in Taupo) www.easterfest.nz

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

EcoWest Festival (March/April in Auckland) www.ecomatters.org.nz New for 2018

Fed Street Festival (Auckland) www.aucklandnz.com New for 2018

Fermentation Fantasia (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2018

Festival of Colour (Wanaka) www.festivalofcolour.co.nz (returns 2019)

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

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

Gin Jubilee (Auckland) www.ginjubilee.com New for 2018

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

Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival (Christchurch) http://christchurchgoldenoldies.com New for 2018

Hamilton Folk Festival (Hamsterfest, Easter 2018) www.hamc.org.nz New for 2018

Harcourts Family Music Festival (Mangere Bridge, Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Here & Now Festival (Auckland) www.atc.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

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

Ideas Festival (for children and youth in Nelson) Facebook New for 2018

Kimbolton Sculpture Festival www.ruralart.nz New for 2018

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

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

Melt Festival of Chocolate (Easter - Rotorua) www.meltrotorua.co.nz New for 2018

Motueka Kai Fest www.motuekakaifest.nz New for 2018

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

National Jazz Festival (Easter 2018, Tauranga) www.jazz.org.nz

Nelson Festival of Golf (April/May) www.nelsongolf.co.nz New for 2018

Nelson Fringe Festival (April/May) www.nelsonfringe.co.nz

Nelson Heritage Festival itson.co.nz

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

NZ Spirit Festival (Auckland) www.nzspiritfestival.com New for 2018

Ocean Film Festival World Tour (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin) www.oceanfilmfestivalworldtour.com New for 2018

Photival - Wellington Photography Festival www.photival.com New for 2019

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

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

SOBA Mountain Ales Craft Beer Festival (Taranaki) Facebook

Songkran Water Festival (Tauranga) Facebook New for 2018

Southland Festival of the Arts (April/May) Facebook

SUP Festival (Ohope Beach) Facebook New for 2018

Taiko Festival (Punakaiki) Facebook New for 2018

Tainui Waka Kapa Haka Festival (Hamilton) Facebook New for 2018

Tattoo & Art Extravaganza (Tauranga) www.tattooextravaganza.nz

Te Anau Tartan Festival Facebook (returns 2019)

TecFest NZ (Technical Diving Fest in Taupo) www.tecfestnz.com New for 2018

The French Country Fair (Tauherenikau, Wairarapa) www.frenchcountryfair.com New for 2018

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

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

The Smallest Beer Festival (Paekakariki) Facebook New for 2018

Tora Tora Tora Family Music Festival (Easter weekend in the Wairarapa) Facebook New for 2018

Upsurge Festival (Bay of Islands) (returns 2019) www.upsurgefestival.co.nz

Wairarapa Balloon Festival (March/April) www.nzballoons.co.nz (Carried away in Carterton - blog post via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

Wellington Polish Film Festival www.wpff.nz Returns 2019

Wild Dunedin NZ Festival of Nature www.wilddunedin.nz

Xterra Rotorua Festival www.xterra.co.nz


May

Africa Day (Wellington) www.africancommunity.org.nz New for 2018

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

Arts Out East (Auckland) www.artsouteast.org.nz New for 2018

Auckland Festival of Photography (May - June 2018) www.photographyfestival.org.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

Bright Lights (Viaduct Harbour, Auckland) New for 2018

Celebrating Cultural DiverCity (Napier) Facebook New for 2018

Christchurch Swing Festival www.swingtownrebels.co.nz

Coromandel Seafood Fest Facebook

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

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz (returns 2019)

Feast Marlborough www.feastmarlborough.nz New for 2018

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

Hamilton Zinefest

iD Dunedin Fashion Week www.idfashion.co.nz

International Food and Culture Festival (Whangarei) www.whangareinz.com New for 2018

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

Mount Shop Mudfest (Meremere) www.4androtary.co.nz New for 2018

National Alpaca Day

Nelson Festival of Golf (April/May) www.nelsongolf.co.nz New for 2018

Nelson Fringe Festival (April/May) www.nelsonfringe.co.nz

New Zealand Burlesque Festival (Auckland) www.nzburlesquefestival.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

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

Pinot & Prosciutto (various locations) www.cloudybaypinotandprosciutto.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

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

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

Tauranga Vintage Festival Facebook New for 2018

Tech Week (Auckland) https://techweek.co.nz New for 2018

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

The Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival Facebook New for 2018

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

The World of Wine Festival (Auckland) www.theworldofwinefestival.nz New for 2018

Voyage Du Noir Film Festival (May - July in Auckland) www.academycinemas.co.nz New for 2018

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


June

Ad Lib Puke Ariki Library Festival (New Plymouth) www.pukeariki.com New for 2018

Auckland Beer Week Facebook

Auckland Festival of Photography (May - June 2018) www.photographyfestival.org.nz

Auckland International Film Festival www.www.aiff.co.nz New for 2018

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 (various locations, June - October) www.cinemaitalianonz.com

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

Dunedin Midwinter Carnival www.midwintercarnival.co.nz

Edible Fashion Awards (Hastings) www.ediblefashionawards.co.nz (moved from July - June 2018)

Escape Festival (Tauranga) www.taurangafestival.co.nz New for 2018

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

Feastival - Taranaki Restaurant Week www.feastival.co.nz New for 2018

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

Hokitika Matariki Winter Festival www.westcoast.co.nz New for 2018

Le Renault French Festival (held in Auckland and Wellington in June) www.frenchfestival.nz New for 2018

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

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

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

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

Matariki Wellington (June/July) www.matarikiwellington.org New for 2018

Matariki Whanau Festival (Whangarei) Facebook

Matariki Waitohi - Picton Kai www.marlboroughnz.com part of Picton Matariki Festival New for 2018

Mercury Bay Music Festival (Whitianga) www.mercurybaymusicfestival.co.nz (may return 2019)

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 (June/July in Wanaka, Cromwell & Queenstown) www.mountainfilm.net.nz

Ohakune Mardi Gras www.visitruapehu.com Returns 2018

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

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

Queenstown Winter Festival www.winterfestival.co.nz

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

Right Royal Cabaret Fest (New Plymouth, June/July) www.taft.co.nz New for 2018

Rotorua Blues Festival Facebook ?2018

Rotorua 3D Multisport Festival Facebook

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival www.sgcnz.org.nz New for 2018

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

Taiopenga Hangarau Rotorua Tech Festival www.thefirestation.co.nz New for 2018

Taranaki Woodcraft Festival (Waitara) (returns 2019)

The Seriously Good Food Show (Tauranga - June/July) www.seriouslygoodfoodshow.co.nz

The Smallest Beer Festival (Paekakariki, April & June 2018) Facebook New for 2018

Voyage Du Noir Film Festival (May - July in Auckland) www.academycinemas.co.nz New for 2018

Waiheke Island Open Studios www.waihekeartgallery.org.nz

Waimate Folk Festival www.waimatefolkfestival.weebly.com New for 2018

Wairoa Maori Film Festival www.kiaora.tv

Wellington Jazz Festival www.jazzfestival.co.nz

Winetopia (Auckland & Wellington) www.winetopia.nz

Winter Warmer Festival (Wellington Night Market) www.wellingtonnightmarket.co.nz New for 2018

Word Cafe Writers Festival (Raglan - June/July) www.wordcaferaglan.co.nz (returns 2019)

Yarns in Barns - Wairarapa Festival of Reading New for 2018


July

A Mid Winter's Ale Festival (Cathedral Square, Christchurch) www.canterburybeerfestival.co.nz

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

Bastille Day Street Festival (Remuera, Auckland)

Canterbury Truffle Festival www.canterburytrufflefestival.nz

Chocolate Festival (Wellington) www.chocolatefestival.co.nz Returns 2018

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

Cycle Chic Film Tour (various locations, July and August) www.bigbikefilmnight.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

Gintopia - A Festival of Gin (Wellington) Facebook New for 2018

Hanmer Salsa Winter Festival www.hanmersalsa.com

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

ILT Kidzone Festival (Invercargill) www.iltkidzone.co.nz New for 2018

KidsFest (Christchurch) www.kidsfest.co.nz

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

Marlborough Book Festival www.marlboroughbookfest.co.nz

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

Matariki Wellington (June/July) www.matarikiwellington.org New for 2018

Meadowfresh NZ Latte Art Championship (Auckland) www.eventbrite.co.nz New for 2018

Moonshine by the River (Riverhead, Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Moveable Feasts (July/August, Nelson) www.uniquelynelson.co.nz New for 2018

NZ International Film Festival (various locations, July - 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

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

Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival (Auckland) www.panpacsnz2018.com New for 2018

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

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

Right Royal Cabaret Fest (New Plymouth, June/July) www.taft.co.nz New for 2018

Russell Birdman Festival www.russellbirdman.co.nz

Stellar Mid Winter Light Festival (Auckland) www.smalesfarm.co.nz

Taupo Winter Festival www.taupowinterfestival.co.nz

Tauranga Coffee Festival Facebook

The Seriously Good Food Show (Tauranga - June/July) www.seriouslygoodfoodshow.co.nz

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

Voyage Du Noir Film Festival (May - July in Auckland) www.academycinemas.co.nz New for 2018

Waimakariri Winter Festival (was Rangiora Winter Festival) www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz

Waipu in Tartan www.breambay.co.nz

WAI.TAI and Kai (part of Matariki Festival, Maritime Museum in Auckland) www.maritimemuseum.co.nz New for 2018

Winter Ales Festival (Wellington) www.winterales.co.nz

Winter Nights Winter Lights (Tauranga) www.downtowntauranga.co.nz New for 2018


August

American Express Restaurant Month incorporating The Curious Food Festival (Auckland) www.heartofthecity.co.nz

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

Beervana (Wellington) www.beervana.co.nz

Botanic D'Lights (Christchurch) www.ccc.govt.nz New for 2018

Cellophonia and Chamber Music Festival (August/September in Wellington) www.victoria.ac.nz New for 2018

Christchurch Arts Festival (August - September) www.artsfestival.co.nz (returns 2019)

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

Cycle Chic Film Tour (various locations, July and August) www.bigbikefilmnight.co.nz New for 2018

Dunedin Winter Beer Festival Facebook New for 2018

German Film Festival (August and September, various locations) www.goethe.de New for 2018

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

Groundswell Festival of Innovation (August/September in Tauranga) www.gswell.co.nz

Hutt Winter Festival www.huttwinterfestival.co.nz

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

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

Moveable Feasts (July/August, Nelson) www.uniquelynelson.co.nz New for 2018

Murihiku Polyfest (Invercargill) www.southlandnz.com New for 2018

National Poetry Day

New Zealand Concert Bands Association Concert Bands Festival (Wellington) www.nzcba.org New for 2018

New Zealand Water Polo Winter Festival (Auckland) www.waterpolo.org.nz New for 2018

NZ Fashion Week (August and September in Auckland) www.nzfashionweek.com

NZ International Film Festival (various locations, July - September) www.nzff.co.nz

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

RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival (various locations, August/September) www.flyfishinggilmfestival.co.nz

Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival (Marlborough) Facebook New for 2018

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

Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen's Annual Brew Fest (Auckland) www.sweatshopbrew.co.nz New for 2018

Taranaki International Arts Festival (August/September) www.artsfest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Taste Tauranga Tapas Trail www.downtowntauranga.co.nz New for 2018

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

The Others Way Festival (Auckland, R18 event) www.undertheradar.co.nz Returns 2018

Top Dog Film Festival (various locations, August and September) www.topdogfilmfestival.com and www.trybooking.com New for 2018

Tutukaka Coast Boutique Beer Festival (returns 2019)

Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival Facebook (returns 2019)

Visa Wellington On a Plate www.wellingtononaplate.com

Wellington Band & Orchestra Festival www.webo.co.nz New for 2018

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

WoolOn Creative Fashion Event (Alexandra) www.woolon.co.nz New for 2018

WTF! Women's Theatre Festival (Wellington) (August - October) www.circa.co.nz

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival (August/September) www.wordchristchurch.co.nz

September

Alexandra Blossom Festival www.blossom.co.nz

Antarctic Season Opening Festival of Events (September & October in Christchurch) www.christchurchnz.com New for 2018

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

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

Auckland Indonesian Festival www.aucklandindonesianfestival.com

BMW Oktoberfest (Auckland)

Carterton Daffodil Festival

Cellophonia and Chamber Music Festival (August/September in Wellington) www.victoria.ac.nz New for 2018

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

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

Cheviot Spring Festival

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

Eat. Taste. Central (September - October, Central Otago) www.centralotagonz.com New for 2018

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

Ellerslie Fairy Festival & Pirate Party Facebook New for 2018

Festival of Adult Learning (various locations) www.aceaotearoa.org.nz New for 2018

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

Franklin Arts Festival www.franklinartsfestival.co.nz

German Film Festival (August and September, various locations) www.goethe.de New for 2018

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

Groundswell Festival of Innovation (August/September in Tauranga) www.gswell.co.nz

Hamilton Pride Festival www.hamiltonpride.co.nz

Hamilton Tulip Festival www.hamiltongardens.co.nz New for 2018

Hastings Blossom Festival www.artsinc.co.nz

Hokianga Country Music Festival

IHI Festival - Indigenous Performing Arts Festival (Rotorua) Facebook New for 2018

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

Kawerau WoodFest www.kaweraunz.com

K-Fest (Korean Pop Culture, Auckland) Facebook

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - December, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz New for 2018

Literary Festival (Whanganui) (September/October) www.writersfest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Manawatu Writers Festival (Feilding)

Martinborough Music Festival www.martinboroughmusicfestival.co.nz New for 2018

NZ Fashion Week (August and September in Auckland) www.nzfashionweek.com

NZ International Film Festival (various locations, July - September) www.nzff.co.nz

NZ Junior Rugby Festival (Taupo & Queenstown) www.juniorrugbytournament.com

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

NZ Theatre Month www.theatremonth.nz New for 2018

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

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

Port Chalmers Seafood Festival www.festival.portchalmers.com (returns 2019)

Raglan Film Festival www.raglanartscentre.co.nz

RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival (various locations, August/September) www.flyfishinggilmfestival.co.nz

School of Music Festival (University of Auckland) www.musicfest.ac.nz New for 2018

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

Spring Festival (Wellington) www.wellington.govt.nz

Spring Fling (Central Hawke's Bay, September & October) www.thespringfling.nz New for 2018

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

Taranaki International Arts Festival (August/September) www.artsfest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Tastes of the North - Craft Beer, Food and Wine (Pahia) www.paihianz.co.nz New for 2018

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

The Biggest Dance Festival (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2018

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

Top Dog Film Festival (various locations, August and September) www.topdogfilmfestival.com and www.trybooking.com New for 2018

Vegan Vibes (Mount Maunganui)

Waikato Cherry Tree Festival www.hamiltonwaikato.com New for 2018

WLG-X - Tech, Design, Film and Music - A Festival of Creative Collisions (Wellington) www.wlg-x.com Returns 2019

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

Whitianga Scallop Festival www.scallopfestival.co.nz (returns 2019)

Winter Pride Festival (Queenstown) www.winterpride.co.nz New for 2018

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival (August/September) www.wordchristchurch.co.nz

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

WTF! Women's Theatre Festival (Wellington) (August - October) www.circa.co.nz


October

Akaroa Frenchfest www.akaroa.com (returns 2019)

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

Antarctic Season Opening Festival of Events (September & October in Christchurch) www.christchurchnz.com New for 2018

Aoraki MacKenzie Starlight Festival (Twizel) (returns 2019) www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz

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

Artweek Auckland www.artweekauckland.co.nz

Auckland Diwali Festival www.aucklandnz.com

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

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

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

Biketober - Christchurch Festival of Cycling www.biketober.nz New for 2018

birdsAPlenty Festival (Whakatane) www.whakatane.com New for 2018

Body Mind Spirit Health Expo (Christchurch) www.bodymindspirit.co.nz

Christchurch Big Band Festival www.bigbandfest.org.nz

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

Diwali 2018 Festival of Lights (Whangarei) Facebook New for 2018

Dunedin Heritage Festival www.heritagefestival.org.nz (returns 2019)

Eat. Taste. Central (September - October, Central Otago) www.centralotagonz.com New for 2018

Equidays (Mystery Creek & Christchurch) www.equidays.co.nz New for 2018

Feilding Festival of Cycling www.feildingfestivalofcycling.co.nz

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

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

FoUND: Festival of the (Un)Dead (Christchurch) Facebook New for 2018

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

Gore Rhododendron Festival www.gorenz.com

Graffiato Street Art Festival (Taupo) www.greatlaketaupo.com (Taupo Street Art blog post via thecuriouskiwi/blog)

Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival www.hbaf.co.nz

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

Hunterville Huntaway Festival www.shemozzle.co.nz

InterACT - A Disability Arts Festival (Auckland, October & November) www.interacting.org.nz

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

KM130 Festival (Wellington) www.katherinemansfield.com New for 2018

Kokomai Creative Festival (Wairarapa) www.kokomai.co.nz (returns 2019)

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

Latin America & Spain Film Festival (September - December, various locations) www.lasffnz.co.nz New for 2018

Latin Power Britomart Festival (Auckland) Facebook New for 2018

Lift Off Abel Tasman www.liftoff.nz New for 2018

Literary Festival (Whanganui) (September/October) www.writersfest.co.nz (returns 2019)

Matakana Oyster & Wine Festival www.oysterfestmatakana.co.nz

Mexfestival (Auckland) www.mexfestival.com

Mount Busking Festival www.mountmaunganui.org.nz New for 2018

Nelson Arts Festival www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

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

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

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

NZ Mural Contest & Arts Festival (Katikati) www.katikatimurals.co.nz (returns 2019)

Nowhere! Festival (Auckland) www.audiofoundation.org.nz New for 2018

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

Palmy Fringe Festival www.palmyfringe.nz New for 2018

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

Rosebank Oktoberfest (Christchurch)

Rotorua Bike Festival www.rotoruabikefestival.com

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

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans Tairawhiti Festival (Gisborne) www.gdc.govt.nz New for 2018

Show Me Shorts Film Festival (various locations) www.showmeshorts.co.nz

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

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

Spring Fest (Marlborough) www.marlboroughnz.com New for 2018

Spring Fling (Central Hawke's Bay, September & October) www.thespringfling.nz New for 2018

Tairawhiti Gisborne Wine & Food Weekend incorporating First Light Wine & Food Festival www.firstlightwineandfood.co.nz New for 2018

Taste of Takapuna www.ilovetakapuna.co.nz New for 2018

TEDx Auckland www.tedauckland.com New for 2018

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

Terror-Fi Film Festival (October/November in Wellington) www.roxycinema.co.nz New for 2018

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

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

The Shakespeare Brewery's Oktoberfest (Auckland)

Tulip Fest (Rotorua) www.tulipfestrotorua.co.nz and Facebook (no Tulip Fest 2018)

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

Vegan Expo (Christchurch) www.veganexpo.co.nz

Waihi Gold Fest www.waihi.org.nz

Waitakere Diwali Festival Facebook New for 2018

Wellington Diwali Festival www.wellington.govt.nz

Wellington Festival of Slam www.natlib.govt.nz New for 2018

Wellington Folk Festival www.wellingtonfolkfestival.wordpress.com

Welsh Festival (New Plymouth) www.newplymouthnz.com New for 2018

Westport Whitebait Festival Facebook

Whanganui Festival of Cultures Facebook

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

WTF! Women's Theatre Festival (Wellington) (August - October) www.circa.co.nz


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Rachael

Hi Andrea
I don't know, and you've probably looked in the same places as I have - their website that says they'll be back in 2018 but there's no date, and their Facebook page which hasn't been posted on since December 2016. There is an email address for them on Facebook so you could email to ask, otherwise if it's coming back I'm sure it will be well advertised as if it's going to be held over Auckland Anniversary Weekend again that's not far away.

Andrea

Hi I'm just wanting to know when the Auckland Seafood Festival is going to be up and running again? Last year I read something that they would be back bigger and better in 2018 but can't see any advertising about it??

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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