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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 at the start of each month. 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)



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 New

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) www.fairtradefestivalnz.com New

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 (Auckland) Facebook New

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


June
Auckland Festival of Photography www.photographyfestival.org.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

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

Mid Winter Woolfeast (Christchurch) www.woolfeast.com New

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

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

Ohakune Mardi Gras Facebook (no Mardi Gras 2017)

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

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 (June/July)

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

SOBA Winter Ale Festival (Wellington) www.soba.org.nz (? 2017)

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

3D Rotorua Multisport Festival www.rotoruamultisport.co.nz

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


July

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

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

Auckland Zinefest www.aucklandzinefest.org

Bastille Day Street Festival (Remuera, Auckland)

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

Canterbury Truffle Festival www.canterburytrufflefestival.nz (July/August)

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 Week Facebook

Hanmer Salsa Winter Festival www.hanmersalsa.com

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

IlluminART Festival (Tauranga) www.greertonvillage.org.nz New

KidsFest (Christchurch) www.kidsfest.co.nz

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

Marlborough Book Festival www.marlboroughbookfest.co.nz

Matariki Taku Ahi Festival (Whangarei) www.quarryarts.org New

NZ Eco Fashion Week (Lower Hutt) www.econzfashionweek.nz (new event date to be advised)

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

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

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

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

Queenstown Winter Festival www.winterfestival.co.nz (June/July)

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

Russell Birdman Festival www.russellbirdman.co.nz

Taupo Winter Festival www.taupowinterfestival.co.nz New

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

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

Waipu in Tartan www.breambay.co.nz

Whanganui Food Show www.mainstreetwanganui.co.nz New

Winetopia (Wellington) www.winetopia.nz New


August

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

Beervana (Wellington) www.beervana.co.nz

Caffeination (Wellington) www.cmnzl.co.nz cancelled

Canterbury Truffle Festival www.canterburytrufflefestival.nz (July/August)

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

Concert Bands Festival (Gisborne) www.festival.ncba.org

Dunedin Heritage Festival (Otago Settlers Museum) www.heritagefestival.org.nz (returns 2017)

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

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

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

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

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 Web Fest (Auckland) www.nzwebfest.com New

Petone Winter Carnival www.petonecarnival.co.nz

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

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

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

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

Storylines Festival of NZ Children's Writers & Illustrators (various locations) www.storylines.org.nz

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

Tauranga Zinefest

Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival (August/September)

Visa Wellington On a Plate www.wellingtononaplate.com

Wellington Light Festival www.lux.org.nz (returns 2017)

Word Cafe Writers Festival (Raglan) www.wordcaferaglan.co.nz (returns 2017)


September

Alexandra Blossom Festival www.blossom.co.nz

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

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

Auckland Underground Film Festival New

BMW Oktoberfest (Auckland) www.oktoberfest.co.nz

Brewtoberfest (Brew on Quay in Auckland) New

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

Carterton Daffodil Festival www.cartertondc.co.nz

CHB The Festival (Hawkes Bay) www.thefestival.org.nz also see Spring Fling www.thespringfling.nz

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

Cheviot Spring Festival www.cheviotnz.com New

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

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

Farmers Rangiora Festival New

Feilding Festival of Cycling www.feildingfestivalofcycling.co.nz

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

Franklin Arts Festival www.franklinartsfestival.com

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

Hamilton Pride Festival www.hamiltonpride.co.nz

Hastings Blossom Festival www.hastingscity.co.nz

Hokianga Country Music Festival www.hokiangacountrymusic.com

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

Kawerau Woodfest www.kaweraudc.govt.nz and National Woodskills Competition

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

Manawatu Writers Festival (Feilding & Palmerston North) New

Maths Craft Festival (Auckland) www.mathscraftnz.org New

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

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

Quarry Nights - Festival of Light and Art (Whangarei) www.quarrynights.com (returns 2017)

Raglan Film Festival www.raglanartscentre.co.nz

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

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

Snapafest (Nelson) www.snapafest.co.nz New

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

Street Festival (Kaitaia) www.northlandnz.com New

Tamaki Nui A Rua Kapa Haka Festival www.dannevirke.net.nz New

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) www.flyout.co.nz

Tutukaka Coast Boutique Beer Festival

Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival (August/September)

Vegan Vibes (Mount Maunganui) New

Vegetarian Food & Lifestyle Expo, Christchurch www.vegetarianexpo.org.nz

Wellington Polish Film Festival (September/October) www.wpff.nz New

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

Whitianga Scallop Festival www.scallopfestival.co.nz

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

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) www.artsfestivaldunedin.co.nz

Artweek Auckland www.artweekauckland.co.nz including Whau Arts Festival

Auckland Diwali Festival www.aucklandnz.com

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

Auckland Jazz Festival www.aucklandjazzfestival.co.nz

Bannockburn Bud Burst Festival www.cromwell.org.nz New

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

Beca Heritage Week (Christchurch & Banks Peninsula) www.ccc.govt.nz

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

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

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

Carterton Chocolate Festival www.cartertonec.co.nz New

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

FermentFest (Hamilton) www.waikatofoodinc.com New

Festival of Transitional Architecture (returns 2016) (Christchurch) www.festa.org.nz

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

Gisborne Wine & Food Festival www.gisbornewineandfoodfestival.co.nz including Beats, Bites & Brews

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

Hamilton Diwali Mela New

Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival www.hamiltongardens.co.nz New

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

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

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

Kiwi Spring Festival (Coromandel) www.kiwiretreat.co.nz

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

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

Mexfestival (Auckland) www.mexfestival.com New

MIA Latin Festival (Wellington) www.festival.mujeres.nz

Nelson Arts Festival www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

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

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

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

Oktoberfest (Wellington) www.oktoberfest.co.nz

Orangetoberfest (Christchurch) New

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

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

Rosebank Oktoberfest (Christchurch)

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

Science Teller Festival (Dunedin) (returns 2017) www.scienceteller.com

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

Seafest (Kaikoura) www.seafest.co.nz

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

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

Southland Festival of Running (Invercargill) New

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

Taupo Music Festival New

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 Annual Beer Fest (Auckland) New

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

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

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

Waihi Gold Fest www.waihi.org.nz

Wanakafest www.wanakafest.co.nz (returns 2017?)

Wellington Diwali Festival www.asianz.org.nz

Wellington Folk Festival www.wellingtonfolkfestival.wordpress.com

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


November

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

Art in the Dark (Auckland) www.artinthedark.co.nz (no event 2016)

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

Auckland Festival of Quilts www.aqg.org.nz

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

Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival www.gardenandartfest.co.nz

Blues, Brews & BBQs (Blenheim) www.bluesbrewsbbqs.co.nz (no BBB in 2016)

Budburst Natural Wine & Food Festival (Wellington) www.budburst.nz New

Christchurch Christmas Festival www.christchurch.christmas

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

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

Circulation Festival of Music & Performance (returns to Dunedin in 2016) www.circulation.co.nz

Dive Festival (Whitianga) www.divefestival.co.nz (returns 2017)

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

Dunedin Festival of Photography www.dps.org.nz

Eastbourne Carnival (Wellington) www.eastbournecarnival.org.nz New

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

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

Fiesta Del Sol - Festival of the Sun (Auckland) www.villamaria.co.nz

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

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

Garden Marlborough www.gardenmarlborough.co.nz

Geraldine Arts & Plants Festival

Gisborne Garden & Arts Festival (may return 2017)

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

Gore Rhododendron Festival www.gorenz.com

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

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

Hororata Highland Games www.hororatahighlandgames.org.nz

House of Travel Triathalon Festival (Canterbury) www.triathalonfestival.co.nz New

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

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

LitCrawl (Wellington) www.litcrawl.co.nz

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

Napier's Downtown Festival New

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

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

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

Nowhere Festival (Auckland) New

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

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

Quarryfest (Tauranga) www.quarrypark.org.nz

Rising Can Festival (Whitianga) www.hotwaterbrewingco.com

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

Rotorua Half Marathon www.rotoruahalfmarathon.com

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

South Canterbury International Festival

Steampunk The Thames Festival www.steampunkthethames.org

Taste of Auckland www.tasteofauckland.co.nz

Te Matuku Oyster Festival iticket (Waiheke Island) New

The Federal Street Festival (Auckland)

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

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

Trinity Farm Rose Festival (Otaki) www.trinityfarm.co.nz

Urbanesia (Auckland) www.urbanesia.org.nz

Waiheke Island Literary Festival www.waihekeliteraryfestival.co.nz (no festival 2016)

Waiheke Island Olive & Artisan Food Festival (no festival 2016) www.waihekeolivefestival.co.nz

Waiheke Island Walking Festival www.waihekewalkingfestival.org

Wattie's Cans Film Festival (nation wide) - no cans film festival this year, instead Wattie's Cans for Good

Wellington Zine Fest

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




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

Auckland Ska Festival (Kings Arms)

Branding Music Festival (Wanaka) * (may return December 2017)

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 www.takapunabeach.co.nz New

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

Dunedin Flute Festival New

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

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

First Thursdays (Christchurch) www.firstthursdayschch.co.nz New

First Thursdays (Auckland) www.kroad.com New

Frequency NYE (Mount Maunganui) www.frequencynye.co.nz* New

Hawea Summer Festival www.lakehawea.co.nz *

Highlife NYE Stonyridge Vineyard (Waiheke Island) www.highlifenye.co.nz*

Hutt City Christmas Charity Rockfest - Facebook (proceeds going to Wellington City Mission, Compassion Centre & Soup Kitchen) New

Infinite One Festival (Golden Bay) www.infiniteonefestival.nz* New

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

Kapiti Food Fair www.kapitifoodfair.net

Mandeville Craft Festival www.mandevillecraftfestival.co.nz

Mudtopia Festival (Rotorua) www.mudtopia.com New

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

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

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

Primal Getaway NYE Festival (Cooks Beach - December/January) www.primalgetaway.co.nz*

Psychedelic Wonderland NYE Festival by AUM Productions (South Head, 40mins north of Auckland) * New

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

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

Rotorua Glo Festival www.rotoruaglofestival.co.nz

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

The Mix Festival (Oamaru) www.mixfestival.xyz* New

Top Paddock Music Festival (Lake Hawea) www.toppaddock.co.nz* New

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

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* New


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

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 www.itson.co.nz

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

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

Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival Facebook

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 New

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

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 (2017?)

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 New

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 New

Auckland Museum Lantern Festival www.aucklandmuseum.com New

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

Beer Day Out (Hastings) New

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 New

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 New

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

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

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) New

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

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

Island Bay Festival www.islandbayfestival.org.nz

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 www.itson.co.nz

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

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

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

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

Resonance Karamea Festival www.reasonancekaramea.co.nz New

Rotorua Bike Festival www.rotoruabikefestival.com (includes Cyclezone Rotorua Tour of the Valleys)

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

Southland Buskers Festival (Invercargill)

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

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

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 New

Wellington Summer City Festival www.wellingtonnz.com

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

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

Wine & Food Wind Down (Blenheim) Facebook New

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) New

YoiFest Storytellers Festival (Kaitaia) Facebook New

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

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 New

Rebel Round Up (Rotorua) New

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

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

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 (Hampton Downs) www.toyota.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 New

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

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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