Defined as ‘A gathering or occasion characterised by a specific activity’ a festival is a wonderful exuberant celebration full of vibrant energy. From the Wellington and Auckland International Festivals of Art which provide a wide range of entertainment choices from live theatre to experimental dance and music to the many Wine and Food Festivals which showcase regional produce, including the exotic West Coast Wildfoods Festival New Zealand offers a multitude of options.
Laneway; The Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The size of the festivals and the location make this an urban music experience like no other.
Taste of New Zealand, Auckland; Food and Wine producers from all over the country converge on Auckland’s Victoria Park for an extravaganza of flavours.
Western North Island
Womad (World of Music, Arts and Dance) The New Zealand site for this festival is New Plymouth , described as the country’s main music, arts and dance festival. People travel from all around the globe to perform and to enjoy 30-hours of music and culture.
One of New Zealand's longest-running garden festivals, the 10-day Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular showcases over 1000 species of Rhododendrons”
Eastern North Island
The Whitianga Scallop festival combines great food, wine, entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Rhythm and Vines Music Festival is the biggest New Year’s Celebration in NZ
Harvest Hawke's Bay Wine and Food Festival is a fun-filled weekend event that celebrates magnificent Hawke's Bay wines and food Unfortunately This event is not being held in 2012.
Experience Toast Martinborough, New Zealand's Premier Wine, Food and Music Festival. Join 10000 food and wine lovers for a fabulous and memorable day.
La De Da is Aotearoa's newest music festival, held on New Year's Eve at Martinborough, in the Wairarapa.
Nelson / Marlborough
Hunter's Garden Marlborough is the premier 'Top of the South' spring garden festival.
The Marlborough Wine Festival is New Zealand's original and most successful wine festival.
Otago / Deep South
Rippon 2012 - an open air festival held at Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka featuring 100% Kiwi music.
Bluff Oyster and Food Festival Annual event held in Bluff, Southland, New Zealand, showcasing an array of local Southland seafood, fine wine and entertainment.
The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is an extravaganza of gourmet bush fare. The annual even is a celebration of local West Coast wild food and is an event not to miss.
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Sculpture on Shore
Phone: 09 3606472 Address: email@example.com www.nzsculptureonshore.co.nz/
Taste of Auckland
Healthy Living Show
Phone: 09 376 4603 Address: Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland, 2-4 Nov 2012 www.healthylivingshow.co.nz