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Winter is here and so are some of NZ’s Best Events

While New Zealand is host to some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best skiing & boarding, there a few lesser known cold weather events and activities that you might like to experience.

Matariki  – Māori New Year

22 June – 2 July, 2013

Join in the celebration of Māori New Year or Matariki during winter. Matariki is the most important of  traditional of Maori celebrations, and is celebrated for up to a month in different locations around the country. The focus of the event is to reflect on the past year, give thanks for the blessings and lessons learned and to welcome new life and new beginnings in the upcoming year. Celebrations are marked by food sharing, cultural performances and activities, concerts, arts & craft workshops and excellent hospitality. Ask at your local information centre for Matariki events in the region that you are visiting.

American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

21 – 30 June, 2013

If you happen to be in the South Island the end of June, make sure you head to the alpine resort of Queenstown to take part in one of the country’s biggest festivals. This 10-day celebration is gaining a reputation as the southern hemisphere’s most iconic winter festival – and it gets better every year. A well-established event, the Winter Festival is in its 39th year and the program this year includes some great music, comedy, food & wine, as well the iconic on-snow antics.

Waipu in Tartan – Northland

29 June – 4 July, 2013

Wanting to connect with your Celtic heritage? Well, you’re in luck! Located in Waipu, just 90 minutes north of Auckland, the Waipu in Tartan event showcases a vast array of Celtic charms. From whisky tasting at the jail museum, the music of a Highland band, clan dinners, Highland dancing competitions, a men in kilts rugby challenge and ‘Grand Finale Ball’. The local butcher will be offering tastings of Haggis and shops will be rewarding tartan wearing customers with gifts of free shortbread . . . get your tartans and head north for a wee bit of fun!


Cadbury Chocolate Carnival – Dunedin

20 – 26 July, 2013

If you are a lover of chocolate, you won’t want to miss the Cadbury Chocolate Carvival, located in New Zelanad’s lovely southern city, Dunedin. Loaded with lots of family-friendly events and the enticement of chocolately rewards, the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival is sure to please all members of the family. With most everything chocolate themed – chocolate arts and crafts, chocolate factory tours, chocolate food classes and competitions, chocolate facials – you’ll want to skip lunch and dinner to enjoy the sweet treats on offer. Highlight of the event: the annual Jaffa Race down Balwdin Street – the world’s steepest street.


The Food Show – Auckland

1 – 4 August, 2013

Designed for foodies everywhere, The Auckland Food Show is a true mid-winter feast. One of the country’s most exciting food, wine & beer expos, The Food Show features the latest trends, taste treats, fresh flavours and new ideas brought to you by a collection of celebrity chefs. With live cooking demonstrations by Peter Gordon, Sean Connolly, and Simon Gault in a series of intimate, exclusive classes, you’ll want to register in advance for your seat in New Zealand’s ‘Best of Masterclass’ for masterchefs . . .just like you.


Taranaki International Festival of the Arts

15 August – 1 September, 2013

Held every second winter, you won’t want to miss out on the premier festival of dance, music, theatre, comedy, visual arts, community and literary events. This year, the headline event is the breath-taking Canadian avant-garde circus TRACES – featured in Time magazine’s 2011 ‘Top 10 Plays and Musicals’ and acclaimed as a high-flying, astonishing spectacle. Plan your holiday around this event and take home memories of a lifetime!


These are just a few of the better and lesser known events that are coming to a region near you this winter. Take time to travel around and experience the most of what this great country has to offer.


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