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Events in New Zealand

There are loads of really interesting events of all kinds around New Zealand. Here are some that we think you really must attend during your camper van rental holiday. Travelling by campervan is a great way to experience events – you can usually park nearby (very often event organisers will have designated campervan parking) – and you can escape the crowds and take refuge in your campervan whenever you like!

Some of our favourite events around New Zealand

Air NZ Fashion Week
New Zealand fashion designers promote their collections to the world.
2 -8 September, 2013

Whitianga Scallop Festival
A popular Coromandel festival showcasing the best in seafood, wine and entertainment.
14 September 2013

World of Wearable Art
The prestigious wearable art competition featuring designers from around New Zealand and the globe.
26 September – 6 October, 2013

Kaikoura’s premier festival showcasing wine and food from around the region.
5 October 2013

Busking Festival
Annual amateurs-only busking festival.
Mount Maunganui
6 October 2013

Okere Falls Beer Fest
German-style festivities, food and beer.
Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua
21-27 Oct 2013

Barry Sheene Oceania Challenge
Historic and modern motorcycle races, parades and racers from all over the world.
Hampton Downs
October 25-27, 2013

Taranaki Garden Spectacular
New Zealand’s premier spring garden festival.
1 -10 Nov 2013

Bert Munro Challenge
Motorcycle rally and racing.
28 November – 1 December 2013

Coromandel Peninsula Pohutukawa Festival
A variety of events to celebrate the iconic New Zealand Christmas Tree.
Coromandel Peninsula
30 Nov- 7 Dec 2013

Rhythm and Vines
Music festival with top NZ and international acts.
29-31 December 2013

Kaikoura Summersounds Music Festival
Live music festival featuring blues, dub, and roots artists.
11-12 January, 2014

Kumeu Classic Car & Hot Rod Festival
The largest classic car and hot rod festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
18-19 January 2014

Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta
One of the world’s biggest one-day sailing regattas.
27 January 2014

A unique music festival featuring some fantastic New Zealand acts.
Rippon Vineyard, Lake Wanaka
1 February 2014

Hertz Rugby Sevens
New Zealand’s biggest annual sporting event.
7-8 February 2014

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
New Zealand’s original and most successful wine festival.
8 February 2014

Outdoor summer music and arts festival.
Tapapakanga Regional Park, southeast of Auckland
16 February 2014

Battle of the Streets
A fun and spectacular day of motorsport.
16 February 2014

GEON Art Deco Weekend
An iconic New Zealand art deco weekend featuring over 200 events.
20-23 February 2014

Devonport Wine & Food Festival
Popular festival with top entertainment on Auckland’s North Shore.
2014 dates to be announced

Ellerslie International Flower Show
Australasia’s biggest and best flower show.
26 February – 2 March 2014

Wildfoods Festival
An iconic event on the South Island’s west coast featuring interesting and unusual wild foods and top entertainment.
8 March 2014

Womad – World of Music, Arts & Dance
A celebration of music, arts and dance from around the world. Three-day camping tickets available.
Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
14-16 March 2014

Waiheke Island International Jazz Festival
Three days of good times and great music in a stunning island location.
Waiheke Island
April 2014 – dates TBA

Bluff Oyster & Food Festival
A winter event with a uniquely Southland flavour.
24 May 2014

New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays
The biggest agricultural show in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mystery Creek, Hamilton
11-14 June 2014

Mission Concert
Annual concert featuring top international acts.
2014 date TBA

Warbirds Over Wanaka
The largest Warbird airshow in the Southern Hemisphere. Every 2 years.
18-20 April 2014

There are loads of other events not listed here. Eventfinder is a great website to visit if you want to check out what’s happening in the places you plan to visit.

If you’ve attended one of the above events or another event in New Zealand which you think is worth going to, send us your review! You’ll find our contact details here.

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