Top Choice Fashion in Wellington

World of WearableArt

A two-week run of spectacular garments (dresses or sculptures – it's a fine line) displayed in a spectacular show. Tickets are hot property; hotel beds anywhere near the city sell out weeks in advance.
Top Choice Food & Drink in Hokitika

Wildfoods Festival

Finding the West Coast's seafood scene a little samey? Give your tastebuds the equivalent of a defibrillator shock at this one-day festival of daredevil eating in early March. Fish eyes, pigs' ears and huhu beetle g…
Top Choice Music in New Plymouth


A diverse array of local and international artists perform at the Bowl of Brooklands each March. Hugely popular, with music fans trucking in from across NZ. Camping sites available to purchase online.
Cultural in Auckland

Pasifika Festival

Western Springs park hosts this giant Polynesian party with cultural performances, and food and craft stalls; held over a weekend in early to mid-March.
Cultural in Paihia, Waitangi & Haruru

Waitangi Day

Various ceremonial events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds on 6 February, including speeches, a naval salute and an annual outing for the huge waka taua (war canoe) Ngātokimatawhaorua. The day then continues with food, mu…
Cultural in Napier

Art Deco Weekend

In the third week of February, Napier and Hastings co-host the sensational Art Deco Weekend. Around 125 events fill the week (dinners, picnics, dances, balls, bands, Gatsby-esque fancy dress), many of which are free…
Music in Gisborne

Rhythm & Vines

A huge event on Gizzy's music calendar, R&V is a three-day festival leading up to New Year’s Eve, featuring big-time local and international bands and DJs. Local accommodation feels the squeeze.
Cultural in Auckland

Lantern Festival

Three days of Asian food, culture and elaborately constructed lantern tableaux in Albert Park to welcome the Lunar New Year (usually held in February).
Art in Waiheke Island

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf

A 2.5km cliff-top sculpture walk, held for a month in February in odd-numbered years.
Cultural in Auckland


Massive Auckland secondary schools’ Māori and Pacific Islands cultural festival.