Top Choice Cultural in Auckland

Pasifika Festival

Western Springs Park hosts this giant Polynesian party with cultural performances, food and craft stalls; held over a weekend in early to mid-March.
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.
Fashion in Wellington

World of WearableArt

A two-week run of spectacular garments (dresses or sculptures – it's a fine line). Tickets are hot property; hotel beds anywhere near the city sell out weeks in advance.
Cultural in Auckland

Lantern Festival

Three days of Asian food, culture and elaborately constructed lantern tableaux in a city 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.
Comedy in Auckland

NZ International Comedy Festival

Three-week laughfest with local and international comedians; late April to mid-May.
Cultural in Auckland


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

Whangamata Beach Hop

This annual celebration of retro American culture – expect hot rods, classic cars, motorbikes and rock and roll music – is a great time to be in town. Dust off the classic white T-shirt and leather jacket combo, pil…
Cultural in Te Kuiti

Great New Zealand Muster

The highlight of the Great New Zealand Muster is the legendary Running of the Sheep: when 2000 woolly demons stampede down Te Kuiti’s main street. The festival includes sheep-shearing championships, a parade, Māori …