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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
Three days of Asian food, culture and elaborately constructed lantern tableaux in Albert Park to welcome the Lunar New Year (usually held in February).
A 2.5km cliff-top sculpture walk, held for a month in February in odd-numbered years.
Massive Auckland secondary schools’ Māori and Pacific Islands cultural festival.
Three-week laughfest with local and international comedians.