Art in Auckland Region

Auckland Art Fair

Lots of art for sale over five days in May.
Music in Bay of Islands

Country Rock Festival

Second weekend in May.
Music in Bay of Islands

Jazz & Blues Festival

Second weekend in August.
Sports in Bay of Islands

Weekend Coastal Classic

NZ’s largest yacht race, from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, held on Labour Weekend in October.
Cultural in Palmerston North

Festival of Cultures

A massive one-day arts/culture/lifestyle festival, with a food-and-craft market in the Square.
Music in Palmerston North

Manawatu International Jazz & Blues Festival

All things jazzy, bluesy and swingin’, including plenty of workshops.
Sports in Bay of Islands

Russell Birdman

Lunatics with various flying contraptions jump off Russell wharf into frigid waters.
Christmas in Auckland Region

Santa Parade

The big guy in red parades along Queen St before partying in Aotea Sq; last Sunday of November.
Sports in Auckland Region

Auckland On Water Boat Show

Held over four days in September.
Beer in Palmerston North

Manawatu Beerfest

One day in October, the bars along Regent Arcade (including Fish and the Celtic Inn) get all Germanic and beery, with live music and good times.