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…
Food & Drink in Kaikoura

Kaikoura Seafest

This annual one-day celebration in early October combining seafood, wine, beer and music is always a whale of a good time. Fancy dress is encouraged so don't be surprised to see a few folk dressed as penguins, dolph…
Art in Hokitika

Driftwood & Sand

Free spirits and budding artists transform flotsam and jetsam into sculptures on Hokitika Beach during this three-day, volunteer-led festival. Participants range from beginners to pros, and accordingly their creatio…
Performing Arts in Christchurch

World Buskers Festival

National and international talent entertain passers-by for 10 days in mid-January. Shows span stand-up comedy, burlesque, music and circus arts. Check the website for locations – and don’t forget to throw money in t…
Cultural in Timaru

Timaru Festival of Roses

Featuring a market day, concerts and family fun, this week-long celebration capitalises on Timaru's obsession with all things rosy. The festival is held annually for one week at the end of November or early December…
Music in Wanaka


New incarnation of the former Rippon Festival, moving up the road to Glendhu Bay in 2018, but featuring the same ilk of big-name Kiwi bands and musicians. It's held every second year, in even-numbered years.
Light Show in Queenstown

LUMA Southern Light Project

Four nights of illumination throughout the Queenstown Gardens over the Queen's Birthday public-holiday weekend. It began in 2015 with four light installations, and had grown to 38 by 2017.
Sports in Queenstown

Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival

How often do you get to take your ice axe to a festival? This winter event gives you the opportunity to climb alongside top-notch and rookie climbers on the iced walls of the Remarkables.
Food & Drink in Blenheim

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

Held at Brancott vineyard, this is an extravaganza of local wine, fine food and entertainment. Book accommodation well in advance.
Sports in Queenstown

Queenstown Winter Festival

Four days of wacky ski and snowboard activities, live music, comedy, fireworks, a community carnival, parade, ball and plenty of frigid frivolity in late June.