Events

Top Choice Music in New Plymouth

WOMAD

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 New Plymouth

Festival of Lights

Complete with live music, 1000 light installations and costumed characters roaming the undergrowth, this colourful display illuminates Pukekura Park from mid-December to early February.
Cultural in New Plymouth

NZ Tattoo & Art Festival

This saucy skin fest attracts thousands of ink fans over a busy weekend in November. Get yourself a new 'badge', or check out the BMX stunt riders or the burlesque gyrators.
Art in Whanganui

Artists Open Studios & Festival of Glass

Classy glass fest. Plenty of open studios, demonstrations and workshops.
Cultural in Whanganui

Whanganui River Week

The wide Whanganui River got a bit too wide in 2015 – the flood aftermath took months to clean up. But locals still love their river, and celebrate it over a week in November with all kinds of events. Stay up to dat…
Music in Palmerston North

Manawatu International Jazz & Blues Festival

All things jazzy, bluesy and swingin’ across various venues – including free jazz in various cafes and big events at the Globe Theatre and Regent on Broadway – as well as plenty of workshops.
Cultural in Palmerston North

Festival of Cultures

A massive one-day arts, culture and lifestyle festival, with a food-and-craft market in The Square.
Sports in Whanganui

Cemetery Circuit Motorcycle Race

Pandemoniac Boxing Day motorcycle race around Whanganui's city streets. The southern hemisphere's version of the Isle of Man TT?
Cultural in Whanganui

Vintage Weekend

Time-travelling cars, clothes, music, markets, architecture and good times over three January days by the Whanganui River.
Art in New Plymouth

Taranaki International Arts Festival

The regional big-ticket arts fest: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, parades and plenty of food and wine.