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Tairāwhiti funds trails development, food festival
15 Oct 2021   /

Tairāwhiti funds trails development, food festival

Tairāwhiti trails and a food festival have secured funding from Trust Tairāwhiti.


With F.A.W.C! postponed, HBT looks to vaccine certification to help in 2022
8 Oct 2021   /

With F.A.W.C! postponed, HBT looks to vaccine certification to help in 2022

Vaccine certification could bring more certainty to events like F.A.W.C!, which has been postponed until 2022.


Lantern festival moves to Auckland Showgrounds
20 Sep 2021  

Lantern festival moves to Auckland Showgrounds

The Chinese Lantern Festival in Auckland will be held at the Auckland Showgrounds from 10-13 February 2022 as it could not be held on the waterfront due to operational constraints there.


Classic airshow cancelled due to Covid
24 Aug 2021  

Classic airshow cancelled due to Covid

The Yealand Classic Fighters Airshow for 2021 has been cancelled due to the likelihood that the country will not be at an alert level below level 2 by the opening.


Festival fails to raise funds, postpones to 2023
24 Aug 2021  

Festival fails to raise funds, postpones to 2023

The Grow Ōtautahi garden festival will be postponed a year to 2023 due to not reaching critical funding levels.


Central Otago culinary festival celebrates milestone
10 Aug 2021  

Central Otago culinary festival celebrates milestone

The Eat.Taste.Central festival across Central Otago returns for its fifth year from 24 September to 25 October.


Inaugural Wellington fashion fest ready for runway
21 Jul 2021  

Inaugural Wellington fashion fest ready for runway

The inaugural Wellington Festival of Fashion will make its debut this Friday.


CubaDupa 2022 calls for ‘wildly creative ideas’
20 Jul 2021   /

CubaDupa 2022 calls for ‘wildly creative ideas’

Wellington’s CubaDupa festival has opened artist applications and expressions of interest for its 2022 festival.


Te Pae set to host two-day innovation expo from 31 Oct
15 Jul 2021  

Te Pae set to host two-day innovation expo from 31 Oct

International science conference and Australasian ports conference also slated for this year.


Waitomo marks Matariki with glowing programme
5 Jul 2021  

Waitomo marks Matariki with glowing programme

Waitomo is celebrating Matariki with eight days of events from 3-10 July, alongside hosted cave tours and underground boat rides.


Booking.com partners with Winter Pride
17 Jun 2021   /

Booking.com partners with Winter Pride

LGBTTQ+ festival to run from 27 August to 5 September.


Ōpōtiki district, Waikato Museum announce Matariki festivities
17 Jun 2021  

Ōpōtiki district, Waikato Museum announce Matariki festivities

Activities range from kite flying to weaving.


Festivals to provide ‘bumper culinary weekend’ 
15 Jun 2021  

Festivals to provide ‘bumper culinary weekend’ 

Wellington is set to receive a ‘bumper culinary weekend’ from 13-15 August with two coinciding festivals, Beervana and Visa Wellington On a Plate.


Waikato Matariki celebrations begin, set to be ‘biggest yet’
11 Jun 2021  

Waikato Matariki celebrations begin, set to be ‘biggest yet’

More than 60 events planned across region between 11 June and 31 July.


Date set for Arrowtown’s inaugural e-bike festival
11 Jun 2021   /

Date set for Arrowtown’s inaugural e-bike festival

Cyclorama e-bike festival set to go ahead on 13-14 November 2021.


Auckland expects visitor surge due to events galore over winter
9 Jun 2021   /

Auckland expects visitor surge due to events galore over winter

Sports, stage shows and a smorgasbord of food festivals in New Zealand’s largest city.


RAL on target to open first this season
2 Jun 2021   /

RAL on target to open first this season

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts is set to open its Happy Valley beginner’s ski facility at Whakapapa on Saturday 5 June with the rest of the field and neighbouring Tūroa opening on 3 July.


Inaugural Moon Festival to illuminate the city
27 May 2021  

Inaugural Moon Festival to illuminate the city

The inaugural Ōtautahi Christchurch South Island Moon Festival is set to illuminate the central business district with a display of art, lanterns, performances and food in September.


New June date for BOP cultural festival
26 May 2021  

New June date for BOP cultural festival

This year’s event was originally planned for March.


Key events at inaugural music festival sell out
19 May 2021  

Key events at inaugural music festival sell out

Inaugural country music festival to be held 29 May until 6 June in Gore.


Coromandel’s popular scallop festival returns – without the scallops
21 Apr 2021   /

Coromandel’s popular scallop festival returns – without the scallops

Organisers have “flipped the script doing away with scallops altogether,” says Destination Coromandel GM Hadley Dryden.


Inaugural Ripe festival gathers 2k revellers
24 Mar 2021  

Inaugural Ripe festival gathers 2k revellers

Wānaka’s inaugural food and wine festival Ripe drew 2000 festival goers on Sunday 21 March at Corbridge Woolshed.


Auckland’s Summernova partners with charities
8 Dec 2020   /

Auckland’s Summernova partners with charities

Steve Armitage, general manager destination at Auckland Unlimited said Summernova’s charity partners represented the festival’s ethos of inclusivity and sustainability.


$35k in grants raises hopes for Kāpiti’s largest event
10 Sep 2020  

$35k in grants raises hopes for Kāpiti’s largest event

The Kāpiti Food Fair is hoping to go ahead thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Government’s Domestic Events Fund and $10,000 from Kāpiti Coast District Council.


China Southern backs NZ lantern festivals
5 Feb 2019   /

China Southern backs NZ lantern festivals

China Southern Airlines has added sponsorship of New Zealand’s largest showcase of Chinese culture to its portfolio of investments fostering relations between the two countries.


Gallery: Queenstown’s Winter Festival launches
22 Jun 2018  

Gallery: Queenstown’s Winter Festival launches

The four-day Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival kicked off for its 44th year yesterday evening.


New Queenstown Winter Festival director appointed
31 Aug 2017  

New Queenstown Winter Festival director appointed

Destination Queenstown is delighted to announce the appointment of Rae Baker to the position of Queenstown Winter Festival Director.


Winter Festival set to turn the heat up
12 Jun 2017  

Winter Festival set to turn the heat up

Palmerston North City Council is hosting the three-day Winter Festival for locals and Lions rugby tour visitors.