New Zealand Festivals and Events

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow

Easter 2010 – April 2nd – 4th

Wanaka is potentially the most amazing venue in the world for an airshow. Take that into account and Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow 2010 really must be seen.

For three days over Easter, Lake Wanaka becomes the center-stage for an extravaganza of aerial action that will delight both aviation buffs and families and entertain those wanting a superb day of fun and action. At this stunning show, Warbirds Over Wanaka, you have the ability to be extra close to the action. It's no wonder you feel like YOU are in the pilot's seat.

The line-up for this year looks pretty spectacular as well with a Japanese Zero to fly at the show. There is also a confirmed appearance of 4 F18s from the Royal Australian Air Force in the cards and the amazing German Wing Walker Peggy Krainz will wow the crowds with her amazing dare-devil display.

Arrowtown Autumn Festival

16th April – 25th April 2010

Arrowtown was born out of a gold rush in 1862. It was known back then to be one of the richest sources of alluvial gold in the world and had a population that swelled up to 7000. The following year, 1863, a flood of the Arrow river destroyed many of the miner's tents and many miner's lost their lives. Subsequently a new town was built above the river and many of these historic buildings still remain today.

Arrowtown is a fine example of a living historical town and also boasts some pretty amazing scenery to match, especially in autumn when the township is lightened up with a spectacular array of autumn colors. It makes perfect sense then that the people of Arrowtown celebrate by throwing a few day long festival during autumn, and with good food, music, displays, sights, atmosphere and people it's bound to be a winner.

So all you need to do is take some time out to enjoy all that Arrowtown has to offer, take in the autumn colors, do some shopping and then enjoy one of the many events during the Arrowtown Autumn Festival.

The Wellington Wedding Show

Sunday 2 May 2010

Whether you want a extravagant or simple day there is still so much you need to organize and prepare, and that is why the Wellington Wedding Show is the perfect place for you to stop by to formulate ideas, dream a little (or a lot) and best of all be inspired.

The Wellington Wedding show offers loads of exhibitions and displays from various related providers giving you the opportunity to meet and talk to people who are in the know.

What can you expect to see?

  • Wedding Dresses
  • Wedding Cars
  • Wedding Photographers
  • Wedding Flowers
  • Wedding Venues
  • Wedding Planners
  • Wedding Caterers
  • Wedding Cakes … and the list goes on …

Bluff Oyster and Food Festival

Saturday 22nd May 2010

Just mention the Bluff and oysters spring to mind, or was it to mouth? The Bluff Oyster and Food Festival is a celebration of all that is good in the southern most region of New Zealand.

Expect to find and enjoy loads of fresh seafood, delicious food, great wine and to top it all off some very entertaining events and shows.

Montana World of Wearable Art

Thursday 23 September – Sunday 3 October 2010

Come to one of the ten Montana WOW Awards Shows and prepare to be amazed by the successful combination of art and fashion.

The shows are difficult to describe but spectacular regardless. A montage of dance, color, music, theater, movement and art all with a healthy dose of atmosphere.

This show has grown from humble beginnings in the Nelson region to a full on extravaganza held annually in Wellington.

Alexandra Blossom Festival

24th September – 2nd October 2010

Alexandra Welcomes You, and again we are in Central Otago for another historical event, the Alexandra Blossom Festival.

The Alexandra Blossom Festival has been celebrating the arrival of spring for over 50 years and still proudly carries on this tradition with this fun and friendly festival. Past festivals have been well attended and great successes and there is no reason why this will not continue, with iconic events such as the Around the Clock Race, The Grand Procession, Princesses, a Garden Tour and WoolOn (a fashion and design event) .

So for plenty to see and do come to Alexandra at the end of September and beginning of October and join in the festivals.

Nelson Arts Festival

14 – 25 October 2010

The Nelson and Tasman region is jam packed with artists of all types and sizes, galleries and musical genius and the Nelson Arts Festival is a celebration of all that Nelson has to offer.

The Nelson Arts Festival is the only regional festival to be held annually and it's no wonder with the high quality and success of the shows and events.

So if you are in Nelson during the vibrant Spring season be sure to check out what's on.

Dunedin Rhododendron Festival

17 – 25 October 2010

The Dunedin Rhododendron Festival has a well established history as a favorite community event and with loads of events, color and garden fun it's no wonder.

The festival is a four day celebration with garden fees, garden tours, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, garden parties and other recreational events all available for you to enjoy.

Wings Over Wairarapa

21st – 23rd January 2011

This large and quick growing airshow celebrates not only the aircraft but the men and women that have shaped the history of aviation, particularly in New Zealand.

It is a full on few days with loads of vintage aircraft and top notch displays of flying prowess. Expect agricultural flying displays, military might and thrilling aerobatics to keep you on the edge of your seat, or picnic rug.

With a full on variety of on the ground displays also showing, this is one event you should not miss.

Havelock Mussel Festival

March 2011

There is no doubt about it … Marlborough is one of New Zealand's most exciting regions. Not only does Marlborough enjoy the country's best wine and seafood, it also boasts some of the most picturesque areas of the country including the Marlborough Sounds and the wine plains near Blenheim.

The Havelock Mussel Festival is now recognized as a national icon event on the calendar taking place in Havelock, an idyllic, South Island, New Zealand town. it is full of food, wine and beer stalls as well as jewelery, craft and industry stall displays. Along with the famous Mussel related competitions.

Source by John Jepson

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