7 Famous Festivals Not To Be Missed in New Zealand

There are a lot of festivals and holidays organized in New Zealand throughout the year and immersing into these events is a must for every tourist to this country. Today’s article will introduce to you the best festivals to explore in New Zealand. Let’s get started.

Rhythm & Alps

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Rhythm & Alps festival, Photo Courtesy: Rhythm & Alps festival official website

This is the biggest music festival in New Zealand in New Year’s Ever. Rhythm & Alps attracts more than 10,000 party-goers annually with about 50 local and international acts performed in a stunning location. Participating in this festival is said to be the best way to end an old year and welcome a fortune and happy year to come.

  • Time: December 29th – 30th of every year
  • Place:Cardrona Valley, just outside Wanaka
  • Ticket: From $109

Hokitika Wildwoods Festival

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Hokitika Wildwoods Festival, Photo Courtesy: https://wildfoods.co.nz

Hokitika Wildwoods Festival is a famous food festival in New Zealand, organized to celebrate all of the things from the West Coast. Joining this event, tourists will have a chance to enjoy the most mouth-watering dishes ever such as whitebait fritters, marinated tuna, smoked salmon, traditional Maori hangi, gourmet sausages, mountain oysters, crocodile bites, scorpions, pig ears, duck heads, and so on.

  • Time: March 7th
  • Place: Cass Square, Weld Street, Hokitika
  • Ticket: From $30

Queenstown Winter Festival

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Townies and their dogs run the 45th Monteiths Dog Derby, Photo Courtesy: Queenstown Winter Festival official site

Being held since 1975, Queenstown Winter Festival – music, dance, and firework festival – is a gathering destination of many cultural and sports events, parties, art workshops, etc. For those who love skiing, immersing in this event is a must because they will have an opportunity to see international and local skiers performing during ten days of this festival.

  • Time: June 20th – 23rd
  • Place: Queenstown
  • Ticket: Free for all


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Marchfest, New Zealand

This is a famous beer and music festival held in Nelson – the sole hop growing area of New Zealand. A large amount of beer of all kinds, which has been tested by the public beforehand, are prepared for this event. You will feel special about your beer tasting when engaging in Marchfest beer festival.

  • Time: March 14th
  • Place: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson
  • Ticket: From $32

Gisborne Wine & Food Festival

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Gisborne Wine & Food Festival, Photo Courtesy: Official festival site

Visiting Gisborne – especially on the Labor Day weekend in October and taking part in Gisborne Wine & Food Festival is a worth-trying thing for wine lovers. Here, they can try the most delicious local wines with great foods and music. However, this event is predicted to draw a large number of visitors, so you need to book a ticket in advance.

  • Time: October 27th
  • Place: Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Ticket: From $30

Jim Beam Homegrown

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Jim Beam Homegrown, Photo courtesy: Official Festival Site

This is the most popular and longest-running music festival in New Zealand. It has five stages and about 50 bands performing. Jim Beam Homegrown is promised to make you fall in love with music and life.

  • Time: March 23rd
  • Location: Wellington Waterfront, New Zealand
  • Ticket: From $129

Caroline Bay Carnival

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Caroline Bay Carnival

Caroline Bay Carnival is an occasion for participants to dance, enjoy music, ride, act, and culminate with a huge firework display.

  • Time: December of each year (in about three weeks)
  • Place: Caroline Bay Park, Timaru, South Canterbury
  • Ticket: Free

Above is the list of 7 most great festivals to explore in New Zealand. Having a hand in these events is an excellent way to understand more about this country’s culture and history. Do not miss any of them when you are in New Zealand. Have you ever been to New Zealand and participated in these festivals? Were there any particular things you feel from those occasions? Please share with us on the commenting boxes below.

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Fireworks at the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2019

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  4. trivoyage

    It is benefit for next traveler because they will not miss the chance of this festivals. Thanks for describe about it.

  5. Swapnil Joshi

    Parnashree, you are right. New Zealand has several famous festivals that can be enjoyed with family and friends. I am an EDM lover, have you ever noticed any festival in New Zealand related to this?

  6. James

    You have provided an insightful information. You have really done a thorough research on this topic. I have learned a lot from this post. Thanks for sharing with Us.

  7. Rosie

    I really love the way you not only introduce but also give specific time, place and ticket price of each festival. I’ve chosen some festivals on your list to go someday. Thanks for sharing this amazing post!

  8. James

    I read all the 7 Festival you mention carefully. Nice article thanks for posting.

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  10. James

    great article thanks for posting

  11. Anubhav Aman

    I read all the 7 Festival you mention carefully. All these Festival are very enjoyable. They celebrate all Festival like Grandeur.

  12. andris tour

    a very nice and very clean place and i think this is a very comfortable place


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