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Festival fever in New Zealand

Festival fever in New Zealand

Festival fever is set to hit New Zealand as music, arts and culture take over the country in a year-long extravaganza. It’s the best time to visit the “Land of the Long White Cloud” as the islands put on a spectacular show, promising visitors the best of “festival frenzy”.

Complement this with the plethora of adventure activities that New Zealand is famous for – anything from bungee jumping to white-water rafting, jet boating to sky diving, biking and hiking. For more relaxing pursuits, head to the hot springs or indulge in a massage and golf weekend away. Remember to plan early and book your accommodation on bestwestern.co.nz for early-bird accommodation deals – happy travelling!

Here are our best picks for New Zealand festivals in 2011:

January - Wings over Wairarapa
Widely regarded as one of Australasia’s largest and fastest growing air shows, Wings Over Wairarapa rivals any show for display content and reputation and is now a significant event on the Australasian aviation events calendar.

February – Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival
The Waikato Times Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival is a massive two-week arts event situated in the divine Hamilton Gardens. Over 65 superb acts performing over 200 events both free and ticketed, there is something for every possible taste. It's the celebration event of the year, seriously, don't miss it.

March – Auckland Arts Festival
Be entertained at this 19-day festival with a host of performances and events celebrating the arts.

April – The Square Affair : A Festival of Miniature Attractions
Drawing on enduring nostalgia, Square Affair is a three day celebration of classic the '50s. Exhibitions, events, competitions and a comprehensive film program will fill the diary from dawn 'till well after dusk from Good Friday

May – Auckland Writers and Readers Festival
A festival of literature and ideas, the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival is a highlight of New Zealand’s cultural calendar and an iconic Auckland event. It brings together acclaimed writers and thousands of readers and thinkers through innovative programming.

June – The Pink Floyd Experience Pulse Tour
Not strictly a festival, this tribute concert is a must for Pink Floyd fans. With soaring music, mind-blowing visuals and flawless production, The Pink Floyd Experience immortalises Pink Floyd, capturing the intense live experience, the psychadelia, the genius and the madness that were the hallmarks of one of the greatest bands ever.

July - NZ International Film Festival
A nationwide festival which runs over the course of the year showcases between 150-170 film features from new and emerging directors.

August – Christchurch Arts Festival
Enjoy theatre, music and outdoor events at this showcase of international and regional talent presented in the heart of Christchurch which, with its cultural heritage, proximity of venues and supportive community, lends itself so well to festival fever.

September – Craft and Quilt Fair
The Craft & Quilt Fair is New Zealand’s favourite craft event. It's all about craft - seeing what's possible, learning new techniques and buying all you need for your craft projects. Whether you are a beginner, or a clever craft goddess, you’ll find ideas, inspiration and a huge range of exhibitors selling craft supplies.

October – Organic Music Festival
The Organic Music Festival is a vibrant and upbeat celebration of music, food, and creativity. Top musicians from far and near will offer a quality line-up on several stages featuring all genres.

December – New Year’s Eve
It’s party time across the country as New Zealand is one of the first countries to celebrate the New Year. Spectacular fireworks explode over the cities skylines and revellers celebrate till the wee hours all over the country. Make it the place to be to ring in 2012!

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