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Five of New Zealand’s Finest Winter Festivals

What better way to warm up than to bust a move at a music festival and consume excessive chocolate? Winter is celebrated in New Zealand in this manner. Skiers and snowboarders travel worldwide to enjoy summer skiing,’ so attending a festival or two makes for a genuinely memorable apres-ski session. With that in mind, here are five of New Zealand’s top winter festivals.

Winter is on its way, and so are some of the year’s finest parties!

Matariki – New Zealand Winter Festivals


This statewide celebration commemorates the Maori New Year, which may be seen in the night sky as the Matariki star cluster. Most cities have performances, kitesurfing, workshops, and Maori art exhibitions. There are Haka contests, pop-up hakas, and Maori story presentations in Auckland. See What is Matariki – Maori New Year for additional details.

When? Matariki is typically born in May and June.

Scallop Festival at Whitianga


Okay, technically, the Whitianga Scallop Festival does not take place in the winter… But it’s already getting close. The Coromandel oyster festival comprises roughly 60 food and wine vendors, cooking demonstrations, and shelling competitions. Do you have no idea what shucking is? To discover out, go to the festival.

When? September

Winter Festival in Queenstown


The Queenstown Winter Festival’s massive fireworks display kicks off the season. Dog derby, barking dog, dodgeball, iHeart Radio Day on the Bay, and 70s disco practice are the fun/exciting competitions scheduled for the 10-day event. In the evening, there is live music and comedies to enjoy. Make your hotel reservations early for this crowded festival. Check out the top 5 Queenstown hostels.

When? Mid-June

Cadbury Chocolate Festival in Dunedin


Consume a lot of chocolate to begin storing winter fat! Cadbury World is located in Dunedin, and visitors may take tours, learn about chocolate production, and enjoy chocolate (duh!). The festival’s main attractions are chocolate decorating, painting, and facials. The main event is the Jaffa race down the world’s steepest residential street, Baldwin Street.

When? Mid-July

Winter Festival in Nelson


It’s strange how a music festival has to be deemed a poetry competition: a comedic poetry competition. The Nelson Winter Festival honors New Zealand’s popular music. The Complete Guide to Nelson has further information about the city.

When? Mid-July

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