Best Cultural Festivals of New Zealand

New Zealand is a country of beautiful natural landscapes and a rich culture. It’s a popular travel destination for many reasons – snowy winters, beautiful mountain peaks, pristine waters, amazing flora and fauna and fantastic people are just some of the elements.


JAZZOf late, the country is also becoming popular for the various types of amazing cultural festivals it hosts, which give visitors a sneak peek into its rich and fabulous culture. New Zealand attracts tourists with its food festivals, wine festivals, music festivals, arts festivals, fashion festivals, family fun events, sports festivals, and various other events and festivals. At these festivals, one often witnesses collaborations between local and international artists.

Wellington Jazz Festival

Wellington Jazz Festival is a music festival celebrating the music genre of Jazz by big international as well local musicians. As the name suggests, the musical extravaganza is held at Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.The fest sees around 100 acts by world class musicians, for three to five days. There is lots of great food and drinks.

F.A.W.C! – Hawke’s Bay (Food & Wine Classic)

F.A.W.C! (Food & Wine Classic) is a popular food and wine festival that is organized twice every year amidst the stunning surroundings of Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The festival is well attended by notable food and wine personalities. One gets to sample delectable local lambs and venison to the accompaniment of rich wines and fine music. The festival is held once in summers and once in winters.

American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival is an annual event that is held to mark the beginning of winters in Queenstown, New Zealand. The 10-day festival includes many fun-filled activities, great music, street parties, international and local stage acts, comedy acts, family fun activities, food and wine and electrifying fireworks. The festival is visited by around 45,000 foreign and local visitors.

Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival

The Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival is a chocolate carnival held in July every year at Dunedin, New Zealand. The famous festival is attended by thousands of chocolate lovers – not just for the chocolates – but for the many family-friendly events. The carnival holds chocolate factory tours, food classes, cookery competitions, chocolate facials, chocolate decorating, chocolate painting and its famous Gold Rush train ride and treasure hunt.

Visa Wellington On A Plate

The Visa Wellington On A Plate is another food festival organised in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. This is the largest and the most popular food festival in the country, which witnesses the participation of a large number of renowned chefs.

Driftwood & Sand Sculpture Festival

The Driftwood & Sand Sculpture Festival is a community beach sculpture festival held every year at New Zealand’s Hokitika beach. Thousands of beach sculpture enthusiasts, young and old, participate in this festival to create marvellous sculptures using just driftwood and sand on the stunning scenic background of the West Coast. The festival ends with prize distribution to the winners who make the best sculptures.