There is never a bad time of year to visit the peaceful terrain of New Zealand. But for those who choose to dive into this country during the months of Summer, a calendar of festivities will be on offer to entertain the long balmy days. First and foremost there is Christmas in New Zealand, a jovial time in which family, friends, acquaintances and strangers broaden their already wide smiles and turn up the dial on the community spirit. An afternoon Hangi meal is a tradition held onto dearly in NZ, which sees a banquet of vegetables and meats cooked on coals underneath the ground. If you can’t coordinate your trip around Christmas in New Zealand a trip in July could suffice, as this fun loving bunch often celebrates a second Christmas at the midpoint of the year. For no other reason than the joy of doing it all again to a winter backdrop. Other New Zealand festivals have been charging into the international spotlight and calling travellers from all over the globe. Venture to Wellington in January for a carnival of horseracing, or in February for a day dedicated to the region’s craft beer.