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.
Meanwhile in Auckland you can eat and dance your way through the magic of Asian culture at the annual 4-day Lantern Festival, or celebrate the history, heritage and contemporary culture of New Zealand’s Māori people at Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival. Leading the scene in New Zealand food festivals is Taste Auckland, which drags out the very best of the city’s chefs and restaurants for a celebration of Kiwi culinary delights. In Queenstown visitors can be welcomed into a week of wellness and radical self-expression at Biophilia festival, or marvel at artistic light installations at Luma Southern Light Project. Saint Jerome's Laneway Festival, Raggamuffin, and Homegrown are just some of the many New Zealand music festivals drawing colossal crowds and international acts. This country’s calendar of festivals will tantalise all taste buds.
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