Big Kiwi Annual Events for International Students to Attend

Thursday, April 4, 2019

These are the events that everyone living in New Zealand should experience at least once. After all, they only happen every year!

Laneway (January/February, Auckland)
Started in Melbourne in 2005, Laneway arrived in NZ in 2010, the festival is known for developing a well-known eclectic mix of popular and up-in-coming musicians. Laneway has grown to become one of the most popular festivals, for a wide variety of ages and music tastes to attend each year. The 2019 event has already happened, so you’ll have to keep an eye out to see which artists will provide 2020’s entertainment.

International Kai Festival (February, Nelson)
Whakatau Marae and Founders Park are the showrunners of this festival, held in conjunction with Waitangi Day on February 6th each year. This festival is held to celebrate the diversity and togetherness of the Nelson community. Enjoy a large range of different crafts and foods, from international flavours to locally grown and made kai. It’s the perfect mixture of traditional ware and offshore fare. Be sure to take part in the fun and try something different in 2020.

Balloons Over Waikato (March, Hamilton)
This massive event recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. Completely free to attend and spread out over 5 days in late-March, over 100,000 people flock to Innes Common, Hamilton Lake and The University of Waikato grounds to watch as hundreds of balloons ascend through the Waikato sunrise at 7:00am in the morning. For those that can’t make a morning session, or for those that want to see more balloon fun alongside musical performers, at 4pm the Zuru Nightglow show starts. This show provides a memorable mix of live music leading up to the main event of hot air balloons, lights, lasers, sounds and a fireworks finale at 8:00pm. Catch it in 2020.

Homegrown (March, Wellington)

Held on Wellington’s waterfront, Homegrown features New Zealand’s best bands across five epic stages. The event usually runs from 1pm-11pm and features plenty of great music, carnival rides and food vendors. Tickets sell for $120+. The event sells out quickly every year, and for many Kiwis it is the biggest festival of the year outside of New Year’s events, so make sure you get in quick for 2020’s edition when tickets are available.

Auckland International Cultural Festival (April, Auckland)
It’s the 20th year of Auckland’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity, happening at Mount Roskill War Memorial again this year. The event is a cultural experience for all your senses. Watch traditional performers take to the stage, try authentic cooking from some of the food stalls and learn about some of the companies/people in the area who you can talk to if you need help. The festival will be held on Sunday 7th April 2019 and the event will run from 10am to 5pm. iStudent Complaints will be there, and our staff will represent us alongside the other dispute resolution service teams we work with - FairWay Resolution, TDR and FDRS. Visit our booth and let us know how we can help you!

Mid-Winter Carnival (June, Dunedin)
Held on the closest Saturday to the Winter Solstice (this year that falls on June 22nd) in Dunedin’s central Octagon, this event has been running since 22nd June at 5:30pm. Dunedin’s Midwinter Carnival combines artistry, light, models and material to pay tribute to the city’s traditions and cold climate. Don’t miss this year’s show!

World of Wearable Arts (September/October, Wellington)
WOW is a design competition that asks competitors to create wearable art that is “original, innovative and well executed”. Once a small local competition, WOW has quickly become a drawcard for people from all over the world, celebrating creators, talent and theatre. Today WOW attracts entries from over 40 countries. In 2018 WOW celebrated 30 years of existence and 60,000+ people came to see the show. Be there for one of 2019’s show nights and experience a truly unique event!


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iStudent Complaints is an independent dispute resolution scheme established by the New Zealand Government. Our objective is to encourage swift settlement of contractual and financial disputes between international students and their providers in New Zealand.
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Why did we do this blog?
Even if we need to step in one day to help you resolve a dispute, we want you to enjoy studying and living in our amazing country as much as we do. To that end, we’ve created this content so that you may continue to explore and experience the best New Zealand can offer.