Top 7 NZ Events for International Students to Visit in Late 2018 & Throughout 2019

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Our list of the top seven New Zealand-specific events and festivals international students can get involved in.

1. Festival of Colour (Wanaka)
2019’s festival of colour will run from the 2nd to the 7th of April 2019. The event celebrates the arts, with 2017’s version having over 50 performances and shows across nine venues. The festival is a stunning mix of music, theatre, visual arts, dance, comedy and more! 2019 will be the eighth edition of this event, known affectionately as the “best little arts festival in New Zealand”.

2. Agricultural & Pastoral Shows
Agricultural & Pastoral (A&P) shows happen across the country throughout the year - from small town A&P shows that attract a few hundred people, to The New Zealand Agricultural Show at Canterbury Agricultural park, which has over 100,000 people attend per year. There is something for everyone at each event: circus shows, fun rides, market food to buy, animal shows, musical performances and much more. A&P shows celebrate local businesses and the crucial nature of agriculture to each area that the show is held in across NZ.

3. Matariki
The Māori New Year is observed in the phase of the moon known as Tangaroa (the moon of plenty). It is an event observed and celebrated across the country. In 2019, the key celebration dates are – 27 May (setting), 25-28 June (rise) and 25 June – 3 July (Period). There are nine stars in the constellation, these are: Matariki, Pōhutukawa, Waitī, Waitā, Waipuna-ā-rangi, Tupuānuku, Tupuārangi, Ururangi and Hiwa-i-te-rangi.

4. Auckland International Cultural Festival
The festival is held at the end of summer, usually in April, in Auckland’s Mt Roskill Memorial Park. The festival is a celebration of Auckland (and New Zealand’s) diverse population. The event brings together food, music, sports, arts and culture from around the world in a single day celebration.

5. World Buskers Festival
This event will be held over multiple weeks from the 10th of January to 3rd of February 2019 in Christchurch. The event brings together incredible performers from across the world, and these buskers perform a large range of genres, including; music, magic, comedy, podcast, exhibition, roving, beatbox, family and much more!

6. CubaDupa
Returning to Cuba Street in Wellington over the weekend of March 30th and 31st 2019, this event celebrates the extraordinary arts and culture of NZ’s capital city. The festival is designed to attract thousands of people from across New Zealand to participate in two days of immersive performance art/creation centered around Cuba street and branching off into nearby areas.

7. Waitangi Day Festival
Held on the 6th of February each year, this event is a commemoration of the signing of the treaty of Waitangi and the establishment of a shared Pacific/Māori/Kiwi culture. Events to celebrate the day are held across New Zealand. In the Wellington region, a large festival is traditionally held in Porirua city, a short drive from Wellington city. The day is made-up of family-friendly cultural experiences, creativity, entertainment, local business showcases and food quality food stalls.


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