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Festivals and Shows

Editor

These events offer an opportunity for people to overnight while they attend or you can overnight nearby. Some are restricted to certified self contained vehicles, some restrict or ban pets. Check the event website for details.


MARCH


WOMAD New Zealand 2024


15–17 Mar, Fri, New Plymouth, Taranaki


Music and dance performers from around the world and across Aotearoa! womad.co.nz |ckw.nz/womad-camp ckw.nz/womad-eventfinda


Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival


Sat 16 Mar Havelock, Marlborough


A seafood extravaganza. Camping available, certified self-contained. No dogs. ckw.nz/mussel-eventfindackw.nz/mussel-fest ckw.nz/mussel-camp


Earth Beat Festival 2024


Wed 20 – 24 Mar, Wellsford, Auckland


Stay the weekend with the family. Cutting edge creativity, life-changing experiences and learning, a party. No dogs. Tent and vehicle camping. Accessible camp sites. ckw.nz/earth-beat ckw.nz/earth-beat-eventfinda


RIPE 2024: the Wanaka wine and food festival


Sat 23 Mar, Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, Otago


Central Otago’s finest wine and food. Camping at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, or Albert Town Park. ckw.nz/ripe | ckw.nz/ripe-eventfinda


Port of Tauranga 61st National Jazz Festival


23 Mar–3 Apr, Bay of Plenty


A week of jazz and fun. Choose an event near a free camp. Jazz Street Party Katikati, 23 March. Tauranga & Mt Maunganui on the other days. ckw.nz/katikati-jazz | ckw.nz/jazz ckw.nz/jazz-eventfinda


Evening Meditation on the Maunga


Sat 23 March, Maungatautari, Waikato


Evening birdsong and gentle sounds of nature are an ideal setting for meditation. There are a few overnight parks at Sanctuary Mountain. ckw.nz/meditation ckw.nz/sanctuary


Warbirds Over Wanaka Mar 2024


29 –31 Mar 2024, Easter, Wanaka, Otago


One of the world’s top Warbirds airshows it is a biennial event. More than 50,000 people attend. Sort your accomodation first. warbirdsoverwanaka.com


Oxford A&P Show 2024


Sat, 30 Mar, EASTER Saturday, Oxford, North Canterbury


Enjoy some country hospitality. There is a lovely freedom camping by the Eyre River, 1km from town. ckw.nz/oxford-show ckw.nz/oxford-eventfinda


APRIL


Mackenzie Highland Show


Mon 1 April, Easter Monday, Fairlie


A fun family day out with something for everyone. Freedom camping is some distance away at Lake Opuha, but there is free parking for the day at the show. mackenzieshow.co.nz ckw.nz/mckenzie-eventfinda


Aspiring Conversations


Thu 4–7 Apr, Wanaka, Central Otago


A biennial festival of ideas where key thinkers talk about a diverse and rich array of current, controversial and just downright interesting subjects. Camping at Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, or Albert Town Park. festivalofcolour.co.nz ckw.nz/aspiring-eventfinda


Waiau School trail ride 2024


6–7 April, Waiau, North Canterbury


For competent riders of off-road motorcycles and ATVs. Breathtaking. Basic overnight camping. theride.co.nz


LATER


Mardi Gras Ohakune


June, Ohakune ckw.nz/ohakune-24


Fire & Ice Hot Air Balloon Glow and Laser Festival


June, Mt Hutt village ckw.nz/fire-ice-24


Mystery Creek Field Days


June, Hamilton fieldays.co.nz

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