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EVENTS — Festivals and Shows

38 EVENTS — Festivals and Shows

EVENTS — Festivals and Shows

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

December ‘22

Sanctuary Sounds Music Festival

2–4 Dec: Takapau, Central Hawkes Bay




2–4 Jan: By Fiordland National Park

Music, organics, healing, and sustainability — a revitalized vision for a better world.

Wairarapa Music in the Country

6–8 Jan: Near Featherston, Wairarapa

Great live music, atmosphere and experience.

Egmont Country Festival

6–8 Jan: New Plymouth, Taranaki

A relaxed weekend with music.

Motueka Country Music Festival

7–8 Jan: Motueka, Tasman

Marton Country Music Festival

13–15 Jan: Marton, Horowhenua

Katikati Avocado Food & Wine Festival

14 Jan, Sat: Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Great food, the best of wines, lively entertainment and more.

Kumeu Classic Car & Hotrod Festival

20–22 Jab: Kumeu, Auckland

Celebrate all things Classic Car/Hot Rod related

Whanganui Vintage Weekend

20–23 Jan: Eclectic vintage themed events and attractions.

Wheels in Wanganui

22 Jan, Sunday: A family day out, raising funds for St Johns. FB:

Festival 1

27–30 Jan: Karapiro, Waikato

Music, art & community. Like the rhythm of a pulsing heart…

Auckland Folk Festival

27–30 Jan: Kumeu, Auckland

Edendale Crank Up

28–29 Jan: Edendale, Southland

One of NZ’s biggest annual vintage machinery event roars into action.



Niagara Falls Bluegrass & Roots Festival

4–5 Feb: Catlins, Southland

Musicians from throughout NZ converge on the Niagara Falls Café, for a weekend of toe-tapping goodness.

Burt Munro Challenge

8–12 Feb: Invercargill & Bluff

Make an offering to the God of Speed.

Waimakariri Country Music Festival

10–12 Feb: Rangiora, Canterbury

Lions Club of Ashburton South Island Motorhome Show

11–12 Feb: Ashburton, Canterbury

Buy, sell, or view vehicles; commercial and private sellers, camping equipment, food stands and fun!Social campers are welcome.

Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival

17–18 Feb: East Taratahi, Wairarapa

Mandeville Fly In and Steam Festival

18–19 Feb: Mandeville, Southland

Be transported to an age of open cockpit flight and steam-powered railway journeys.

Wings over Wairarapa 2023

24–26 Feb: Masterton

70 aircraft including vintage, military, jets, helicopters, aerobatic displays, and much more! Fantastic ground displays and activities for small and big kids alike.



Selwyn Sounds

4 Mar, Saturday: Lincoln, Canterbury

Brilliant music; fantastic food trucks selling delicious food from around the world.

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival

5 Mar, Sunday: Waipara, North Canterbury

Enjoy an eclectic range of food stalls, a diverse selection of North Canterbury wine, quality live music and family friendly  entertainment.

121 Festival 2023

10–12 Mar: Tauherenikau, Sth Wairarapa

A 3 Day Dance Odyssey fuels your creative expression through art, music, and culture.

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival 2023

11 Mar, Saturday:  Hokitika, West Coast

A celebration of the West Coast's unique wild food and lifestyle, with premier entertainment.

Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival

11 Mar, Saturday:  Havelock, Marlborough

Enjoy fresh mussels, King Salmon, and Pacific Oysters, with great kiwi music and entertainment.


17–19 Mar:  Bulls Domain, Rangitikei 

A weekend of camping, craft and trade stalls, workshops and entertainment. See the camping entry on p38.

Covi Motorhome, Caravan & Outdoor SuperShow

17–19 Mar:  Auckland

Repco Beach Hop

22–26  Mar: Whangamata, Bay of Plenty

George Begg Festival

30 Mar–2 Apr, Thursday: Invercargill

The party vibes of the 1960s and 1970s  for petrolheads, party people and families.



Kimbolton Sculpture Festival

1 Apr, Saturday Kimbolton, Rangitikei

An outdoor art and sculpture exhibition: sculpture from off the farm, about and of the land.  All-day entertainment, country food, coffee, bar, free family fun, laid back music, lots of give-it-a-go things to do.  Suitable for all ages (accompanied young people are free).  See the camping entry.

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