Just letting you know that if you are a big ski or snowboard fan, this winter in New Zealand is going to be perfect for you!! For the past 2 days there has been a huge snow storm in the South Island which caused around a metre to a metre and a half of snow!
Not only is this great for the ski-season, but it is also a big bonus for the annual American Express Queenstown Winter Festival that kicked of yesterday! As you probably already know, the Kiwis are always looking for reasons to make a party, and that is exactly how this Festival started!
Back in 1975 a couple of locals from Queenstown basically decided that the Winter is super amazing and that the start of it needs to be celebrated! Since then, the Festival grew to be one of the biggest celebrations of Winter! The Queenstown Winter Festival is a 10-day celebration including street parties, fireworks, local ánd international acts, comedy, family fun and heaps of more fun stuff!
The weather is great and the summer vibes are booming! What would be better then going to a festival right now? Next month it’s time again for Splore Festival!
This three-day festival (with camping!) is not too far away for Auckland (Tapapakanga) which makes it the ideal summer escape from the busy city! For only $255 you can enjoy this massive line-up, see below! It’s a great festival, suited for people from all ages!
2013 marks the third year of the Auckland Festival of Photography’s Annual public commission of photographic art by New Zealand photographers. The festival opened on June 3rd and is running daily from 9am to 6pm throughout June. Photos are on display at various places around the city, including Wynyard Quarter, for more information check out the website www.photographyfestival.org.nz. As part of this festival, there is a film screening held at the Auckland Art Gallery on Sunday 23rd of June at 3pm. A documentary by Laurence Shustak will be screened. This documentary will explore the question: “Why would a successful New York photographer leave his family, friends and career behind and travel to the edge of the earth, Christchurch, New Zealand?
Next Monday (3rd June) New Zealand will be celebrating the Queen’s Birthday. There will be plenty of things taking place in downtown Auckland with the “Best of British” festival being held on Queen’s Wharf. This is a celebration of everything British, with classic car and dancing displays, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and plenty of other free activities.
This event is free to the public and open each day of Queen’s birthday weekend (10AM-5PM 1-3 June).
Visit the Queen’s Wharf page on Facebook for more information.
St Patricks Day will be celebrated this Sunday 17th of March. St Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland. In celebration of this day there will be a parade held in Auckland City’s Queen Street featuring Sean Kelly and the Celtic Flyers, the Connolly School of Irish Dance, Kiwi and the Leprechauns by Catherine Kelly and the Celtic Flyers. The parade runs from Mayoral Drive to Queens Wharf. Wear something great and head to Queens street for a St Patrick’s Day celebration!
This week’s picture of the week is of the Auckland Lantern Festival Fireworks, which were let off the Sky Tower on Sunday night. The Lantern Festival was a beautiful display of lanterns brought to NZ from China especially for the occasion. There were traditional Chinese food stalls, music and entertainment as well as the fireworks on the last night. This year is the year of the snake, which is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. The Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 Animal Signs, the Snake being the 6th. It is thought to be the intuitive, introspective, refined, enigmatic and collected sign of the Chinese Zodiac.
This weekend the Devonport Food and Wine Festival will be held in Devonport from 11.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday 16th and 11.00am-6.00pm on Sunday 17th. There will be a huge selection of great kiwi food and wine as well as plenty of NZ musicians including Annabel Fay, Jamie McDell, Avalanche City and The Baxters.
Tickets are on sale now and can be pre-purchased through iTicket (www.iticket.co.nz) for $32 (Saturday) and $30 (Sunday).
Waitangi Day is coming up on Wednesday February 6th. This is a day when Kiwis commemorate the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (New Zealand’s founding document). There are several things happening around the country including the 1010 Beer Festival. Sample their range of beer for $2 per 100ml. Head along to Sale Street from 2pm on February 6th, 7 Sale Street Auckland CBD for a true kiwi style celebration of our national day.
Summer of Sculpture
This February Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is being transformed into a sculpture park displaying work from a wide range of local artists. This display will be running from February 1st until March 14th.
The annual Coca Cola Christmas in the Park will be held on Satuday 8th December, 2012 at 7.30pm in the Auckland Domain. This is a wonderful showcase of New Zealand talent and a true Kiwi style Christmas celebration. Bring a picnic and sit and watch the show. Performers include Jamie McDell, Guy Sebastian, Michael Murphy, Titanium, Ria, dance groups and many more. Its free to attend so if you are up in Auckland make sure you go and check it out!
Head down to the Mercy Hospice Strawberry Festival in Auckland this Wednesday to celebrate the start of summer and of course strawberries! New season strawberries and delicious ice cream will be available for sale. Strawberry treats and Mercy Hospice Strawberry Angel Christmas Decorations will also be available for purchase.
New Zealand’s Masterchef’s Brett McGregor, Nadia Lim and Chelsea Winter will be at the festival this year along with several other famous faces from the New Zealand food scene. There will also be live music from Holly Christina.
Where: QEII Square, Auckland CBD.
When: Wednesday 28th November 8am-4pm.
Free entry, treats various costs.
All funds raised on this day will be used to help Mercy Hospice Auckland provide free care to those with life-limiting illness and their families, in the Auckland community.