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Archived New Zealand Events 2011

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New Zealand enjoys a vast range of events, festivals and shows. From the New Zealand International Comedy Festival to annual spring festivals. There is always something to see, attend or do in New Zealand.

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Listed below are some of the past events that happened around New Zealand in 2011.

Archived Events

  • Just Avocados Christmas Variety Concert Just Avocados Christmas Variety Concert - 10th December 2011

    A Christmas Variety Concert showcasing local talent from 4pm - 6pm on the 10th December at Moore Park, Katikati. A great community event with loads of activities and fun. There are eight artists performing and the event is MC'd by the wonderful Mabel Wharakawa-Burt. The music it guaranteed to have you singing and dancing... (more)

  • Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park - Auckland - 10th December 2011

    Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is the biggest, happiest, most magical, musical extravaganza on the kiwi calendar! You will get to enjoy some of New Zealand's top singers, dancers and bands as they ignite the stage to present the 18th annual Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park at Auckland Domain... (more)

  • Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling - 3rd - 4th December 2011

    For 2011 the North Canterbury town of Waipara Valley will host the Armstrong Motor Group Festival of Cycling. Events will include the "Waipara Challenge" for road cyclists, the "Frog Rock Ride" for mountain bikers and the "Glenmark Challenge" for kids. Enjoy a fun day out for anyone interested in cycling... (more)

  • National Jandal Day National Jandal Day - 2nd December 2011

    Get everyone you know together, have some fun and support National Jandal Day by wearing, throwing and decorating your jandals or hold a jandal cake bake off with friends and family. Add a pair of jandals (flip-flops) to your outfit on the 2nd December to show your support of a great charity... (more)

  • Pohutukawa Festival Pohutukawa Festival - 18th November - 4th December 2011

    Kick off the Coromandel summer in style. Highlights of the 2011 Pohutukawa Festival include Pohutukawa wearable arts, the Whangamata Jazz, Art and Blues Festival, diving, live music, fun events for children, fundraising stalls, Malgre Gardens and Mosaics, the Thames Heritage Homes Trail and loads more... (more)

  • Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park - Christchurch - 26th November 2011

    Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is the biggest, happiest, most magical, musical extravaganza on the kiwi calendar! You will get to enjoy some of New Zealand's top singers, dancers and bands as they ignite the stage to present the 16th annual Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park at Hagley Park Christchurch... (more)

  • Canterbury A&P Show Canterbury A&P Show - 9th - 11th November 2011

    In 2011 Canterbury is celebrating its 149th Show and we are expecting increased livestock and feature competition entries participating in classes ranging from cattle to gourmet oil and welsh ponies to wine. There are many things to see and do at the show, which is sure to keep visitors of all ages entertained... (more)

  • New Zealand Cup & Show Week New Zealand Cup & Show Week - 5th - 12th November 2011

    Spring is officially here and the country is coming to town! Get your frock and fascinator ready and start planning your week of exciting entertainment at New Zealand's premier racing, agriculture and fashion event. The week showcases the very best in harness racing, gallops action, fashion, trade exhibits, livestock, competitions, live music... (more)

  • Waiheke Wedding & Event Expo Waiheke Wedding & Event Expo - 5th - 6th November 2011

    On the 5th and 6th of November 2011, make your way to Cable Bay, Waiheke Island where the first ever Waiheke Wedding & Event Expo will be held. The Expo offers a range of wedding and event exhibits, including photographers, cake, wedding gown and suit companies... (more)

  • Queenstown Jazzfest Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular - 28th October - 6th November 2011

    There can be no better way to welcome the advent of spring but to celebrate the festival's 24th year with the exuberant and lush delights of our annual event. It is a festival experience, offering the most spectacular range of gardens and events, arriving just as the flowers are blossoming and bursting with colour! This year... (more)

  • Queenstown Jazzfest Queenstown Jazzfest - 20th - 24th October 2011

    Welcome to the 33rd Queenstown JazzFest which promises to deliver an exciting five days of live musical entertainment. We have assembled a stunning line-up of over 100 local, national and international artists who will showcase their talents across all genres of jazz as they take part in over 40 different free events and headline ticketed concerts... (more)

  • South Island Masters Games South Island Masters Games - 15th - 23rd October 2011

    The South Island Masters Games is an annual festival of sport. The Games attract serious masters athletes including national and international representatives striving to achieve personal bests and to break New Zealand and World Records. This year, the games are being held in Nelson... (more)

  • Rugby World Cup 2011 Rugby World Cup 2011 - 9th September - 23rd October 2011

    The 7th Rugby World Cup comes to New Zealand in September 2011 much to the delight of rugby-loving New Zealanders the world over. Rugby is a passion for so many New Zealanders, that the world cup is coming down under to a real 'spiritual home'. The much anticipated tournament kicks off on the 9th September in Auckland... (more)

  • Kaikoura Seafest - 1st October 2011

    The Kaikoura Seafest features wine and food from the Kaikoura, Marlborough, and North Canterbury regions. The festival is an annual celebration of the abundance of the ocean and all it represents for Kaikoura. Seafest is a taste, sight and sound extravaganza for those who enjoy good food, good company and a good time...(more)

  • Whitianga Scallop Festival Whitianga Scallop Festival - 17th September 2011

    This celebration of fresh seafood and Kiwi cuisine coincides with the beginning of New Zealand's scallop season. Festival goers can try scallops cooked and served in many different ways, along with family entertainment, cooking demonstrations, scallop shucking, music, and restaurant degustation menus with matching New Zealand wines... (more)

  • New Zealand Fashion Week New Zealand Fashion Week - 29th August Sept - 3rd Sept 2011

    From Monday 29th August right through to Saturday 3rd September, the brand new Viaduct Events Centre will be abuzz with thousands of people. The best of New Zealand's fashion designers will once again be on show with this year's schedule featuring a wide range of both established and emerging brands... (more)

  • Winter Games 2011 Winter Games 2011 - 13th - 28th August 2011

    This major winter sports event features skiing, snowboarding, curling, ice-hockey and much much more. In 2011, more than 1000 elite athletes from around the world are expected to converge on the South Island of New Zealand for 16 days of adrenalin-filled Winter Olympic-style competition... (more)

  • Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival - 12th - 14th August

    The Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival includes top acts from New Zealand, Australia and the USA. The festival is run over three days and guests will experience over 150 hours of quality jazz and blues music. There are six fantastic venues in Paihia, Haruru Falls and Russell, so be sure to be there... (more)

  • Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival - 23rd - 29th July

    Dunedin offers visitors a host of attractions and entertainment to enjoy no matter what time of year it is, but July offers an extra magical flavour, especially for anyone mad about chocolate. The carnival week is packed full of chocolate-themed events for all the family to enjoy... (more)

  • Queenstown Winter Festival Queenstown Winter Festival - 24th June - 3rd July 2011

    New Zealand is preparing for the southern hemisphere's biggest winter party – the 37th Queenstown Winter Festival – a 10 day celebration of Queenstown's unique culture and community with street parties, fireworks, international and local acts, jazz, comedy, Mardi Gras, family fun, a Big Air Invitational and plenty of Mountain Mayhem... (more)

  • New Zealand Tango Festival New Zealand Tango Festival - 21st - 29th June 2011

    Celebrating ten years of the New Zealand Tango Festival, we are very excited to present a programme filled with special guests, international masters, performances and special treats packed into every corner of the ten day programme, held in Wellington. The week starts with intensive courses run by our international masters... (more)

  • SBS Marathon SBS Marathon - 5th June 2011

    For 30 years the Christchurch SBS Marathon Event has been New Zealand's premier marathon event. Based on the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games marathon, it had the fastest course, the biggest prize pool, and attracted the best runners and the South Island's biggest field... (more)

  • Bluff Oyster and Food Festival Bluff Oyster and Food Festival - 21st May 2011

    What better way to enjoy Bluff hospitality than to be surrounded by mountains of fresh seafood and delicious food, fine wine and great entertainment. The Bluff Community will again throw open its doors and welcome enthusiastic oyster and food lovers to participate in a fun filled day... (more)

  • Arrowtown Autumn Festival Arrowtown Autumn Festival - 29th April - 8th May 2011

    The Arrowtown Autumn Festival is a ten day event, which provides entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy the street parade, vintage cars, art exhibition, dog show, market, tours of the town, fun activities for the kids, music, dance and more! Some festival events are ticketed and will go on sale on the 29th March... (more)

  • TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival - 26 April - 1 May 2011

    The TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival is held in Taranaki and brings together the top 17 female surfers in the world on the ASP Women's Dream Tour. It also features New Zealand's best female surfers who will be competing in the New Zealand Women's Open age group divisions and main event... (more)

  • The Royal Easter Show The Royal Easter Show - 21st - 25th April 2011

    If you haven't visited the Royal Easter Show for a while, this is an excellent year to come and see us. Our exciting event each year sees annual visitors of up to 82,000 people, making the Royal Easter Show New Zealand's largest family event. We've got some excellent entertainment that we're really excited to share with you... (more)

  • Southern Lakes Festival of Colour Southern Lakes Festival of Colour - 12th - 17th April 2011

    The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is a biennial celebration of the arts. Enjoy six exciting days and nights of astounding performances and inspiring exhibitions set against the spectacular autumnal backdrop of the Southern Lakes. The Festival is based in Wanaka but reaches out to the wider region... (more)

  • Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix - 10th April 2011

    The Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix returns to New Zealand for the third time, and will transform the Auckland domain into a winding race track that will test man and machine! Come along with the family and see the wacky and wonderful trolleys that have been built over the last three months to compete for racing stardom... (more)

  • Bay of Plenty Ukelele Festival Bay of Plenty Ukelele Festival - 1st - 3rd April 2011

    This will be the first ukulele festival for the Bay of Plenty. Kicking off on Friday night there will be a jam session at the Katikati RSA. Saturday sees The Big Muffin Serious Band from Te Pahu, one of NZ's top Ukulele bands, performing a concert and giving workshops for all ages on the Saturday afternoon. Sunday takes the event out to the Athenree Homestead where entertainment will be provided plus a children's art competition and other family activities. For more information please call Christine on 07 549 5827... (more)

  • Balloons Over Waikato Balloons Over Waikato - 30th March - 3rd April 2011

    New Zealand's premier hot air ballooning event! Free admission! Join us for our spectacular 2011 event with wonderful special shaped balloons, lots of entertainment and a week of fun filled activities. Enjoy the thrill of a hot air balloon ride and don't forget to take your camera with you... (more)

  • 12th Multicultural Festival 12th Multicultural Festival - 19th March 2011

    The 12th Multicultural Festival is an outdoor event, which will be held in the Historic Village at 17th Avenue, Tauranga on 19th March 2011 from 10am to 4pm. The event showcases various ethnic groups, their culture, art, dance and food; and aims to foster good relations and acceptance of people coming from various countries to live in our city... (more)

  • WOMAD WOMAD - 18th - 20th March 2011

    Gather your friends and family together and head to one of the world's most stunning venues for a three day celebration of global culture. The 2011 line up includes Tiki Taane, Lawrence Arabia, Paddy Free, Trinity Roots, Rhombus with Michael Tuffery, Carolina Moon, Maisey Rika, The Cat Empire and more... (more)

  • Hokitika Wildfoods Festival Hokitika Wildfoods Festival - 12th March 2011

    The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is a premier special event in New Zealand, attracting thousands of people each year to Hokitika to celebrate the wild foods that New Zealand can offer. From huhu grubs and earthworm dishes to raw fish and crayfish, you can tantilise those taste buds with something from the Wildfoods Festival in New Zealand... (more)

  • Strike Percussion Band Strike Percussion Band - 11th & 12th March 2011

    Strike brings it's percussive magic to Littleweed for two unique and exciting concerts that will include young performers from Katikati Primary School, Katikati College, Pahoia School and the Avalon Training Centre. The event will be held at 88 Works Road, Katikati. Double or Family (two adults and two children) - $47/ Gate sales $55; Single - $25/Gate sales - $30; under 17 years - $5. Buy your tickets from Baycourt TicketDirect (577 7188) or the Katikati Information Centre... (more)

  • Taekwon-Do World Championships Taekwon-Do World Championships - 9th to 13th March 2011

    If you are looking for high-energy, action-packed fun, the 2011 ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships in Wellington could be just the ticket. Featuring the world's best competitors, this is a great opportunity to combine all the drama of this amazing martial art, with a city that loves to play... (more)

  • Katikati Lions Club Barrow Fun Day Katikati Lions Club Barrow Fun Day - 6th March 2011

    The Katikati Lions Club will host this year's Barrow Fun Day. On from 10am till 3pm, this fundraising event is raising funds for pre-school children in Katikati. Loads of events all involving wheelbarrows. Joining in the fun for the day is Ronald McDonald and the Variety Bash. Only a gold coin donation entry. Held at the Katikati A&P Showground's... (more)

  • Auckland Arts Festival Auckland Arts Festival - 2nd to 20th March 2011

    New Zealanders are invited to leave the everyday behind and explore new artistic worlds in the fifth Auckland Arts Festival, 2-20 March 2011. A spectacular line-up of theatre, dance, music, film, visual arts and special events, the Festival brings the world's best to Auckland over 19 exciting days... (more)

  • Queenstown Auto Extravaganza Queenstown Auto Extravaganza - 25th to 27th Feb 2011

    Queenstown Auto Extravaganza rolls into the Wakatipu from February 25 - 27, 2011 showcasing New Zealand's finest collection of classic, motorsports and performance cars to help raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The event, which launched in 2009 will be again hosted at the Queenstown Event Centre... (more)

  • Chinese New Year Festivals, Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand Chinese New Year Festivals, Auckland 18 - 20th Feb, Christchurch 26 - 27th Feb

    Join in the celebrations of the first full moon and the Year of the Tiger at beautifully atmospheric lantern festivals in Auckland and Christchurch. These free festivals feature lanterns and lantern-making demonstrations, traditional and contemporary Chinese music, Mongolian throat-singing and an 800 year-old rolling lantern folk dance... (more)

  • Art Deco Weekend Art Deco Weekend - 15th to 20th Feb 2011

    Napier, New Zealand's art deco capital and one of the best-known collective examples of 1930s architecture in the world celebrates in style this February with classic cars, aircraft and guests dressed in Deco clothing, adding authenticity and glamour to events. Many of the events are free, so don't miss out... (more)

  • View further information about Helicopter Heroes at the Air Force Museum - Christchurch Helicopter Heroes - Wigram Christchurch - Sunday 13th Feb 2011

    Join us at Wigram for a our annual, all out event day - Helicopter Heroes! The day will be jam-packed with entertainment with everything from flying displays to flights, food and family entertainment. Featuring: This year's Helicopter Heroes will feature: RNZAF Iroqoius, RNZAF Sioux, Red Checkers Display Team, Westpac Rescue, more... (more)

  • Speight's Coast to Coast Speight's Coast to Coast - 11th to 12th Feb 2011

    Since 1983 the Speight's Coast to Coast has led the way in adventure sports. This year the world's longest running multisport event celebrates its 29th edition by celebrating the veteran multisporter. Scheduled for February 11 and 12, the 29th edition of the world's premier multisport race has been dubbed, "The Year of the Veteran"... (more)

  • Adam Chamber Music Festival Adam Chamber Music Festival - 3rd to 12th Feb 2011

    International stars and wonderful music in churches, gardens, Nelson Cathedral and the School of Music. From the candlelit solemnity of Bach in the Cathedral to the Kiwiana of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, there is something for everyone. There are some 40 musicians appearing in this year's festival.. (more)

  • ASB Classical Sparks ASB Classical Sparks - 5th February 2011

    The ever popular ASB Classical Sparks is going ballistic this year! Enjoy performances from the DF12, the ever-popular New Zealand Army Band, the Christchurch City Choir, the Christchurch Symphony orchestra and Chante Dance. This annual event, held in North Hagley Park, will certainly provide variety for the whole family... (more)

  • Auckland Seafood Festival Auckland Seafood Festival - 29th to 31st Jan 2011

    Held over the three days off Anniversary Weekend, the Auckland Seafood Festival is New Zealand's premier seafood experience, a celebration of the best seafood dishes that New Zealand has to offer. Treat yourself to a huge variety of fresh, local seafood along with music, entertainment, competitions plus a great selection of NZ wine and beer... (more)

  • Parachute Festival 2011 Parachute Festival - 28th to 31st Jan 2011

    Since it first began in 1991, Parachute Festival has become an icon of the Kiwi summer: now drawing crowds of 25,000, hosting a giant tent city, and attracting the attention of major New Zealand media. Each January it takes over Mystery Creek Events Centre (Hamilton) with over 150 local and international acts performing across six stages... (more)

  • IPC Athletics World Championships IPC Athletics World Championships - 21st to 30th Jan 2011

    For the first time since the event started, the IPC Athletics World Championships will be held outside of Europe. New Zealand is very proud to be given the opportunity to host the worlds second biggest sports event for athletes with a disability. Christchurch is easily accessible and visitors are sure to receive a typical warm, friendly welcome... (more)

  • World Buskers Festival, Christchurch World Buskers Festival, Christchurch - 20th to 30th Jan 2011

    This much-loved festival of freestyle comedy, acrobatics and street performance hits the pavements, squares and theatres of Christchurch for its 18th year. Expect the unexpected, bring a bit of dosh and get prepared to have the time of your life as we feature over 500 live shows at indoor and outdoor venues with some of the world's best acts... (more)

  • Wings over Wairarapa Wings over Wairarapa - 21st - 23rd Jan 2011

    As one of Australasia's fastest growing airshows, Wings Over Wairarapa rivals any show for display content and reputation and is now a significant event on the Australasian aviation events calendar. Celebrating not only the aircraft but the men and women that have shaped the history of aviation, the 2011 show should not be missed... (more)

  • Heineken Open Heineken Open - 10th - 15th Jan 2011

    This high profile event is a must see. It's New Zealand's biggest and best men's professional sporting event and a not-to-be-missed component of the summer social calendar. The sunshine, the music, the action, the glamour and some of the biggest names in the game from around the world... (more)

  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Giant Sprinkler Cadbury Dairy Milk Giant Sprinkler - 6th - 9th Jan

    Cadbury Dairy Milk has taken your everyday Kiwi garden sprinkler and super-sized it. The Giant Sprinkler will be spinning and soaking its way from beach to beach over summer, giving everyone the chance to run, jump and play in the huge circle of spray. The Giant Sprinkler will be showering crowds in Matarangi on Thursday 6th of January, Cooks Beach on Friday 7th, Whangamata on Saturday 8th and Mount Maunganui on Sunday the 9th January...(more)

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