Our annual leave might be over but summer certainly isn’t. Fortunately, there are a number of events you can attend over the coming weeks that can help ward off your back to work blues. From music gigs to wine festivals, there are an abundance of happenings taking place all over the country in the lead up to autumn. Below you’ll find our curated guide of summer events at the top of our list.
Don't miss these iconic summer events
Laneway Festival | Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland | February 6th, 2024
Purveyors of good tunes and even better vibes, Laneway is typically considered one of the best musical festivals to take place over the summer in Aotearoa. This year, the event is back again and boasts an impressive lineup, including the likes of RAYE, Steve Lacy, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Stormzy (only to name a few). Held on Waitangi Day, it will not only be an opportunity to hear your favourite artists while soaking up some sun, but you’ll also be able to showcase your very best festival fashion. General admission tickets are still available, so get in quick to avoid missing out.
Secure your tickets here.
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival | Marlborough | February 10th
If sampling world class wines and food in one of the most picturesque parts of Aotearoa sounds like your idea of a good time, Marlborough’s Wine and Food Festival will be right up your alley. Having earned the prestige of being Aotearoa’s longest-running wine and food festival, the event is known to attract large numbers of punters each year — and it’s no surprise why. With a range of masterclasses, wines and spectacular cuisine to enjoy, foodies and oenophiles will feel right at home.
Find out more at marlboroughwinefestival.com
Art Deco Festival | Napier | February 15-18th
Known for its old school charm and exquisite infrastructure, Napier will soon play host to the immersive annual Art Deco Festival. Over the course of four days, you’ll be able to partake in activities such as walking tours of the Art Deco quarter, vintage car parades, cocktail tastings, and perhaps the most exciting event – the Great Gatsby themed party at Mission Estate Winery. While some events will be free, others are ticketed with limited capacity, so if there’s something on the agenda that tickles your fancy, we suggest securing your tickets asap.
View the full itinerary at artdecofestival.co.nz
NZ Polo Open | Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland | February 18th
Saddle up Aucklanders, The New Zealand Polo Open is back this February, and you’re invited. Taking place in the idyllic Clevedon countryside, the polo is the social and sporting event of the summer, marrying together entertainment, fashion and hospitality in one sweet package. Aside from all the on field happenings, there will be a lot to see, do, and explore from the sidelines, including playing games for prizes, savouring gourmet delights, sipping bubbles on the lawn and attending the highly anticipated after party. Those looking to take their experience to the next level will also have the option to book a VIP marquee for the day. With an assortment of different packages to cater to every group size, it’s the perfect way to lap up all the action in luxury.
Find out more and book tickets at nzpoloopen.com
CubaDupa | Te Whanganui-a-tara/Wellington | March 23-24th
This March, the city of Pōneke/Wellington will be paying homage to its vibrant creative spirit with the return of CubaDupa, a two day long cultural festival. Held against the backdrop of the city’s beloved Cuba Street, this is an all ages event where you’ll be able to enjoy an array of music, art, parades and dancing as well as local wining and dining activations. While we aren’t sure what this year’s lineup will be just yet, if it’s anything like previous years, expect to be entertained.
Find out more at cubadupa.co.nz