Auckland Events and Festivals 2014 / 2015

(Auckland, North Island, New Zealand NZ)

Auckland Events, Festivals and Things to DoAll through the year, the North Island plays host to some of New Zealand's biggest and most well-supported annual festivals, with things to do in Auckland ranging from live music and annual sporting events, to traditional themed Maori performances, huge flower shows and national holidays. Particular highlights include the St. Patrick's Day carnival-style parades along Queen Street each March, followed by the Waiheke Jazz Festival and the Royal Easter Show.

Also at this time of the year is the fun Sky Tower Vertical Challenge, where teams and individuals compete, racing up the 1029 steps to the tower's observation level. Later on in the year, the Comedy Festival is staged towards the end of May, followed by the New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays in June and the Auckland International Film Fest each July, which lasts just over a fortnight and features more than 150 movie screenings.

First held in 1948 until the 1980s, and resurrected once more at the turn of the new millennium to promote local culture, the popular Auckland Arts Festival is worth looking out for, being held every other year around Aotea Square and drawing thousands to the city. Visitors can expect concerts within the 'festival garden', circus performers, ethnic dancing, comedy gigs, Maori drumming and dancing, opera, community events, family workshops and puppetry, as well as White Night, where some 60 local galleries stay open until midnight

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Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015