Festivals are an exciting and fun way for people to try more of the things they know they like and to discover some new interests that they never knew they had. Most festivals come with an atmosphere of celebration that makes them the perfect form of entertainment for tourists and locals alike.

New Zealand is home to a number of festivals each year, attracting thousands of people who enjoy watching demonstrations and participating in the activities. Some of the most popular festivals in the country are:

Auckland Lantern Festival

10007045536_3e2b23f1cd_bEach February, guests gather to celebrate Chinese New Year with the display of hundreds of handmade Chines lanterns to illuminate the Auckland Domain. The festivities include live music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, and the chance to taste a variety of authentic foods. To make the festival even more enjoyable, entry is free.

Auckland Pride Festival

Theatre, music, cabaret, and visual arts exhibitions are some of the events that are part of the LGBTI Pride celebration. The festival lasts for two weeks during February.

Splore Music and Arts Festival

The 3-day music and arts festival is held 70km southeast of Auckland at Tapapakanga Regional Park. Guests can enjoy fresh market food, participate in workshops and forums, and listen to live music out in the open air. The festival includes a variety of activities for kids during the day and cranks up after sunset with a musical lineup the adults will love.

Takapuna Beach Cup

It’s off to the beach for the premier 3-day outrigger and paddle festival. There are seven events spread over the three-day festival period that welcome participants of all levels. The incredible scenery only adds to the competitive feeling of the race.

NZ International Comedy Festival

In April/May, guests can laugh their way through the acts of international and local comedians on the stage. There is every type of comedy imaginable including that for children.

This is just a sampling of the many festivals guests can enjoy during their stay in New Zealand. There is always something going on that will add to the fun.