June in New Zealand means Māori New Year, as well as plenty of winter festivals and some of the best spots for winter sports and snowy good times in NZ!
Auckland Matariki/Maori New Year Festival – AUCKLAND
4 June to 4 July
Admission: Largely free, varying fees dependent on event
Matariki is the unique cultural festival celebrating the dawning of Māori New Year. Auckland's Matariki Festival promises to be better than ever this year, with more than 100 special events and activities across Tamaki Makaurau. From musical concerts and cultural performances, to a Māori business symposium and a Kai Wānanga / food forum, organisers say the aim is to provide Aucklanders and visitors with the chance to experience a living cultural tradition with tangata whenua / people of the land - celebrating the unique Māori heritage, nature, creativity and expression.
The Last Great Lake Tekapo Mountain Bike Pursuit – LAKE TEKAPO, GERALDINE,
Cafes and restaurants on and around “eat street” in the CBD will be host to a variety of blues acts, with a variety of music styles from 11am every day. Plus there is a Hot Club concerts at Novotel Rotorua and the Blues Cruise on the Lakeland Queen!
SBS Marathon – CHRISTCHURCH
The South Island's premier marathon event. A fast, flat tour of the spectacular Avon River and Hagley Park with something for everyone. Options include marathon (42.2k), half marathon (21.1k), 10k, kids' Mara'Fun. More than 5000 entrants expected.
Matariki Festival – WELLINGTON
9 June to 26 June
Don't miss an amazing range of artists, Star Lab sessions, and special activities for children. The programme features a weaving symposium, arts and crafts workshops, fashion shows, a ‘Seven Sisters Day’ and ‘Seven Brothers Day’, storytelling, Māori language, film and music events.
Banff Mountain Film Festival – CHRISTCHURCH
The Banff Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) World Tour brings the excitement, the spectacle, and the richness of the mountains and mountain culture to Christchurch. Featuring spectacular, inspiring, funny, exciting, and thought-provoking mountain films from around the world, the BMFF is an exhilarating exploration of the mountain world from remote landscapes and cultures to adrenaline-packed action sports. Don't miss it!
Queenstown Winter Festival – QUEENSTOWN
24 June to 3 July
Admission: From $39
Already sporting a reputation for being fun, outrageous and one of the top 10 'must-see' festivals in the world, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival’s 2011 is a 10 day celebration of Queenstown's unique culture and community with street parties, fireworks, international and local acts, jazz, comedy, a Mardi Gras, family fun, Masquerade Ball, an Invitational Slopestyle event and plenty of Mountain Mayhem.
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