New Zealand events for October

The Rugby World Cup is in full swing and New Zealand is brimming with tourists and working holidaymakers suffering from 'rugby fever'. But there are plenty of other events going on in New Zealand in October to entertain you between matches, from an attempt at the world's biggest haka to a champagne picnic in landscaped gardens.
Rugby World Cup

The Cup quarter finals start on Friday 7 October, and a number of tickets are still available. Beware though, some of the tickets are upwards of $500!

But if you can't get to a World Cup match (or your suffering from an especially severe case of rugby fever) you can still get up close and personal with a piece of history.  The Webb Ellis Cup will be displayed at the Auckland Museum in Purnell from 15 - 22 October, when it will be handed over to the winners of the 2011 World Cup. You can even get a photo with the cup!

There are also a number of non-rugby-related events going down in NZ over October (who would have thought?). For something a little more sophisticated, get down to the Ellesmere Spring Fling, a garden party with champagne, jazz music, art exhibits and theatre performances in the lovely Broadfields New Zealand Landscape Garden in Prebbleton on Sunday 16 October. Tickets are $25 but proceeds will go to a local community care organisation.

The Indian Diwali Festival of Lights will be celebrated with a bang at Queens Wharf in Wellington. Fireworks displays, delicious Indian foods and, according to Hindu belief, the "triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life", all point to a great night out.

For foodies, the Taste of New Zealand festival puts the country's greatest chefs, dishes and cuisines on display. Internationally renowned chefs like Rick Stein, Gary Rhodes and Josh Emett are heading down to NZ to take part in the deliciousness. The festival runs from the 19th to the 22nd of October.

 - Aleks Vickovich is Online Editor at the New Zealand Visa Bureau, an independent consultancy specialising in helping people lodge applications for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.