Race to the Sky returns in 2015
17 April 2015
The iconic Race to the Sky motorsport hill climb will return to Central Otago next year following an 8-year hiatus. Held in the spectacularly scenic Cardrona Valley near Wanaka, the high-profile event will be held from the 17th to the 19th of April 2015. The race’s return will see it climb the title of longest gravel hill climb race in the world.
The Race to the Sky course spans 14.5km, with 135 turns as it climbs from 450 metres to 1500 metres above sea level.
The New Zealand International Film Festival
National film festival
The New Zealand International Film Festival glues film fans around the country to the screen this winter again this year. The extensive festival programme is the highlight of every New Zealand cinephile’s year, and tours extensively around the country, making stops in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin as well as a number of the smaller regional centres.
New Zealand Fashion Week
Fashion industry showcase and celebration
161 Halsey Street, Auckland
25 August 2014
Photo: Michael Ng
New Zealand Fashion Week is the country’s premier annual fashion event and industry showcase. This year it’s popping back up at the end of August to once again showcase country’s highly-respected fashion industry. The 2014 event features three days of trade events for industry professionals, and three days of public access for consumers and the general public.
Whitianga Scallop Festival
6 September 2014
A must for lovers of seafood, the Whitianga Scallop Festival is a weekend of gastric indulgence that offers 60 food and wine stalls, cooking demonstrations that will take your seafood skills to a new level, and fun competitions including best dressed and scallop shucking (just watch that knife!).
One Meal To Rule Them All
Hobbiton movie/dining experience
501 Buckland Road, Matamata 3472, New Zealand
You’ve heard of dinner and a movie, but how about dinner in a movie? Lord of the Rings fans can now get their gastronomic geek on and dine like a Hobbit at The Green Dragon Inn by taking an Evening Dinner Tour at the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata.
NZ’s Burlesque Revival
What’s Hot pulls back New Zealand burlesque’s beaded curtain with Wellington’s tasselled temptress Rachel Rouge.
Kiki Beware, Dunedin
The Finest Quality, Kiki Beware, Refreshment Room
344 George Street, Dunedin
Snug in its heritage building and surrounded by some of Dunedin’s finest boutique shopping, The Finest Quality, Kiki Beware, Refreshment Room – or just Kiki Beware for short – is a kooky, quirky and modern boutique café that’s quickly become one of Dunedin’s favourite haunts.
City Works Depot, Auckland
City Works Depot
City Works Depot, Auckland, 1010
Hip, hot and happening, if you’re looking for a piece of Auckland’s new go-to casual dining destination, head to the southern corner of Wellesley Street West and Nelson Street in the heart of the city to find the City Works Depot.
Designing NZ, Killer Kiwi Fashion
New Zealand Fashion
Looking to burn some serious plastic and pick up some killer Kiwi threads? Top New Zealand fashion designers, such as Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper and Zambesi, are lauded worldwide for their unique take on high fashion.
Activate Your New Zealand Escape Here
Whether it’s bungy jumping and skiing in Queenstown or glacier adventures on the West Coast, Wellington’s capital of cool or Rotorua’s rich Maori culture – get the inside word on New Zealand culture, activities, entertainment and events and start creating an unforgettable Kiwi trip of a lifetime.
Feast your senses on Auckland’s dazzling array of activities, plentiful dining and shopping options, and stunning landscapes in New Zealand’s biggest city.
Film Buff’s Guide to NZ
You’ve seen the movies – now see where they were shot. New Zealand’s jaw-slackening scenery has always been the backdrop to native Kiwi cinema, but this down under, all-locations-covered, wonder has also been attracting some serious, mega-Hollywood star power too!
2014 Ski Season
Looking for the inside scoop/latest slope action on New Zealand ski fields? Destination-NZ has done the hard yards compiling the ultimate guide to skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand. Here you’ll find the lowdown on every New Zealand ski area along with their trail maps, ratings, accommodation options and what to expect on the mountain – plus heli-skiing – for all you skiers and snowboarders.
Treat yourself to a myriad of experiences in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city and a perfect base for exploring a region packed with adventures.
Are you looking for an adrenaline rush? Then you’re in the right place! New Zealand, home of commercial bungy jumping, is a thrill-seeker’s paradise. Not so fond of heights? How about riding an inner-tube on an underground river (black-water rafting), then? A high percentage of New Zealand’s most adrenaline-pumping activities can be enjoyed by people at a range of skill and fitness levels.
New Zealand’s much-loved political and cultural capital of Wellington lies on a sparkling harbour at the bottom of the North Island, not far from forest-clad hills and a delightful wine-growing region. Explore urban precincts, each with their own distinct character, then take to the harbour and the hills for outdoor experiences on the edge of the city.
Get ready to explore a place where the landscapes encompass almost every kind of terrain imaginable.
Queenstown is an outdoor adventure playground set against a stunning scenic background of tranquil lakes and rugged mountains.
Top 5 Bars in NZ
New Zealanders like nothing more than a killer drink and a banging venue to drink it in, which means you’re pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to finding swanky digs to knock back a few medicinals. But you wanna experience the dizzying heights of Kiwi hospitality right? Behold, What’s Hot has taken the hard work out of it with our Top 5 Bars list – cheers!
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