The capital’s annual celebration of cuisine keeps mouths watering for over two weeks in August, showcasing the excellent standard of the capital’s dining scene. Over 100 events include classes, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, an always hotly-contested best burger competition, a battle of mixologists for bragging rights to the “Best Cocktail” title, and celebrations of national cuisines from around the world. Full event details are available at www.wellingtononaplate.com.
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New Zealand Opera: Tosca
With spectacular productions of Cinderella and Madama Butterfly already under their belt this year, New Zealand Opera is gearing up for their next big effort, Tosca. With seasons in Auckland and Wellington, accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, respectively, the show brings together local and international opera stars for the musical thriller that tells the tale of a woman motivated to commit murder for love.
Auckland Restaurant Month
Auckland dining event Restaurant Month returns this August, giving those in the City of Sails a taste of what the best New Zealand chefs and food have to offer. There’s over 100 special menu offers and access to over 30 foodie-inspired events throughout the month.
Christchurch Arts Festival
The Christchurch Arts Festival is a major, biennial feature on the South Island event calendar that showcases an extensive programme of arts and entertainment by leading international and Kiwi performers and artists.
NZ International Film Festival 2015
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.
Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival 2015
Jazz and blues musicians from all over New Zealand and overseas gather in the beautiful Bay of Islands for the annual Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival. Eight festival venues in Paihia, Russell and Haruru Falls host over 150 hours of jazz and blues during the three-days of music.
Whitianga Scallop Festival
The Whitianga Scallop Festival is a weekend of seafood indulgence. The festival serves up 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!).
Winter Games New Zealand 2015
New Zealand’s biannual major qualifying event for the Winter Olympics features alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, freeskiing and curling, with events taking place around the Otago region, including skifields and other locations in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby.
One Meal To Rule Them All
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. With Hobbiton brought into the electric 21st century, the Hobbiton Movie Set experience now offers after-dark tours.