Thoughts often turn to food when it’s cold, – perhaps that’s why Auckland and Wellington celebrate local cuisine in wintry August with Restaurant Month and Wellington On A Plate respectively. The capital also holds the massive Beervana for good measure. You’ll also catch the big Bay of Plenty Jazz Festival and Taranaki Arts Festival (every second year). In Christchurch, the Arts Festival and WORD Writers and Readers Festival are on in alternate years.