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Major Events in New Zealand

New Zealand has gained a reputation for being a world class host for international sporting and cultural events. The Rugby World Cup 2011 brought thousands of visitors here to experience the second biggest sporting event on Earth. New facilities were constructed, public transport extended and upgraded, and hundreds of new businesses focused on serving visitors sprouted up. New Zealand is now, well and truly, up there with the best host countries.

Major Event Calendar

The following international events are scheduled to be hosted in New Zealand:

Lions Tour 2017

A Lions Tour to New Zealand only happens every 12 years. It is a highlight on the global rugby calendar and New Zealand is a favourite destination. Seven New Zealand cities will host the British & Irish Lions in 2017, featuring the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The best way to do the Lions series, which spans almost six weeks, is to rent a Wilderness motorhome and follow your team across New Zealand. See our suggested itinerary here.


Christchurch Golden Oldies 2018

The Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 2018 will take place in Christchurch in April 2018. This month-long event of sporting extravaganza with a difference will be one the biggest ever staged in the city.

Spread across 10 sports, the Golden Oldies movement, which had its origins in New Zealand in 1979, has captured a special niche on the sporting scene, catering for over-35s with the accent on 'Fun, Friendship and Fraternity'. The sports on show during the four weeks in Christchurch will be rugby, cricket, netball, football, hockey, golf, basketball, lawn bowls, squash and softball.

Golden Oldies 2018 logo

Rugby League World Cup 2017

With New Zealand co-hosting the Rugby League World Cup in 2017, along with Australia and Papua New Guinea, this tournament is said to be a pinnacle event that’s not to be missed in international Rugby League. Over a span of five exciting weeks (from 26 October to 2 December), the Rugby League World Cup will see 14 teams play 28 games to compete for one of the most sought after prizes - The Paul Barriere Trophy. Not only does the event celebrate New Zealand’s most popular sport, but also the diversity of cultures and countries of the tournament’s players and fans around the world.

Logo of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup

Local Event Calendar

Here's a sample of local events that are happening around the different regions of New Zealand:

Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival

If you’re looking for a unique experience and thought provoking street art from the likes of Banksy, Faile, Paul Insect, Swoon and Anthony Micallef, then look no further than Paradox, the Tauranga Street Art Festival. Aptly named since it brings street art into a gallery setting while also turning the city into a gallery itself, the festival will showcase international as well as local street artists in a big way from the 28th of March through the 15th of June.


Queenstown Winter Festival

For over 40 years the Queenstown Winter Festival has been a must-do for locals and visitors alike. An iconic celebration featuring winter themed activities, live music, and much more, the Southern Hemisphere's largest winter festival will be taking place from the 22nd through 25th of June.

Queenstown Winter Festival

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