If there’s one thing Kiwis know how to do it’s throw a good party. Rarely does a weekend go by in New Zealand without a special event happening somewhere, and in summer the question isn’t if there are festivals, but which are the best. Common themes include music, food and a whole lot of wine. While New Zealand’s South Island has its own set of legendary, wacky and footloose festivals, the North Island also knows how to gather a crowd and throw a big party. Here are some of the quirkier festivals on the North Island.
Even though it’s part of the North Island of New Zealand, the city of Wellington can almost be seen as a northern extension of the South Island—seeing as it’s where ferries from the North Island to South Island conveniently, and regularly depart. Crossing the Cook Strait takes three hours by sea, which makes a South Island day trip from Wellington more than just a possibility, but one of the capital city’s best day trips on the beautifully long days on summer.
As the capital of New Zealand, Wellington has one of the nation’s best scenes for entertainment and nightlife. While it might not be as big as Auckland, Wellington has an arts and music scene that belies its smaller size. If you’re looking to spend a night on the town, here are the basics of what to expect when looking for nightlife in Wellington.
Not only is Wellington New Zealand’s capital, but it’s also one of the world’s most artistic and entertaining cities. Given the amount of museums, sights, cafés, beaches, and attractions —one day isn’t nearly enough time to properly experience Wellington. That said, if all you have is 24 hours to walk through “Windy Welly,” then here’s an idea of how to spend one day in Wellington to maximize your little bit of time.
Auckland is known for many things — but romance isn’t usually one of them. Which is simply to say it doesn’t have the same reputation as Paris or Venice, heavily marketed as classic spots to swoon. When most travelers think about Auckland, they might instead think about its harbor or the rain — but there’s far more to the City of Sails. If you’re visiting Auckland with your significant other, here are some of the most romantic activities in Auckland to make a lasting impression.