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Things to do in Christchurch

Each year the Canterbury communities host a variety of Festivals & Lifestyle Events celebrating the regions cultural diversity and traditions. Here is a comprehensive list of the Canterbury Festivals…

Canterbury Festivals
Festival Name Date Category
Christmas in the Park 30 Nov Music
Timaru Festival of Roses 29 Nov – 1 Dec Garden
Mandeville Craft Festival 1 Dec Art/craft
South Island Wine & Food Festival 7 Dec Food
Festival of Cycling 7 – 8 Dec Active
Waimate Strawberry Fare 14 Dec Entertainment
Twisted Frequency 30 Dec – 2 Jan Music
Akaroa Music Festival 10 – 26 Jan Music
World Buskers Festival 16 – 26 Jan Music
Twizel Salmon and Wine Festival 25 Jan Music/food
South Canterbury Wine & Food Festival 2 Feb Food/wine
NZ Sandcastle competition 8 Feb Sand sculptures
Ellerslie International Flower Show 26 Feb – 2 Mar Gardens/flowers
The Little River Drum Festival 1 – 2 Mar Music
Waipara Wine & Food Festival 23 Mar Food/wine/music
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival 29 Mar Beer
Food Show 4 – 6 Apr Food/wine
Akaroa Harvest Festival 12 Apr Food/wine
Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival                  25 Apr Pumpkin
Wheels Week 3 – 18 May Wheels
IceFest 27 Sep – 12 Oct                 Educational
For other Regional New Zealand Festivals

Auckland Festivals                     

Bay of Plenty Festivals  

Canterbury Festivals       

Hawke’s Bay Festivals

Marlborough Festivals  

Manawatu Festivals

Northland Festivals

Queenstown / Otago Festivals

Southland Festivals

Tasman / Nelson Festivals

Taranaki Festivals

Waikato Festivals

Wellington Festivals

West Coast Festivals

Take a look at the Activities & Excursions available in Christchurch

If a Canterbury festival coincides with you visiting the area or you would like to incorporate a festival or event into a self-drive holiday or a privately guided tour of New Zealand, then please feel free to contact First Light Travel – We would love to help.

Things to do
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey
: 18 Nov 2013 (Last updated: 22 Jul 2017)

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