Waikato Music Festival

The green rolling landscapes of the Waikato that lies to the south of Auckland forms some of the most fertile land in New Zealand. This is farming country and therefore not surprising, many of the Waikato Festivals have and outdoorsy rural flavor. Each year the Waikato communities host a variety of Festivals & Lifestyle Events celebrating the regions cultural diversity and traditions. Here is a comprehensive list of Waikato Festivals…

The Waikato is region of the upper North Island of New Zealand. It covers the Coromandel Peninsula, the northern King Country, much of the Lake Taupo District, and the Rotorua District

Waikato Festivals
Name festival Date Category
Pohutukawa Festival 30 Nov – 8 Dec Active/art/food
Whitianga Dive Festival 29 Nov – 1 Dec                Active
Cambridge Christmas Festival 5 – 19 Dec Christmas
Primal Getaway NYE Festival 29 Dec – 3 Jan Active/music
Prana Festival 30 Dec – 5 Jan Art/music
Tairua School Wine & Food Festival                4 Jan Food/entertainment
Show Me Shorts Film Festival 6 – 12 Jan Movies
Kiwiburn 22 – 27 Jan Art/entertainment
Kawhia Kai Festival 8 Feb Maori
Hamilton Gardens Art Festival 14 – 27 Feb Art
Cambridge Autumn Festival 12 – 16 Mar Entertainment
Thames Heritage Week 14 – 23 Mar Heritage/culture
Echo Walking Festival 15 – 30 Mar Active
Beach Hop Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival 26 – 30 Mar Cars/motors
Balloons over Waikato 26 – 30 Mar Hot air ballooning
The Great NZ Muster 29 Mar Culture fair
Mangonui Waterfront Festival 5 Apr Food/active/entertainment
Hamilton Fuel Fest June  Car
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


Activities & Excursions available in the Coromandel and the Rotorua regions. 

If one of these fun Waikato Festivals happens to coincides with your planned time in New Zealand and you would like to have it incorporated 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.

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Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey
: 12 Nov 2013 (Last updated: 24 Jul 2017)

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