New Zealand is well known as a sporting nation, in the traditional sense with sports like cricket, rugby and soccer, but also in terms of individual pursuits, like sailing, surfing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and multi-sport adventure racing (to name a few). Many kiwis grow up with the mountains, rivers and forests at their doorstep, so these activities are second nature and as they grow in popularity globally - take paddle boarding as a recent example - New Zealand's appeal grows. Athletes from around the world regularly visit our shores to compete in international racing events such as the Auckland Triathlon, the Kathmandu Coast to Coast and GODZone.
New Zealand is also renowned for producing fantastic wine and wholesome, locally produced food, and now many regions throughout New Zealand offer a unique event to showcase their produce, such as the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration, the Bluff Oyster Festival and the Whitianga Scallop Festival.
If you're visiting New Zealand to take part in, or experience an event and you'd like to do some exploring 'Active-style', get in touch with us and we'll help you to choose a trip that fits your dates and event location.
New Zealand Events Calendar
|World Buskers Festival, Christchurch||January 16th – 26th|
|Challenge Wanaka Triathlon, Wanaka||January 18th|
|Ironman Triathlon, Auckland||January 19th|
|Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration||January 30th – February 1st|
|Auckland Rugby Leauge Nines||January 30th - February 1st|
|Rippon Music Festival||February 1st|
|Rugby Sevens, Wellington||February 7th – 8th|
|Marlborough Wine & Food Festival||February 8th|
|Kathmandu Coast to Coast||February 14th – 15th|
|Art Deco Weekend, Napier||February 20th – February 23rd|
|Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon||February 22nd|
|New Zealand Golf Open, Queenstown||February 27th – March 2nd|
|GODZone Adventure Race||February 28th - March 7th|
|Motatapu Racing Event||March 4th|
|Pacifika Festival||March 8th – March 9th|
|Hokitika Wildfoods Festival||March 14th|
|Gibston Wine & Food Festival||March 15th|
|Queenstown Bike Festival||March 22nd – April 1st|
|Balloons over Waikato, Hamilton||March 26h – March 30th|
|M2C Multisport Race: Turoa – Whanganui||April 4th – April 6th|
|Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show||April 18th – 20th|
|Arrowtown Autumn Festival||April 25th – May 3rd|
|New Zealand International Comedy Festival||April 24th – 18th May|
|Bluff Oyster Festival||May 23rd|
|New Zealand Music Month||May|
|Queenstown Winter Festival||June 20th – 29th|
|Restaurant Month – Auckland||August|
|Scallop Festival, Whitianga||September 6th|
|World Of Wearable Arts, Wellington||September 25th – October 12th|
|Auckland Marathon||November 2nd|
|New Zealand Conservation Week||November 1st – 9th|
|Queenstown Marathon||November 22nd|
|Rhythm and Vines Music Festival||December 28th – December 30th|
|Rhythm and Alps Music Festival||December 30th - 31st|
- Dates are approximate and may change slightly year to year.
World Masters Games, April 21-30 2017
Thousands of competitors and fans will be visiting Auckland, New Zealand for this event, in fact more athletes compete in the Masters Games than in the Olympics! The World Masters Games is the single biggest multisport event on earth, and Auckland, is the perfect venue with a vibrant and refurbished waterfront, world class hotels, restaurants, cafes and shopping precincts. Event organisers have the perfect environment to shape the sporting program with the stunning coastline and numberous parkland reserves, ideal for kayaking, cycling, sailing, surf lifesaving and beach volleyball.
Active Adventures New Zealand trip dates are now released for 2017 and there will be a number of North and South Island trips that coincide nicely with the World Masters Games. We also anticipate running some bespoke, private trips in April 2017, so if this is something you're interested in, please fill out our quote form and we'll get right back to you.