It’s pretty well known that I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan. That is not the only thing I’m passionate about though. I’m very lucky to live in a country that indulges my hobbies on a daily basis. The icing on the cake is the amazing events held in New Zealand throughout the year. Here are a few events coming up in New Zealand that I’m very excited about.

If you are planning a trip to New Zealand and share some of the same interests as me, I’d love to be your very own tour guide as we check out these awesome events as part of your overall New Zealand vacation.

Do any of these events excite you? Comment below!

 22 & 23 August 2014

Beervana – Wellington

New Zealand’s biggest and best craft beer festival. Start your trip to NZ right, with an immersion into the New Zealand Craft Beer culture, always accompanied by delicious local food.

7-9 November 2014

Highlands 101 – Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell


Last year’s Highlands 101 was the first and was a huge success. The main event is a 101 lap endurance race, with the field made up of  Australian GT series and South Island Enduro series cars. Marques racing include Aston Martin, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren. For a good look at the beautiful Highlands Park and the first Highlands 101, check out this video on Vimeo.

This would be the perfect event for a car lover to attend as the focus of their automotive tour of New Zealand.

8-15 November 2014

Silver Fern Rally – South Island.


A week long classic rally covering the South Island and including 1000km (600 miles) of special stages. Cars racing will include classic and modern 2 and 4WD rally cars. Check out some special stages in remote areas of the beautiful South Island.

26-30 November 2014

Burt Munro Challenge – Invercargill

Inspired by motorcycling legend Burt Munro, who was made famous in the 2005 movie The World’s Fastest Indian, the Burt Munro Challenge is five days of incredible motorcycle mayhem. There are 8 different racing events plus the Burt Munro Challenge Rally. You can attend the racing events as a Spectator or bring your bike and camp out at the Rally.

TBA: December 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Nationwide

While it doesn’t look like Wellington will host the world premiere of the final movie in the Hobbit Trilogy, I’m sure there will be some great things happening around the time of the film’s release. Watch this space and I’ll update as more information becomes available. I’ll be unavailable from December 13th to January 5th, so if you come during this period I won’t be around to guide you. I’m still happy to help with planning though!

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16-18 January 2015

Wings Over Wairarapa 2015 – Masterton

New Zealand really does punch above its weight when it comes to vintage warbirds. This year is the 9th Wings Over Wairarapa, and as ever it will feature many rare WWI and WWII aircraft. This is another spectacular event to use as a focus for your trip to New Zealand.

6-8 February 2015

Leadfoot Festival – Whitianga, Waikato

This is a unique hillclimb event, originally held as a race up Rod Millen’s “driveway” to celebrate his 60th birthday. With a huge range of classic vehicles competing, Leadfoot Festival would be a great anchor event for your trip to New Zealand.

Actually, this event deserves two videos!

 14 March 2015

Wildfoods Festival – Hokitika, West Coast

If you want to do a foodie tour of New Zealand, and are braver than your average punter – perhaps you should time your trip around the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. There is a huge range of food to try, including bugs, grubs and larvae, through to fine cheeses and interesting cuts of meat. Mountain Oysters anyone?

21 March 2015

Marchfest – Nelson

Foodies and Beer geeks might want to tie this in with the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival, it’s only a week later! Great beer, food and music abound at this one day festival held in March to celebrate the harvest of the World Famous Nelson Hops.

25-29 March 2015

Beach Hop – Whangamata, Waikato

The annual Beach Hop in Whangamata is New Zealand’s biggest Hot Rod, Classic Car and Rock’n’Roll event. There are 1000 registered cars at the event and activities spread across 5 days. These include a car show, cruise, drive in movies, bands, burlesque and much more. If you want to bring your car from overseas, let me know – we can make anything happen! (If we meet registration requirements…)

 3-5 April, 2015 (Easter Weekend)

Classic Fighters Omaka 2015 – Blenheim

One of the world’s great Warbirds shows. Check out their website for the best information, or watch the video below for a taste of the 2011 show. This show features what is possibly the largest gathering of flying WWI aircraft, and you can usually count on my favourite being there – The Spitfire.

Contact me directly to discuss your own private tour of New Zealand.


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