New Zealand Cultural Festivals

Monday, 15 May 2017
New Zealand Cultural Festivals

New Zealand consists of two naturally spectacular islands with volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, and breath-taking lush green countryside. It’s so scenic that the Lord of the Rings Director, Peter Jackson chose to shoot much of the film there. Besides its natural beauty, New Zealand is home to the fascinating Maori people, who have inhabited the islands for thousands of years with their roots in the Polynesian islands in the Pacific Ocean.

 

Pasifika Cultural Festival

 

Every year in March people from around New Zealand and the world gather in Auckland’s Western Springs park for a weekend of festivities to experience and celebrate the New Zealand Pacific Island communities. Consisting of 1000 performers, loads of stalls which sell food and crafts, as well as a number of authentic island villages, where people go to visit, meet and learn more about the welcoming communities of the region. It’s one of the largest festivals of its kind in the South Pacific and is well worth a visit.

 

Auckland Lantern Festival

 

Forming part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations, the Auckland Lantern Festival is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. The Lantern festival is also sometimes known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, as in the past it was an opportunity for girls and boys to go out at night without the company of a chaperone. Held each year between the 13th and 16th of February in Albert Park the festival exhibits a large variety of lanterns decorating the park, martial arts performances, dancing and live music. On the night of the 16th, visitors are left in awe with a magnificent fireworks display which lights up the night sky.

 

Parihaka Peace Festival

 

The festival is held every year in January and takes place in the small Maori settlement of Parihaka in Taranaki on New Zealand’s north island. Visitors to the festival will be entertained by music performers and speakers and will be able to enjoy a range of films, delicious food, arts and crafts.

Parihaka is an essential destination for the Maori culture, as the Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi people still use the area as a meeting place. The spiritual significance of the festival is found in the teachings of Parihaka, which explains a way of life that incorporates land and humanity, as well as a belief in the co-existence with other races.

Every year, New Zealand honours its cultural heritage with a number of festivals to mark special historical occasions or to celebrate important dates in the country’s history. If you want to be a part of these fascinating events speak to your Cruises International Consultant today to book a cruise to the spectacular country of New Zealand.

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