If there is one thing that Kiwis love to do it's make the most of their leisure time. Whether that's the appreciation of the diversity of mouthwatering cuisine and wine, or participating in sports or enjoyig music, there are events which are celebrated across the islands throughout the year.
The New Zealand landscape has so much to offer, from beautiful vineyards and rolling countryside to rugged mountains and waters frequently transforming to churning rapids. These all offer a diversity of opportunities for locals and visitors alike to get together.
Hertz Sevens, Wellington
It's no wonder that New Zealanders are obsessed with rugby. The celebrated national All Blacks squad has been regarded as the world's strongest and most-feared opposition for years. Rugby plays a big part in New Zealand's events in 2014. Next year will see the Westpac Stadium hosting the Hertz Sevens, one of New Zealand's most enthralling and captivating events. Played out in the capital city annually, rugby fanatics flock to the stadium, many taking advantage of the celebratory atmosphere by dressing up as everything from pirates to mermaids. Once the referee has blown his final whistle, that is traditionally the cue for some serious partying and fun to commence, with Wellington welcoming its visitors to a carnival-like weekend.
In June 2014 Queenstown will celebrate its winter festival. This unique event will bring visitors from every corner of the globe, hoping to catch the latest eye-popping winter sports activities. Queenstown Winterfest has been running since 1975, when enthusiastic locals got together and decided that their township, situated in a scenic inlet of Lake Wakatipu, would make the ideal location for some serious winter partying. As well as dazzling action on the ski slopes, the 10-day event also includes street parties, firework displays, stand-up comedy and even a Mardi Gras.
New Zealand PGA Pro-Am championship, Queenstown
New Zealand's enviable combination of beautiful landscapes and award winning vineyards is the perfect backdrop for its popular golf events. The New Zealand PGA Pro-Am championship will be held at The Hills venue in Queenstown., next Spring This annual competition is unusual in that professional and amateur golfers play alongside one another, leading to highly competitive and extremely entertaining matches for spectators. The Hills golf course is widely regarded as one of the country's most fabulous locations for any sports event. There can't be many other locations in the golf world that can boast greens and fairways languishing in the shadows of a dramatic glacial valley.