Explore new worlds at Auckland arts festival

The Auckland Sky TowerNew Zealand’s largest city – Auckland – is inviting visitors to extend their imagination and explore new artistic worlds during the city’s biennial Auckland Arts Festival. The festival celebrates the distinct and unique characteristics of Kiwi acts, alongside international performances, over a 19 day action-packed programme from 2 – 20 March. More than 500 artists will perform in 75 different events including theatre, dance, music, film and visual arts.

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New Zealand secures Hobbits and Middle-earth

Hobbiton-kleinThe Hobbit will stay home in Middle-earth after a deal that confirms Sir Peter Jackson’s much-awaited prequel to 'The Lord of the Rings' is to be filmed in New Zealand.  Two days of negotiations between the NZ government and Warner Bros executives have confirmed New Zealand as the location for filming the two-part Hobbit films - the biggest movie franchise in the world, ever. NZ Prime Minister John Key says the deal will benefit the country’s film industry and tourism, and keeps New Zealand on the stage as "a great place to make movies".

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Wellington on a Plate: Capital's culinary festival

Wellington_New_Zealand17 Jun 2010 – Looking for a winter warmer? One of New Zealand’s most popular food festivals, Wellington on a Plate, is back for a second course with mouth-watering culinary offerings to please every palate. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, the 2010 programme has doubled with more than 80 events scheduled. While full details won’t be released until July, organisers are promising a return of favourites from last year, including Devour (a city market feast), Behind-the-scenes in Two Top Kitchens (Floriditas Bakery and Logan Brown Restaurant) and Beervana, a celebration of the art of Kiwi craft brewing.

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Winter’s first snows hit New Zealand mountains

Mount_Hutt_CanterburyThe 2010 ski season’s first snow dump has landed in New Zealand – at the peak of the popular Canterbury ski area at Mt Hutt. The vast commercial high country ski field has received 10cm of fresh powder, and is likely to get more throughout the week. Mt Hutt manager Dave Wilson says the first snow dump is the start of a promising ski season for New Zealand.

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Arrowtown's festival of changing seasons

Arrowtown Autumn Festival 16 - 25 April 2010
Arrowtown_Post_Office_New_ZealandThe change of seasons marks a special time in Arrowtown's calendar - the Arrowtown Autumn Festival commemorating the town’s pioneering history and natural beauty. Arrowtown - an historic gold mining town in the Queenstown-Lakes district of New Zealand’s South Island - is known for its beautiful, tree-lined streets that provide a visual feast each autumn as the leaves turn vibrant shades of red and gold.The little town is also famous year-round for its carefully preserved heritage buildings - miners’ cottages, churches, old gaol, and a freemason’s lodge - that have turned the town into ‘a living museum’.

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Iconic beach events farewell Kiwi summer

Shipwreck_Bay_is_at_the_southern_end_of_90_Mile_Beach02 Mar 2010 - Beach lovers can bid a final hurrah to summer with two challenging outdoor events, based entirely around the sand and surf of 90 Mile Beach, in New Zealand’s Far North. This year marks the 17th birthday of the famous Te Houtaewa Challenge, and the 11th anniversary of the Waka Ama Surf Challenge at Te Oneroa a Tohe - ‘the long beach of Tohe’, better known as 90 Mile Beach.

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