March is here, meaning it’s officially autumn in New Zealand! It’s a great time to be travelling around NZ – the warm weather is still here and there’s plenty going on in all corners of the country this month. Here’s a rundown of the highlights:
When & where: March 7 – Wellington
Official site: www.homegrown.net.nz
New Zealand’s biggest Kiwi music festival takes place in Wellington this weekend, with over 50 acts playing across seven stages. Tickets are already sold out, but if you’re keen to hear the best of NZ’s home grown music artists and bands, you can find find people selling tickets on TradeMe.
2) Queenstown Bike Festival
When & where: March 13-22 – Queenstown
Official site: www.queenstownbikefestival.com
Whether you enjoy a casual peddle around the park, screaming downhill on two wheels or watching from the sidelines, there’s a little something for everyone at the Queenstown Bike Festival, including films, photography exhibits and concerts to complement the outdoor events. Many of the events are free and they’re currently looking for volunteers to work the festival if you really want to get amongst the biking action.
3) Cricket World Cup
When & where: March 21 – Quarter Final in Wellington; March 24 – Semi Final in Auckland
Official site: www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup
In case your driver hasn’t mentioned it, the Cricket World Cup is happening in Australia and New Zealand right now. (The NZ Black Caps beat Australia last Saturday – we’re still buzzing over it!) Matches are being held throughout the country over the next few weeks, but the big matches to watch out for are the Quarter Final in Wellington on the 21st March and Semi Final in Auckland on the 24th March.
Full fixture schedule available here: http://www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup/fixtures.
When & where: March 25-29 – Rotorua
Official site: www.crankworx.com/rotorua/
Mountain biking is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing sports and one of the premiere competitions, Crankworx, is coming to Rotorua for the first time at the end of the month. Five days of adrenalin pumping mountain bike competition will be centered around the Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park (you may know it as home of the Rotorua Luge). Tickets are required to watch the bike events at the park, but there’s also a free concert on Friday and Saturday on the Rotorua Lakefront.
Words of wisdom from the Stray team: Even if you’re not a fan of mega music festivals, cricket or biking, we highly recommend you take these events into account when planning your upcoming travel. If you’re planning on spending extra time in any of the cities above on the dates listed, it’s a good idea to check accommodation availability in advance.