Taking advantage of the attention during the Rugby World Cup, the Real New Zealand Festival runs from 9th September to 23rd October to celebrate and promote the culture and tourism of this beautiful country. The festival is spread out across the entire nation so wherever you are or want to be there should be something worth seeing, doing or eating.
If you are in the country for the rugby or alternatively would prefer not to hear that word mentioned during your stay, the festival will provide you with an insight into New Zealand while ensuring you are informed, entertained and very well fed.
New Zealand has always been famous for its food, although that has traditionally meant the products of land animals farmed in the beautiful and productive landscape. However, the country also produces some of the world’s best seafood, as the Real New Zealand Festival demonstrates. The Great West Coast Whitebait Challenge and Savour Bluff Oyster Festival are two highlights that, for anyone with a taste for excellent seafood, are worth flying around the globe for on their own.
While the products of the surf are celebrated, the products of the turf are not ignored. The Marlborough Wine Festival allows visitors to sample local viticulture fresh from the vine in what is sure to be a merry affair for connoisseurs and lay people alike. To ensure that visitors are not drinking on an empty stomach, many of the wines have been matched with wild game that complements the specific tastes of that grape.
The cultural offerings of the Real New Zealand Festival are almost as delectable as the food and aim to strike a balance between the traditional and contemporary. The highlight of the contemporary events will probably be Dame Kiri Te Kanawa performing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, although there is so much to choose from that naming just one is a challenge. Modern theatre performances will also take place, including plays written especially for the festival.
The traditional culture of New Zealand is primarily Maori, although the history of white settlers is also explored. The exploration of Maori heritage at the Taranaki International Village is sure to be fascinating while visitors will be able to find traditional souvenirs, environmentally produced and ethically, sold at the Maori Art Market in Porirua.
The Real New Zealand Festival is not just a chance for the country to show off its excellent but underappreciated culture but also quite literally an advert for potential migrants. The country has a list of professions that are in particular need, if you happen to be in one of them you could be invited to stay longer than you had originally intended. For many people, this is not a problem.
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