Theatre still from Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

4 – 21 March

The Auckland Arts Festival has something for everyone with more than 70 events over 18 days. This year’s central theme is “if love is sown, love will be received”, which promises to be a healing force after a tumultuous 2020. The festival aims to give audience members experiences that open their eyes, hearts and minds through music, theatre, dance, comedy, film, visual arts, circus, kapa haka and talks. The festival has also increased the number of free events to help spread aroha to more people.

Hands holding a plant for Garden in the Sky

Te Māra ki te Rangi – Garden in the Sky

Until 18 April
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Traditional Māori gardening practices are celebrated at Te Papa’s free exhibition Te Māra ki te Rangi, Garden in the Sky. You’ll get plenty of gardening inspiration when you spend time in the garden on Te Papa’s rooftop terrace, which is open to the public every day 10am–6pm. There will be more traditional gardening inspiration later in the year too during Matariki celebrations in June and July, when there will be a special programme of learning and gardening guided by the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar).

People dancing at Wanaka Festival of Colour

Wanaka Festival of Colour

12 18 April

Experience the beauty of the southern lakes in autumn alongside inspiring performances and exhibitions
this April at the Wanaka Festival of Colour. Held biennially over six jam-packed days, the festival is based in Wanaka but includes venues in Luggate, Hawea, Cromwell and Queenstown. The festival is held during a period of autumnal splendour and features theatre, music, literature, dance, visual arts and sculpture – all happening against the backdrop of changing leaves.