Looking for something to do? Whether you’re a local, new in town or just passing through, we’ve rounded up the best things happening across New Zealand – from neighbourhood parties to restaurant pop-ups, boutique festivals and more.

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Rhyme X Reason: Brushes & Brews

Wednesday 26 June
6:30pm

Queenstown
$20

An evening of painting and pints? Count us in. Rhyme X Reason is hosting Goose & Dog Creative's first Brushes and Brews event. All essential materials are provided with the option to pick a painting prompt from a pint glass. $20 cash on entry.

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French Favourites at Itch Wine Bar

Wednesday 26 June
5:30pm

New Plymouth & Taranaki

Mid-week winter wine tastings are kicking off at Itch with Alienor from Dhall and Nash showcasing five exquisite French wines paired with tasty pinchos.

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Pottery at Punnet: Mugs Workshop

Thursday 27 June
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Hamilton

Punnet Eatery has partnered with Tia Haynes from The Milk Press to bring pottery workshops to the people of Hamilton. This workshop will guide you through the construction of a creamy speckled clay mug for all your coffee and tea drinking. Drinks and nibbles provided.

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The Hakari – Feast Matariki

Thursday 27 June
6:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury
$145

As part of Eat New Zealand's jam-packed Feast Matariki programme, the crew from Base Food by Fire will be joined by guest chefs to cook beautiful kai over flames. The event will take place in The Great Hall, with only 100 seats available.

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Matariki Food Market at The Tannery

Friday 28 June
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

The Tannery Matariki Market is returning for 2024 with a food truck village featuring some of the best eats in the city including Saucey Kiwi's, Bacon Bros, Empire Chicken, Roma Tacos and more. The Atrium will be transformed into a banquet hall to enjoy your food and beverages under a sky of fairy lights.

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The Garden City Matariki Mākete

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 June
5:00pm – 9:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Celebrate Matariki at a special evening edition of the Garden City Mākete set under the stars. The two-day event will showcase over 60 local artisans, and feature live performances, beautiful light installations and all of your favourite food trucks.

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Margo's Bottomless Brunch

Saturday 29 June
From 12:00pm

Queenstown
$69pp

It's baaack – and just in time for the long weekend. Get in quick for Margo's next bottomless brunch, featuring tasty Mexican-inspired dishes plus flowing mimosas and sangria.

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Tīrama Mai 2024

Friday 21 June – Sunday 30 June
5:00pm – 10:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Ōtautahi Christchurch's cultural festival celebrating Puaka-Matariki is back in 2024 bringing together an array of artistic lighting and cultural displays, including performances and storytelling.

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Doc Edge Festival 2024

Wednesday 19 June – Sunday 30 June

Christchurch & Canterbury

The 19th edition of Doc Edge Festival is kicking off in Christchurch before heading to Auckland and Wellington (with films accessible online from 15 July). Experiences include 66 local and international documentaries, immersive exhibitions and more.

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French Film Festival Aotearoa 2024

Until Wednesday 3 July

Plan in some extra visits to your favourite independent cinema this month, as an incredible line-up of new French films hit the big screen across the country.