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New Zealand in November: What To See and Do!

New Zealand in November: What To See and Do!
November 10
01:07 2015


If you’re never been to New Zealand but are planning to go soon, you are in for a real treat! And if you have had the pleasure already but are going back for more…well, you already know the deluge of fun to be had and that’s why you’re returning. Morning, noon, and night there are events galore and throughout the month of November you can choose from all kinds of experiences. From the casual and creepy to the collaborative and cultural, New Zealand is a host of many things marvellous.

Here are just a few of the exciting events happening this month:

Pacific Rose Bowl Festival: November 12-15


Come visit the Rogers Rose Garden, an internationally recognised rose garden. You can view the finalists for the New Zealand Rose of the Year and vote for your favourite! All contenders are clearly marked so children can participate, as well. Roses from around the world have been entered into this contest, including some from France, Germany, Holland, and Ireland. Your votes could be the deciding factors on which roses win the Pacific Rose Bowl Trophy and the title of New Zealand Rose of the Year.

Pacific Rose Bowl Festival

Zirka Circus

November 12-15 in Kaitaia, November 20-21 in Kaikohe

Bringing you its fourth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus presents their newest show “Cross the Ocean”! For more than six years Zirka has combined over 20 performing arts, theatre, show, and optical illusions to bring you a unique circus experience. Full of daredevil acts, acrobatic beauty, and stunts that will leave you in awe, Zirka promises to entertain you and your family without animals so you can enjoy the fun completely guilt-free.

Rotorua Festival of Gardens: November 13-15


This year marks the 11th year of the biennial festival, and features many new gardens in addition to the classic favourites. There are over 45 lush gardens to peruse on your self-guided tour and you choose which ones you want to visit at any time over the course of the 3-day festival. Some gardens will also feature plants, food, and artwork for sale. For more information please visit the Rotorua Gardens website.

Rotorua Festival of Gardens

Oamaru’s Network Waitaki Victorian Fete: November 15


Step back in time and experience Victorian life first-hand! Take in musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world. Shop at the dozens of high quality boutique stalls lining the streets. Find your inner child as you stand in awe of the Victorian costumes and Alice in Wonderland costume parade! You will fall right down that rabbit hole yourself as you get lost in the jugglers, street performers, magicians, and stilt walkers! Be sure to dress up and join the fun to make a day of memories you’ll never forget. For more information check out Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct website.

Oamaru’s Network Waitaki Victorian Fete

Oamaru’s Network Waitaki Victorian Fete

Meet the Tea Maker: November 15


This edition of Meet the Maker highlights Adam and Sarah from Fine & Dandy Co. Come enjoy an afternoon high tea in the grand ballroom of historic Alberton House and meet these two passionate tea makers. As you taste their teas, find out what sets the organic and fairtrade Fine & Dandy teas apart from the rest. Seating is limited so please email for more information and reservations.


Japanese Film Festival 2015: November 16-20


Enjoy these five films that explore Japanese life and culture! A different movie will be shown every day, highlighting a different director each time. Admission is free so don’t miss this opportunity! No reservations are required and all films will include English subtitles. Check the website for titles, times, and other information.

Craft Beer, Wine and WhitebaitCraft Beer, Wine and Whitebait: November 28


Enjoy 30 different beers and wines with ambassadors and winemakers as you sample West Coast Whitebait cooked a multitude of ways. A live jazz band will be on site for your entertainment as you experience a variety of New Zealand seafood and the rich smell of barbeque will penetrate your senses as it simmers all day, just waiting for you to take a succulent bite. For more information please visit the Acacia Restaurant & Garden Bar website.

Marton Market Day: November 28


Marton Market Day brings the streets to life with over 200 stalls of high quality arts, crafts, local food and produce, and tons of unique gifts in historic rural New Zealand. With live entertainment, competitions and activities galore, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy. There will also be hot rods on display and a chance to win a prize. For more info please email

Marton Market Day

Please note that with the impending holidays just around the corner, there are also tons of Christmas festivities starting to pop up. From now through December, Santa and his helpers will be all around, so keep your ears and eyes open for those events, as well!


About Author

Suitcase Stories

Suitcase Stories

Nicole Connolly is a full time traveller, freelance writer and lover of life. Travelling full-time since March 2012, Nicole and her husband Michael gave up their worldly possessions to travel indefinitely. Nicole shares stories, tips and guides on their travel blog Suitcase Stories.


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