New Zealand Food and Wine Festivals for 2024

New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to enjoy a food and wine festival, with long lunches in vineyards, outdoor cooking classes, pop-up restaurants – and even burger-eating competitions – all set against the country’s famously breathtaking landscapes. Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine food and wine, or just ready to enjoy life to the full, here are some of the leading New Zealand food and wine festivals 2024 has in store.

Hawke’s Bay F.A.W.C: Food and Wine Classic

March 15-24, 2024

Come and stop at the F.A.W.C. Image from Hawkes Bay NZ.

Situated in the large and diverse Napier wine region, Hawke’s Bay is known for the exceptional produce that comes from the surrounding vineyards, orchards and farms. So what better way to enjoy it than at the Hawke’s Bay F.A.W.C: Food and Wine Classic – a series of events spread over several weekends and stunning locations, and each featuring a unique culinary experience. 

From gourmet picnics in the vineyards to cooking classes with renowned chefs, the Hawke’s Bay wine festival has something for every palate, including fine wines paired with mouthwatering local dishes. While you’re there, explore the film-set charm of the historic art deco capital of Napier town on one of the many walks and tours. You can even enjoy a vintage car tour.

Where to stay

Quality Inn Napier is centrally located and an ideal option for exploring the town’s charms. Close to Westshore Beach, Comfort Inn Westshore Beach is another great option situated near Ahuriri Estuary Wildlife Reserve.

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival

3 March 2024

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival!

Held under beautiful Waipara oaks, the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of the region’s exceptional food and wine matched with live music and a stunning alpine backdrop. Explore the range of stalls and outlets and indulge in a delectable array of dishes, from delicious dumplings to exquisite seafood, local meats and BBQ delicacies. 

Just over 55 km from Christchurch, this area is also a great base to explore the surrounding Canterbury region where you’ll find spectacular coastlines and surf beaches, alpine bike tracks and 4WD trails. Christchurch is the perfect base and a lively cultural mix of restaurants and bars, incredible museums and dynamic art galleries. 

Where to stay

Christchurch is home to accommodation options that match every taste and budget, from hotels amongst manicured rose gardens to options in the heart of town.

Winetopia Auckland

Visit NZ’s most celebrated wine festival. Image from Winetopia.

Explore the diverse wine regions of New Zealand at Auckland’s Winetopia festival – New Zealand’s largest and most celebrated wine festival. With over 700 wineries now producing across the country, this brings together wine lovers, experts and enthusiasts for a world-class weekend of tastings, masterclasses, and entertainment.

Enjoy free wine talks and tastings throughout the sessions on the Main Stage, and learn more about the stories behind the wine label as passionate viticulturists share their inspiration behind their distinctive wine labels. There will also be a packed retinue of entertainers, musicians and artistic displays during this spectacular two-day event. 

Where to stay

Base yourself close to one of the best Auckland food and wine festivals in modern, spacious accommodation at the Quality Hotel Lincoln Green – a scenic drive from the beautiful west coast beaches and home of the Good Home Gastro Pub.

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