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Spring Events

Spring Events in the Southern Way are a celebration of the arrival of warmer and longer days of the regions. 

The Alexandra Blossom festival is New Zealand's longest running festival celebrating of the arrival of spring with a street parade and other festivities in Alexandra, Central Otago.  

Eat.Taste.Central, is a month long event, with a range of experiences and activities that celebrate the produce, people and flavours of the Central Otago region.

The Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival, is held over two days with over 70 vendors and a great musical lineup under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

The SBS Tour of Southland is one of New Zealand's premier road cycling events and zig-zags its way through some spectacular Southland scenery. If you aren’t into entering yourself, you can be a spectator and fit it in along some of your other travels. 

The Balclutha Half Marathon is another sporting event that showcases the incredible surroundings as you run alongside the mighty Clutha River. 

If you have ever thought about conquering one of the Great Walks in a single day, then the Rakiura Challenge is for you.

The Queenstown Marathon is annual running festival set in the stunning Queenstown Lakes district and is one of the most scenic marathons in the world with shorter options to suit all of the family.


Oamaru hosts the Victorian Heritage Celebration each year in November, where they recreate the colour and atmosphere of the Victorian age. Enjoy a week of events including dances, Victorian style food, historical walks and a garden party. 

The WAO Summit is a week full of workshops, talks and exhibitions about all things environmental. Based in Wanaka and Queenstown, this event draws in people from far and wide. Check out their website for the updated speaker line-up.

The Moana Nui Festival is an annual event in Dunedin, where for a day, the lively cultures of the Pacific Islands are brought to life. Communities proudly share their traditions through colorful displays, delectable tastes, and mesmerizing sounds, creating a celebration that is eagerly anticipated year after year.