Looking for the best events in New Zealand this April? You’ve come to the right place. Events in New Zealand have been cancelled left, right and centre over the past couple of years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, thankfully, we are starting to see more events taking place and more events being planned throughout the rest of the year. April, unfortunately, still comes with a lot of uncertainty so many of the events listed have been cancelled for this year, however, we have made a note of the revised 2023 dates so you can mark the date in your diary and get planning for next year.

April is a month that is typically packed with events here in New Zealand so make sure you bookmark this page and check back. We have a rundown of the best events in every month of the year so watch this space for future notifications about upcoming events throughout the year here in New Zealand. For now though, here are six of the best events in New Zealand in April:

1. CHRISTCHURCH FOOD SHOW

 

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For all the foodies out there you’ll want to get yourself to Christchurch Arena in April for the Christchurch Food Show! Except this year, 2022, you will need to wait until August. In a little bit of good news, the organisers of the Christchurch Food Show have decided to postpone rather than cancel the 2022 event which means that you will still be able to enjoy all the delights of the Christchurch Food Show, but in August. The event will now be held at the Christchurch Arena from 19-21 August so make sure you lock in the new date for this year. Here is some of the early information for the event.

There’s so much going on with this event you almost don’t know where to start. First of all, the food is great, with street food, healthy hubs, fresh markets, cheese alleys and artisan delights to sink your teeth into. There is also a beer lane to quench the thirst too.

As well as this, there are events like masterclasses and a cooking theatre where you’ll be able to gain some great tips and insights! One of the many great food festivals in New Zealand.

Event: Christchurch Food Show

When: 19-21 August 2022

Where: Christchurch Arena, Christchurch

2. XTERRA ROTORUA FESTIVAL

Sadly, Xterra Rotorua is one of the events to have cancelled their event for 2022, pushing back the date to March 2023. Below is some of the information about the event and we will add this to the roster of events for March 2023.

For the fighting fit among you, the XTERRA Rotorua Festival offers a great challenge to test physical endurance.

Now in its 19th year in Rotorua, XTERRA is a great celebration of the outdoors with a number of walking, running, swimming and mountain biking events for athletes to enter. The courses range in size from 5.5km to 26km so all abilities are catered for.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Blue Lake and Whakarewarewa Forrest you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque backdrop to be mesmerised by. A great one to tick off the bucket list!

Event: XTERRA Rotorua Festival

When: 11 March 2023

Where: Rotorua

3. ROYAL EASTER SHOW 2022

 

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Another of the big April events to bite the dust this year is the Royal Easter Show – a big disappointment to the thousands that turn out for the show each year, however, organisers have promised that 2023 will be back and bigger than ever. Below is some information from past events.

You can’t talk about events in April without mentioning Easter and one of the most famous Easter events in New Zealand is the Royal Easter Show.

The Royal Easter show is a carnival extravaganza and one of the most loved family events in the country. It has a great array of live shows, circus acts, carnival rides, exhibits and more that are great for young and old.

The Friday – Sunday programmes are capped off with a great fireworks display which concludes an awesome day out so be sure not to miss out!

Event: Royal Easter Show 2022

When: Easter Weekend 2023

Where: TBC, Auckland

4. ARMAGEDDON EXPO

 

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There are a number of Armageddon Expo events throughout the year and whilst organisers have had to postpone events taking place in March and April, they are hopeful that events from June onwards will still go ahead so there is still plenty of opportunities for popular culture fans to come together. We have listed the dates of the remaining events in 2022 below along with some details about previous events.

Fans of popular culture will unite, as they do every year for the epic gathering that is the Armageddon Expo.

The event is very well organised and attracts some of the biggest and best stars in the business. Past events have attracted the likes of John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Arrow), Richard Harmon (The 100, Van Helsing), Luisa D’Oliveira (The 100, Far Cry 5) and more to New Zealand and organisers will be pulling out all the stops in 2022 to make the remaining events bigger and better than ever.

In addition to this, there’ll be special events like cosplay contests, hot dog eating contests, chilli eating challenges and plenty of others to keep you entertained!

Event: Armageddon Expo

When: Various – see below

Where: Various – see below

2022 Armageddon Expo Dates and destinations

  • Auckland Showgrounds – 10-12 June 2022
  • Baypark Arena, Tauranga – 23-24 July 2022
  • Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North – 6-7 August 2022
  • Auckland Showgrounds – 21-24 October 2022
  • Sky Stadium, Wellington – 2-4 December 2022
  • Te Pae, Christchurch – 10-11 December 2022

5. One Love 2022

One Love is the biggest reggae festival in Aotearoa and is highly regarded the world over. Every Summer it brings 20,000 people to the heart of Tauranga. With over 10,000 tickets already sold before the lineup was announced for 2022!

One Love festival is under new ownership by Reggae Love Ltd, led by Tauranga’s Glenn Meikle. Organisers are still hopeful the event will take place in 2022. They will be making a decision on 25 March – if New Zealand is still in Red Alert Level at that time, the event will be postponed until 2023, however, they are still hoping we will move alert levels before that date.

The 2022 Festival has a packed lineup including L.A.B, Kora, Stan Walker, Fiji, 1814, House of Shem, Katchafire, The Original Wailers, Sons of Zion, Tomorrow People, Nesian Mystik, The Black Seeds, Ardijah, Swiss & Tree, Lion Rezz, Che Fu & King Kapisi, Tenelle, Common Unity, NLC, Krisy Erin & Mikey Mayz, TJ & Huri, DJ Jayrasik & DJ KG!

Event: One Love

When: 2-3 April 2022

Where: Tauranga Domain, Tauranga

6. ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE

 

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Anzac Day has always been a special day for New Zealanders as people all over the country gather in tribute to all our soldiers who’ve fought in armed conflicts abroad.

One of the largest dawn services is held every year outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a moving experience attended by thousands of Aucklanders every year in a show of remembrance and reflection.

The commemoration includes uplifting poetry, music and spoken word with the Museum opening afterwards for visitors.

The event has not been held for the last couple of years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and organisers have yet to make a decision about the 2022 commemoration and Dawn Service. You can keep an eye on the latest news on the Our Auckland website, with organisers hoping to be able to commemorate and pay tribute to all our soldiers who have fought in armed conflicts abroad.

Event: Anzac Day Dawn Service

When: 25 April 2022

Where: The Auckland War Memorial Museum.

SOME AWESOME EVENTS IN NEW ZEALAND THIS APRIL!

So there you have it! The list of the 6 best events in New Zealand in April to add to your diaries! We’ve also got some great city guides featuring all the main attractions with a few additional tips about accommodation, eating and more to complement these fantastic events!

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