Looking for events in New Zealand in July? You’ve come to the right place. In this post, we cover off all the major events taking place across New Zealand in July on both the North and South Islands. We update the post a couple of months beforehand so if you are still seeing last year’s events, please bookmark this page and make sure you check back in June.

1. Matariki Festivals

The month of July sees one of the biggest Maori festivals in the calendar year. The Matariki Festival in New Zealand celebrates the Maori New Year and the rising of the Matariki star cluster. Events typically take place all over the country with some actually starting in late June but carrying on right through until the middle of July.

2022 will see the full return of Matariki Festival events and ceremonies following a couple of years of disruption. These include dawn ceremonies, art exhibitions, film screenings, storytelling, food festivals, stargazing and more.

2022 will also be the first year that New Zealanders will enjoy a public holiday to celebrate Matariki on Friday 24 June.

The Government has committed to ensuring mātauranga Maori is at the heart of celebrations of the Matariki public holiday, and it will be a time for:

  • Remembrance – Honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki
  • Celebrating the present – Gathering together to give thanks for what we have
  • Looking to the future – Looking forward to the promise of a new year

Event: The Matariki Festival

When: 21 June – 16 July 2022

Where: Various locations including Auckland, Great Barrier Island, Wellington, Picton and Dunedin.

2. New Zealand International Film Festival

Fantastic news for film lovers – the 2022 Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival will be going ahead in July/August 2022 in 13 towns and cities.

The film festival will open in Auckland at the majestic The Civic on July 28, with Wellington opening the following week, Christchurch and Dunedin opening on August 11, with the regions – Hamilton, Tauranga, Hawke’s Bay, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Masterton, Nelson, Timaru and Gore – to follow.

The 2022 edition will be a more focused version, shorter in duration in the main centres and some regional centres, with fewer venues and fewer films, but with a commitment to retain the high quality of programming and calibre of titles which are at the heart of the film festival.

After two years without this iconic New Zealand festival on our events calendar, it is exciting to be welcoming back NZIFF for 2022. The full programme of events across 13 venues is now available on the NZIFF website.

Event: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022

When: 28 July – 31 August 2022

Where: 13 towns and cities throughout New Zealand

3. Inside Dalí – Christchurch


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After a hugely successful stint in Auckland, the international Inside Dalí digital art exhibition will be moving to Christchurch in July.

Inside Dalí is a multimedia experience that will give audiences a chance to explore one of the 20th century’s greatest surrealist painters – Salvador Dalí.

Direct from Florence and produced with the support of the GALA SALVADOR DALÍ Foundation, Inside Dalí is a digital art exhibition that revolves around the life of the great Catalan painter – the father of surrealism.

Event: Inside Dali

When: 11 July – 26 August

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand – Christchurch

4. Taranaki Beer Festival


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It feels like a while since we had a good beer festival in New Zealand and it’s nice as we head into winter to find a new festival hitting the calendar.

This July, head to the sunniest place in New Zealand for the inaugural Taranaki Beer Festival, featuring the best craft breweries from Taranaki and around the country, as the Taranaki Beer Festival takes over the TSB Stadium for Taranaki’s hoppiest celebration of the craft beer industry.

Taranaki Beer Festival will showcase craft beers, cider and seltzer from over 30 breweries from all around New Zealand.

As you would expect from a New Zealand beer festival, there will be an awesome food market, mingle areas, live music, entertainment and more.

Don’t miss out on this inaugural event.

Event: Taranaki Beer Festival

When: 1-2 July 2022

Where: TSB Stadium, New Plymouth



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The Queenstown Winter Festival has been the winter party for the South Island for the last 40+ years and one that officially kicks off the start of the ski season. This year’s festival is no different with a great mix of events lined up.

The four-day festival is absolutely jam-packed with events and activities for the whole family and whether you’re a ski or snowboard junkie, or you just enjoy a good festival, Winter Festival weekend is one of the best weekends of the year to spend down in Queenstown.

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever after two COVID-affected years and demand for tickets has already been extremely high. You can read more about the Queenstown Winter Festival in our recent blog.

Event: Queenstown Winter Festival 2022

When: 7 – 10 July 2022

Where: Queenstown

6. Liam Gallagher


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With his new single ‘Everything’s Electric’ just out and album ‘C’MON YOU KNOW’ now landed, Liam Gallagher looks set to build on the success of his 3 previous solo number 1s. It follows the huge success of his three previous studio albums which established his iconic status for a whole new generation. Between his triumphs as a solo artist and his phenomenal success with Oasis, Liam has spent a combined total of almost six months at #1 across eleven chart-topping albums.

This is a show not to be missed if you grew up in the era of Oasis, Blur, Pulp and many more of those iconic British Indie bands. Liam Gallagher has absolutely been smashing his solo career with many saying his latest album is his best yet. Get your tickets today and go and see for yourself what keeps Liam at the top of his game.

Event: Liam Gallagher

When:21 July 2022

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland


And there we have it! 6 updates on some of New Zealand’s biggest July events. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the latest and don’t forget we also have some great city guides featuring sights and attractions that you can see right throughout the year with a few additional tips about accommodation and dining!

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