Burst! - the Christchurch Festival of Flowers - is a celebration of all things floral, with garden tours, music, workshops and demonstrations, storytelling, a photography competition, displays ranging from ikebana to topiary, and much more. Focal points are the brilliant floral carpet in the Christchurch Cathedral and colourful installation gardens in the city centre. It runs February 19 to March 14.
On the web: festivalofflowers.co.nz
The Mercury Bay Art Escape is a self-drive art tour that gives visitors the chance to see artists working in their studios in some of Coromandel's most scenic spots. The 39 participating artists include nationally recognised and emerging painters as well as printmakers, potters, sculptors, jewellers and fabric artists. It will be held February 26-28 and March 5-7.
Contact: (07) 866 4886, 021 965752
On the web: mercurybayartescape.com
Seafood by the sea
Good food and wine, authentic Maori crafts and a great line-up of entertainers make the Maketu Kaimoana Festival on February 27 a relaxed family day out. It runs 12pm to 6pm at the Maketu Sports Ground on the edge of the picturesque Maketu Estuary. Entry costs $20 (adult), $10 (under 18), children under 6 free.
On the web: maketukaimoana.co.nz
The Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo on February 13 is a day of caber-tossing, wood-chopping, highland dancing and pipe band events in the pretty Paeroa Domain. The highlight will be a spectacular evening Tattoo set against the backdrop of a mock Scottish castle.
Contact: (07) 862 7320
On the web: paeroahighlandgames.co.nz
Start your engines
Taranaki's annual Americarna event celebrates American cars, cuisine and culture, with around 800 classic vehicles cruising the province's highways and streets, February 24-27. It culminates in a Country Fair featuring the cars, helicopter rides, children's rides, good music, and food and trade stalls. Americarna will also be in Invercargill March 24-27.
On the web: americarna.com