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7 of the best events in New Zealand in January


January is the month when Summer has truly arrived. Long days and great weather mean you owe it to yourself to get out and about and make the most of it. Luckily, there are heaps of events taking place right throughout the country to enjoy.

To help you choose which ones to go to we’ve pulled together a list of 7 of our favourite events in New Zealand in January!



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The ASB Classic is New Zealand’s premier tennis competition which attracts some of the best talents in the game from all around the world.

This year’s competition features another star-studded lineup. In the Women’s Tournament, there’ll be Caroline Wozniacki, Amanda Anisimova, Eugenie Bouchard and Venus Williams. In the Men’s Tournament, you’ll see John Isner, Tomas Berdych, Gaël Monfils and David Ferrer.

As well as the fantastic courtside action, the ASB Classic does a great job with its hospitality too with great pop-up bars and restaurants to enjoy. There’s also an Entertainment Hub with live musical performances to tap your toes to as well!

Event: ASB Classic

When: 31st December – 12th January 2019

Where: Auckland



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The Soundsplash Festival is about a perfect a music festival you can get in New Zealand with so many things in its favour.

First of all, it’s hosted at the beautiful surfing town of Raglan, one of the hippest and chilled out places in the country. It also takes place over 3 days with great camping spots available for the ultimate festival experience. The lineup is always superb as well and this year is no exception with the likes of Sticky Fingers, Famous Dex and Macky Gee. Lastly, the food and drink is great to keep those energy levels up!

With the beach only 500m from the stage, it’s an amazing sight and an incredible experience. It also gives you an excuse to enjoy all the other things to do in Raglan as well.

Event: Soundsplash Festival 2019

When: 18th – 20th January 2019

Where: Raglan



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One of the most successful and beloved Disney films has also been made into a great musical and will be showing at the Civic in Auckland!

It’s an epic and magical production with breathtaking sets and special effects, a talented cast and over 300 costumes. The show features all your favourite songs like ‘A whole new world’, ‘Friend like me’ and ‘Arabian nights’. It’s received rave reviews all over the world and is sure to be a big hit here.

A great one for young and old in arguably New Zealand’s most iconic theatre.

Event: Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical

When: 3rd January – 24th February 2019

Where: Auckland



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The critically acclaimed musician, DJ and producer, Fatboy Slim, comes to New Zealand in January with 5 shows around the country

Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) is known as one of the godfathers of dance music and has been heralded for pioneering the big beat genre. He also holds the Guinness World Record for having the most Top 40 hits under different names. He was massive in the nineties and still has a dedicated and loyal fanbase the world over.

His tour gives Kiwis a great chance to see someone who changed music forever.

Event: Fatboy Slim NZ Tour

When: 25th January – 1st February 2019

Where: Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown



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Is there anyone bigger in the food world than Nigella Lawson at the moment? Hard to think of anyone and she’s on her way to New Zealand!

Having sold over 10 million books and with a number of TV shows under her belt, she’s been incredibly successful which she’ll discuss and more in Auckland. The show has been lauded in the UK and this tour is part of the first one that takes it overseas. There’ll be a lot of laughs, insight and interaction with an audience Q&A making it an even more personal experience.

Hosted in the Auckland Town Hall for one night only so don’t miss out!

Event: An Evening With Nigella Lawson

When: 22nd January 2019

Where: Auckland



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Many Kiwis have a soft spot for beer and if you do as well then you’ll want to get yourself to Christchurch for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival.

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival is one of the biggest of its kind in New Zealand. Over 40 craft breweries attend along with 35 street food vendors. With over 300 beers on tap, you’re not short on choices with some interesting brews to discover. On top of this, there’s great live musical entertainment on the main stage to enjoy and appreciate.

It’s a fantastic mid-summer event and makes for a great day out.

Event: Great Kiwi Beer Festival

When: 26th January 2019

Where: Christchurch



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One doesn’t really need an excuse to go to Queenstown in the summer but if you’re looking for one, the Gibbston Valley Concert makes a pretty strong case.

The concert is hosted in the beautiful surroundings of the Gibbston Valley Winery and on a sunny day, it’s outstanding. The musical lineup is always great and this year is no different. Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson, James Reyne & Mark Seymour of Australian Crawl and Toni Childs. Add to this awesome food and great wine (of course) and you’ve got yourself a real winner.

The seating is open grass so make sure you bring a picnic blanket for the day!

Event: Gibbston Valley Concert

When: 19th January 2019

Where: Queenstown


So there it is, some awesome January events to start your year in the best possible way! Make sure you get out and get involved for a memorable summer.

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