It’s Show Time in New Zealand!

Spring in New Zealand heralds show season and there’s an event to suit pretty much any hobby or interest. If you’re going to be in the country in September and October, here are a few shows you might want to attend.

Spring in New Zealand Shows

World of Wearable Art

Wellington’s World of Wearable Art Awards Show is delightfully bonkers and utterly unmissable. Also known as WOW, this year’s event runs from 23rd September to 11th October and is expected to draw an audience of around 50000 people. National and international artists and designers enter garments into a two-hour show in the hope of winning a prize. Anything goes – so long as it is in any way wearable but, of course, it has to be beautiful and original too, which explains why the show is so popular.

Spring in New Zealand: WOW street parade, Wellington
WOW street parade, Wellington: Photo Phillip Capper / CC-BY-2.0

Auckland International Boat Show

It’s no surprise that the City of Sails’ contribution to show season is a water-based event. Auckland Harbour is crammed with boats of all descriptions during the Auckland on Water Boat Show, which is being held this year from 24th to 27th September. Whatever your watery hobby, whether that be sailing, fishing, paddle-boarding or pleasure cruising, you’ll find an array of experts waiting to offer advice, help you develop your skills or add to your kit.

Spring in New Zealand: Auckland: City of Sails
Auckland, City of Sails

National Dog Show

New Zealand’s answer to Crufts, the Eukanuba National Dog Show is held over the first weekend of October at the Eukanuba Wellington Events Centre in Porirua. The event has a varied schedule including obedience competitions, Rally-O and of course, breed-specific heats. Organisers are also on the hunt for three very special dogs to win this year’s Canine Heroes awards, life-savers, assistance dogs or those that have been an exceptionally special pet.

Spring in New Zealand: Maltese waiting to be shown
Maltese waiting to be shown: Photo SheltieBoy / CC-BY-2.0

Sika Show

Trade shows are a popular feature of the annual event calendar and the Sika Show might well qualify as the most controversial. Bringing together the nation’s hunters, the show includes photography and taxidermy competitions, archery and air rifle try-outs, deer jaw ageing demonstrations and a selection of wild foods to taste. The two-day event is due to be held this year in Taupo on 26th and 27th September. It has been running for more than twenty years and is steadily growing in popularity.

Spring in New Zealand: Sika deer on a protected reserve
Sika deer on a protected reserve: Photo Robin Drayton / CC BY-SA 2.0

About JuliaHammond


Julia Hammond is a Geography teacher turned travel writer with a passion for places. Winning Mail Travel's Deep South competition was the catalyst to write for a diverse range of publications including Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again. She’s written Kindle guides to Cape Town, Peru and London for Unanchor and advice on Savannah for Wanderlust. When not travelling, she can be found at home in Essex planning her next trip, her two golden retrievers curled up at her feet.

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