Wherever you go on your Rugby 2017 Festival trip you can pretty much guarantee there’ll be some delicious New Zealand kai me wai inuinu, or food, wine, cider, craft beer, soda and more to savour and favour. Kia kaha ake! Try it! …and if you don’t live here all the time, you’ll be pleased to know a lot of it is available back home if you look in the right places!
Food & Beverage Events & Experiences
24 June, Auckland
West Auckland Rugby Fanzone
Join fellow Auckland rugby fans to share the buzz of the first test in the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and watch all the rugby action live on a big screen at the West Rugby Fanzone, The Trusts Arena, Henderson. There will be free entertainment and fun family-friendly activities including a bouncy castle and face-painting, as well as food and drink for sale.
TIME Unlimited Tours
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June 1 - July 8, Christchurch
The Christchurch Fanzone is the ultimate place to be if you want to get a slice of the rugby action in Christchurch. Located at the Innovation Precinct Poplar St in the heart of the city it will be the best place to experience the live excitement and atmosphere of the Lions Series.
To experience the world award winning pinot wines and vineyards in the southernmost vineyards in the world with a Maori culture experience unique to the South of New Zealand. The authentic New Zealand experience where we Unleash your Spirit….perfect for the Lions Roar!!
June 9 - July 9, Hawkes Bay
Winter F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic Hawke’s Bay
Winter F.A.W.C! is a delicious event series of "out of the box" food and wine experiences, set amongst stunning landscapes and locations throughout Hawke's Bay in winter.
July 4, New Plymouth
Local Craft Beer Tasting
Mike’s Organic Brewery was a forerunner in the boutique craft brewery business having been producing craft beers since 1989. Having won numerous awards this is your opportunity to taste and understand the process behind the brewery and the flavours.
July 5, New Plymouth
Art + Lunch
Visit New Zealand’s most provocative art gallery, the acclaimed Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. The centre is home to the collection of pioneering filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye.
July 5, New Plymouth
Gala Dinner – Yarrow Stadium
Join us for a gala dinner to celebrate all things rugby. Based at Yarrow Stadium, named as the 3rd best stadium in the world after Millenium Stadium in Cardiff and Suncorp in Brisbane by NZ Rugby World Magazine Yarrow Stadium is recognised for the special experience it provides for players and spectators.
July 5, New Plymouth
Visiting a coffee roasting house, honey production premises and shop and a local butchery and beef producer you will get the opportunity to taste and smell as you hear more from the producers about the passion for their product.
June 29, Wellington
Pint Sized Beervana
Get an exclusive taste of Beervana - New Zealand’s annual national beer festival, at this pint sized event and find out why Wellington is considered New Zealand’s Craft Beer Capital.
Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tour
Depart by train for a scenic journey with stunning views of Wellington Harbour and the Wairarapa Valley countryside. Experience four boutique award-winning Martinborough vineyards. Enjoy wine tastings throughout the day, a delicious local gourmet antipasto lunch in the charming wine village, gourmet delights, and to finish, a delectable cheese platter & coffee.
June 28, Masterton
Rugby Yarns Dinner with John Jeffrey, Sir Brian Lochore and Romain Poite
Join rugby greats for a night of yarns with All Blacks legend Sir Brian Lochore, British and Irish Lions John Jeffrey plus top international French rugby referee Romain Poite, as they speak about their triumphs and tribulations of their careers at a special dinner and auction.
July 1, Wellington
Traditional Māori Hāngi on the Waterfront
Bring your appetite and feast on a traditional Māori hāngi on Wellington’s waterfront. Watch your hosts at Karaka Café lift a lavish spread from the ground before you tuck in to a plate laden with pork, lamb, chicken, potato, kumara and more.
June 27 - July 4, Martinborough
Reds, Whites and Brews Martinborough
Celebrating rugby with food, wine and beer in Martinborough Wine Village. Taste award-winning wines and craft beers expertly matched with delectable dishes. Visit Martinborough’s cellar doors for a tasting and something a little bit special.
1 July, Auckland
South Auckland Rugby Fanzone
Join fellow Auckland rugby fans to share the buzz of the second test in the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and watch all the rugby action live on a big screen at the South Rugby Fanzone, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau. There will be free entertainment and fun family-friendly activities including a bouncy castle and face-painting, as well as food and drink for sale.
July 6 & 7, Auckland
Queens Wharf Auckland Crafternoon – 3rd Test
Set upstairs at Shed 10 and in the middle of the action for the weekend - Queens Wharf Crafternoon will showcase the best exponents of local Craft Beer paired with the best of local produce from the Auckland region.
8 July, Auckland
North Auckland Rugby Fanzone
Join fellow Auckland rugby fans to share the buzz of the third and final test in the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and watch all the rugby action live on a big screen at the North Rugby Fanzone, North Shore Events Centre, Wairau. There will be free entertainment and fun family-friendly activities including a bouncy castle and face-painting, as well as food and drink for sale.