New Zealand Entertainment

Choose the right time to New Zealand, will increase a lot of fun. November to April is ripe for outdoor exploration. December to February is also when Kiwis crank up the food and wine festivals, concerts and sports events. June to August is skiing high season.

New Zealand music has been influenced by blues, jazz, country, rock and roll and hip hop, with many of these genres given a unique New Zealand interpretation. The New Zealand Music Awards are held annually by Recorded Music NZ; the awards were first held in 1965 by Reckitt & Colman as the Loxene Golden Disc awards.

New Zealand has competitive international teams in rugby union, netball, cricket, rugby league, and softball and has traditionally done well in triathlons, rowing, yachting and cycling. Rugby union is considered the national sport and attracts the most spectators. The national men's rugby union team, are the most successful in the history of international rugby and the reigning World Cup champions. Golf, netball, tennis and cricket have the highest rates of adult participation, while football (soccer) is top among young people. New Zealand is known for its extreme sports, adventure tourism and strong mountaineering tradition. Other outdoor pursuits such as cycling, fishing, swimming, running, tramping, canoeing, hunting, snowsports and surfing are also popular.