|Destination: New Zealand|
A&P Shows - Culture & Entertainment
Maori Culture - Culture & Entertainment
Performing Arts - Culture & Entertainment
Nightlife - Culture & Entertainment
Sport - Culture & Entertainment
Auckland - Cultural Activities
New Plymouth - Cultural Activities
Rotorua - Cultural Activities
Wellington - Cultural Activities
Christchurch - Cultural Activities
Adventure Sports - Outdoor Activities
Boating - Outdoor Activities
Fishing - Outdoor Activities
Golf - Outdoor Activities
Horse-racing - Outdoor Activities
Skiing - Outdoor Activities
Walking - Outdoor Activities
Watersports - Outdoor Activities
Auckland - Evening Entertainment
Wellington - Evening Entertainment
Rotorua - Evening Entertainment
Christchurch - Evening Entertainment
Queenstown - Evening Entertainment
Dunedin - Evening Entertainment
Teams of marching girls in colorful costumes are a familiar sight in New Zealand. The country's Scottish heritage is shown
in the many pipe bands to be seen, and there are also many brass bands. Parades are conjured up for any event or occasion,
ranging from Christmas to rugby matches.
Television The four national television channels are known as One, 2, TV3 and TV4. Both 2 and TV4 provide light entertainment, aimed at the younger market, while One and TV3 concentrate on current affairs and sport. All channels feature commercials. There are also a number of regional channels. Sky Television is the major subscriber network and is shown in most major hotels and better motels.
National Favorites Rugby is New Zealand's number one competitive sport and the national team, the All Blacks, is known internationally. Other popular winter sports include netball, soccer and hockey. In summer, cricket takes the limelight nationally, and lawn bowls is also a favorite. Horse-racing and trotting (harness-racing) meetings, which attract large crowds, are held most weekends at tracks through the country.
Live Music Many New Zealand taverns and public bars feature live music in the form of a trio of electric guitars and drums. The volume is usually very loud. Jazz, less commonly, can also be found. Altogether more sedate is the music played by a pianist in a handful of restaurants and some hotel lounges. Discos are numerous in the main cities.
While the culture of the Maori is unique to New Zealand, classical orchestral music, opera, ballet, and theater are also well represented in the main cities. Outside the towns, the largely agricultural base of New Zeland's economy is reflected in shows of a peculiarly Kiwi type, with farming made into entertainment.