Entertainment precincts such as Auckland's Britomart and Wellington's Courtenay Place offer live entertainment for everyone from night clubbers to those seeking to unwind with a quiet drink.
In summer music festivals are often held at natural amphitheatres, beaches and farmland. Food and wine festivals also draw large crowds.
Sport is an integral part of the New Zealand psyche, from motor racing to rugby. Racedays are a favourite occasion to visit the track, dressed in your best.