Ripping April events downunder

Pic: Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Pic: Melbourne RipComedy Festival.

Ripping April events in Australia and New Zealand to schedule into your plans.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival – Starting late March and running most of April this month long event features the best of local and international comedy acts at venues around the city.

Arrowtown Autumn Festival – Quaint Arrowtown comes to life every Autumn with entertainment, vintage cars, food and more in picturesque settings.

Akaroa Harvest Festival, New Zealand
Wine, apples, olives, oil and more fantastic produce from Akaroa.

Anzac Day commemorative wreath - www.visitedplanet.comAnzac Day – A national holiday commemorated in Australia and New Zealand on April 25 to acknowledge the sacrifice of the original ANZAC troops (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) during WWI. It has now been extended to acknowledge all who have fought for the nations during war time.

NZ Surf festival, Taranaki
See a leg of the women’s ASP tour with greats like Stephanie Gilmore in action.

Balloons over Waikato
Head to Hamilton for this fabulous April event when balloons take to the autumn skies.

Opera on Sydney Harbour
Held throughout March and April this is a fantastic way to see the best Sydney has to offer – sights and performances.

Sydney Royal Easter Show – The annual Easter show in Sydney is one of the biggest in the country. With showbags, carnival rides, livestock and plenty of entertainment its family friendly and fun for everyone. Held over the Easter week.

Book your accommodation with VIP Backpackers in: Melbourne | QueenstownSydney | Taupo (driving distance to Taranaki, Waikato) | Rotorua (drive to Waikato)

Here are some tours offered in these places also to keep you occupied on non festival days.

Milford Sound Coach/Cruise/Coach
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No visit to Queenstown is complete without a trip to Milford Sound, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most scenic areas. Let yourself be captured by the breathtaking and awe inspiring views that can only be experience from the air. A CAA approved operator with a fleet of modern aircraft that provide a window seat fro everyone. A highlight of any trip to NZ.

Wildlife Tours – 1 Day Tour Great Ocean Road
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Travel to the amazing Great Ocean Road & enjoy the stunning views along one of the most scenic & rugged coastlines in the world. Address: Melbourne 3030

Surf Camp: The Experience 3 Days
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Practice makes perfect. 3 days of progressive surf course with 2 nights accommodation at surf camp. Price is all inclusive (local payment not required). Price includes Surf Camp t-shirt & trucker hat and $20 RIP Curl Voucher as well as action surf photos!!! Address: Meet outside Scubar/Central YHA Rawson Place, Sydney


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