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  • Venture to New Zealand this May for the annual writing festival

    2012-04-12

    Writers from all over the world will be venturing to New Zealand this May for a spectacular event that draws worldwide talent to the city of Auckland. The Writers & Readers Festival is a popular gathering that features fascinating presentations, lectures, book signings and more that is open to the public from May 9 to the 13.

    All ages will be able to gain a new appreciation for this classic medium by learning from expert writers, poets and historians who will be sharing their expert knowledge throughout the event. Festivities kick off with a number of activities geared toward school children, and then the rest of the time will be open to all tourists and locals alike.

    If travelers are feeling especially adventurous, they may want to enter the Poetry Idol competition. Contestants will battle it out for first place by performing three-minute pieces they have memorized in front of a large audience. This occasion is one of the highlights of the festival. Other things to check out include memoir writing workshops, lectures by esteemed biographers and writers' galas with plenty of dining and dancing.

    Although many of the celebrations during the festival are free of charge, enthusiastic travelers who are committed to seeing all they can may wish to purchase tickets to the exclusive presentations offered at the festival. More information can be found on the event's official website.

    While in the city for the festivities, travelers may want to indulge in some of the other fantastic things to see and do on vacation. According to the Auckland Tourism website, those who enjoy a thrill can check out some of the aerial activities offered by special tour groups. Guests may hop aboard a helicopter to take in some breathtaking views of the city skyline, or attempt a more interactive flight by learning how to hang glide.

    Others who prefer to be exposed to New Zealand's rich cultural history may make plans to see  the Pioneer Village Silverdale. This outdoor museum has been recreated to model a historical town, complete with collections of period artifacts and houses built in century-old fashions.

    Fans of the written word should gather their fellow bibliophiles and authors to experience a thrilling  Australia & New Zealand travel excursion this spring at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.

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