Hotspot of the week: Tasmania
Perhaps fewer Kiwis are aware that it's also home to some quirky winter events.
Tasmania's Festival of Voices is your best excuse for a communal singalong – whether or not you're any good.
Taking place in Hobart between June 30 and July 16, the festival brings amateur and professional singers from Australia and beyond to Tasmanian shores. With workshops, choirs, harmonic duets and a crackling bonfire, the festival has become Australia's premier celebration of the human voice.
Enjoy the Hobart-based programme or combine it with a special three-day programme on the East Coast from June 30 to July 2. Layer up, embrace your voice and live in tune with the season.
Can't sing? That's okay – it hasn't stopped one local yet.
Tasmanian Whisky Week is not your typical week-long whiskey festival. For one thing, it lasts for 10 days. From August 4 to 13, the event sees local distilleries, stables, bars, hotels and even barns open their doors to share their whisky stories.
Go behind the scenes, sample unreleased whiskies and pop a bottle under your wing to take home. If anything is going to warm your cockles in Tasmania this winter, it should be this.
For more info on Tasmania, visit gobehindthescenery.com.au.