With large communities of people from various nations of the Pacific—including Samoa, Tonga, Niue, and the Cook Islands—Auckland
is the largest Polynesian city in the world, and the annual two-day Pasifika Festival in March is a vibrant and colorful showcase of these interesting South Pacific cultures. Music, dance, arts and crafts, and food all feature, and the festival is held around the spacious lakeside grounds of Auckland's Western Springs. New Zealand
's indigenous Maori are also represented, along with other Pacific nations including Fiji and Vanuatu. Traditional bites to sample include food cooked in a Maori hangi (earth oven) as well as ika mata
(raw fish marinated in coconut milk). It's probably a good idea to skip breakfast before attending.