create. is a festival celebrating literature, arts, the spectacular Mackenzie landscape and the amazing community who live here.

17 September to 3 October

With over 40 events across the length and breadth of the region, create. aims to bring the community together, attracting people from all over the country to our beautiful district and have a world-class celebration of New Zealand’s artists and authors. 


Tickets on sale from August 2021.

Have you got what it takes to be the 2021 create. Photographer of the Year?

We’re calling on all levels of photographers to enter our Photo Competition as part of the  Mackenzie Book & Art Festival 2021.


We believe the Mackenzie is one of the best locations in the world, and for good reason! Whether it’s our crystal clear lakes, our rugged alpine mountains our pure night skies or the characters that make us unique, we’d love to see what you think is the best of the Mackenzie Region.



We're always looking for awesome people to join our team.

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