* Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Phillip Island
* Body Festival
Annual dance and physical theatre event showcasing the cultural diversity of Christchurch. Held late September - mid October.
* Canterbury Homeshow
* Christchurch Schools' Music Festival
Annual music festival for Christchurch primary schools involving over 4000 pupils.
* Christchurch Symphony Orchestra: Last Night of the Proms
Annual event usually held in late October / early November.
* Dunedin Rhododendron Festival Dunedin
Annual festival but taking a break in 2013
* Five Passes Tour
The 5 Passes, in order of ascent are Evans, Weka, Lewis, Arthur's and Porters. A trip over the main divide and back again. The purpose of the Tour is to give cyclists the opportunity to experience a fully supported four day bike tour along with the traditional Tour de France style yellow jersey, KOM, sprint competitions, and team time trails just like the pro riders, but in a fun and friendly environment.
* Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India
* Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix
* Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix
* Italian Film Festival
This annual festival of Italian films travels New Zealand and is in Christchurch during October.
* Kaikoura Seafest
Kaikoura's premier festival featuring wine and food from the region, Seafest is an annual celebration of the abundance of the ocean and all it represents for the Kaikoura region. Seafest is held on the first Saturday of October each year.
* London Film Festival
Presented by the British Film Institute.
* Melbourne Festival
Each Festival brings an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists to Melbourne.
* Music Biennale Oltre la linea Venice
September - October. Venice Biennale's International Festival of Contemporary Music.
* New Zealand IceFest
A brand new biennial festival that celebrates the Antarctica - New Zealand relationship and our 100 year history of being an Antarctic gateway. Next is September 2014.
* Otago Festival of the Arts Dunedin
Biennial arts festival in Dunedin. Next festival October 2014.
* Piper Heidsieck French Fest Akaroa
A celebration of French heritage in Akaroa. Biennial festival, next held in 2013.
* Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular New Plymouth
Held late October to early November. One of New Zealand's longest running garden festivals featuring guided walks, celebrity speakers, workshops and open gardens.
* Rallye de France Alsace
October. In 2010, the race became Rallye Alsace - Vosges held in Alsace. It was formerly the Tour de Corse held in Corsica.
* Rangiora A & P Show Rangiora
Held at the Rangiora Showgrounds by The Northern A & P Association.
* SCAPE Biennial Christchurch
Biennial of Art in Public Space held in Christchurch. Organised by the Art & Industry Biennial Trust, New Zealand's only biennial dedicated to public art. September to November.
* Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
* tempo - New Zealand's Festival of Dance Auckland
Annual celebration of dance held in Auckland. September - October
* Turner Prize
Widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe. Winner announced in December each year.
* Volvo Round The World Ocean Race
The next race will take place from October 2014 to June 2015.
* Walters Prize
The Walters Prize is a biennial award that sets out to recognise the most outstanding contribution made to contemporary visual art in New Zealand in the two years preceding its award. Next award 2014.