Stunning installations will light up Auckland’s parks, waterfronts, city streets, and other public spaces.
Celebrate Auckland’s diverse culture, with vibrant displays of Māori and Pasifika performances, exceptional storytelling, captivating theatre, and interactive artworks.
Experience dynamic theatre, unforgettable live music and awe-inspiring dance performances.
Feast on delicious dining events and experiences with curated menus and more, sample local wines and craft beers, and check out the newest trends at a diverse range of fabulous food shows.
Albert Park transforms into an interactive playground with Tūrama - a living art piece of radiant lighting installations. Participate in curated sensorial experiences, including projection mapping, interactive light art, fire and performance. A variety of healthy and diverse food and beverages will also be on offer. This free, luminous event takes place 25 – 28 July.
Lights Out on Great Barrier Island
Hop on a ferry or a plane to witness the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Island by night. See why this rugged island was designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary and how the locals celebrate it with a fascinating series of events themed around astronomy, from photography competitions, navigation lessons, to an island ball. Events will run throughout the month of July.
Matariki Glow Show
The Matariki Glow Show is a giant scale puppet show like no other. Watch the magic unfold as more than 40 glow-in-the-dark characters, including a 5-metre taniwha, tell a delightful story about Matariki. Rich in Te Reo Māori, this cutting-edge show will have kids on the edge of their seats with catchy tunes, lively characters and a whole lot of fun. Shows are on throughout the region.
A magical, all-wheels, illuminated and fully accessible parade in celebration of Matariki is taking place through Wynyard Quarter on July 6. Decorate the wheels of bikes, scooters, billy-carts, skateboards, unicycles, or power chairs to the theme of Matariki and join Touch Compass “in motion” on a journey of discovery culminating in a spectacular aerial performance of Te Ranga Ika.
Smales Farm on the North Shore is transforming into an after-dark experience with Stellar, bringing innovative and interactive lighting installations, food and music in celebration of Matariki. Stay warm with delicious food and beverage offerings courtesy of Goodside - Auckland’s newest dining hub, and the perfect location for families and friends to socialise together.