Find out what’s on when you’re visiting Auckland, from cultural festivals to sporting competitions that will have you on the edge of your seat.

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ASB Classic

ASB Tennis Arena

JANUARY

Catch some of the top male and female international tennis players in action at the ASB Tennis Arena for two weeks of world-class tennis. While you’re there, sample some of Auckland’s superb restaurants at the pop-up bars, along with a line-up of nonstop entertainment.
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St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Albert Park, Auckland CBD

JANUARY

Feel the beat at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Auckland’s favourite alternative music festival. Full of fresh, original and ground-breaking music, the festival’s set in the urban playground of Albert Park. With an atmosphere that channels community, collaboration and self-expression, it’s a music experience like no other.
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Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival

Waterfront, Auckland CBD

JANUARY

Discover Tāmaki Makaurau’s unique Māori history, heritage and contemporary culture at the free and family-friendly Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival on Auckland’s waterfront. Experience Māori crafts and kai (food), storytelling, traditional and contemporary Māori music, kapa haka performances, and waka (outrigger) races.

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headland Sculpture on the Gulf

Matiatia Headland, Waiheke Island 

FEBRUARY (Biannual)

Take a 35-minute ferry ride from the city to Waiheke Island for the unique headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition. Stroll the spectacular 2km coastal walkway and see 31 contemporary outdoor sculptures, along with an art gallery and some of the best food, wine and entertainment Waiheke has to offer.
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Takapuna Beach Cup

Takapuna, Auckland 

FEBRUARY

Hit the water at the Takapuna Beach Cup, New Zealand's premier three-day outrigger and paddle festival. With seven events over three days, the Takapuna Beach Cup is for novices and avid paddlers alike. Race in the clear waters of Takapuna Beach, or around Auckland’s volcanic island, Rangitoto. With stunning views across the Hauraki Gulf, it's guaranteed to be a fantastic paddling experience.
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Auckland Pride Festival

Various locations 

FEBRUARY

Celebrate the richness of our Rainbow communities at the Auckland Pride Festival. This two-week festival brings together a chocka social calendar and array of events including theatre and cabaret, music, visual arts exhibitions and installations, film and literature. While most Auckland Pride Festival activity centres on Ponsonby and Karangahape Roads, the festival’s events also spread out to central, west and south Auckland and into the Hauraki Gulf.
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Splore Music and Arts Festival

Tapapakanga Park 

FEBRUARY

Held on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park, 70km south east of Auckland’s city centre, Splore is a three-day music and arts festival. Chill out with friends and family and get into the groove of live music, fresh market food, visual arts, workshops and forums. Splore caters for families too – there’s loads of kid-friendly activities during the day, and when the sun sets the party amps up with an eclectic music line-up.
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Auckland Lantern Festival

Auckland Domain, Grafton

MARCH

Celebrate Chinese New Year and see more than 800 handmade Chinese lanterns illuminating the Auckland Domain. Taste authentic foods and watch live music, dance, martial arts and the spectacular fireworks finale. 'With free entry, it’s great weekend of fun for all ages.'
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Auckland Arts Festival

Various locations

MARCH

See Auckland transform when the globally-recognised Auckland Arts Festival arrives in March. For 19 days, experience the explosion of theatre, music, cabaret, dance and visual arts as the city celebrates our artists, culture and diversity from New Zealand and around the world.
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Round the Bays

From Quay Street, Auckland CBD 

MARCH

Be part of New Zealand’s largest fun run and walk. The flat 8.4km course starts at Quay Street in Auckland’s CBD and continues along Waitemata Harbour, finishing in St Heliers Bay. With an emphasis on fun, the course promises entertainment to cheer you on along the way and you can go as fast or as slow as you like.
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Auckland Cup Week

Auckland Racing Club, Ellerslie

MARCH

New Zealand’s richest racing carnival, this is the ultimate trifecta of thoroughbred racing, fashion and entertainment. A variety of ticket options means you can relax on the grass, get a great view from the stands or, for something more fabulous, try the luxurious Champagne Lawn.
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Pasifika Festival Auckland

Western Springs Park, Auckland 

MARCH

Pack a picnic rug, and step into the relaxed but vibrant atmosphere that can only be Pasifika. Pasifika Festival is made up of 11 unique villages – each with their own performance stage and market setting – that showcase the cultures of 11 Pacific Island nations. Wander the market stalls for delicious food, plus traditional arts and crafts.

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NZ International Comedy Festival

Various locations

APRIL / MAY

A showcase of local and international comedians take to the stage for three weeks of laughs at the NZ International Comedy Festival. There’s big name international headline acts and newcomers, plus a huge variety of stand-up, sketch, improv, comedic-theatre, clowning, children’s and musical comedy.
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Auckland Writers Festival

Aotea Centre, Auckland

MAY

Love language? Meet writers, booksellers, publishers and readers at the Auckland Writers Festival. Every year over 70,000 people flock to the Aotea Centre to celebrate the world of books and ideas. With more than 200 writers and thinkers involved, there are six days of readings, debates, stand-up poetry, literary theatre, children’s writers and free public and family events.
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New Zealand International Film Festival

Various locations

JULY / AUGUST

Head to a New Zealand film premier or experience the latest and brightest of international cinema direct from premier festivals in North America, Australia and Europe. With an exciting programme of 150-170 features, this national event is for audiences and filmmakers alike.
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Auckland Restaurant Month

Auckland CBD 

AUGUST

Indulge in some of Auckland’s best cuisine during Restaurant Month. Try specially created menus at more than 100 central city restaurants and 25+ foodie events on during Auckland Restaurant Month. The line-up of special events is spectacular, from the enormously popular Street Eats and Taste of Federal Street in the first week, to The Big Cheese and Dinner in the Dark wrapping the month up, with new events and menus every year.

New Zealand Fashion Week

ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland CBD 

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER

Meet, swap ideas, discuss upcoming fashion trends and see the latest collections from some of New Zealand’s best known and up-and-coming designers. As the only international fashion event in New Zealand, it’s not only one of the country’s most anticipated annual events, but it also promotes our local designers to national and international media, buyers and industry spectators.
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Auckland On Water Boat Show

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland CBD 

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER

Get a head start on summer and see the latest boats, engines, electronics and accessories for all things marine. Whatever your on-water interests – sailing, fishing, paddle-boarding, water sports or pleasure cruising – here’s your opportunity to talk to experts presenting a wide array of marine-oriented products and services.
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Auckland Diwali Festival

Aotea Square, Auckland CBD

OCTOBER

Celebrate our most vibrant Indian festival with food, entertainment, dancing and crafts. Diwali is an important and ancient Indian festival celebrated throughout India and in Indian communities around the world. The two-day Auckland Diwali Festival brings Aucklanders and visitors of all ages and ethnic backgrounds together to celebrate and experience Indian culture in its many exciting forms.
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ASB Auckland Marathon

Auckland

OCTOBER / NOVEMBER

Be part of New Zealand’s premier road race. There are five distances to choose from: the ASB Auckland Marathon, the Barfoot and Thompson Half Marathon, 12k Traverse, Heart Foundation 5k Challenge and a Kids Marathon. If you opt for the Marathon, Half Marathon or the 12km race, you’ll be in for some superb views when you cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
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ITM Auckland SuperSprint

Pukekohe Park Raceway

NOVEMBER

Experience the adrenalin-pumping action of the ITM Auckland SuperSprint (formerly V8 Supercars). Feel the roar of the engines as the drivers carve up Auckland’s Pukekohe Park Raceway. It’s three days of no-holds-barred sprint action for all ages.
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Taste of Auckland

Western Springs

NOVEMBER

Try a selection of signature dishes from Auckland’s finest restaurants as you stroll through New Zealand’s most glamorous food festival. Learn from our culinary superstars in a series of master classes and live demonstrations. Soak up the festival atmosphere with a drink in hand and sample delicious treats from the country’s top producers and celebrity chefs.
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Farmers Santa Parade

Queen Street, Auckland CBD

NOVEMBER

Herald the start of the Christmas season at the Auckland Santa Parade. See Auckland’s cultural diversity on display with marching bands, grand floats and giant character balloons. With Santa also making an appearance (of course), this annual parade is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.
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Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

Auckland Domain, Parnell

DECEMBER

Pack a picnic and head to the biggest event on the Kiwi Christmas calendar. Relax on the grass and take in the free and family-friendly extravaganza of live music and dance along to some of the country’s top singers and musicians.
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The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival

Auckland Racing Club, Ellerslie

DECEMBER / JANUARY

Experience the buzz of thoroughbred horse racing during the festive season. Soak up the summer weather, don your best hat for the fashion competitions and take advantage of the kid-friendly entertainment. A variety of ticket options means you can picnic on the grass, get a great view from the stands or try the luxurious Champagne Lawn.
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Seasonal sports events
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The Blues (Rugby)
SEASONAL

Catch a Super Rugby competition at Eden Park to experience the thrill and excitement of the Auckland team, The Blues. The Blues are one of the five New Zealand franchises in the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition. At 15 years and counting, the competition is widely regarded as the finest provincial rugby competition in the world, embodying the flair of New Zealand, the ferocity of South Africa and the enterprise of Australia.
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Vodafone Warriors (NRL)
SEASONAL

Experience the excitement of a Rugby League game at Eden Park featuring Auckland’s Vodafone Warriors. The Warriors became the first off-shore club to be admitted to the Australian Rugby League’s premiership when it expanded from 16 to 20 teams.
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SKYCITY Breakers (NBL)
SEASONAL

Catch the action and excitement of a live basketball game at Vector Arena or the North Shore Events Centre. The SKYCITY Breakers joined the Australasian National Basketball League in 2003 and won their first NBL championship title in 2011, becoming the first New Zealand team in any sport to win an Australian-based sporting championship. Awesome fun for families.
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The Auckland Aces (cricket)
SEASONAL

Experience the action of a live cricket game featuring the Auckland Aces. See national and international teams battle it out in these fiercely contested matches.
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Melanya Burrows
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