Entertainment & Events

The best thing about this great little country is you’ll never get bored! And some of the best entertainment is free…. Local Farmers Markets are a big hit – and it’s much more than buying fresh produce - the whole community comes together, chatting, drinking coffee, meeting friends and welcoming visitors. This is a great Kiwi experience – most markets are al fresco and have wonderful local musicians playing everything from Latin American music to Country & Western and Jazz. Free concerts in the park are also a unique feature of Kiwi life. Bring a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere.

The choice is yours 24/7 – a ticket to an international sports match, ballet or show or a relaxed outing at your own pace. Local i-SITE visitor centres are great places to start with for information on markets, music, and events in the area.

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Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park 6 Dec 14

A great night of free family entertainment and Auckland’s biggest outdoor Christmas concert.

Diwali Festival of Lights 12 - 13 Oct 14.

Celebrate the most vibrant Indian festival with fantastic food, entertainment, dancing and crafts.

Taste of Auckland 13 – 16 Nov 14

Enjoy gourmet food, wine and beer from Auckland’s leading restaurants and award-winning chefs.

NZ Int. Film Festival 17 Jul - 3 Aug 14

See the latest independent international and Kiwi films at screenings throughout Auckland.

Auckland Marathon 2 Nov 14

This annual spring marathon features the crossing of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Art in the Dark 13 - 16 Nov 14.

Spectacular lighting displays created by NZ's most innovative artists illuminate this Ponsonby park.

Franklin Rd Christmas Lights 1 - 24 Dec 14.

See the beautiful villas on Franklin Road decorated in brilliant Christmas lights each night.

Auckland on Water Boat Show 25 - 28 Sept 14

All kinds of boats on display plus marine and boating experts at the Viaduct Harbour over four days.