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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Franklin Rd Christmas Lights 1 - 24 Dec 14.

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

Waiheke Vintage Festival

Winemaking events – pick your own grapes and foot stomp them at Passage Rock vineyard

Music Concerts – Opera in the cellar at Poderi Crisci

Wine events – vertical wine tasting at Peacock Sky vineyard

Wine  tours – vine to glass tour at Kennedy Point vineyard

Light Show 11 Oct - 8 Feb

This spectacular exhibition of illuminated sculptures and installations comes to Auckland after a sell-out season in London.

headland Sculpture on the Gulf - 23 Jan - 15 Feb

New Zealand’s premier contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition, set on a beautiful coastal trail on Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island

WOW® World of Wearable Art™ Exhibition 21 Nov - 22 Mar

Art and fashion collide in this exclusive exhibition.

Spiegelworld’s EMPIRE - 6 Jan - 3 Feb

A spectacular show that mixes circus, burlesque, comedy, cabaret and acrobatics.

ASB Auckland Seafood Festival - 24 - 26 Jan

Try delicious seafood from across the country at New Zealand’s largest seafood festival, right on Auckland’s waterfront.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival - 26 Jan

Auckland’s favourite alternative music festival, with international and local acts.