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.


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.

Waiuku Christmas Display 29 Nov - 24 Dec

Looking to meet Santa near Auckland! The place to go is 'Santa's Wonderland' at Waiuku.

From the moment you enter the Waiuku Christmas Display, you will be enthralled as you wind your way past a snow cave to see Santa singing as you get a glimpse thru a fabulous row of fibre optic arches to be entertained by a large variety of animated Santa's dancing and singing in a Christmas Wonderland.