Ah, summer, you’ve finally hit us, and while we complain about heatwaves and how it’s too damn hot, the fact is, we can’t get enough.
Auckland has a stellar line up of events throughout February—from the Lantern Festival to concerts at the Zoo to the return of the Phantom, there’s something for everyone, so get out those diaries and start planning.
Air New Zealand 75 Years | All month
There’s no doubting our love affair with our favourite airline and, if you haven’t already, February is the month to head along to the Auckland Museum to wander through the decades of Air New Zealand history. Enjoy the fashion trends worn by staff and explore the replica Solent flying boat and DC-8 cabins.
Summer In The Square | 1st — 19th February
The good times just keep rolling as Summer in the Square hits its third epic month. Celebrate Latin American culture with Latin Fiesta from the 12th—14th, join the Don’t Touch Me Tomato Reggae Party on the 7th or attend one of the APO Young Achievers events. Every day there’s food markets to keep you sustained during all that fun. Click here for the full schedule.
BLACKCAPS vs Australia ODI | 3rd February
Last time Kiwis battled the Ozzies at cricket was during the World Cup—and we won—just. Make your way to Eden Park for the BLACKCAPS vs Australia game, because if Kane Williamson can replicate his nail-biting six, then fans are in for the ultimate day of cricket.
Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam | 5th — 14th February
Escape into a young girl’s imagination with Cirque Du Soleil’s latest masterpiece. It tells the story of Zoe, who has distant and apathetic parents and falls into an imaginary world where she learns to free her soul. Get dreamy and inspired.
Stan Walker @ The Zoo | 5th February
X Factor New Zealand judge, singer, dancer, and general all-around good guy, Stan Walker hits Auckland Zoo for a family-friendly event.
Auckland Pride Festival 2016 | 5th — 21st February
There’s much to see and do and this year’s Pride Festival. Head along to the Pride Parade on the 20th along Ponsonby Road or join the Same Same But Different Writers Festival featuring Ali Mau, Victor Rodger and Witi Ihimaera. Head here to see the full line up of what’s on during Auckland’s Pride Festival.
Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema | 5th — 29th February
For the first time in New Zealand, Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas screen at Western Springs throughout February. Before the films, enjoy food and beverages from the licensed bar while chillaxing to some of New Zealand and Australia’s best musicians. Head down on a Sunday for their ‘Sundae Sessions’, a live music event with FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all. Yep, you read that right.
The Downer NRL Auckland Nines | 6th — 7th February
16 teams, 288 players, 2 days and 31 games—the Nines are back in this epic day of sport. With more than 90,000 people expected to attend over two days, The Downer NRL Auckland Nines are as much about the costumes, people watching and vibe as it is about Rugby League. Get your tix here.
The Phantom Of The Opera | 11th February — 5th March
He’s back and inside your mind…The Phantom of the Opera returns to Auckland in what promises to be a fabulous adaptation of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous musicals. With new scenery and NZ designed costumes, this tragic love story will be brought to life at The Civic.
The Book Of Everything | 12th — 25th February
It was a hit at the acclaimed Auckland Arts Festival last year, and now The Book of Everything hits Q Theatre this February. It tells the story of nine-year-old Thomas who sees things that others don’t—like a plague of green frogs—and records what he sees in his diary, The Book of Everything. One day, he decides that when he grows up, he’s going to be happy, and sets about creating a magical world where anything is possible. Book your tickets here.
World’s Biggest Waterslide | 12th — 14th February
It’s back and better than ever! Now certified by the Guinness World Record’s as the World’s Longest Waterslide, head to Jonkers Farm at Bethells Beach and take a ride on the fully inflatable slide, the annual fundraiser for mental health charity Live More Awesome. This year the slide is even taller, and there will be DJs and performances for an awesome time.
Lantern Festival | 18th — 21st February
This year’s Lantern Festival moves from Albert Park to the Domain for a night of magic. They’ve now built up a collection of lanterns to fill more than 20 shipping containers, so you know it’s going to be bigger and brighter than ever before. The Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities will also have magicians, puppeteers and music, so make sure this one is booked in your diary.
Pop Up Globe | 19th February — 10th April
This year marks the 400th anniversary since the Bard of Avon died, and to mark the event, a full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe Theatre is being erected in the heart of the city. There will be a season of Shakespeare’s best known plays including, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet. Make sure you go to the Pop Up Globe for some serious culture.
Splore | 19th — 21st February
Situated on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park, the Splore festival introduces fresh energy and a new dimension to the ancient homeland of the tangata whenua Ngāti Whanaunga and Ngāti Pāoa. A popular fusion of music, culture and food, Splore is one of the must-do festivals on the Auckland Calendar.
Sounds of Summer | 20th February
A selection of House music, Funk, Soul and old school RnB, The Sounds of Summer returns to the Commons Complex at Takapuna Beach with a new set up and event style. One of the best parties of the season, it’s not to be missed, so get your tickets now.
Land Rover NZ Polo Open | 21st February
It’s social, sporty and stylish and one of the highlights of February. Get dressed in your finest (wedges please, ladies) and head to Clevedon for a fantastic day out at the Land Rover NZ Polo Open.
Danny Bhoy | 26th — 28th Auckland
Funny guy Danny Bhoy returns to Auckland this month with his brand new show, Please Untick This Box. Expect a night of hilarity with Danny’s unique brand of story-telling.
10 Days of Fashion in the City | 26th February — 6th March
Fashionistas, get ready to celebrate fashion in the city, thanks to Heart of the City. Filled with more than 20 events, shows and exclusive retail offers, you’ll be in heaven. Don’t miss New Zealand’s Longest Catwalk on Queen St or Britomart’s Fashion Sessions.
The Magic of Elizabeth Gilbert | 27th February
She won hearts with her honest rendition of finding herself in Eat, Pray, Love and has since followed up with other books, but Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, inspires and encourages people to find and live their own creativity. Now, she’s coming to Auckland for a one-hour event at the Bruce Mason Centre to talk about the creative life. Buy your tickets here.
Hear Them Roar | 27th February
A mighty line up of some of New Zealand’s best female artists share the same stage for one night only at Auckland Zoo. Join Sharon O’Neill, Margaret Urlich, Debbie Harwood, Annie Crummer and Shona Lang perform some of our most iconic tunes at Hear Them Roar.
Diner En Blanc | 27th February
Foodie and culture fiends delight, because the secret dinner party phenomenon, Diner en Blanc, returns to Auckland this month. This one-of-a-kind mass al fresco picnic is one of the biggest social events on the calendar. Get more info here.
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