It's been 180 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and we think that's worth celebrating!
The national day of New Zealand falls on a Thursday this year, which means you have a whole day to yourself to do as you please. But, if you're wanting to celebrate this glorious day in true New Zealand style, we've put together a few suggestions for you.
Check out the top ten spots to be this Waitangi Day in Auckland.
Summer Vibes North Shore Waitangi Day Festival
The first-ever North Shore Waitangi Day Festival has arrived in Auckland and it’s spreading the summer vibes. There is fun to be had for all the family, with plenty of local and international entertainment such as Kings and Shasta, yummy food stalls, arts and crafts stalls, and even educational stalls so you can learn all about Te Reo and Waitangi. What better way to spend the national day of New Zealand than with your loved ones basking in the sun.
There’s no need to head out of town and deal with traffic this Waitangi Day as ASB showgrounds are bringing the beach to you—literally! They’re shipping in 100 tonnes of sand to create the most epic beach party ever. Joining the party is international house royalty Armand Van Helden and Erick Morillo and local legends Nice N Urlich, Dick Johnson and Hamish & Rangi. With parties on the beach usually not possible due to alcohol bans, make sure you take full advantage of this one. It’s going to be a scorcher, so be sure to bring your energy, good vibes and don’t forget your sunscreen.
Little Creatures First Birthday Party
If you’re a fan of craft beer then head to Hobsonville Point this Waitangi Day as Little Creatures are celebrating their first birthday and you’re invited! If you attended the grand opening last year, then you’ll know that this brewery knows how to throw a party. Kicking off at 11am, bring your doggies as a dog photographer will be on hand to capture all the fun, while Tom Tom the clown will be dishing out the entertainment. Things will be taken up a notch at 2pm with live music from Nathan Haines and Frank Booker, Mischief and DJ Scizzorhands and of course there will be freshly brewed beer and delicious food for you to indulge in. Sounds like the perfect Waitangi Day to us.
Kidku & Friends Waitangi Launch Party
A public holiday is possibly the greatest excuse to attend a party and lucky for you, we’ve got one in mind. Resident DJ Kidku is throwing a party like no other and trust us, you’ll want to be there. A stellar line-up awaits—fresh from playing a massive set at Rhythm & Vines Tellah is set to shake things up. Feast your ears on a variety of other artists such as Kidku, Zeisha, Lew & Ro, Kahu Muru, Sammie, Bloom, InTrouble and Hyfinn. Party it up with eleven hours of non-stop DJ’s this Waitangi Day. We hope you’ve booked the Friday off, as things could get messy.
Waitangi Day Markets at St Kevin's Arcade
Who doesn’t love a good market? Start your Waitangi day off the right way, by browsing St Kevin's Arcade market. Want to buy local, vintage, sustainable or arty? Well you’re in the right place as this crafty market is bringing it to you. After a spot of shopping, you can hit up some of the tasty eateries on K Road and fill your bellies with some tasty Kai. What a great way to celebrate 180 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Waitangi At Waititi 2020
If public holidays get you in the festival mood, Waitangi @ Waititi is the place to be on February 6. The free event is brought to you by the Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust, and they have outdone themselves with a stacked line up. Some of your favourite Kiwi performers like Katchafire, KORA, Ardijah, 1814, Troy Kingi, Rei, Pieter T & Deach and Che Fu, to name a few, will be taking the stage. There’ll be food stalls, activities, and arts and crafts for the whole family, and our personal favourite tidbit—free fruit all day long.
Auckland Shakespeare in the Park 2020
Feel like doing something a little more cultural on your day off? The PumpHouse Amphitheatre returns this year with Shakespeare in the Park. For their 24th annual Auckland summer shows, the dedicated cast and crew have been working hard and will remain true to Shakespeare’s vision with professional performances of As You Like It and Macbeth. Grab a blanket and BYO treats, as well as some good company. The show kicks off at 7:30 pm.
Waitangi Vector Lights
Local iwi Te Kawerau a Maki has put together a tremendous light show along the Auckland Harbour Bridge for the Waitangi Anniversary. Catch a glimpse of the dazzling lights, directed to tell the ancient stories of the islands around the Waitemata Harbour. Luckily, there’s plenty of spots to secure the perfect view of the light show from both sides of the bridge. We suggest setting up a cosy picnic, ready for a 9pm start.
Romeo & Juliet - Pop-up Globe Farewell Season
Romeo Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo—he’s going to be making an appearance at the Pop-Up Globe’s Summer of Love season along with Juliet in the much-loved Shakespearean classic, Romeo and Juliet. Watch as the talented cast brings to life the colourful characters in this classic, adding a modern twist to the well-known tale. You don’t want to miss out on the action as once the show closes the theatre will pop-down ready to embark on its overseas adventures. So, don’t miss your chance to see the final season of theatrical trickery from the masters of modern Shakespeare.
Waitangi Ki Manukau
It’s important to remember what Waitangi Day is all about and what better way to do this than attending Waitangi ki Manukau, a fun-fuelled event for all the family. Join in the celebration of our national day, with a traditional pōwhiri, free activities and an epic lineup of live music. Fill your bellies to the brim with Māori and Pacific kai and there will even be a live hāngi demonstration. Ever wanted to learn Te Reo Māori? Well now’s your chance with free introductory lessons. As well as indulging, learn about the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi in Manukau and the impact of the document on everyday lives. It’s entertaining yet educational—count us in!
Looking for more things to do this month? Here are the best things to do in Auckland this February.
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