Weekend what's on guide
The BEST of what's on this Auckland Anniversary weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 January 2018
PAST EVENTS: Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
To see upcoming events in Auckland for Kids see our events calendar here.
Auckland Anniversary Weekend Events
Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival 2018
Viaduct Events Centre and Viaduct Harbour
Saturday 27 January 2018: 7:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 28 and Monday 29 January 2018: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Get up close to Auckland’s unique Māori heritage and culture at the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival on the city’s stunning waterfront. Experience the rich Māori connections of Tāmaki Makaurau, linked to 19 different mana whenua groups.Enjoy live traditional and contemporary music and kapa haka; authentic crafts and delicious kai (food). Have a go paddling waka, get out on the harbour on a sailing waka, and learn more about waka culture and history.
New for 2018 is Māori fashion and art; daily waka parades with commentary on waka history and culture; a digital space where you can play games and learn basic te reo Māori; and an audio-described tour for blind and low-vision festival goers (bookings required).
Cost: FREE entry.
SeePort Festival Editors Pick
Saturday 27 to Monday 29 January 2018: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Each year over Auckland Anniversary weekend, Ports of Auckland invites you behind the iconic red fence to discover your port from land, sky or the glistening sea. Captain Cook Wharf is transformed into a bustling summer carnival with family-friendly rides, tours and day-long entertainment on and off the water. Sun and sea are the perfect mix for a long weekend, and best of all it’s mostly free!
Cost: FREE entry
Auckland Dockline Tram
Saturday 27 to Monday 29 January 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tram rides on Auckland Anniversary Weekend.
Vector Lights Launch Show FREE event
Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland
Saturday 27 January 2018: 9:00pm
#VectorLights will be switching on the Auckland Harbour Bridge lights tonight. The show will last 5 to 6 minutes and repeat every half hour until midnight.
Cost: FREE event.
Stargazers of Auckland Public Open Day
Stardome, 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland
Sunday 28 January 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Curious to visit a planetarium? Or perhaps you’re just mad about Space! To celebrate Auckland Anniversary Weekend, Stardome will be having an open day. Short planetarium shows will be running every 30 minutes, there will be a bouncy castle, solar telescopes (weather permitting), popcorn and loads of science fun!
Cost: $2 donation per person
Saturday and Sunday Events
Far, Far Away: An exhibition for the school holidays
The James Wallace Arts Trust, The Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland map
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January 2018
Opening Hours: Tues to Friday: 10am to 3pm, Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 5pm.
(Closed on the public holidays: 1 and 2 January 2018)
Are you curious about a world full of objects, figures and places which look unlike anything you know? On your arrival you will receive a passport and stamp, so you can travel to this faraway place. You can use the art activities in your passport to help you navigate through this foreign world. Suitable for kids 2-10 years old.
Cost: Entry by donation.
Custard of the Carribean live show at Whoa! Studios
Whoa! Studios, 8-14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January 2018: 10:30am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm shows
DR Gloom is back as Custard, Kea, Buzz, Brianna and Jazz set out on brand new 50 minute live stage adventure featuring pirates and puppets on the poop deck!
Read about our visit to Whoa! Studios here.
Tickets: Online $25; Walkup $29. Children 3 and under are free when sitting on a guardians lap. Includes free access to the park.
Rodders Beach Festival 2018
26 to 28 January 2018: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Enjoy the festivities of the Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival. Lots happening and all those cars roaring, gleeming, and generally looking good.
SeePort Sunset Symphony & Fireworks Editors Pick
Captain Cook Wharf, Quay Street, Auckland
Sunday 28 January 2018: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Auckland, let’s ring in another birthday with a bang! Once again, Ports of Auckland invites you behind the red fence to enjoy a magical evening of music and fireworks down on Captain Cook Wharf. To round out day two of the port’s annual SeePort Festival, the Auckland Symphony Orchestra will be performing on the wharf alongside a well-known trio of iconic New Zealand vocalists; The Lady KillersWith the city, harbour and Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS TE KAHA in view, bring a picnic (plus something soft to sit on!) and relax with family and friends as you take in sounds of the strings, wind and percussion. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks and laser finale.
Cost: FREE event
Ice Cream Sundae – Summer at Silo Park
Silo ParkCorner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, Auckland, New Zealand (map)
Sunday 28 January 2018: Noon to 6:00pm
Celebrate Auckland Anniversary at SIlo Park with the inaugural Ice Cream Sundae market. Auckland’s best loved Ice Cream aficionados will descend upon Silo Park with an abundance of sweet treats to scoop up and send your way. Alongside your favourite icy delights will be other desserts, a hot selection of Auckland’s finest food trucks, hot drinks from the Good Karma coffee truck, as well as supercool DJs.
Cost: FREE entry
Movies in Parks: Sing
Archibald Park, Kelston, Auckand
Sunday 28 January 2018: 6:40pm to 10:40pm
A koala named Buster attempts to drum up business for his failing theatre by launching a singing competition. Family activities from 6.40pm. Outdoor movie starts at sunset (sunset at approximately 8.40pm).Movie run time 1hr 48min, Film Rating: G.
Cost: FREE family event
Central Park, Wood Street, Papakura, Auckland
Sunday 28 January 2018: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Enjoy Auckland Council Music in Parks. Be sure to bring along sunblock, drinks and snacks to keep you going through the summer sun.
Cost: FREE event
Auckland Anniversary Day – Monday events
Auckand Anniversary Day Regatta
Waitemata and Viaduct harbours
Monday 29 January 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm
The event was first held on 18 September 1840 on the day our city was founded. It celebrates the arrival of Captain Hobson to our shores and marks a historic event when Ngati Whatua O Orakei invited English settlers to live on the land with them. It signifies the coming together of our people. Known as “the biggest one day Regatta in the world”, it is one of the oldest sporting events on our country’s calendar and precedes the first sailing of the America’s Cup by 11 years.
Cost: FREE for spectators, boat entry fees apply
Mission Bay Art and Craft Market
Selwyn Reserve, Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland
Monday 29 January 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: FREE entry