What's on this weekend
The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
VIBE Youth Festival
Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 30 June 2018: 11:00am to 4:00pm
VIBE is a free festival that celebrates youth talent in the West. It features music, dance, performance, exhibitions, graffiti art and art workshops. Get involved!Brought to you by CAYAD, Zeal, Raise Up Massey, MPHS, Mixit, Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa, Ranui 135, Freshmans Dance, Kākano Youth Arts Collective and Corban Estate Arts Centre.
Cost: FREE event
Matariki Dawn Karakia
Following the dawn blessing there will be a light breakfast, entertainment and the opportunity to learn more about Te Kawerau a Maki history and stories. Dress warmly.
Cost: Free entry
Free Matariki whānau day
Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, Waitakere, Auckland
(Park at 233 Scenic Drive, free shuttle to Arataki Visitor Centre)
Saturday 30 June 2018: 9:30am to 2:00pm
Arataki Visitor Centre
Come together for the opening event of this years Matariki Festival. Watch local performers share their Matariki talents, kai, and whānau activities. Open for all to enjoy and experience – don’t miss this special day and beautiful location overlooking the Waitākere Ranges.
Cost: Free. Wheelchair access.
DOC Toyota Kiwi Guardians launch event
Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Saturday 30 June 2018: 10:30am to 3:00pm
Join in a fun-filled day for families to celebrate the launch of DOC’s 100th Toyota Kiwi Guardians site. Kiwi Guardians is an activity programme for kids to learn about nature, earn cool rewards and go on epic family adventures. There will be heaps of activities on offer, prizes up for grabs, awesome displays and a chance to meet DOC’s Conservation Dogs!
Enjoy a free guided adventure walk, then apply for your medal at home. The first guided adventure walk starts at 10.45am so pack your gumboots and get ready for fun!
Cost: FREE event
Ice Skate Tour
Red Beach Primary School, Whangaparoa, Auckland
Saturday 30 June 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets + gloves provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating. MoreFM will complete the experience with their bubble machines and will have the music cranking. Check out iceskatetour.co.nz for more details.
Prices: $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family pass (2 adults + 2 kids OR 1 Adult + 3 Kids) which includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows).
Lights Out U18 Rave Teen event
3 JUMP locations – North Shore, Avondale and East Tamaki.
Saturday 30 June 2018: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
One epic night JUMPing and dancing for teenagers aged 12 to 17 years. As tickets are limited bookings are recommended.
Saturday and Sunday Events
Secret World of Butterflies
Saturday 30 June 2018 onwards
Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns as new exhibition Secret World of Butterflies takes flight. View thousands of butterflies from the Shannon Collection, on display for the first time. Be amazed by these stunning insects in this family-friendly exhibition that reveals unbelievable butterfly facts and is packed full of interactive activities. Zoom in on nature’s designs or create your own butterfly and unleash it into a magical digital garden.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide & Ice Bar
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 30 June to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Tickets available at the rink
Your winter wonderland in Aotea Square Ice Rink is back with a series of fun events. Skate or slide against the backdrop of downtown Auckland and experience the magic. For the first time, an Ice Bar will be open to all ages offering cocktails and yummy mocktails. Illuminated sculptures Pou Rama (light posts) will sit beside Aotea Square Ice Rink throughout Matariki Festival (Māori New Year).
Aotea Square Ice Rink Tickets*: Children (under 12 years) $16; Adults; $21; Family pass (1 adult + 2 children) $49; Family pass (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) $55.
Aotea Square Ice Slide Tickets: 3x rides – $7.50; 5x rides $9; 5x rides after 6pm $5
Aotea Square Ice Bar Tickets: Child entry and mocktail $15; Adult entry and mocktail (age 13+) $23; Adult entry and cocktail $30; Adult entry and two cocktails $35; Single family (1 adult + 2 children) and a mocktail each $49; Single family (1 adult + 3 children) and a mocktail each $69; Family (2 adults + 2 children) and a mocktail each $69
Accelerate: Driving New Zealand
Delve into the past, present and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles. Accelerate brings a new perspective to the MOTAT road transport collection while exploring the technologies, social impacts, and culture associated with automobiles. It revisits some of the museum’s most cherished vehicles, whilst introducing new cars and the stories of the people who love them. This one’s for the petrol heads, tech enthusiasts, history buffs, and future thinkers alike.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply.
Saturday 30 June to Sunday 22 July 2018: Lit from 5:00pm nightly
Pou Rama will illuminate the lower grass terrace of Aotea Square. Pou Rama (Light Posts), features a series of free-standing light structures. Designed by Storybox, in collaboration with visual artist Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera). These are inspired by pouwhenua (land symbols of support) and represent creative wairua (inspiration), which is generated from te taiao (the environment). The whakairo designs express cycles of creativity and connections to place.
West Auckland Admirals VS Canterbury Red Devils
Sunday 1 July 2018: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Tickets: $10 to $15
Spirit of Adventure Half Day Sail 10 years plus
Sunday 1 July 2018: 9:00am to Noon
Come onboard the Spirit of New Zealand for a half day sail around stunning Auckland Harbour. Experience tall ship sailing like no other, get involved and pull some ropes or just come onboard and relax for a few hours.
Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Sunday 1 July 2018: From 6pm-midnight every hour on the hour
Also on Sunday 1, Friday 6, Saturday 7, Friday 13, Saturday 14, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July 2018
Te Kawerau a Maki collaborate with the Vector Lights Project to tell the story of their ancestor, Maki, through the lighting of Auckland Harbour Bridge.