Waitangi Day events in Auckland for Kids
On the 6th of February 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Rangatira Māori and representatives of the Crown. Celebrate the 178th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty at these Auckland events with your family.
Waitangi Day hosted by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei - Whai Maia
Okahu Bay,Orakei, Auckland
Tuesday 6 February 2018: 10am to 3pm
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei - Whai Maia
Come along and join us for this free family friendly event that celebrates 2018 New Zealand. Bring along the whole whānau to enjoy a range of delicious food stalls, an arts and crafts lane, interactive games and activities for kids, and a mobile Treaty exhibition from Auckland Museum. Bring a picnic blanket along and set yourself up in front of the stage, and enjoy a quintessential Aotearoa summer’s day. Oh..and bring your togs. The first act is on stage at 11:00am, so come along early to score yourself an awesome spot. As a family friendly event, 2018 Waitangi Day celebrations at Okahu Bay will be strictly smoke, drug and alcohol-free, with a zero waste focus.
Cost: Free event. Parking will be available on the day for a small fee. Keep an eye out for our marshalls onsite.
Waitangi ki Manukau 2018
Hayman Park, 51-55 Lambie Drive, Manukau, Auckland
Tuesday 6 February 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Waitangi ki Manuakau 2018 Facebook event page
Haere mai ki te rā whakanui i te Tiriti o Waitangi ka tū ki Manukau. Nau mai ki te pōwhiri, ka timata a te 9 karaka. Haria mai he kai, whakarongo ki ngā reo reka o Maisey Rika rātou ko Rootz Konekt, Sweet Echo, RnR Music me ētehi atū. Whakatau atū ki te pā, kaingia ngā kai reka, akona i ngā kōrero me te rangatiratanga o te Tiriti mā ngā mahi ā ringa.
Celebrate New Zealand's national day by enjoying local culture, including a fantastic line-up of live music from Maisey Rika, Rootz Konekt, Sweet Echo, RnR Music and more. Visit the Waitangi village to taste Māori and Pacific kai, learn about the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi through interactive, family-friendly activities. Try something new at the arts and crafts stalls, suitable for all ages.
The celebration will begin with a public pōwhiri at 9am – offering a special chance to experience a traditional welcoming ceremony. Grab a picnic and get along to Waitangi ki Manukau for a fantastic family day out.
Auckland Council’s Waitangi ki Manukau is a zero-waste, smoke-free and alcohol-free event, supported by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Mai FM and Waikato Tainui.
Cost: FREE entry.
Waitangi at Waititi 2018
Hoani Waititi Marae, 451 West Coast Road, Glen Eden, Auckland
Tuesday 6 February 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust
Supported by the Trusts Community Foundation, Auckland Council, The Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Whau, Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Local Boards and Flava, Te Whānau O Waipareira are proud to present a day full of Aotearoa’ s finest who will entertain you and your whānau at Hoani Waititi Marae.
Stan Walker, House of Shem, Marvin Priest & Rik-E-Ragga (Uk/Aus), Maimoa Music, Sid Diamond, Ardijah, Southside of Bombay, Maisey Rika, Annie Crummer, Howie Morrison JNR, Beau Monga, Maaka, Abbie, Riqi Harawira, Kiko & Dj Poroufessa
BIKE Waitangi Family Bike Ride Free FUN DAY
Moana Nui A Kiwa Leisure Centre Carpark, Corner of Waddon Place and Mascot Avenue, Mangere, Auckland
Tuesday 6 February 2018: 11:00am to 3:00pm
A Free Family Fun Day on Bikes!!! Bring ya Bikes Bring ya Whanau Bring ya Helmets. Bike Waitangi is to encourage more people to have a GO on a Bike and ride the Future Streets cycle lanes loop around the Town Centre.
Bikes and Helmets provided and FREE Bike checks There'll be lots of FUN Bike activities, entertainment, DJ sounds, prizes and giveaways, sausage sizzles, pedal for a smoothie, face painting, Bikes to be WON. Great Day out on Bikes
Cost: FREE event. Register to join
Other events for children and families on Waitangi Day
Kiwi Release on Rotoroa Island, Wildlife Sanctuary
Exhibition Centre, Home Bay, Rotoroa Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
Tuesday 6 February 2018: 8:45am ferry departure, 11:00am Kiwi release, 5:15pm return ferry departs.
A little kiwi chick is scheduled for release on Rotoroa Island and you're invited! The chick's name is Hākari, (which means celebration) and like the one pictured here, he will be 25 days old when released onto it's new predator free home. Join us for a kiwi encounter with an Auckland Zoo ranger followed by a summer guided walk encounter, a free one and a half-hour guided tour of Rotoroa Island. Ferry tickets available through 360 Discovery Cruises - https://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations/rotoroa-island/
Cost: No cost to attend, usual ferry prices apply to get to Rotoroa Island.
Waitangi Day Lights on Auckand Harbour Bridge
Auckand Harbour Bridge, Auckland
Tuesday 6 February 2018: 9:00pm to midnight
To commemorate our origins as a nation, a special Waitangi light and sound show will play on the hour every hour between 9pm and midnight.
Sculpture in the Gardens
Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Tuesday 6 to Sunday 25 February 2018: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Biennial sculpture show held in the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Take a picnic for a fun free family day out to look at the sculptures and gardens.
Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Tuesday 6 February to Monday 2 April 2018
The obliteration room is a family-friendly installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama. Beginning as a stark white interior in December, it encourages you to transform the space with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Watch as, over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to the obilteration room here
New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year
Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum
Tuesday 6 to Sunday 25 February 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
See the photographic exhibition featuring stunning images from the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 Competition. The exhibition showcases the work of some of New Zealand’s top photographers.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
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