From November's Royal New Zealand Navy 75th Anniversary International Naval Review to next year's DHL NZ Lions Series, ATEED is bringing some incredible big events to Auckland in the next six months. Read on and see when best to time your next trip home.
1. Royal New Zealand Navy 75th Anniversary International Naval Review
17–22 November 2016
In 2016 the Royal New Zealand Navy is celebrating its 75 years anniversary. The single biggest event in a year-long programme of commemorative events and activities is an International Naval Review in Auckland 17-22 November 2016.
A number of foreign navies, including the US Navy, are participating. The ships will enter the Waitemata Harbour in formation on Thursday 17 November.
There will also be a march by 1000 sailors down Queen Street, a formal review of vessels by the Governor-General, public open days on New Zealand and international naval vessels, and an exhibition at The Cloud on Queens Wharf.
2. Youth Sailing World Championships
14–21 December 2016
Auckland will host the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships in December, which is expected to attract about 400 young sailors to New Zealand, sailing against a backdrop of Rangitoto Island.
Torbay Sailing Club will host the tournament, its 46th edition, in conjunction with World Sailing and Yachting New Zealand.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the event fits well with Auckland’s world renowned on-water lifestyle, marine capability and commitment to sailing.
“This is an important step for Auckland if we are to be considered as a host for other large-scale World Sailing events.”
3. Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival
28–30 January 2017
The Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival takes place in the Viaduct Events Centre and Viaduct Basin over Auckland Anniversary Weekend.
This festival puts the unique Māori history, heritage and contemporary culture of Tāmaki Makaurau in the spotlight.
It includes performances by contemporary Māori artists, Māori crafts and kai, traditional games, healing and martial arts, storytelling, tribal waka races, have-a-go waka experiences and sailings.
The festival is a partnership between Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and the 19 mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau.
The festival’s goals include promoting Māori tourism experiences and providers, and growing capability within Maori events companies.
4. ASB Classic
2–14 January 2017
In a major coup for Auckland’s annual international tennis tournament, Serena Williams headlines the ASB Classic for 2017.
The Auckland tournament continues to be a hit with top international players, winning the players’ choice WTA Best Asia-Pacific International Tournament two years running.
Other internationals confirmed for the 2017 tournament include Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, American number one Jack Sock, his compatriot John Isner, and Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer.
The women’s weekend sold out within a week of the Serena Williams announcement – the first time in the tournament's 61-year history that the women's weekend has sold out prior to the men's.
5. Auckland Lantern Festival
9–12 February 2017
Auckland’s largest cultural festival – and New Zealand’s largest Chinese festival – attracted more than 200,000 people in 2016, its first year in its new location of Auckland Domain.
The crowds flock to see hundreds of handmade Chinese lanterns set amongst the heritage trees and gardens of the Domain, while food stalls showcasing delicious, authentic Chinese cuisine continue to be a major drawcard for festival goers.
There are performances, martial arts displays, arts and craft stalls and a fireworks finale.
Presented by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation.
6. World Masters Games 2017
21–30 April 2017
The World Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event by participant numbers, regularly attracting upwards of 25,000 participants from more than 100 countries.
World Masters Games 2017 is the largest event New Zealand has hosted since Rugby World Cup 2011 and the largest the country will host in the next decade.
WMG2017 will feature 28 individual and team sports played across 48 venues in Auckland and the Waikato.
During the 10-day event, Queens Wharf will be the social hub of the Games - featuring a diverse entertainment programme for participants and the public, stretching from arts and cultural displays, to food and wine, to comedy and music.
7. Techweek AKL 2017
6–14 May 2017
Techweek AKL, which was held for the first time in Auckland in 2016, is the new calendar event that focuses on reshaping our world through design, innovation and technology.
Throughout the week, thousands of Aucklanders and visitors immersed themselves in more than 55 events covering the latest trends, from nanotech to biotech, from the Internet of Things to virtual reality, from the on-demand economy to peer-to-peer business.
Techweek AKL’s success prompted a drive from the Government for this to be a national event in 2017, taking place from 6-14 May. Keep an eye on www.techweek.co.nz for event announcements in the near future.
8. DHL NZ Lions Series
3 June – 8 July 2017
Auckland will host three matches during the 2017 DHL New Zealand Lions Series, including two Tests, adding to the bumper year Auckland will have as the host of the 2017 World Masters Games.
The All Blacks will meet the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on 24 June and 8 July 2017. The Lions will also play the Blues at Eden Park on 7 June 2017.
The 2005 Lions tour brought millions into the Auckland economy and nearly 20,000 international visitors.
The British & Irish Lions will play 10 matches across sever cities from Whangarei to Dunedin, culminating in the third and final Test in Auckland on 8 July.