From the ASB Classic to the Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival, Auckland is gearing up for a massive summer. We look at five of the most exciting draw cards on these holidays.
1. LEGO Christmas Tree, 25 November – 27 December 2016
Stop by Aotea Square to admire the LEGO Christmas Tree, built from over half a million LEGO bricks. It will light up the square for the first time from now until 27 December, featuring a life-size Santa and Kiwi festive decorations. Make an evening of it by stopping in for dessert at OKO Dessert Kitchen or Giapo nearby.
2 – 14 January 2017
Take an advantage of the warmer weather and head along to the biggest ever signing for the ASB Classic, with Serena Williams headlining Auckland’s annual international tennis tournament for 2017. 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.
3. Rangitoto and the Pōhutukawa Forest
Hop on in a ferry to Rangitoto Island and admire these iconic Kiwi Christmas trees. The volcanic island is covered by the largest Pōhutukawa tree forest in the world, a tree which has become an important Christmas symbol for New Zealanders. Once on the island, it’s just a one hour walk to the summit for panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf, or hop on a 4WD road-train to get a guided tour to the top.
4. Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park at the Auckland Domain
Enjoy a free night out at the 23rd annual Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park at the Auckland Domain on Saturday 10 December. Each year a range of talented singers, dancers and musicians perform a mix of our favourite songs and current hits, along with a spectacular fireworks display. For another year the show supports Youthline.
5. Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival
28 – 30 January 2017
A new location is in place for the second Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival, moving from Queens Wharf to 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.