, 2022-08-13 12:00:00,
Tāmaki Makaurau boasts a packed calendar of family-friendly annual events that showcase the city and its multicultural communities, art, music and food.
Aotearoa’s biggest city attracts top-drawer international musicians – such as Sir Elton John and US pop phenomenon Billie Eilish – for sold-out stadium and arena shows that bring visitors from around the country and further abroad.
There are other more nostalgic and historic events that utilise Auckland’s diverse landscape – such as the Anniversary Day Regatta, and Round the Bays fun run – while the Pasifika, Chinese Lantern, and Indian Diwali festivals celebrate the city’s cultural diversity.
Here are some of the highlights to look forward to over the coming 12 months.
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Experience the best of the South Pacific at the largest Pacific Island cultural festival of its kind in the world in Tāmaki Makaurau next March.
The annual event now attracts about 60,000 visitors for a celebration of traditional island cultures, food, music and dance, with performances from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawai’i, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Aotearoa.
The festival will return in 2023 after Covid-19 forced the cancellation of February’s 30th anniversary 2022 celebrations, while the 2021 event only went ahead after it was first postponed when Auckland went to level 3. The much-loved festival was also cancelled in 2019 following the Christchurch mosque shootings, and in 2020 due to Covid-19.
Billie Eilish gets surprise welcome to New Zealand, with a te reo rendition of her hit song Party’s Over.
Superstar Billie Eilish is set to return to Aotearoa in September with her Happier Than Ever, The World Tour. The US pop phenomenon will play all-ages shows at Spark Arena on September 8, 9 and 10 – her first down under since 2019, when she played to sold-out crowds.
The new shows come off the back of her number one charting and critically acclaimed sophomore album Happier Than Ever, and will follow sold out tour legs through the US, UK and Europe. Having shot to fame over…
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