Celebrate Waitangi Day in style

16:00, Feb 05 2013
Waitangi Day
HIGH SPIRITS: Kids enjoying Waitangi Day at Bastion Point, Auckland last year.

Auckland is gearing up to celebrate Waitangi Day in true Kiwi style with a day of events all about family and fun.

Below are the pick of the events to see you through the day of celebrations:


Commemorations will kick off at Bastion Point at 10am where there will be an all day concert with bands including Katchafire, Dave Dobbyn, 1814 and Che Fu.

Hosts- local tangata whenua, Ngati Whatua o Orakei - will also have marae visits and a powhiri at Orakei Marae. Ngati Whatua o Orakei has been holding Waitangi celebrations for four years but this is the first time it has been held at Bastion Point, instead of Okahu Bay, and the first time in more than two decades that a concert has been held on Bastion Point.

Tickets to the concert are $20 for adults, $5 for kids between the ages of five and 17. Kids under five years are free. There is also a whanau-family price of $40 for 2 adults and 3 kids.


Auckland's biggest Waitangi festival, the Toi o Manukau Waitangi Day celebrations, is expected to attract 40,000 people. The free event will be held at Barry Curtis Park in Flat Bush from 10.30am and features live music, food stalls and carnival rides. Artists including Aaradhna and Three Houses Down will play.

Auckland Council will host a Music In Parks event at Henderson Park, Wilsher Cres with Sola Rosa and Tahuna Breaks entertaining crowds from 2pm-6pm.

However, if being at a pub is more your thing Sale St, Freemans Bay, is holding a beer festival from 2pm-10pm.

Entry is free at all events.


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