Happy 183rd Birthday Auckland: Whats On This Week

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23 January 2023

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Auckland Anniversary Light show

Auckland harbour bridge with Sky tower in the background

24th – 30th January 
Where: Grab a spot close to the Auckland waterfront. 
Celebrate Auckland’s 183rd Birthday with the Vector light show on the Auckland waterfront. The light show can be seen all week from 9pm until midnight, every 15 minutes. 

Matakana Food & Beer Festival

People sitting on picnic tables with food stalls surrounding

Where: Matakana Country Park 
When: Saturday 28th January 

Brought to you by George FM, Matakana Food & Beer festival is back. A short 45 minute drive from Auckland CBD, you have the opportunity to try a range of New Zealand brewers and be immersed in a world of food thanks to the Food Truck Collective. You enjoy a lineup of well known DJs such as Nice n’ Urlich with support from Bavhu, Nyntee, Nigel Love & more.


Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta 2023

5 classic sail boats in Auckland Harbour with Sky Tower in the background.

Where: Royal Yacht Squadron
When: Saturday 28th January 

Auckland’s Anniversary Day celebrates the founding of Auckland. This is one of the world’s single biggest one day sailing regattas that will take place for the 183rd year. The first being back in 1840.  You will witness a spectacle of boats from tall ships, radio controlled dinghies, classic yachts, modern launches and vintage tugboats too. 


Where: Western Springs Stadium
When: Monday 30th January

Laneway 2023 features the world’s upcoming indie-rock and electronic dance music artists.  The star studded lineup includes 30+ acts including sets from The Jungle Giants, Fred Again, Slowthai, and Haim. After selling out in 30 minutes, Laneway has made the move to an even larger venue, after a 3 year hiatus, Auckland is ready to party.

Gardens Music Festival ft Fatboy Slim & Friends

Fat Boy Slim with hands up in front of disco ball

Where:  Auckland Domain
When: Sunday 29th January

Spend your long weekend dancing as award winning UK DJ, Producer and Musician Fatboy Slim has made his way back to New Zealand. This is a guaranteed fun night out, with dancing from start to finish.  Shows are beginning to sell out, so get in before you miss out. 

Music In Parks: Opera in the Park

Music In the Park with crowd in front of stage

Where: Glover Park, St Heliers
When: Saturday 28th January 
Tickets: Free

Brought to you by Auckland Council and NZ Opera, Opera In The Park is celebrating cultural diversity this summer. A line up of New Zealand’s favourite opera singers makes for a beautiful Saturday evening. Pack a picnic or grab some takeaways from the neighbourhood and enjoy a night of music and culture. 

Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Elton John signing into microphone

Where: Mt Smart Stadium
When: Friday 27th & Saturday 28th January 

Remember back in 2020 an emotional Elton John had to abandon his concert tour after a nasty bout of pneumonia left him barely able to blow out a candle in Auckland? Now he’s making good on his promise returning to our shores to conclude his final worldwide tour. Brush up on your Elton lyrics, put on some sparkles and join him for the very last time in Christchurch and Auckland. 

Fat Daddy’s Bottomless Burgers, Beer and Bubbles 

Hand through a green wall holding burger and loaded fries

Where: Elephant Wrestler
When: Saturdays 1-5pm 
Book here

Tuck into all-you-can-eat smash burgers for two hours, accompanied by  bottomless Export Gold beer or prosecco. Running from 1pm-5pm every Saturday until March 18. Rally the troops, book  your spot and enjoy either Wagyu Beef or vegetarian smash burger. Just $55 per person.

Oyster Inn Sunday Session

Oyster and Chop on Waiheke

Where: Oyster Inn Waiheke
When: 29th of January
Book here

Picture this: fresh oysters, ceviche, crayfish and oyster rolls! Enjoy a  selection of drinks from spritzers to gin and tonics. The DJ sets commence at 2pm, so get in early for the best seats. 

The Wingman Festival

Where:  Claris Sports Club, Great Barrier Island
When: Saturday 28th of January

New Zealand’s most remote festival, hosted on the beautiful Great Barrier Island. This is not just a music festival, ticket holders can attend workshops hosted throughout the festival. The lineup includes artists such as Summer Thrives, Knights of the Dub Table and more. Proceeds from the ticket sales go towards schooling on Great Barrier Island. 

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