To make sure you make the most of your glorious three-day weekend, we've wrapped up the best places in the central city to enjoy some fun with friends and family.

There's plenty to see and do over the weekend including comedy festivals, Silo Cinema, international circus stars, live music and more. 

  • Billy T Jams 
    Kick off your weekend with some laughs at Q Theatre at this hilarious stand up show. The Billy T Jams brings together the nominees from this year's awards show including: Alice Brine,
    Laura Daniel (Funny Girls) David Correos, James Malcolm and Matt Stellingwerf. Headlining the night is 2015's winner Hamish Parkinson and hosting the evening is 2014's winner - the magnificent Guy Montgomery. 


  • Silo Cinema: Top Gun 
    Grab a blanket, call your friends and make a plan to be at Silo Cinema on Friday night for a fantastic 80s classic. Filled with high-flying, fast-talking, high-waisted goodness - a young Tom Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, an expert United States Naval Aviator trying to make a name for himself and escape his father's shadowy past. 

  • Cirque Du Soleil 
    The international phenomenon returns to Vector Arena with one of their most loved productions - Quidam. Since premiering under the Big Top in Montreal in 1996, Quidam has captivated millions of people across five continents. 

  • Silo Sessions Presents NZ Soul All Dayer
    ​Wile away your Waitangi Day at Silo Park with free live music from some of New Zealand's funkiest soul singers and musicians. Also kicking off at midday and running throughout the afternoon is The Other Crate Record Fair. Set in the shady surrounds of ‘Silo 7’ (right next to the main stage) will be a bespoke selection of quality vendors with a wide variety of music available for sale - and all on vinyl.

  • Live Heritage Sailings with the New Zealand Maritime Museum 
    A rare opportunity to sail a heritage vessel on the harbour and witness a traditional Naval salute up close. The New Zealand Maritime Museum will be sending its heritage vessels, Ted Ashby and Breeze, out under full sail to escort three Navy vessels up the Waitemata Harbour to HMNZS Philomel, the Devonport Naval base, where they will make the midday gun salute.

  • Super Bowl - The Crab Shack 
    For something big, fun and all-American head to the Crab Shack from 12.30pm for drink specials, delicious food, giveaways and America's biggest annual sporting event screening live. 

  • James Bay Live 
    A stand out star of the last year, James Bay is bringing his soulful, sultry sound to the Auckland Town Hall this Waitangi Weekend. 


Last updated: 21 August 2020