Staying in Auckland for the Waitangi long weekend? Why not take this opportunity to head to the central city to take part in fun events or try a unique culinary experience?
Whether you're taking Monday off or not, the central city has something for everybody this weekend.
Vector Lights Waitangi Show
2 - 6 February, Auckland Harbour Bridge
An extraordinary light and sound show telling the story of Hauturu-OToi (Little Barrier Island) will launch on Friday 2 February with Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge, and run each night through to Waitangi Day, Tuesday 6 February. Starting from 9pm, the show's duration is approximately 10 minutes, and it will repeat on the hour until midnight (9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am).
Auckland Live Summer in the Square - Waitangi Weekend
2 - 4 February, Aotea Square
From Friday to Sunday, head to Aotea Square for some of Aotearoa’s best DJs and theatre makers, plus the very talented Māori Sidesteps, a contemporary Māori showband, who put their own political spin on well-known songs, and entertain crowds with soulful harmonies and off-the-cuff comedy. So grab a deck chair and relax in the sun, while taking in the free performances.
The Art of Banksy
Ends 6 February, Aotea Centre
This long weekend is your last chance to see this blockbuster exhibition showcasing 80 original works by one of the most well-known and intriguing street artists of our time. The exhibition offers a rare perspective for New Zealanders on Banksy’s world.
La La Land at Silo Cinema
2 February, Silo Park
Start the long weekend with an open cinema session at Silo Park. The Friday movie is La La Land, a romantic and comedic musical, with lots of Oscar nods, about a pianist and an actress falling in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.
Paul Ross in Concert
3 February, Q Theatre
As part of the Auckland Pride Festival, international artist and modern-day crooner Paul Ross will bring vocal suaveness in this stylish show – celebrating big band music with a ‘martini twist’ on some modern hits, to Q Theatre on Saturday night. Expect big band versions of modern hits with a twist from the likes of Oasis, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Spandau Ballet – and mixed in with songs from gay icons for good measure.
The Dystopian Film Festival
Until 2 March, Academy Cinemas
The much-loved independent cinema is showcasing a collection of rare and treasured Dystopian classics by acclaimed international directors. On Friday, check out Fahrenheit 451, François Truffaut's strange and fantastic adaptation of the 1951 Ray Badbury novel, or opt for Akira, a cult Japanese anime cyberpunk action masterpiece the next day.
Dans le Noir? - Dining in the Dark
Friday and Saturday, Rydges Auckland
Treat your loved one to a very special culinary experience. Enjoy a secret menu in complete darkness and reevaluate your perceptions of taste and smell. You can choose from three menus: Trust the Chef, Seafood or Vegan. No matter what you go for, it's an experience you won't forget.
Movie Night at Brothers Beer: This is Spinal Tap
4 February, City Works Depot
Brothers Beer are kicking off their Sunday movie night sessions with an epic rockumentary This is Spinal Tap. Get in from 8pm for an awesome free movie, great food and good beer.