It’s time to plan your Gift Fairs Getaway now. Gather the team and get ready to experience so much more from your Autumn Gift Fair. Extend your buying trip and discover more of what Auckland has to offer.
Thur 1 - SUN 4 MARCH - AUCKLAND LANTERN FESTIVAL
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the 2018 Auckland Lantern Festival! Immerse yourself in Chinese culture from Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 March at the Auckland Domain, where we will welcome in the Year of the Dog.
Be entertained and dazzled by hundreds of handmade Chinese lanterns, music and dance performances, traditional festivities, Chinese art and more – there's a range of activities for all ages.
Plus, it's free to attend!
Lots of free activities and giveaways
Keep an eye out for the full festival programme, available in February.
THUR 1 - SUN 4 MARCH - AKRAM KHAN'S GISELLE
On for 3 days prior to Autumn Gift Fair + on Day 1
Part of Auckland Arts Festival.
English National Ballet’s stunning new reinterpretation of the classic romantic ballet Giselle, choreographed by dance superstar Akram Khan, is coming to the central city in March 2018 as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Fresh from their success at the 2017 Olivier Awards, the London ballet company brings a huge team of nearly 100 performers and crew. When Giselle premiered at the Paris Opera in 1841, it was hailed as ‘the greatest ballet of its time’. [Heart of the City ➚]
SUNDAY 4 MARCH - ROUND THE BAYS
It's the 46th Ports of Auckland Round the Bays event, Sunday 4 March 2018. Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is one of the world's largest fun runs and New Zealand's largest mass participation sporting event. It attracts more than 30,000 participants.
With an emphasis on fun, the course promises entertainment to cheer you on along the way - whether you're walking, jogging or running the 8.4km journey from the city along the waterfront to St Heliers Bay.
Ports of Auckland is grounded in bringing people from different communities together and supporting charities working in our communities. Every year we donate $50,000 to three charities and this year we're helping children's charities. Participants can also get behind a charity of their choice and help to fundraise money towards our collective goal of $200,000.
SUNDAY 4 MARCH - INCUBUS LIVE IN CONCERT
Same Day as Autumn Gift Fair Day 1
Formed in 1991, Incubus secured its place as the most popular alt-metal band toward the end of the 90s and early 2000s for such hits, including Drive, Wish You Were Here and Love Hurts. The group from California's San Fernando Valley are promoting their latest studio album, 8, including a number new hits as well as a great selection from their back catalogue. [Heart of the City ➚]
MONDAY 5 MARCH - JAMES BLUNT LIVE IN CONCERT
Same Day as Autumn Gift Fair Day 2
Since his first visit to New Zealand in 2006, James Blunt has kept audiences spellbound with his heartfelt poignancy fused with touches of his classic, self-deprecating sense of humour. See him performing songs from his latest album plus his incredible catalogue of hits including ‘Bartender’, ‘You’re Beautiful’, ‘Goodbye My Lover’, ‘Carry You Home’, ‘No Bravery’, ‘1973’, ‘Wisemen’, ‘Stay The Night’ and ‘Bonfire Heart’. [Heart of the City ➚]
Pop-up Globe, the world's first full-scale working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, the second Globe, is returning to Auckland! Shakespeare like it’s 1614
The Pop-up Globe Theatre Company will be comprised of a brand new cast with award-winning directors, presenting five stunning new productions of Shakespeare’s masterworks – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar.
Don’t miss the immersive experience of Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written.
This isn’t dusty Shakespeare. This is bawdy, hilarious, brutal and blood-soaked. It is the theatre that changed the world. The season runs 7th December 2017 – March 2018.
Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15000 works. The renovation of the building in 2011 resulted in an award for the building as World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival. The light-filled North Atrium continues to draw people to enjoy views out to Queen Street, and there are glimpses of Albert Park visible from some of the gallery floors. The Learning Centre has great resources for learning and visits related to the exhibitions which come to the gallery. The Auckland Art Gallery shop has a great range of exclusive art gifts including reproductions and publications.
There are regular tours of the building, as well as permanent collections and temporary exhibitions from major international galleries. There are regular family-friendly events and events associated with regular exhibitions.
The Auckland Art Gallery also has a hidden gem - a theatre that regularly shows arthouse films, with at least one screening per week during winter. Check out the full programme and add some culture to your winter weekends.
Burning Hills, Takaka 1973
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Earthly Visions exhibition on Now