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Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta & Harbour Festival

Auckland celebrates its birthday with a grand regatta as it has since 1840. It is considered by some as the biggest one-day regatta in the world and, whether true or false, it is certainly a great occasion and a distinctively Auckland event. Waitemata Harbour is almost landlocked, and the action can be viewed from various parts of the city. The start line is near the mid point and, at the sound of the starter's gun, the yachts race across the waters, past the islands of the Hauraki Gulf before returning to the end of the harbour and making a final turn to race back to the line.


Venue: Waitemata Harbour.
Website: http://www.regatta.org.nz
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Auckland Fringe Festival

Acrobats, live music, art on lion rock, mysterious murder trials, titillating burlesque, international comedy, short stories in a sheep paddock, these are just some of the acts on offer - the Fringe has it all. Providing an open platform to a variety of performers since its inception back in 2009, this young festival will surely cater for any taste with a wide range of acts and workshops.

Date: 20 February 2018 - 04 March 2018
Venue: Various locations throughout Auckland.
Website: http://www.aucklandfringe.co.nz
Cost:

Various.


Splore Music Festival

Nestled on the beautiful shores of Tapapakanga Park, this three-day entertainment extravaganza is also New Zealand's biggest costume party as attendees dress up in crazy costumes. Tickets include access to free camping so get ready for a wonderful time.

Date: 23 February 2018 - 25 February 2018
Cost:

 From NZ$6 (wristband fee for children under 12) to NZ$245 (adults).


Auckland Cup Week

Auckland Cup Week is the biggest and most glamorous event in the New Zealand racing diary. The main event is the classic 3,200m (2-mile) Auckland Cup, as well as a series of other races before and after the big day. These include the Mercedes Derby for three-year-olds that is raced over 2,400m (1.5 miles), and the Diamond Day for two-year-olds raced over 1,200m (0.75 miles). Between them, the races during the Auckland Cup Week showcase the best that thoroughbred racing has to offer, with the nation's finest horses, jockeys and trainers competing for the biggest prizes in the country. The venue of Ellerslie racecourse is a famous Auckland landmark with a long history that dates back to 1857. During Auckland Cup Week, the city is abuzz with activity as a number of big entertainment events take place in and around the city.

Date: 03 March 2018 - 10 March 2018
Venue: Ellerslie Racecourse.
Website: http://www.aucklandcupweek.co.nz
Cost:

Various.


Round the Bays Run

Over 70000 people jog 10km (6 miles) round this picturesque harbor.

Date: 04 March 2018
Venue: Tawaki Drive.
Website: http://www.roundthebays.co.nz
Cost:

Prices vary. See website for details.


Auckland Arts Festival

The Auckland Festival will host more than 200 events over two weeks, including world premieres and international work never before seen in Australasia. Red Square will be back as the Festival party zone with live music, bars, cafes and entertainment. An array of free events for the whole family will mean that there is something for everyone to enjoy and participate in.

Date: 08 March 2018 - 25 March 2018
Venue: Various locations throughout Auckland.
Website: http://www.aucklandfestival.co.nz
Cost:

Various.


New Zealand International Comedy Festival

International comedy festival.

Date: 26 April 2018 - 20 May 2018
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

If you are highly fit and fiercely competitive, Tough Guy and Gal Challenge could be the event for you. Male and female competitors test their skills and stamina on a long, muddy course to see who will emerge the toughest of them all. The full course is 9km (5.5 miles) in two equal laps, over army-style obstacles. Competitors must run, walk, crawl and climb through a variety of natural and manmade obstructions, including a 'spiders web', barbed wire, thick native bush, swamp crossings and water troughs. Team and individual entries are allowed, and there is also the option of a single-lap 'social' round. The event also takes place in Wellington, Palmerston North and Rotorua.

Date: 26 May 2018
Venue: Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre.
Website: http://www.eventpromotions.co.nz/events/tough-guy-and-gal-challenge/
Cost:

NZ$65 for Early Bird entry, NZ$70 to NZ$80 otherwise.


Auckland International Film Festival

Home of the original New Zealand film festival, Auckland now opens the nationwide celebration of cinema each summer. A film-goers delight with 150-plus features running over two and a half weeks.

Date: 19 July 2018 - 05 August 2018
Venue: Various cinemas across Auckland.
Website: http://www.nzff.co.nz/
Cost:

Varies by venue.


Devonport Food and Wine Festival

Two days of feasting on the country’s finest produce and world-class wines.

Date: 01 October 2018 - 31 October 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Devonport
Website: http://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/Events-Activities/Devonport-Food-Wine-Festival-2017

Auckland Marathon

The course of the full marathon and half marathon covers a wide swathe of the Bay, starting at Devonport on the north shore. There are also walking events over 10km (6.2 miles) and 5km (3.1 miles). This has been Auckland's premier road racing event since the 1980s, and it attracts 10,000 runners and large crowds of supporters. Besides the excitement and spectacle of the races themselves, which take place against the backdrop of the city and the Bay, there is a big free concert in Victoria Park near the finishing line. Up to three recognised mainstream New Zealand bands play on stage in the evening, after a radio station party, various warm-up acts, kids' entertainments and a merchandise sales park have kept visitors entertained during the day.

Date: 28 October 2018 - 28 October 2018
Venue: Roads of Devonport and Auckland.
Website: http://www.aucklandmarathon.co.nz
Cost:

Free to spectate.