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Western Springs Lakeside Park, Auckland
The annual Pasifika Festival is a celebration of the music, food, arts and dance of the Pacific Island communities, and is the most significant cultural festival in the South Pacific.
The two-day party features a concert of the Pacific’s songs, dances and stories, followed by the festival day which sees Auckland’s Western Springs Park transformed into 10 villages – Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tahiti, Fiji and Aotearoa. Experience of vibrant hospitality of Auckland’s Pacific culture and revel in the coming together of the Pacific communities as they celebrate their unity and diversity.
New Zealand’s biggest city is also the most multi-cultural and is the world’s largest Polynesian city. Savour the vibrant Polynesian lifestyle in the city’s markets and restaurants, or visit Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, where the collection includes outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as international paintings, sculptures and prints.
Auckland has an array of markets to choose from. In the city centre, the City Farmers’ Market at Britomart is where local growers, farmers and artisan food producers sell their wares. Or why not improve your culinary skills at a cooking lesson at Auckland’s Fish Market. Auckland is the ideal place to stock up on souvenirs before returning home and you will find unusual and interesting items in many of the shops, including possum-merino knitwear, sheepskin footwear and wood, glass or jade goods – ideal reminders of your trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Things to see and do in Auckland:
- if you’re looking for a little island time
- if you’re after some Auckland nightlife
- if you’re wanting to go kayaking
- if you want to get out on the water
- if you’re looking for accommodation
For more information visit www.aucklandnz.com/pasifika