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Fun in the sun: Happy Auckland Anniversary!

Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) Anniversary Day is just around the corner, and it's time to plan an exciting day to celebrate this special occasion. Aucklanders, get ready for a day filled with festivities, activities, and the stunning backdrop of our beloved city. Whether you're a local or a visitor, there's something for everyone to enjoy on this Auckland Anniversary Day, which fall on 29th January this year. Let's dive into the details of what's in store for you! 

Activities for Auckland Anniversary 2024: 

The Annual Auckland Anniversary Regatta: This year is the 183rd running of the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta – a mass sailing race that attracts literally thousands of boats out into our beautiful harbour and gulf.  Viewing locations are available all around the Waitematā with some of the best on Takaparawhau / Bastion Point or Maungauika / North Head or at the end of Princes or Queen’s wharves downtown. 

The regatta attracts a huge and varied fleet of sea-going vessels including tall ships, sloops, multi-hulls, classic yachts and launches, vintage tugboats with the Royal New Zealand Navy providing the flagship for the event.  


Beach Picnics: Take advantage of Auckland's beautiful beaches by organising a picnic with friends and family. Mission Bay, Takapuna Beach, and Piha are just a few of the many gorgeous spots to relax, enjoy the sun, and indulge in some delicious treats. Don't forget to bring your beach essentials, such as sunscreen, towels, and a frisbee for some beachside fun. 


Art Exhibitions: If you're looking for a more relaxed way to spend the day, consider visiting one of Auckland's art galleries. Many galleries host special exhibitions and events on Auckland Anniversary Day, providing an excellent opportunity to appreciate local and international artwork. 


Outdoor Concerts and Performances: From movies in the park to busking on the street. We’re in for a weekend of fun! Check out any live music or performances happening in the city's parks or outdoor venues. Auckland Anniversary Day often sees a lineup of talented local artists, creating a lively atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a guide to help plan -  


Remember your Sunscreen: As you bask in the festivities and embrace the outdoors, it's crucial to prioritise your skin's health. Auckland's sun can be very strong, even on a cloudy day. Ensure you and your loved ones stay protected by applying sunscreen generously. Whether you're enjoying the beach, exploring cultural events, or simply strolling through the city, safeguarding your skin is a small yet essential step to guarantee a healthy and enjoyable Auckland Anniversary Day. 


Let the celebrations begin - Auckland offers a diverse range of activities to suit every taste. So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready for a day filled with fun, laughter, and the radiant Tāmaki Makaurau sun.  


Shine bright! 

Kia ora

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