Nau mai, haere mai ki Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, New Zealand

Welcome to Auckland, a city deeply connected to the Pacific. 

Tūpuna, Māori ancestors, first voyaged across Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (Pacific Ocean) by waka (Māori watercraft) to Aotearoa New Zealand. To Māori, this body of water is a great ancestor - to be revered, to enjoy, and to be cared for as a treasured relative. 

This history is celebrated with great pride. Auckland is home to the 19 iwi (tribes) of Tāmaki Makaurau and the stories of spirited voyages taken long ago by their tūpuna can still be seen and heard today.

An urban oasis

Auckland is an urban oasis, surrounded by three harbours and 3,700km of coastline – wherever you are, you’re never far from the sea and we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches, from the white-sand beaches of Tawharanui and Matakana to our wild, black-sand surf spots in the west. 

Auckland is also a city defined by its cultural diversity and bustling urban centres. One city, many worlds, Auckland, New Zealand’s proudly international city, with one in three residents born elsewhere. 

Exploring Auckland

Want to make the most of your Waterbourne experience? Check out the following links for more information around what’s on and how to enjoy yourself in Auckland outside of the festival.