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Auckland rivals Melbourne as major events centre

A bumper summer of events is set to see Auckland overtake Melbourne as Australia and New Zealand’s premier place to visit for big events and festivals.

The summer of non-stop sports, culture and concerts has just begun and will see Auckland host a record amount of visitors as well as net a $50m return on event investments.

The country’s largest city hosted the Rolling Stones this week to signal the start of the summer and over the next few months tourism bosses will also see people flocking to other events including the NRL nines, the Cricket World Cup and gigs from rock giants the Foo Fighters and the Eagles.

Auckland New Zealand North Island Pacific Ocean Events Melbourne Major City Busy Cocktail Summer | Gigs Music Culture Art Sports Rugby League Ironman Athletes Athletics The Eagles Rolling Stones Foo Fighters Pasifika Tennis Paul Simon Sting Food | Distant Journeys Coach Tours New Zealand & Australia Holidays According to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development chief Brett O’Riley the summer’s cocktail of events is the best it’s ever known.

“We’ve got a really diverse mix of events,” he said. “From sport to music we’ve got it all. Whether you’re a rugby fan, an athlete, a rocker or a fan of the arts, this city can give you the time of your life this summer.”

With a total of 35 major events taking place in a three month period people on trips to New Zealand have a chance to experience exciting times in the city this summer.

EVENT CALENDAR

ASB Tennis Classic and Heineken Open – January 3 – 17

Auckland Ironman – January 18

Seafood Festival – January 24-26

Auckland Anniversary Regatta Day celebrating Auckland’s 175th Birthday – January 26

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival – January 26

Paul Simon and Sting – January 30

National Rugby League Nines – January 31February 1

Splore festival at Tapapakanga Park – February 20-22

Volvo Ocean Race – February 27

Auckland Cup Week – February 28

Auckland Art Festival – March 4-22

The Eagles Concert – March 14

Pasifika Festival – March 14-15

 

 

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