Queen’s Birthday on Queen’s Wharf

Dates // Times

Saturday 4 Jun // ALL DAY
Sunday 5 Jun // ALL DAY
Monday 6 Jun // ALL DAY

Queen’s Birthday Weekend is nearly upon us, meaning the time has come for the annual celebrations of all things UK with Queen’s Birthday at Queens Wharf. Head along to Queens Wharf over the long weekend 4-6 June for a diverse selection of music, culture, food, industry and history. The programme is jam-packed with entertainment and activities:

Makers’ Market
The Queen’s Birthday Makers’ Market returns for another yeard. Shed 10 is transformed into a thriving hub of over 60 stalls, where patrons can engage with arts and crafts as they are created. Stock up on specialty imported British products, along with countless homemade and vintage New Zealand treasures thanks to popular local craft, art, fashion and accessories vendors. A delectable and varied range of food and drink options will appeal to all appetites and keep you moving all afternoon.

Fun for Whanau and Friends
Visit the southern apron of Queens Wharf for classic seaside carnival games and rides! From merry-go-rounds and tea pot rides, to carnival games, a bouncy castle and ferris wheel, the family will happily while away the hours here. Kids can also enjoy bouncing on the Springfree trampolines, or learn a little at the MOTAT demonstration and experiment stands! But the fun isn’t just for kids – plenty of British sports and games will be on offer, with a special series of Open Fort interactive High Tea Party games for adults to enjoy – you won’t want to miss this.

For a quiet spot of reading over the weekend check out themed books and the digital library on board the Auckland Libraries’ bus. For a scenic tour, enjoy Robbie’s double-decker bus rides around the Queens Wharf precinct, for only a gold coin donation. Vintage car displays will be revolving daily, with a selection of historic British motor-cars that would do James Bond proud! There’s even more to be involved in – the weekend also includes a Grand Cake-off (Saturday 2pm), a special dog show “Scrufts” (Sunday 2pm), and the Maritime Museum photo booth, where you can capture the moment all weekend long!

There will also be an interactive painting wall, where you can let out the artist within and collaborate with all of the weekend’s visitors to create something magnificent!

This year’s programme celebrates the best of UK culture. A pop-top caravan will play host to guest DJs, spinning the very best of British tunes throughout the eras. Auckland City Brass peform for one day only (11.30 am Saturday 4 June). Catch the award winning Clan Celtica in Scottish dress, performing Saturday (12noon) and Sunday (11am)!  Then, Doyle Academy of Irish Dance are bringing some traditional inspiration to Queens Wharf with a performance at 1pm. On Sunday 5 June, the Maypole Dancers will be performing a rich piece of British dance, dating back to 1300’s. Presented by the Meadowbank Maypole Club, for one day only (1pm Sunday).

In addition to these special guests, you’ll find clowns, carnival performers, Morris dancers and even a Mad Hatter or two ready for some fun!

Rest & Relaxation
When it comes time to relax a little, park up to enjoy an array of refreshment options. For the royalty of the family, try the decadent expanded High Tea offering upstairs at the Cloud, or the more cosy bar and restaurant downstairs at the Cloud, catered by the ever-delicious Mint Kitchen serving scrumptious food and free-range wine. Auckland looks spectacular on a winter’s day – get ready to relax with your favourite British beverage, a sea view and all the entertainment you could want, this weekend at Queen’s Birthday on Queens Wharf.

For more information on the weekend’s activities, take a look at the Queens Wharf website. Each day of the long weekend, head to Shed 10 and The Cloud for a full programme of Queen’s Birthday offerings.
Entry is free from 10am-4:00pm each day.