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Island Time On Motutapu

Sat Feb 27th, 2021

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As part of Summernova series of events and held at the historic Te Pēhi o Manawatere, Home Bay, on Te Motutapu a Taikehu, this new and exciting event presents the opportunity for locals and visitors of Tāmaki to eat, drink and dance on a unique island setting this summer. Held over 2 days, Island Time ticketholders gain access to one of four Island Time sessions taking place on either Saturday, 27 February 2021 Or Sunday, 28 February 2021.

New Zealand’s greatest dance exponents have been gathered to perform at the inaugural Island Time on Motutapu. Featuring none other than former Dance Exponents frontman Jordan Luck and his band JORDAN LUCK TRIO, who alongside the quintessential party act SWEET MIX KIDS will be performing back-to-back performances across the four sessions. Also invited along are up-and-coming superstar CASSIE HENDERSON performing on Saturday, with Waihetian local singer-songwriter NICK FRASER performing on Sunday sessions.

For the lovers and eaters of delicious food and drink while in picturesque island settings, they will be treated to a selection of tasty treats from some of Auckland’s finest. Shuck away at the OYSTER + JUMPING GOAT COCKTAIL BAR run by the Viaduct’s SAINT ALICE BAR & EATERY. Dive into the quirky and delicious seafood options from CAPTAIN KAI MOANA - NZ’s first Food Truck Boat - and line the stomach with one of Auckland's best burgers, lovingly curated by BABY G BURGER. And for those who enjoy a tipple while forgetting about life for a while, beverage partners include ice-cold PART TIME RANGERS, RUDI’S BEER and a selection of BRANCOTT ESTATE wines. More details will be announced around the full food and beverage offerings early in the New Year.

Extremely limited Island Time passes are available to purchase now, with passes starting from $65+bf for those making their way over on their own boats, through to $85+bf including return Ferry from Downtown Auckland. Passes include access to one of four sessions, with two sessions taking place each day as below:

Session One: 10:30am-2:45pm
Session Two: 2:00pm-7:30pm

Session Three: 10:30am-2:45pm
Session Four: 2:00pm-7:30pm

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As part of the partnership between Endeavour Live and Ngāi Tai Te Haerenga, portion of ticket sales will go towards the preservation of the island and it’s unique inhabitants (such as Takahē, Brown Kiwi, Tuturuatu, Tuturuwhatu, Kākāriki, Tīeke, Kawekaweau and many others). The official charity of Island Time on Motutapu is PROJECT KIWI (visit website).

The event also presents the opportunity for Aucklanders and visitors to gain a greater understanding of the island and its cultural significance for the region. Through the Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki partnership, there will be the opportunity for event attendees to learn about the history of the island in a fun and engaging way.

The event is focused on delivering an economical and environmentally sustainable event for future generations to enjoy. Island Time on Motutapu is a collaboration between Endeavour Live and Ngāi Tai Te Haerenga (visit website), in association with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), and is proud to be part of Summernova (visit website).

Mauri ora Motutapu!


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