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Aquatica 08 to make waves in the Viaduct Harbour


Aquatica 08 to make waves in the Viaduct Harbour

Aquatica, a three day celebration of Auckland, is returning to the City of Sails over Auckland Anniversary Weekend 25 – 28 January 2008, and should not be missed.

Aquatica 08 launches with a splash on Friday 25 January with the “Aquatica Live” performance. Come down to Princes Wharf at dusk (9pm) and see a water based performance spectacle which will include the double hulled waka, the Spirit of New Zealand, and a light and sound show projected onto jets of water. The evening will be capped off with a choreographed fireworks display.

The Viaduct will be humming with activity throughout the weekend - carnival rides, street performers, buskers, acrobats and circus performers, a Fare on the Pier food market, Tall Ships, and the Naval Frigate Te Kaha will be open for public boarding. There will be performances from the Ports of Auckland Dancing Tugs and the Navy Band, and action in the air from the Warbirds and Red Chequers. Not to be missed is the Navy’s ‘Beat the Retreat’ gun salute performances, which go off with a bang.

Saturday night the ‘Legends of Kiwi Rock’ concert will see Te Wero Island and the Viaduct Harbour come alive with homegrown sounds set amongst the sails. Th’Dudes, The Exponents and Opshop are taking the stage, and tickets can be found at www.ticketmaster.co.nz.

The action skyrockets on the evening of Sunday 27th – Aquatica is letting off one of the largest firework displays New Zealand has seen. The excitement starts at 9pm in the Viaduct Harbour.

Monday 28 January sees the maritime action of Aquatica take to the Waitemata Harbour, with hundreds of craft, including tall ships, tugboats, classic yachts, racing keelers, sloops, sailing dinghies, sailboards and the HMNZS Te Kaha taking part in the Anniversary Day Regatta.

With all the action going on, thousands of Aucklanders will be making their way to the Viaduct Harbour throughout the long weekend for Aquatica 08. Getting there doesn’t have to be a hassle. Visit www.maxx.co.nz for public transport solutions – whether it is by bus, ferry or train.

There are a number of parking buildings in the area including Downtown Carpark, Victoria Street Carpark, Civic Carpark and Railway Station Carpark – all a short stroll from the action at Aquatica.

The Aquatica 08 festival map is the essential guide listing all the activities and timings, and can be downloaded at www.aquatica08.com.

We’re ready. Are you?


* Aquatica, previously known as The Auckland Harbour Festival, takes place from Friday 25 January through to Monday 28 January 2008

* The opening ceremony will take place on the evening of Friday 25 January 2008

* The event takes place in and around Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, with activities on and off the water

* The Spirit of Adventure Trust is the official charity of Aquatica, with donations being collected at the point of boarding the tall ship and through the proceeds raised through selling Tip-Top ice-creams.

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