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Pasifika Festival

24 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018


Saturday 24 March 2018, 9.00am - Saturday 24 March 2018, 5.00pm

Sunday 25 March 2018, 10.00am - Sunday 25 March 2018, 4.00pm


Western Springs Park, 731 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland

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Auckland’s iconic Pasifika Festival returns for its 26th year.

This free, family-friendly event celebrates the diverse cultures of Auckland’s Pacific whānau.

There are 11 villages, each representing a different Pacific Island culture, with delicious authentic foods, arts and crafts stalls and demonstrations, traditional and contemporary Pacific Island music & performances.

The villages represent the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Aotearoa, Hawaii, Kiribati, Samoa, Tahiti, Tuvalu, Tonga and Tokelau.

Pack a picnic rug and some sunscreen, and experience Auckland’s rich Pacific culture and heritage.

Try Hawaii’s smokey barbecue, the Samoan delicacy palusami (best eaten with a nice piece of baked taro) or sample Tuvaluan kaleve, a drink made from coconut sap.

Get Māori nail art at the Aotearoa village, check out traditional Fijian costumes and accessories, see how artisans from Tokelau use time-honoured techniques to create fishing lures from shells, and enjoy dancing and drumming from around the Pacific.

This year, Pasifika will also feature companies from around the Pacific, showcasing traditional and innovative products bound for New Zealand and international markets.

The festival starts at the earlier hour of 9am on Saturday this year; while Sunday will again begin with the traditional Pasifika interdenominational church service, with choir groups – everyone welcome.

The festival goes ahead rain or shine – this is Auckland and the weather is changeable, so bring sunscreen, a hat and a raincoat.

Bring some cash – some food stalls have EFTPOS, but many only take cash. There are three ATMs on-site at the park, marked on the festival map, but be patient – there may be queues as they will be in high demand.

Getting there

With tens of thousands of people expected to attend the two-day festival, parking restrictions and road closures in place, the surrounding area will be busy and parking will be in high demand, so plan ahead for your travel to and from the event.

Western Springs Park is close to the Northwestern Cycleway and is well-served by public transport services, operating on the regular bus and train weekend timetables. Multiple bus routes stop on Great North Road, next to Western Springs Park, which is also a 30-minute walk from Morningside or Baldwin Ave Station on the Western Train Line. Plan your journey.

Pasadena Intermediate School and Western Springs College have paid parking available on their school fields as fundraising activities. Parking is $10 per car, cash only.

Mobility parking and drop off is along Motions Road.

There is also free parking at Unitec and a free shuttle bus between Carrington Rd and the park, at 30-minute intervals.

Pasifika Vibes @ MOTAT 

Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-4pm | MOTAT, Western Springs | FREE entry

Next door to the festival, check out Pasifika Vibes @ MOTAT. The Museums of Auckland, including Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, MOTAT and Maritime Museum, are celebrating Pacific culture, rhythms and flavours, with great music, succulent food and live entertainment.

Please note: This is a smoke- and alcohol-free event, and only the event village will be open to the public. The MOTAT exhibition halls and rest of the museum will not be open over these days, see for more info.