Written by on November 12, 2020

We Love Aotearoa
December 19th at ASB Showgrounds – Free Entry

Whānau Fun Day: 10 am – 3 pm Saturday, December 19th
We Love Aotearoa (r18): 5 pm – 11 pm Saturday, December 19th (ticketed)

We Love Aotearoa is back and bigger than ever, with an unmissable line-up of celebrations set to take place next month.

This free series of events will take place on Saturday, December 19th at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland with an added day of virtual reality experiences on Sunday, December 20th. The event will host a range of activities, performances, and workshops to bring the fun to all ages.

The We Love Aotearoa series has been organised by a group of international travellers who found themselves based in Auckland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During their stay, they have been overwhelmed by the manaakitanga and aroha they have received from the people of Aotearoa. These events are a “thank you to the people of New Zealand” for their efforts to get us to where we are now.

While We Love Aotearoa was postponed from its original date in August due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the group has set a new date to wrap up the year in style on December 19th and 20th.

We Love Aotearoa is happening in three parts: entry and activities are all FREE. Food, beverages and artist merch will be available for purchase on-site.

For updates and more information, make sure you’re following @weloveaotearoa and Weloveaotearoa.co.nz


Whānau Fun Day! On Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, catch a live set from Stan Walker and pop-up performances from East Cook Islands Community Culture group, Ngā Rangatahi Toa, Guggemusik, drag queens Kita Mean and Anita Wigl’it, and Freshman’s Dance Crew.

Explore workshops and activities for the whole family including a silent disco, photos with Santa, festive Christmas activities, Animal Cycle Roller Rink, 3 Ring Riot Circus workshop, interactive art installations, The We Love VR Zone, games, and much more!

Drift-racing legend Darren Kelly and friends will be on-site, along with their cars, to chat with fans, sign autographs, take photos, and show their stuff!

We Love Aotearoa (r18)! From 5pm to 11pm on Saturday, enjoy performances by Ladi 6, Sons of Zion, Troy Kingi & The Clutch, Leisure, JessB, Chaii, Frank Booker, Flamingo Pier (DJ set), Clicks, DUAL, and HalfQueen. Taking place across two indoor stages, the live shows will be accompanied by licensed bars and food trucks to keep you going into the night. Existing ticket holders from the postponed August event will be granted access to the concerts, as well as newcomers to the event. We Love Aotearoa has increased capacity to accommodate more attendees and make this a celebration to remember.

To grab the last of these free tickets, head to iTicket.co.nz on Wednesday, November 18th at 10am for the final release. Be warned… previous tickets went in under three seconds!

We Love VR
December 19th and 20th at ASB Showgrounds
We Love VR is a two-day virtual reality experience boasting the latest technology
We Love VR: 10 am – 3 pm Saturday, December 19th
We Love VR: 10 am – 3 pm Sunday, December 20th

We Love VR! From 10am to 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday, experience a never-before-seen virtual reality event showcasing the latest in gaming technology. The We Love VR zone will be hosted by New Zealand’s top VR developers demonstrating their titles along with Half-Life: Alyx (R18) across 20 stations. With a wide variety of age-appropriate options, there’s something for everyone, including tamariki. Come down and enter the draw to win your very own Index VR set by Valve Software as well as a custom-built PC.

Delicious Kai on-site
Enjoy a sprawling selection of local food trucks; Wise Boys Burgers, The Rolling Pin, Lalele Organic, Crepes Creations, Sabores, Thai Kitchen, Crate Kitchen, Brooklyn Dogs, Miso Ra, Samaori Coffee, and licensed bars. We encourage you to bring your own reusable cups and containers, however compostable packaging will be available and encouraged from all participating food vendors.

The Heart of Racing
The Heart of Racing drivers will be on site to celebrate their latest achievement with you: winning the New Zealand Endurance Championship! The champion car and drivers will all be at the event to share their victory and mission with you. The Heart of Racing fundraises for the Starship Children’s Hospital through racing for and spreading awareness for the financial demands of quality paediatric care. Aside from being the new champions of Aotearoa, the team has raised over $250,000 for Starship since August… a victory we can all celebrate! Donate today at www.theheartofracing.co.nz.

Keep Aotearoa Clean
This event is a Zero Waste event and is supported by Sustainable Coastlines and has been carefully curated to have minimal impact on the environment. Enjoy workshops, demonstrations and learn about how you can make an impact through sustainable living.

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