Ports of Auckland’s cornerstone community event, SeePort, will look different in 2021.
As a result of COVID-19 impacts, the regular three-day festival will be condensed into one day of port and Royal New Zealand Navy tours and a one-night-only concert and fireworks – the SeePort Concert & Fireworks. The evenings line-up will be fully loaded with local talent, including the renowned Auckland Symphony Orchestra, crowd-favourite White Chapel Jak and others, culminating with Sweet Mix Kids and some of the best fireworks in town!
With the city, harbour and Royal New Zealand Navy's HMNZS Manawanui in view, bring a picnic (or visit one of the many wonderful food vendors) and relax with family and friends as you take in sounds of the strings, wind and percussion. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks finale.
Captain Cook Wharf will also be open to the public from 10am on Sunday 31 January for more family-friendly activities including:
- Behind the scenes tours of the port! Drive right into the heart of the port to see a working port from the inside, big machinery and all! – book your seat now.
- Tours of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s state-of-the-art HMNZS Manawanui, at her first Auckland open day! The diving support, hydrographic and deep-sea salvage vessel will be open between 10am and 4pm (last entry 3pm).
- The Ports of Auckland mini golf course.
- Delicious treats from the 20+ food vendors at the SeePort food alley.
- Watch the Prada cup racing on one of the big screens before the SeePort Concert and Fireworks kicks off.
Ports of Auckland’s SeePort is a celebration of Auckland City’s beautiful waterfront and rich maritime heritage. The family-friendly concert is one of New Zealand’s largest free events, returning in 2021 for its eighth year of seaside fun over Auckland Anniversary Weekend, Sunday 31 January 2021.
Please bring a picnic and something to sit on if you please! Chairs must be low-lying as to not obstruct views for others. Please minimise the amount of glass brought on to the wharf. No dogs (from 4pm) and no lasers allowed on the wharf.
SeePort and the Summernova events will be delivered in line with Government COVID-19 guidelines and advice at the time of the event period. Ports of Auckland and Auckland Unlimited are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will respond to any changing circumstances, as required.
At Alert Level 1, we still need to play it safe. We all need to be ready in case COVID-19 comes back into the community.
To be ready at Alert Level 1:
– Practise good hygiene; cough and sneeze into your elbow, dispose of used tissues immediately in the bins provided.
– Stay home if you’re sick.
– Get tested if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms.
– Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen. Sign in at SeePort and the specific activities using the QR codes available.
– Wash your hands regularly using the bathrooms or hand sanitiser stations available.
– In accordance with the Government’s guidance on public transport, masks or face coverings are required on the SeePort bus tours; no mask, no ride.
You’ll find plenty of affordable, family-friendly fare from our vendors; fill up with a wholesome lunch or cool down with an ice cream (or two!). Our food vendors are using eco-friendly packaging where they can, doing their bit for the environment. Help keep our waterfront tidy by disposing of waste at our recycling stations. Free water stations are dotted around the wharf – BYO bottle and stay hydrated.
From 4pm you may bring your own alcoholic beverages in small quantities to enjoy during the concert. SeePort is a family-friendly event and we encourage responsible drinking. Please minimise the amount of glass brought on to the wharf. No spirits. Anyone found to be intoxicated will be asked to leave the event. Please be considerate of your fellow festival-goers.
The sun in January can be extremely harsh. We do encourage you to wear sunscreen and a hat. Arrived unprepared? We have free sunscreen stations on the wharf for you to use.
SeePort Festival is a smokefree event. No smoking or vaping is allowed anywhere on site.
We are so lucky to have the support of many of our maritime and local partners at SeePort including our major supporting partner, the Royal New Zealand Navy. This year, for the first time, SeePort Concert & Fireworks is supported by Auckland Unlimited (Formally ATEED AND RFA). SeePort is one of the events taking place as part of Summernova Festival, an events and activations festival series developed for summer 20/21.
Our partners help us create a fantastic festival year in and year out – many of which rely on hard working volunteers both at SeePort and out in our communities. Thank you!
Continual improvement in managing sustainable events aligns with the Ports of Auckland’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2025, emissions free by 2040 and waste free by 2040. We aim to be a global leader for sustainability in the port industry.
SeePort is a conscious event. Please help us be a clean event and dispose of any waste in the correct bins (compost, recycling or landfill) or take it home with you.
Over and above our waste minimization and emissions reduction plans, all food vendors must use composting packaging and serve-ware. Water stations are provided for refilling drink bottles.
Ports of Auckland look forward to opening the gates of the red fence and welcoming all Aucklanders on to the port, and want to make it as easy as we can for EVERYONE to enjoy the festivities. We recognise we won’t be perfect, but each year we’re making efforts to be a more accessible event.
As Captain Cook Wharf is usually used for port operations, we’re doing a special wharf sweep to help smooth out the pavement for those who need it. We will have a designated viewing area for those in wheelchairs and their whānau. Please ask at the info booth the easiest way to get to the area and one of our ambassadors will help you out.
There is an accessible drop-off zone on Queens Wharf for those who require it. Unfortunately we cannot offer disabled parking on-site this year.
We’re providing a variety of “chill out zones” for parents with babies (including changing tables) and for those that need a break from the crowds.
New this year is a “skip the line” pass available on request at the info booth. This is for people who for medical reasons may need immediate access to the bathroom (i.e. those with Crohn’s disease, IBS, bladder cancer, pregnancy etc). This is service is based on honesty and kindness. If you don’t need one, please leave them for those that do.
If you have some accessibility requirements we have not covered in the above, please contact [email protected] and we will see how we can work with you to make your experience great or consider your needs in our planning for next year.
SeePort Concert and Fireworks is held on Captain Cook Wharf.
Here is some helpful information on how to get to the event:
Public Transport: Line maintenance is expected on some trains services and bus replacement services may be operating over Auckland Anniversary Weekend so please visit AT Journey Planner for information on public transport.
Fullers Sunday schedule: While we’d love you to stay until the very last musical note and fireworks bang, the last Fullers ferry to Devonport on a Sunday is usually at 10pm. Don’t worry – if you catch this ferry service you’ll most likely still be able to see the fireworks display as you cross the harbour.
Parking: The closest parking can be found at:
• Downtown Carpark. 31 Customs Street West
• Britomart Carpark. 88 Quay Street