A three-day food, wine and music festival returns to Motutapu Island this month


If you’ve ever dreamed of partying on your own private island while the sun goes down, this might be the closest thing you can do there while paying rent in Auckland.

The Island Time Beach Festival is about to once again return to one of the oldest landmasses in the Hauraki Gulf, the beautiful island of Motutapu. Unlike other festivals, you won’t be sitting for hours on a hot bus to get to this one. The only way to get there is by ferry or your own boat and once you get there, a celebration of food, wine and music awaits.

Nestled in the historic Te Pēhi o Manawatere, Home Bay, on Te Motutapu a Taikehu and taking place over four sessions over Auckland’s Birthday Weekend, attendees will be able to dance to local bands like Jordan Luck Band, Sweet Mix Kids, Bontempo and others.

A series of local food vendors will be offering dishes such as Spanish paella, real fruit gelato, classic hot fries and a unique hāngi experience led by local hangi expert, Rewi Spraggon. For those who enjoy a drink, beverage partners include Mumm Champagne, Stoneleigh Wines, Absolut Vodka and Jameson Whiskey.

Island Time is part of a collaboration between Endeavor Live and Ngāi Tai Te Haerenga and as such a portion of ticket sales will go towards the preservation of the island and its unique indigenous inhabitants like the Takahē, Brown Kiwi, Tuturuatu , Tuturuwhatu and Kawekaweau. The event also provides an opportunity to soak up the island’s 178 million year old history, learn from local iwi and help the sanctuary stay pest free, all with a glass in hand. Located directly behind Rangitoto, Motutapu has an incredible history – it was settled by Maori, hosted huge Victorian parties and served as a base during WWII.

The Tahi session will take place on Friday 28th January from 3.45pm to 8.30pm, with the ferry departing from Auckland at 3.15pm. The Rua session will take place the following morning, Saturday January 29 from 11:30am to 4:00pm, with the ferry departing from Auckland at 11am. That afternoon, another sunset session begins, with the Toru Session taking place from 3:45-8:30 p.m. and the ferry leaving at 3:15 p.m. On Sunday January 30, take the kids for Family Day, with Session Whā running from 11.30am to 5.45pm and the ferry leaving Auckland at 11am.

Department of Conservation

Island Time will take place on Friday January 28, Saturday January 29 and Sunday January 30, 2022. Passes are available from $70 for those traveling on their own boat, up to $105, including the Round-trip ferry from downtown Auckland and access to one of four sessions. For tickets and more event information, visit the event website.

Posted on January 17, 2022 by

Sarah Templeton


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