Explore Esplanade Day promises a day of family fun and adventure

Published on 21 February 2024

Photo shows people sitting under the shade.

The Victoria Esplanade is set to come alive with laughter, adventure, and family-friendly fun with Explore Esplanade Day returning on Sunday 3 March.

You can look forward to more than 25 stalls, 20 food vendors, and two stages of entertainment, all happening from 10am to 3pm.

Head of Events, Luke McIndoe, says this event is a favourite among young families.

“This day of the year is always one of the biggest and most fun events for kids. We get thousands of people come along for a day of outdoor adventure in the beautiful Victoria Esplanade.”

Stalls, food trucks and activities will be scattered right across the Esplanade and there will also be live music and entertainment for the whole whānau to enjoy, with two stages situated at the Rose Garden and the playground area.

The KaRs (The Kane and Regan show) are back by popular demand and will be bringing their fun and unique take on music, comedy and performance to the stage. Other performers include Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show, a favourite musical-comedy troupe, and some local community groups like the IPU drum team and Samba ao Vento.

Mr McIndoe says there’s a wide variety of stalls for people to browse or stop by and take part in an activity.

“Some of the activities include face painting, tree climbing and bouncy castles. And on this special day, free minigolf and free train rides will be available for everyone to enjoy from 10am to 3pm.”