A secret cinema pops up in Viaduct Harbour for Matariki

We’re in the midst of the Matariki, the Māori New Year, and celebrations are in full swing. With everything from food festivals to music events, these mid-winter festivities have brought a number of exciting events to Auckland, and it’s only fitting that they draw to a close in style. Cue this one of a kind, secret cinema experience that’s set to lure us down to Viaduct Harbour.

The Viaduct has collaborated with filmmaker and renowned storyteller Pita Turei to screen a selection of Turei’s own inspiring documentaries, all chosen due to their nautical, Auckland waterfront themes. Hotu Painu, for example, encompasses the bombing of Greenpeace vessel The Rainbow Warrior while Kupe — Voyaging by the Stars, follows Northland building contractor Hekenukumai ‘Hector’ Busby, as he leads the construction of a double-hulled canoe back to Rarotonga.

Lalele Organic Gelato and  Good Karma Coffee will be on site serving their delicious wares, including a special Kawakawa flavour conceived by Lalele, especially for the event. Fancy something a little more robust? A delicious medley of juicy burgers and cinema snacks will be delivered right to your very own in-cinema bean bag, courtesy of the culinary creatives at Fokker Bros. A free event for all ages, this feast for the senses experience is serving up the best excuse for a midweek night out. For more information and to RSVP, email or click here.

The documentaries will be showing each night at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm this Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th July. Complimentary gelatos or hot drinks will be offered to the first ten RSVP emails (two drinks or two gelatos per email).

Matariki Secret Cinema

Viaduct Harbour
95 Customs Street West
Auckland CBD


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