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A series of concerts over the next few months will celebrate two of New Zealand’s popular island conservation projects with some great music acts performing in amazing locations.

The Live at the Islands concerts will be held at Urupukapuka in the Bay of Islands and Motutapu in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Thousands of volunteers have worked on these islands over recent years to restore natural vegetation, removing introduced predators and releasing rare native birds back into the wild. Now you can salute their hard work with great music against a backdrop of South Pacific marine scenery!

Take the short ferry ride and arrive as early as you like to swim at the beach and explore the idyllic island. By the afternoon things will start to kick off with refreshments available at the bars, and some of New Zealand’s leading musicians will be taking to the stage. As the sun sets across the water you can slip back to the mainland or party on with an after party on the beach until the last ferry leaves.

URUPUKAPUKA ISLAND - 28 December to 22 January

Urupukapuka is the largest island in the Bay of Islands and with sheltered white sand beaches along its western coast and towering ocean cliffs to the east, it’s pretty amazing. You can take a close look by hiring a kayak for a guided tour of the bays or follow trails over rolling hills to discover secluded beaches, archaeological sites and 360-degree cliff-top views.

The ‘Live at the Islands’ events on Urupukapuka Island will benefit Project Island Song, a major local conservation effort to restore native wildlife to the Bay of Islands.

THE DETAILS
  • 28 and 31 December 2010. Plus 3, 5, 7 and 22 January 2011
  • Ferries will shuttle from Paihia and Russell to the island and back
  • Bookings are essential
  • For details and to buy your tickets visit www.arkpresents.co.nz

MOTUTAPU ISLAND - 12 February 2011

Motutapu Island is a short ferry ride from Auckland city. The island lost its ancient forests to numerous volcanic eruptions that created Rangitoto Island on its western shore but in the valley behind the bay you can see how remaining native forest has been significantly extended thanks to replanting by volunteers.

Motutapu Island and adjoining Rangitoto Island are now free of introduced pests and predators, allowing the release of rare native birds.

For the special one-off Motutapu Live at the Islands concert, an amazing line-up of New Zealand’s leading musicians will provide continuous entertainment until evening. If you’d like to linger longer, after sunset the ZM DJ Afterparty on the Beach will keep you going through to 10pm. Ferries will depart regularly so you can return to the city when it suits.

Live at the Islands - Motutapu will benefit the Motutapu Restoration Trust.

THE DETAILS
  • Saturday, 12 February 2011 from 12.30 to 10.00pm
  • Ferries depart from downtown Auckland and Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa
  • Ferry capacity is limited so book early 
  • For details and to buy your tickets visit www.arkpresents.co.nz

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