Sat, 27 Feb | Ward Rd & Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana 0985, New Zealand

Auckland Opera Studio Summer Picnic at Matakana 2021

Settle in and let the music envelop you as the evening fades, and the lights come up over the lake. It is truly magical.
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Auckland Opera Studio Summer Picnic at Matakana 2021

Time & Location

27 Feb, 5:30 pm
Ward Rd & Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana 0985, New Zealand

About the Event

If you joined us at our picnic last year, you will be delighted to return for this very special experience in our Matakana garden venue.

Settle in and let the music envelop you as the evening fades, and the lights come up over the lake. It is truly magical.

This year we have another extraordinary group of talented singers.

Amelia Berry, Soprano

Amina Edris, Soprano

Natasha Wilson, Soprano

Paul Whelan, Bass-Baritone

Oliver Sewell, Tenor

Ipu Laga’aia, Tenor

Accompanied by Claire Caldwell

So please do come join us again, (picnic in hand) under the starry skies of Matakana Valley and enjoy what promises to be a very special summer evening presented by the Auckland Opera Studio.


Important details:

The concert starts at 5.30pm, and we expect it will run for approximately 3 hours with a 20 minute interval.

The Opera Picnic gate and parking will open at 4.30pm so you have plenty of time to settle in for your picnic before the concert starts. It is about a 500m walk from the gate over lawn to the picnic concert area so make sure you are mobile and can carry all your provisions.

Free parking is in Ward Road which is immediately on the right just after the narrow bridge on Matakana Valley Road as you head out of Matakana (about 3kms from Matakana). The entrance to the Opera Picnic is directly opposite the parking entrance. 

Bring your own picnic and refreshments/wine, rugs, chairs, whatever you need to be comfortable. The lawn has a slope towards the stage - we recommend rugs and low chairs on the slope, and more upright chairs will be on the flatter area at the top.  We are providing some chairs. You can view the stage from all areas while you enjoy your picnic. 

NO food or drinks are provided on site, but there are plenty of portaloos!

Make sure you bring your printed tickets, or have them ready to scan on your phone. This will help us get you in the gate more efficiently. If you have neither we can admit you by name but this may take longer. 

Bring hats, cardigans or whatever clothing is suited to the evening.

No pets please.

We are very grateful that once again Robin and SImon Barclay have opened their wonderful garden for our picnic. 

Please respect this - do no wander into private areas, and be careful not to damage any plants. 

This is a ZERO waste ZERO impact event so at the end of the night please make sure you take all rubbish home with you.


We appreciate the generosity of Simon and Robin Barclay inviting us into their glorious garden..

If you are also able to make a donation then this would be most appreciated, and will be used for Auckland Opera Studio activity in 2021. To make this donation order your ticket(s) in the 'Ticket AND Donation" ticket line, and you will be donating $50 to Auckland Opera Studio. A Tax Receipt will be issued.

Thank you.

Free for under 16.

Free Parking available. 

Terms and Conditions: 

The Picnic Concert is an outdoor event and may be affected by the weather. The stage is covered but the area for concertgoers is uncovered and open-air. Please note the concert will proceed rain or shine unless the site is deemed by emergency services and concert management to be unsafe . We advise you to come prepared with the appropriate weather gear.

As with all arts events we have a no cancellation terms and conditions of sale policy, no refund or exchange on any ticket is permitted. The Studio may replace the artists at their discretion. 

  • Opera Picnic at Matakana 2021
  • Opera Picnic AND $50 Donation
  • Copy of Natash Wilson Complem

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