U2 to bring The Joshua Tree tour to New Zealand in November 2019

Legendary Irish rock band U2 have announced they will return to New Zealand to play one show in November.

The Joshua Tree tour will see the band play the entirety of their classic album of the same name, more than 30 years on from its original release.

After bringing the tour to the Northern Hemisphere in 2017, the 'With or Without You' hit makers return to Mount Smart Stadium for the first time since their record-breaking 360 Tour nine years ago.

"It's only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and it's great to be able to say that I've finally caught up with the band," Bono said in a statement.

"Doing these shows has been very special for us, a lot of emotion," the front man added.

"From the despair of how relevant some of the dark songs still are, to the joy, pure fun of the staging...it's quite a ride. And now we get to do it all over again."

The band will be supported by former Oasis singer Noel Gallagher's solo project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

"It will be both an honour and a pleasure to share the stage with our friends and comrades once again," Gallagher said.

"It's gonna be a ripper!"

U2 will play Mount Smart Stadium for one night only on November 8 before The Joshua Tree tour continues on to Australia, Singapore, Japan and Seoul.

In a first for any artist performing in New Zealand, all tickets for the show will be paperless, instead delivered to mobile devices 72 hours ahead of the gig.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday June 11.