Auckland celebrates on Anniversary Day

Nadia Reid performing at St Jerome's Laneway Festival (Jacob Brown / Newshub)
Nadia Reid performing at St Jerome's Laneway Festival (Jacob Brown / Newshub)

A damp start hasn't put Aucklanders off enjoying their Anniversary Day holiday -- in fact, it might be a refreshing change from soaring temperatures.

People have started gathering at vantage points around the city to watch the annual regatta on the Waitemata Harbour.

The event is one of the biggest one-day sailing regattas in the world - a fixture in Auckland since 1840.

A fleet of vessels including multi-hulls and sailing dinghies are expected.

Auckland celebrates on Anniversary Day

Auckland Regatta on HMNZS Wellington (@BattChap)

Tug boats have begun a race around the Waitemata Harbour from Princes Wharf at 10am.

Today is the final day of the Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival, the first event of its kind.

Competitive inter-tribal waka racing has been taking place at Auckland's waterfront for three days.

Hauauru Rawiri, chair of the Mana Whenua Steering Group, says the event is unprecedented "because of all the support of 19 iwi of Tamaki".

He says the event is an "opportunity for iwi of the region to share our culture, to share our kai, to share our songs, to share who we are to the world. Auckland is going to be the launch pad for that."

On land, people have been enjoying oysters and whitebait fritters for lunch at the Seafood Festival.

Aotearoa fisheries are showcasing succulent paua, and foodies are breathing in delicious aromas from the stalls.