Why was the 2019 NZ Tattoo postponed?

A decision was made to postpone the April 2019 NZ Tattoo following the March 2019 terrorist attack in Christchurch. It was determined that hosting an event of this nature featuring military gunfire and explosions, so close to such a traumatic event was inappropriate. Additionally, there were hightened security concerns surrounding events and festivals throughout the country at that time. 

The new date of 4 April 2020 will honour New Zealand’s Defence Force heroes. Significant consideration was given to the timing of the postponement and we have the full support and commitment from the Chief of Defence Force to proceed with our planned 2020 NZ Tattoo. 

Were refunds provided for the 2019 show?

Ticketholders were offered a full refund through Ticket Direct.

Why is the 2020 show one night, when it was previously two nights?

Feedback from performers, the community and prior ticket sales all indicated strong support for a Saturday night performance, so we have condensed the show to a single night.

When do 2020 NZ Tattoo tickets go on sale?

All previous ticket purchasers to the 2019 NZ Tattoo will have an exclusive priority access period to purchase equivalent tickets for the 2020 NZ Tattoo from 16 – 30 September 2019. The public release date is 1 October 2020. 

What time can I get into the Arena?

Gates Open: 4:30pm  

Show Starts: 6:30pm  

Running Time: 100 mins (approximately)


Can I bring food and drinks?

You can bring in a small amount of home prepared food and drinks for personal use. No glass or alcohol are permitted inside the Arena. Please click here for a full list of restricted items.


Where can I pick up my tickets?

Collection prior to event day from Central Energy Trust Arena office, ground floor Grandstand - 8am- 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Collection from Gate 1 Waldegrave Street on the day.


Do I need a ticket for my infant?

Under 2's are free on lap and do not require a ticket.


What facilities are available for the disabled?

There is a limited amount of disabled seating available for this event located in the main Grandstand and on the Embankment. Disabled seating must be purchased through the venue directly. Please contact 06 356 1505 for assistance.

Disabled parking is available in the internal car park of the venue, on a first in, first served basis. Entry into the internal car park is via Gate 1 on Waldegrave Street

Disabled toilets are located on the Concourse (Level 1 of the Grandstand building)