You don't have to be big to be beautiful, according to Circus Aotearoa ringmaster Damien Gordon.

The circus swings into action at the lakefront today and while it might be smaller than many, this circus had plenty of thrills, he said.

"People will enjoy the intimacy of the show and personality of the performers. We are not just faceless people doing spectacles.

"The people who show you to your seats and who serve your candyfloss are the people who, next minute, you will see performing in the ring," he said.


While animal entertainment has well and truly had its day, aerial antics have not.

According to reviews, the Aotearoa Circus is gobsmacking, and enthralling with body bending trapeze acts, silk acrobatics, group acrobatics, clowns and juggling.

Perfect timing for school holidays, this is wholesome, animal-free entertainment at an affordable cost.

"It's a real fun and enjoyable family-friendly show that people from 3 years to grandma will enjoy. It's a real pleasant day out," said Mr Gordon.

What: Circus Aotearoa
Where: Lakefront Reserve
When: Today until Tuesday
Tickets: Box office sales from 10am. Ph (021) 481 519 for text bookings or buy tickets at the door.