Yep, it's another public holiday and, in case you did all the cool things on Auckland Anniversary weekend, we’ve rounded up the 10 best things to do in Auckland this Waitangi Day holiday. Go get ‘em, tiger.
Auckland Council Music In Parks
Ain’t nothing better than live music—especially if it’s enjoyed outdoors. Put on your dancing shoes and head to Hayman Park this Waitangi Day. As part of Music In Parks, Auckland Council are hosting a free outdoor gig that’ll see you dancing your way into the work week ahead. The event features a bit of errything, from reggae to hip-hop and even features some jazzy soul tunes!
Auckland Shakespeare In The Park
There’s something oh-so wonderful (and romantic) about Shakespeare under the stars. Head to Takapuna’s PumpHouse Theatre to see the infamous Romeo and Juliet come to life. The plays are performed in an outdoor amphitheater of the arts centre. Recruit your personal Romeo and BYO blankets and treats. You can catch the show from 7.30pm onwards on Waitangi Day.
Orakei Domain Celebrations
Considering it’s Waitangi Day, it makes sense to celebrate accordingly. This year marks the 178th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty and, to honour the day, Auckland Council have arranged a free community event in Orakei. The day brings all the best food stalls, arts and crafts, and interactive games for the young ones as well as a mobile Treaty exhibition from Auckland Museum.
Auckland Night Markets
We love a good market and Auckland Night Markets are among the best in town. This Tuesday (and every Tuesday thereafter) they’re held at Mount Wellington, under Countdown. While it’s cool to look at all the random knick-knacks for sale, we’re mostly there for the food. We’re talking dumplings, doughnuts and kebabs. Get amongst.
When you wake from your Tuesday morning slumber head to La Fourchette for some of the best French eats in town. This St Heliers’ café serves up all the goodies including toasted muesli, avocado crushed omelettes and mushroom ragu right through to French toast with caramelised banana and a classic croque monsieur. The true battle however, is walking past the aroma of freshly-baked patisseries lining the cabinet—mmm.
Make the most of your day off and catch the ferry over to Waiheke for a long lunch at Poderi Crisci. We can’t think of a better combination than authentic Italian wine, gourmet pasta and an offering of some of the best views in town. The formaggio assagini (cheese platter) makes for the perfect table starter.
Regatta Bar & Restaurant
Fact: food tastes better when a view’s involved. Regatta Bar & Restaurant has stunning views of Takapuna Beach, making it the perfect pozzy to wine and dine your day away. They’re big on things from the sea with the menu featuring beer battered oysters, tuna tataki and king prawns. You can also have your fish any way you like it—pan fried, wood fired or roasted. The best part? There’s no surcharge. Better living, everyone.
The Parasol & Swing Company
With a prime location in the Auckland Viaduct, we can’t think of a better place to lax out this long weekend then at The Parasol & Swing Company. Conveniently located between Soul Bar and Dr. Rudi’s, you’ll find everything from handcrafted cocktails to boutique wines and craft beers. With a California-Singapore fusion inspired menu, we recommend ordering yourself a might fine burger and settling in for the evening.
There’s no better way to celebrate Waitangi Day than with a cold New Zealand brew in hand. And, where better to do this than at 16 Tun? The craft beer bar prides itself on being a “free house”. Translation: Because they’re not controlled by just one brewery, they stock a whoooole lot of beersies from independent Kiwi brewers. Translation: They have the best of the best. Cheers to that!
Oh Bellini, we love you. With more than 130 cocktails to choose from, you’re sure to find something to please your every taste bud. From true classics to signature cocktails and everything in between, grab a seat at this swanky Hilton bar. Boasting the perfect harbour backdrop, we’re thinking we’ll grab a plate of ice cream-stuffed profiteroles and wash them down with an espresso martini or two—bliss.
Image credit: Lydia Arnold
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