Boredom is not on the agenda this weekend in Auckland, with our fine city delivering some fantastic things to do. The top of our list has to be the return of Broods, following the release of their album in June. Alternatively, if you’re into all things French, head to Remuera on Saturday and there’s still plenty of things to do in Auckland to celebrate Matariki.
Purapurawhetu | Herald Theatre
Telling the story of a young man who works to complete tukutuku panels for a marae when a mysterious old woman arrives to help him, Purapurawhetu is showing at the Herald Theatre this weekend. Written by Briar Grace-Smith, it is a great way to celebrate Matariki. Get your tickets here.
The Pink Floyd Experience | Bruce Mason Centre
For three shows only, The Pink Floyd Experience is coming to New Zealand. Recreating legendary band Pink Floyd’s landmark stadium show, there will be music, staging and special effects. With 20 tonnes of state-of-the-art equipment, sets, lasers, stunning lighting and a spectacular sound system, you can expect an epic night out.
Matariki On The Waterfront | Silo Park
Celebrate tikanga Maori this weekend at Silo Park. There is something for everyone with sounds, lights, DJs, sensational cultural performances and the Mighty Matariki Markets. Friday night will see the enchanting optical experience of ‘The Seven Silos of Matariki’ open the event before DJs rock you into the evening. From 2pm on Saturday, there will be the markets, interactive workshops and craft vendors and, as the sun sets, there will be more light shows and music from Gene Rivers and Lo Key. At midday on Sunday, Matariki will go out with a bang with the markets hosting kite, flag and star workshops, traditional Maori games and—of course—kai!
New Zealand International Film Festival | Various Locations
Movie lovers, rejoice because your favourite time of the year has arrived! The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) brings you awesome movies from around the world and from our own small (but mighty) country. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, while others will warm your heart. See our top ten movies not to miss at the 2016 NZIFF.
Thursday 14th July
Peter Rabbit & Friends High Tea | Howick Historical Village
Head east to Howick and celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter this Thursday. Almost every adult has a fond memory of these furry little characters, so take your sprogs (or borrow someone else’s) and follow the children’s trail, play games and listen to stories in Puhi Nui Homestead. Be sure to get your photo taken with Peter before you leave.
Friday 15th July
Broods | Vector Arena
Finally, the concert we’ve been waiting for comes to Vector Arena this Friday. Following the release of their album, Conscious, last month, brother-sister duo Georgia and Caleb Nott will perform for one night only in Auckland. Free, the first single from the album, was streamed more than two million times in the first two weeks following its release, showing it’s just as good as their first. Grab your tickets here.
Te Korakora On Federal | Federal Street
It’s all go at one of Auckland’s best streets, Federal Street, this Friday as it transforms into a carnival of food, fashion and music. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Matariki at this free street party. There will be delicious Maori-inspired kai and an impressive line-up of performances, including the Patea Maori Club. There will also be a fashion show including Kharl Wirepa, Jeanine Clarkin, and designer and weaver Shona Tawhiao before she travels to be artist in residence at the MET in New York.
Saturday 16th July
Pokemon GO Walk | Auckland Domain
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that since its launch this week, Pokemon GO has been all the rage. It goes even further this weekend as fan page of the app, Pokemon GO New Zealand, has set up a walk. Head along to the Auckland Domain from midday until 4pm and meet other people who are as obsessed with this phenomenon as you. And, here’s how things have changed since Pokemon GO entered our lives…
Ignite the Nights | Rainbows End
Bring fire and lights to your Saturday evening with Ignite the Nights at Rainbows End. Spin through the darkness on the Invader, or plunge into darkness from the top of the Fearfall. This is your favourite theme park, but not as you know it.
Bastille Day Street Festival | Remuera Shopping Village
Celebrate Bastille Day in style from 10am at Remuera Shopping Village this Saturday. There will be a French painting that comes to life with live body art, and those 12 little girls in two straight lines will be there singing French songs. Maison Vauron raclette, Les Crepes de Catherine, croquet monsieur and croissants are just some of the foods on offer.
Sunday 17th July
Dyne Family Trio | Hallertau Brewery
Be a part of Hallertau’s Month of Sunday series this weekend as Paul Dyne (acoustic bass) and Julien Dyne (drums) are joined by Craig Walters (tenor sax) for an afternoon of jazz that will see you easing into your working week more chilled than a sloth on a beach.
After more awesome things to do this month? Here are 21 Rad Things To Do In Auckland This July.
Image credit: Silo Park