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16 Awesome Things to Do in Auckland this Weekend

By Hana Okada - 08 Mar 2018

16 Awesome Things to Do in Auckland this Weekend

Hurrah—the weekend is just around the corner and we’re here to fill up that calendar with all these fabulous things to see and do around our beautiful city. It’s looking like a fun-filled weekend as the Auckland Arts Festival and the French Film Festival kicks off, and your stomach will be well-looked after with delicious foodie delights wherever you are in Auckland! There’s no time to waste, it’s time to round up the crew and plan for a totally awesome weekend ahead.

All Weekend

House of Mirrors

It’s the first weekend to immerse yourself in this absolute selfie-fest meets real-life optical illusion! Constructed from a whopping 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of glass, this is the carnival maze brought to another level. This mesmerizing attraction comes to the Festival Playground at Silo Park as part of Auckland Arts Festival. Prepare to get lost in this open-air installation will truly surprise you around every corner, using Auckland’s beautiful backdrop for an experience like never before!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter
When: Thursday 8 March—Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here.

French Film Festival

France knows a thing or two about food, art, wine and even movies! The much-loved French Film Festival is back for another season of French flicks to transport you into a whole new world. From tear-jerkers, laugh-out-loud comedies, to inspirational documentaries and everything in between, you’re bound to find something out of the ordinary to fall in love with. Language is no barrier to the laughs, cries and oh-so-relatable moments in these hand-picked French films.

Where: Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna and Rialto Cinemas Newmarket
When: Friday 2 March—Wednesday 21 March
For more info, click here

Mela—The Great Indian Carnival

This weekend marks the beginning of a whopping 90 day carnival to bring Indian culture to life right here in Auckland! Meander through the variety of stalls with a host of Indian food and drink, henna, jewellery and clothes! There’ll be a dedicated entertainment room for kids, featuring Indian carnival games, a jumping castle and traditional card and board games! Exhibiting two shows daily and more than 180 performances from performers all around the globe, there’s no bad day here at Mela!

Where: Todd Triangle, New Lynn
When: Friday 9—Thursday 31 May
For more info, click here.

1984

We all know this dystopian classic for its eerily accurate depiction of the future that has become our reality. This literary masterpiece is brought back with a modern twist by UK theatrical innovators Headlong as part of the Auckland Arts Festival in a smash hit stage adaption. This dynamic and sharply political theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s cautionary tale comes to the New Zealand stage after three hugely successful West End seasons and its current run in Broadway. Don’t miss this malevolent and chilling presentation of Orwell’s novel-turned-reality.

Where: ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 9 March—Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here.

Friday 9 March

Bluff Banquet

Bluff Oyster season is in full swing and Regatta Bar & Eatery is hosting a Bluff Banquet to celebrate! This banquet lunch features all you can eat natural bluff oysters, as well as chef creations like oyster sabayon with champagne foam, and charred pickled pearl onion and parsley crisp. There will be a live oyster shucking smack bang in the middle of the restaurant, so you can walk up and slurp up your oyster as soon as they’re opened! You may be drooling at the thought, but if your company of choice is one of those crazy oyster haters, no fear! The banquet will feature a load of other dishes from both the land and sea. You’ll even score champagne on arrival as a cherry on top!

Where: Regatta Bar & Eatery, Takapuna
When: Friday 9 March
For more info, click here.

The Aperol Garden

For one month only, the beautiful Deck at Ostro is transforming into an Aperol experience to say “cheers!” to our fave summer drink. Complete with an Italian inspired garden and a perfect menu to match the orange drink of our dreams, it’s all hands on deck! Nab a ticket for $40 to get the whole Aperol experience, where you’ll meet an Aperol ambassador for a how-to on making the perfect spritz, be treated to a tasting platter and of course, an Aperol spritz of your own!

Where: Deck at Ostro, Britomart
When: Friday 9 March—Wednesday 14 March
For more info, click here

Neil Finn—Out of Silence

From his start in Split Enz, through to the leadership of the iconic Crowded House and finally his distinguished solo career, Neil Finn has been part of every New Zealander’s musical experience one way or another. His new album Out of Silence was recorded over a four-hour session in his Auckland studio, and Auckland Arts Festival is bringing you the world premiere of a live presentation of the album! Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and arrangements by an impressive line-up of special guests, this will truly be a sublime night with a New Zealand musical icon.

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter
When: Friday 9 March—Saturday 10 March
For more info, click here

Saturday 10 March

Auckland Cup Week | Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day

Head to Ellerslie Racecourse this weekend for part two of Auckland Cup Week—aka Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day. Arguably the most prestigious day on New Zealand’s racing calendar, it’s a chance to dress up and cheer on the best thoroughbred horses in the country. Our advice? Go hard or go home—it’s the last event on Ellerslie’s calendar before winter festivities. Live it up in the sell-out precincts on the course and stick around for the on-site after-party.  

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Ellerslie
When: Saturday 10 March, from 10.30am
For more info, click here.

Let’s Brunch Weird Together

Auckland’s brunch scene leveled up when Lula’s Bottomless Brunch came knocking, and this weekend they’re turning up the tempo even higher! You’ll be jumping out of bed making a beeline for this unreal brunch occasion. Kicking off at 11am, Lula’s is clearing the tables to make way for two hours of bottomless brunch grazing tables and bottomless mocktails, mimosas, prosecco and Bloody Mary’s! All day entertainment will be provided by Weird Together, DJ Brazuka and DJ Hamish Crocker for a weird, wonderful and boozy brunch of your dreams.

Where: Lula Inn, Viaduct
When: Saturday 10 March
For more info, click here

Kumeu Show 2018

The 96th Annual Kumeu Show is back for some fun for the whole family! Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into the hustle and bustle of the world champion axemen, highland dancing competition, vintage tractors, shearing competition and even a giant pumpkin competition! Though you might not excel in any of these, you’ll find loads of entertainment, rides, animals, and food galore to keep the whole family well-entertained!

Where: Kumeu Showgrounds, Kumeu
When: Saturday 10 March—Sunday 11 March
For more info, click here.

HIIT Workout and Breakfast Charity Event

Both HIIT and breakfast bowls have become part of every Auckland fitspo’s weekend routine. What if we told you that Health Nut Kitchen is bringing both together and all for a good cause?! Yep, Health Nut Kitchen is hosting a breakfast fitness event with all profits going to the Child Cancer Foundation! Get that heart rate going with Health Nut’s fitness guru Luke Clarke for a 45 minute HIIT session—it’s suitable for all levels, so you’ve got no excuse! It will be followed by a nutritionist designed breakfast bowl of your choice to refuel, as well as a very well-deserved fair trade organic People’s Coffee! Start your weekend off the right way and get sweaty for a super good cause!

Where: Ellen Melville Centre, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 10 March, 8am—9:45am
For more info, click here.

Dinner at French Bay

This is one street food line-up you won’t want to miss! French Bay Yacht Club knows how to keep an Aucklander happy with a street food spectacular with a range of food trucks we all know and love serving up their lip-smacking goodness. What’s more, French Bay will have you covered on the bevvie front with beer, wine, and ciders for you to sip on with an epic view to boot! The foodie line-up includes Mama Tahina, Peach’s Hot Chicken, The Rolling Pin, Otherside, Little French Pastry, and The Brulee Bike for an epic feast—how many courses will you indulge in?

Where: French Bay Yacht Club, French Bay
When: Saturday 10 March, 5pm—9pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 11 March

Anno Domini

Following two sold-out summer runs on Auckland Art Gallery’s East Terrace, this epic rooftop party is back for one special show. Get ready for the dance of the summer, with tunes provided by international acts Moodymann, DJ JNETT and Or:la, as well as local party heroes Friendly Potential providing the resident’s touch from kick-off. Mixing together great food, music and drink, Anno Domini has become a much-anticipated event in the Aucklander’s calendar. Get ready to dance the night away!

Where: Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 11 March, 2:30pm—9pm
For more info, click here.

MELT Sundae Sessions

New Zealand Natural is becoming every dessert lovers’ dream destination. With award-winning ice cream, live music and THAT waterfront view—this is Auckland’s coolest place to be this Sunday. Indulge your Sunday away with made-to-order donut sandwiches with lashings of your fave sauce, ice cream sandwiched between giant macarons, and the signature MeltShake with three (!) scoops of ice cream of your choosing. There’ll be a live DJ spinning the latest tunes, and get ready for the Sundae Trivia Session going down at 2pm to win a free round of ice cream!

Where: MELT, 137 Quay Street
When: Sunday 11 March
For more info, click here

Sunday Sessions

Tiger is bringing you the epic Sunday session you’ve been waiting for, right by the Viaduct Waterfront! It’ll be full of sweet sounds, good eats and drinks galore on the deck at cool vibe masters White & Wong’s. This weekend Majorie Sinclair will have the decks well-covered, while you enjoy an exclusive Tiger menu including Tiger Shuttles, Tiger Buckets, Froze Cocktails and more!

Where: White & Wong’s, Viaduct
When: Sunday 11 March, 3pm—7pm
For more info, click here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

It’s regarded as Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece and rightly so! Bringing together hilarious comedy and beautiful poetry, the 400 odd years since its inception is no barrier to the brilliance of The Bard. Presented to you by the Pop-up Globe Buckingham’s Company, this new production fuses spectacular Jacobean costumes, the lyrical poetry of Shakespeare and Maori folklore and language for a wonderful production full of side-splitting laughs. Whether it’s your first or 100th Pop-up Globe production, be prepared to be transported into the magical experience of seeing Shakespeare in the space for which they were written.

Where: Pop-up Globe, Ellerslie
When: Sunday 11 March, 2pm—4:45pm
For more info, click here

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