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15 Extraordinary Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 15 Dec 2016

15 Extraordinary Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

With the days passing by oh-so-quickly, we know that feeling of days filled with frantic Christmas shopping while still trying keep your pre-holiday sanity in check. That's why we've done the hard yards for you to find the best of Auckland this weekend—all you need to do is go and have the best time ever. 

Get your diaries out and get ready for the best weekend ever before the big 'un (Christmas!!)—it looks like it's going to be a stunner. Here's the deets on all things Auckland this weekend: 

All Weekend

Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine | Takapuna

The world’s best storyteller is coming to life in Auckland for the very first time in this mischievous classic. A perfect pre-Christmas wind-down, it’s not just for the little ones, 'cause you’re bound to enjoy it just as much (if not more)!

Where: Bruce Mason Theatre
When: 17 – 22 Dec
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Light Up The Holidays | Tamaki Drive

Not just a night of mini golf, there’s live entertainment, comedy, kids’ activities and of course, a mini golf competition at Light Up The Holidays. Proceeds of this night also go to children’s charity Variety—bring a little light to your night and children in need this weekend.

Where: Lilliputt Mini Golf
When: 15 – 18 Dec
For more information, click here

Let It Snow | Stardome Observatory

Christmas music, laser, lights and special effects! It’s a magical sensory overload at Stardome in this special Christmas show with all the classic tunes. Followed by a 20-minute Christmas Night Sky show, this is a special one that’s not to be missed.

Where: Stardome Observatory
When: 7pm, 15 – 24 Dec
For more information, click here

Christmas Light Show | Pakuranga

Checked off Franklin Road? With more than 55,000 light bulbs dancing to music, get the best viewing spot in your car and tune into 88.1FM to listen to the story of the show or get out and view it up close.

Where: Eastgate Christian Centre
When: 15 – 24 Dec
For more information, click here

Thursday 15 December

Trolleys | Aotea Square

Part of Summer in the Square at Aotea Square, this is a 20-minute outdoor urban dance extravaganza. Starring—you guessed it—five supermarket trolleys! This free performance by The Auckland Dance Company is about to inject some excitement in your next lunch hour.

Where: Aotea Square
When: 12pm and 2pm, 13 – 16 Dec
For more information, click here

Dynamotion Presents: Mia Blonde In Ice Dagger | Q Theatre

Q Theatre is hosting an action comedy of epic proportions; this homage to the Bond series is all about girl power. Double agents, wicked tunes, and subverted stereotypes—this one’s got it all, and its on 'til Saturday!

Where: Q Theatre
When: 6:30pm, 15 – 17 Dec
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Alice Brine—Brinestorm | Basement Theatre

Following sold-out shows in 2015/16, Alice Brine is back with the show that’s the epitome of #nochill. There are elaborate stories to be shared and crazy realisations leaving you wondering for the next couple of days. Brinestorm will have you silently seal-clapping and/or grabbing at your neighbour in pain from laughing too much.

Where: Basement Theatre
When: 8pm, 15 – 16 Dec
For more information, click here 

Perfume Playground Club | Seafarer's

What if we told you you’re about to smell really, really good, and no one can smell the same? Perfume Playground Club is your invite into the world of natural perfumery. Blend your own perfume in a rooftop scent lab to take home, accompanied with a Christmas cocktail or mocktail.

Where: Seafarer’s Members Club Rooftop
When: 6pm, 15 Dec
For more information, click here 

The Shakespeare Revue | Albion Hotel

To be… or nah. Giving you memories of high school English class? Don’t worry, this one’s a bit diff. Making its way from the UK, there’s comic genius from Shakespeare, matched with sketches and song and dance. Don't miss it!

Where: Albion Hotel
When: 15 – 17 Dec
For more information, click here 

Friday 16 December

Carols On The Lawn | Remuera

Clevedon Markets comes to you! We know it can be a little drive away, so Remuera’s Carols on the Lawn is bringing the best of Clevedon Markets along with live music, carols and food stalls. You just bring the family and a picnic!

Where: St Mark’s Anglican Church
When: 5:30pm, 16 Dec
For more information, click here 

Yes Way Rosé! | Warkworth

Brick Bay Wines is introducing their 2016 rosé with a bang. With Glass House Kitchen providing bites and a glass of rosé, you’ll be saying ‘Yes Way, Rosé’ all the way home. Try not to get lost in the beautiful sculpture trail afterward!

Where: Brick Bay Wines and Sculpture Trail
When: 5pm, 16 Dec
For more information, click here 

Sunrise Yoga | Wynyard Quarter

Cleanse away your holiday indulgence with a view at Sunrise Yoga with Bikes and Bends. Get moving and shaking, and summon your inner Zen with views over the harbour… bliss!

Where: ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
When: 16 – 21 Dec
For more information, click here

Saturday 17 December

Strangely Beautiful Australia | Auckland Zoo

So you know how we’re always thanking our lucky stars we don’t get the creatures Aussie does? Now they’re here at Auckland Zoo! Giant stick insects, Eastern snake-necked turtles, redback spiders and more. Put on your best brave face and get up-close and personal with nature's craziest!

Where: Auckland Zoo
When: 17 Dec
For more information, click here 

Sunday 18 December

Sunday Bloody Sunday | Ponsonby Social Club

The weekend isn’t over yet! Find the perfect place in the legendary courtyard at Ponsonby Social Club to farewell the weekend. With spare ribs from Dixie Barbecue and Bloody Mary’s all day long, you won’t be dreading Sundays after all. 

Where: Ponsonby Social Club
When: 2pm, 18 Dec
For more information, click here 

Christmas In The Vines With Sol3 Mio | Villa Maria Estate

We reckon wine, tunes and a night out on the green will ring in Christmas quite nicely. The Sol3 Mio trio is back to bless our ears with their hits, as well as Christmas carols for a perfect night at Villa Maria. Grab your partner-in-wine and get ready for a spectacular night!

Where: Villa Maria Estate
When: 6pm, 18 Dec
For more information, click here 

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