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19 Wondrous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 06 Apr 2017

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Colder days have certainly decided to make an appearance, much to our despair! Staying in at home in PJs all weekend might sound very tempting, let’s be honest—Auckland weekends are just too good to be doing that!

Boredom simply is not an option this weekend, ‘cause it looks like one packed full of activities exclusive to this weekend that you just can’t miss out on. Get planning—free concerts, wine tours, tattoo parties, and endless markets all await your arrival this weekend!

All Weekend

Wine & Food Tours

A match made in heaven! Celebrate all of Matakana’s gems in this original tour, with a whopping three vineyards and two food stops all in one day! Wineries you could have the pleasure of visiting, include Ascension Wine Estate, Brick Bay Wines, Ti Point Vineyard, as well as visits to food producers of cheese, chocolate, honey and oyster!

Where: Matakana Style, Matakana
When: Saturday 1 April—Monday 1 May, 11am—5pm
For more info, click here

African Film Festival

Expand your horizons and delve deep into African culture this weekend. Learn about the great Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, the African take on the after-life, issues arising from cross-cultural relationships and being transgender, all in an African context. These diverse and thought-provoking films will transport you into another world, all in the space of a couple of hours of breathtaking cinematography.

Where: Rialto Cinema, Newmarket
When: Friday 7 April—Sunday 9 April, various sessions
For more info, click here. 

Friday 7 April

The Great Auckland Flash Party

If you’ve been thinking about getting some new ink, this just might be the perfect event for it. Some of the most creative and diverse tattoo talents at Sunset Tattoo and internationally, are coming together for this two-day event of killer spontaneity. Hundreds of stunning line drawings will be ready to be tattooed at equally stunning prices—first in, first serve!

Where: Sunset Tattoo, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 7 April—Saturday 8 April, 11am
For more info, click here

Pop Skip Jump

Feel like a kid again and skip to your heart’s content… in a nine metre skipping rope? Yes, really! Join Auckland Skipping Club and take a turn swinging the ropes or just jump-in and get the heart rate going. No skill required and they even say you can’t make a mistake! This annual series of pop-up art projects are made by Aucklanders, for Aucklanders to make unexpected experiences in the city, and this is your chance!

Where: Wynyard Quarter, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 7 April, 5pm—5:30pm
For more info, click here.

Te Atatu Night Market

Making dinner on a Friday night is totally overrated, we say! Hit up the season finale of these fabulous markets for the best street food fix you could ask for, with food truck masters like Temaki Truck, Coreano, Double Dutch Fries and Stumpy’s Pizza plus so many more making an appearance! You’ll be spoilt for choice, and you can walk your full stomach off while looking at all the handmade stalls on offer.

Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, Te Atatu Peninsula
When: Friday 7 April, 5pm—9pm
For more info, click here

Wellbeing Night Market

Head down to the wonderful ‘burb of Mt Eden for a post-work wind down, with entertainment, food trucks, market stalls and even crafts for kids big and small at the Wellbeing Night Market! Held by Changing Minds, a support service helping people access mental health and addiction services around New Zealand, this is one feel-good night for your mind and tummy!  

Where: Changing Minds, Mt Eden
When: Friday 7 April, 6pm—9pm
For more info, click here

New Zealand House & Garden Tours 2017

You know all those beautiful, elaborate homes in New Zealand House & Garden you just can’t help lusting over? This is your time to experience them in person and raise money for breast cancer! Get some serious house inspo on the final leg of this nationwide tour, of seven to nine breathtaking houses around Auckland. The Hub will be open as the heart of the tour, with food stalls and tour bags galore!

Where: Jubilee Hall, Parnell
When: Friday 7 April, 8:30am—5pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 8 April

Takapuna Beach Easter Carnival

Although you don’t need any excuse to eat chocolate, here’s one anyway! Bring the family along to this giant Easter egg hunt throughout Takapuna and complete challenges, and afterward, hit up the food stalls, live music and interactive shows for the kids! Get dressed up and even win Easter goodie bags!

Where: Hurstmere Green, Takapuna
When: Saturday 8 April, 1pm—5pm
For more info, click here

The Jordan Luck Band

Iconic New Zealand band The Jordan Luck Band (The Exponents) is performing a FREE one-off show in Auckland City! Yep, that’s right—FREE! Music will be kicking off at 5:15pm, but make sure you get there early, ‘cause there’ll be food trucks galore to get you ready for all the dancing you’ll be doing! 

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 8 April, 5pm—7:30pm
For more info, click here

Chromacon Indie Arts Festival

A creative mind’s dream—more than 100 local creators, illustrators, comic designers, animators and other creatives come together under one roof to celebrate indie arts. Meet the creators, get your best questions ready for the Q&A’s and artist talks, and even watch live paintings and drawing demonstrations. Immerse yourself in visual art and design, whilst supporting New Zealand’s very own homegrown creatives at this free event.

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 8 April—Sunday 9 April, 10am
For more info, click here

Market Day

Experience the fun of soap box racing at the 10th anniversary for the largest soap box event, with loads of market stalls, hot food trucks, and even entertainment! Forget the weekly family cinema trips (even when nothing good is on), and head along to Stanmore Bay for a classic fair day!

Where: Stanmore Bay Reserve, Whangaparaoa Penninsula
When: Saturday 8 April, 9am—2pm
For more info, click here

Your Life And How To Make The Most Of It

David Correos will show you the ropes of how to live your best life… or so he thinks. Dubbed an ‘interactive trainwreck’, you’ll just have to be there to find out how David will improve your life in less than an hour. This unique, strangely heartwarming comedy is not to be missed!

Where: Basement Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 8 April, 8:30pm—9:30pm
For more info, click here.

Mt Eden Village Craft Market

Get ready to come home with bags full of lovingly handcrafted hand-painted terrariums, kauri cheese-boards, herbal ointments, kids’ wear and so much more! Lots of original and creative works to discover, you’ll no doubt come out with something special, there really isn’t anything like handcrafted gifts!

Where: Mt Eden Village Centre, Mt Eden
When: Saturday 8 April, 10am—4pm
For more info, click here

Slow Art Day

Gallery visitors, on average, look at a piece of art for a mere 15 seconds, and we’re sure guilty of it too. Forget slow news days, it’s Slow Art Day! Focus on the art of seeing, to celebrate the joy of looking at, and appreciating art. Get up close and personal with a selection of art, and be captivated by colour and texture, grab a cup of tea, and even speak to some curators of the exhibit.

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain
When: Saturday 8 April, 2pm—4pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 9 April

Sabato Easter Market Day

Known for the best of the best of imported and local artisan Italian goodies, you know this special Easter market from Sabato has got to be a good one. Avid cheese lovers, this one’s for you—they’re cracking a whole wheel of Vacche Rosse Parmigiano Reggiano, an incredibly special cheese made from red cows! Pretty much cheese heaven, but it doesn’t stop there! There’ll be gourmet food trucks, fresh produce and fresh bread and Easter treats in-store!

Where: Sabato, Mt Eden
When: Sunday 9 April, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here.

Te Atatu Peninsula Artisan & Handmade Market

Us Kiwis sure have a knack for creativity, and here you’ll find an abundance of it! Expect stalls and stalls of jewellery, hand-poured soy candles (swoon!), toys and traditional handcrafts. Don’t expect to rush out of there so soon, either—there’ll be plenty of space to chill out on the village green, after grabbing a coffee from one of the fabulous eateries just a hop and a skip away from the markets!

Where: Te Atatu Peninsula Library, Te Atatu Peninsula
When: Sunday 9 April, 9am—1pm
For more info, click here.

Alberton Market Days

This totally stroll-worthy market has all the goods—artisan stalls, a pop-up tearoom, fresh produce as well as locally made crafts! Set amongst the Alberton heritage building, the beautiful surroundings will be enough to get you excited! Food on offer will be on a next level too—an old-fashioned ice cream cart, fresh juice from Living Juice, Hungarian fried bread, Ethiopian cuisine and so much more.

Where: Alberton, Mt Albert
When: Sunday 9 April, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here.

Crystal Visions Holistic Craft Market

Wondering where the best place is to start your Autumn-cleaning (totally a thing!)? Yourself, of course! Nurture your mind, body and spirit at this unique mindfulness market. Try something new, learn about your past or look into your future, with tarot readings, clairvoyant readings, magnetic readings and access consciousness healing sessions! Not your average market, and one that might change your life…

Where: Orewa Community Centre, Orewa
When: Sunday 9 April, 10am—3pm
For more info, click here.

Devonport Craft & Fine Food Market

Something that is particularly special about markets, is that you get to buy from the people that put all their heart into making it! Do exactly that in Devonport, and find some unique and high-quality handmade crafts and locally produced food, like handmade cheese, locally grown and pressed olive oil, and handmade pickles and jams. It’s a Shore thing!

Where: Devonport Community House, Devonport
When: Sunday 9 April, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here

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Image Credit: Judge Bao at the Te Atatu Night Markets

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