So, winter has finally made the decision to get comfy and stay put in this city of ours but that ain’t gonna stop us from getting out and about. Like the months before it, June is set to be jam-packed with all sorts of great Auckland events. From photography, beer and hot sauce festivals to a pop-up ice rink a chance to get down and dirty (not what you think), you won’t run out of things to do this June in Auckland. Annnd, we’re off!
Auckland Festival Of Photography | 2nd — 24th June
New Zealand’s only photographic festival is back for another year to showcase the snap-happy people of Auckland. Held at various venues across the city including Silo 6, The Pah Homestead and Auckland Art Gallery, the Auckland Festival of Photography will bring together artists, academics, curators, students and amateurs to celebrate and showcase the art of photography. There will be workshops (including Sam Harris’ GET Loose on thinking outside the box), exhibitions, talking culture seminars as well an moving Annual Commission by Russ Flatt. Prepare to pick up some serious photo-g inspo.
Queen’s Birthday On Queens Wharf | 4th — 6th June
Staying put over Queen’s Birthday Weekend? Auckland’s spectacular Queens Wharf will be celebrating Lizzie and the best of the UK over the long weekend with music, culture, history and more. This free community event will feature everything from merry-go-rounds and carnival games to decadent high tea experiences, a ‘Scruffs’ dog competition and the annual Queen’s Birthday ‘cake-off’, which will see homemade delights judged by a panel and the winner take home a Farro Fresh hamper. It’s sure to be a smashing event.
Lululemon Britomart Mini Warehouse Sale | 4th June
After the success of their first ever warehouse sale last year, Lululemon will be putting on a mini version at the Britomart flagship store. Expect to find some bargains but be there early—the doors open at 8am and judging by their warehouse sale, it’s going to bring in the masses.
Miss World New Zealand | 4th June
If you’ve ever wanted to witness the glitz and the glam of a Miss World competition, now is your chance! The SKYCITY Convention Centre will be transformed into a stage for the Miss World New Zealand final, where one of the lovely ladies will receive the crown from the Miss World New Zealand 2015 winner Deborah Lambie. Tickets include a dinner and you’re required to wear formal attire but hey—who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up?!
That Bloody Woman | 9th — 26th June
Kate Sheppard’s successful campaign to win the vote for women wasn’t exactly a walk in the park, but she did it. Held at SKYCITY Theatre, That Bloody Woman shows her take on political patriarch Richard ‘King Dick’ Seddon in a kick-ass punk rock 80-minute opera. Originally written by Luke Di Somma and Gregory Cooper, the opera will be full of insight, intelligence and infectious tunes. Show-goers will also be able to pick up a post or pre burger and beer special from Andy’s Burgers & Bar.
All Blacks Vs Wales | 11th June
The mighty ABs will be going head-to-head with Wales on 11th of June and it’s one showdown you don’t want to miss. Eden Park is set to be packed to the gunnels with Kiwis backing our men in black and with a new All Blacks squad in debut, all eyes will be glued to the game. Make sure you dig out your All Blacks jersey and get ready to cheer ‘em on.
The Simunovich Olive Estate Annual Harvest Tour | 12th June
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a day and spend an afternoon relaxing amongst the olive trees at the beautiful Simunovich Olive Estate. Just 40 minutes from Auckland and you’ll be treated to a tour of the estate while learning about the award-wining extra virgin olive oil before taking part in special tastings with freshly baked bread from Bracu. For those who are after an adrenaline rush, there will be a chance to try out the Berretta at Bracu’s claybird shooting range. Afterwards, the tour will be rounded off with a two-course rustic lunch prepared by Bracu’s head chef Mikey Newlands. How’s that for a day out?
The Great Auckland Bike Market | 12th June
If Queen’s ‘Bicycle Race’ is your theme song, then there is only one place you need to be on 12th of June—The Great Auckland Bike Market. The Cloud will be overrun with bike enthusiasts looking to get up close and personal with all kinds of bikes (vintage, mountain, road—you name it!) to suit every budget. BYO bikes and bits to sell or swap, or pick up your next bike from one of the retailers there on the day. There will also be free repair and DIY workshops as well as entertainment, street food, and a chance to try before you buy.
Pacific Dance Festival | 13th — 18th June
A new festival is in town! The Pacific Dance Festival is a showcase of contemporary Pacific dance by Pacific Dance Company New Zealand bringing together talented choreographers from the Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab (2009-2015). Taking place over six days at the Mangere Arts Centre, the festival will see a range of talent take to the stage including a special performance by Le Moana Dance of Fatu na Toto before it heads to San Diego and the International Fringe Festival. Be there.
Health Week | 13th — 19th June
If you get halfway through June and your Junk Free June motivation starts to slip, Britomart’s Health Week will get you back on track. From the 13th to the 19th of June, Britomart will be converted into a health hub featuring guest speakers, free workouts, seminars, cooking classes, financial consultations, limited offers and so much more. It’s seven days devoted to mental, physical and spiritual wellness, which is exactly what most of us need help with during these colder months. Health Week is supported by The Yummy Fruit Company and will help you get leaner, cleaner and greener in no time. Check out the timetable here.
Mt Difficulty Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Pre-Release Dinner | 16th June
Mt Difficult has been around since 1992, so you know they’re going to know a thing or two about producing a top-notch vino. On the 16th of June, you can join the winery’s chief winemaker Matt Dicey on a journey through his award-winning portfolio including the 2013 Long Gully Pinot Noir and 2013 Target Gully Pinot Noir, which are both yet to be released. Held at Euro, the event will feature a five-course degustation designed by executive chef Gareth Stewart with seven wine tastings and is one event any foodie and wine connoisseur won’t want to miss!
Medea | 16th June — 9th July
Watch as two brothers play out the final hour of their lives in a contemporary update of Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy, Medea. Running at Auckland Live’s Herald Theatre, the Silo Theatre production will be led by 9 to 14-year-old boys—marking the first time the theatre has worked with children. Youth acting coach, Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy) will direct these youngins as they pull off roles rarely given to actors of their age. Expect to be wowed as the story of Medea comes to life.
Aotea Square Ice Rink And Ice Slide | 17th June — 24th July
Come out of your winter hibernation and get your skates on at the Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide this June and August. For the fifth year running, the winter wonderland will be in full swing from the 17th of June to the 24th of July with a sparkling ice rink and 35-metre-long ice slide. Set to attract more than 20,000 people, there will be life-sized polar bears, penguins and seals as well as themed weekends, competitions and parties. Don’t miss Wild on Ice from the 18th to the 19th of June that will see $1 for every skater donated to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund. Check out the full programme here.
GABS 2016 Beer, Cider & Food Fest | 18th June
It was named one of the top 20 beer festivals in the world last year and now, GABS 2016 Beer, Cider & Food Fest is coming to Auckland. Started in 2011 by the guys behind The Local Taphouse beer bars in Melbourne and Sydney and Stomping Ground Brewing Co., GABS is a unique celebration of craft beer, good food and great vibes. The ASB Showgrounds will play host to beer bars, food markets, cooking experiences, craft beer chats, giant Jenga, a silent disco and much, much more. It’s must for any beer or food fan. Lock in your tickets here.
A Can For A Coffee | 21st June
Love coffee and looking to do some good? Goodness Gracious are holding ‘A Can For A Coffee’ from 7.30 to 9.30am on the 21st of June where people can trade a can for a silky, caffeine-loaded coffee. All proceeds will be donated to the Auckland City Mission food bank in a bid to help stock the increased need of emergency food parcels. Do some good and get your coffee fix while you’re at it.
Everything Anyone Ever Wanted | 21st — 25th June
Make sure you get yourself a seat for Everything Anyone Ever Wanted at Q Theatre this June. The dynamic theatrical dance work explores the world through a restless and overwhelmed millennial perspective—something every age has witnessed and/or experienced, amiright? Created by award-winning young choreographer, Natalie Maria Clark, the show will merge dance, theatre, projected imagery and an original music score as it deals with issues such as higher housing and education costs, decreased attachment to religion, meaningful life philosophy, addiction to technology and a seriously transient lifestyle. Tickets and more details here.
Love N Stuff | 23rd June — 3rd July
The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) will be delivering comedic gold with Love n Stuff this June. Set at Auckland International Airport, Love n Stuff brings together a cast of 14 actors for a funny and touching love story, attachment and the definition of home. It follows a Muslim engineer called Mansoor and a Hindu doctor called Bindi who live in Sandringham until Mansoor decides to leave after 25 years of marriage. Love n Stuff is guaranteed to pull on the heart strings and induce a few chuckles.
NZ’s First Annual NZ Hot Sauce Festival | 25th June
Last year, Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen hosted the NZ Chilli Eating Championship Final. It was so popular that this year, they’re turning up the fire and introducing New Zealand’s First Annual Hot Sauce Festival. With more than 100 sauces from 13 iconic Kiwi brands, it’s going to be one hot winter’s day. The event will include competitions for chilli eating and homemade hot sauce as well as a chance to try Sweat Shop’s chilli beer, special fiery cocktails and spicy menu. BYO extinguisher.
Highlife Winter Social | 25th June
Who said parties were just for summer? Highlife’s Winter Social is back and taking place on The Wharf this June. Set to raise the bar on last year’s event, this winter party ensures a night of style, glitz, glamour, good people and epic music while partying inside the beautiful venue. There will be an assortment of House, RnB and party jams to keep you boogying throughout the night.
Leo & Lulu | 26th June
Two great voices of British pop will be joining forces for one night only at The Civic on Sunday 26th June. Lulu’s performance of the theme tune from the film To Sit, With Love took her to the top of the charts while Leo Sayer won over fans with The Show Must Go On, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and One Man Band. The two performed in London last year that saw audiences blown away by their on-stage chemistry. Secure your chance to see these legends here.
Tough Guy & Gal Challenge | 29th June — 3rd July
Let’s get muddy! New Zealand’s original mud run series, the Tough Guy & Gal Challenge will have you crawling under barb wire, climbing over nets, crossing wobbly bridges and getting muddy from head-to-toe. With two courses—6km and 12km—it’s suitable for both hard-core tough mudders and rookies. There’s also a chance to be crowned Tough Guy or Tough Girl New Zealand. Let the fastest, muddiest and toughest win!
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Image credit: GABS