Can you believe that it’s November already?! We can't, that’s for sure. With just over eight weeks until Christmas, we need to be making sure that the time in between is time well spent. Well, aren’t you glad that we’re in your lives?
We have saved you the time-consuming and somewhat stressful task of deciding what to do when you have precious time off. With food festivals, Christmas fairs and an array of international and local music gigs on offer, the ‘I’m bored’ or ‘there’s nothing to do’ lines, won’t work with us, sorry.
Melbourne Cup Day | 1st November
Back for another iconic year and expected to showcase even more fashion, racing and action, Melbourne Cup Day is definitely the racing day of the year. Grab a glass of bubbly and keep those fingers crossed as your horse (hopefully!) takes the win! Click here for the best places to watch the action.
Cactus And Succulent Fair | 4th — 6th November
Possibly one of the most popular trends to come out of 2016, cacti and succulents have taken the world by storm. Coming in different shapes and sizes (sometimes phallic!) and with little upkeep, they are the perfect plant for those who are often found guilty of neglecting their poor, potted friend. Grow your collection at this specialised show and fair this November.
Ronan Keating | 4th November
Irish sweetheart and ex-Boyzone lead singer, Ronan Keating, has produced some iconic anthems and guilty pleasures in his time. Witness the superstar in Auckland this November as he performs some of his greatest hits alongside his new, anticipated album. Get ready to ride that rollercoaster and hope that tomorrow never comes!
Anika Moa At Hallertau Brewery | 5th November
Join New Zealand’s very own songstress, Anika Moa, as she takes to the stage at Hallertau Brewery’s own beergarden in aid of KidsCan. Set in gorgeous, family-friendly surroundings, this event is perfect for enjoying premium ales and beers while listening to the sweet sounds of Miss Moa. Get the deets here.
Te Matuku Oyster Festival | 5th November
What could be better than Oysters on Waiheke Island? Nothing. Exactly. Hop on a ferry and get yourself over to Te Matuku Oyster Festival this November. With celebrity chef demonstrations, glasses upon glasses of wine and a whole lot of oysters, it’s the perfect day out for those who appreciate the finer things in life.
A Conversation On Making A Murderer | 9th November
Capturing audiences globally, Making A Murderer was one of the most talked about series, ever. With controversy from the get go, many were left divided on opinions of Steven Avery. Giving audiences the chance to listen to Stephan’s main attorneys in a live setting, this tour will answer a lot of unanswered questions and deliver an in depth look into the American justice system.
AUT Rookie Fashion Show | 9th November
Forget Paris and Milan fashion week, it’s all about AUT Rookie 2016. Showcasing collections from AUT’s top, final year, fashion students, the show will give the students the chance to truly experience of the intense fashion industry. With past students going on to own their own labels, open their own stores and win awards, this show truly represents the pure talent behind our Kiwi kids.
Bombay Sapphire Project Botanicals | 9th — 20th November
After a sell-out debut last year, Project Botanicals is back with its unique dining and drinking experience. This two week pop-up event gives gin lovers the opportunity to enjoy a specially crafted cocktail menu alongside perfectly paired dishes inspired by the magic behind the blue bottle.
The Federal Street Festival | 11th — 12th November
The Federal Street Festival is back and better than ever! The fest showcases Federal Street’s best restaurants with a wide display of dishes and tasters alongside an array of family-friendly activities. Kicking off with a party and celebration on the Friday night and continuing on Saturday with food stalls galore, this is a November must-do!
General Collective + Scandinavian Christmas Market | 12th November
Getting you in the festive spirit and joining forces for the first time, the General Collective Market and the Scandinavian Christmas Markets are giving visitors the chance to wander the stalls...all under the same roof! With offerings of gifts, handmade products and, of course, Christmas knick-knacks, you’ll be sure to pick up something at one of the 250 handpicked stalls. Click here for info.
Peter Pan | 12th — 26th November
Sprinkle that fairy dust and take a trip to Neverland with the cast of Harlequin Musical Theatre this November. Delighting audiences for generations, this timeless show is full of magic, music and wonder. Bring the whole family and book your seats for a mesmerising adventure across the skies.
Auckland Retro Fair | 13th November
Step back in time at Auckland’s Retro Fair held at Alexandra Park Raceway. Pick up antique trinkets, classic vinyl and timeless furniture, alongside lighting, books, clothing and collectables. Get ready to dig out a bargain or two and find something to take your home or wardrobe to the next level. Trust us, you’ll want to buy everything.
Bike The Bridge | 13th November
Secure your helmet, perfect that pedal-power and enter the Bike The Bridge this November. Raising money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, this event is perfect for all levels and is a great way to have fun and showcase such an awesome charity. Ride over Auckland’s own Harbour Bridge and take in the outstanding views of our awesome city!
Run In The Dark | 16th November
Join more than 50 cities worldwide as people take to the streets for the global running event, Run In The Dark. Wear your flashing red armband with pride and run either 5k or 10k around the streets of Auckland. Raising awareness for paralysis, this is a fun way to join a great, worldwide cause. Also, it’ll be dark, so no one can see your sweaty, red face. Win win!
Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards | 17th November
Celebrating the best in Kiwi music, the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards is a night of live performances, achievements and unbelievable Kiwi talent. Hosted by Jono and Ben, the night is set to come plenty of laughs alongside well-deserved wins and proud-as-punch Kiwi music.
Gibbs Sculpture Farm | 17th November
Take a rare opportunity to visit this iconic and remarkable property this November. Gibbs Sculpture Farm features magnificent sculptures from a wide variety of artists amongst the stunning 400-acre landscape. Make a day of it as you explore these jaw-dropping features. Prepare for a whole lotta selfies, people!
Fiesta Del Sol | 19th November
The brains behind Highlife and Villa Maria Winery’s have come together to create Fiesta Del Sol, a European-inspired event celebrating the highly anticipated start of summer! This summer session gives you the chance to party amongst the vines to a killer line-up of DJs and soak in the sun while enjoying a great selection of food, booze and performances.
Faulty Towers Dinner Show | 25th November - 17th December
Faulty Towers is the classic, comedy-filled TV show that has been entertaining generations for years, and now, you can experience the adventures and mishaps of Basil Faulty in real life! With favourite characters Sybil, Manuel and, of course, Basil making an appearance, you’ll be laughing the whole way through this dinner theatre experience.
TLC | 26th November
We hope that you’re ready, Auckland—TLC is coming this November! With chart-topping hits such as ‘No Scrubs’, ‘Waterfalls’ and ‘Creep’ filling airwaves and party playlists for years, the girls sure do know how to get everyone singing and dancing along. Join them for one night only at Auckland’s very own Vector Arena. We’ll see you there!
Nelly | 29th November
Making his way to Auckland this November, Nelly will be performing his hip-hop hits and rap classics at Vector Arena. With the likes of ‘Dilemma’, ‘Ride Wit Me’ and ‘Just A Dream’ under his belt, ticket holders are sure to be in for a throwback treat. Don a plaster on your cheek and remove as much clothing as you dare as you lose your voice to the familiar chants of ‘Hot In Herre’.
Night Noodle Markets | November 30th - 4th December
Think authentic curries, delectable dumplings, lip-smackingly good grilled bbq meat and, of course, everyone’s fave, noodles. Now that we’ve got you hungry, it’s time to head over to Victoria Park (Beaumont St end) for Auckland’s very own Night Noodle Market. With stalls galore, entertainment and licensed booze, it’s the perfect foodie stop off.
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Image credit: Te Matuku Oysters