Ummm, helloooo 2015? You’re disappearing faster than we can keep up with! Not to worry though, with two more months before we hit 2016, there are plenty of things to do in Auckland before the year’s out.
From events for foodies, theatre lovers, musos and even the return of New Zealand’s favourite markets, this is your November bucket list, sorted.
Le Noir – The Dark Side of Cirque | 1st – 8th November
In spectacular fashion, award-winning athletes contort and captivate audiences with this thrilling show. Your heart will race, your eyes will light up and you’ll come away with your mind boggling. Get your tickets here.
Audi Season of Guys and Dolls | 1st – 30th November
Shane Cortese takes the leading role in this vintage musical at Q Theatre. In a gamble of love and dice, Auckland Theatre Company ends the season with a bang—this will be one of the best things you can do in Auckland this month. Buy your tickets here.
Robbie Williams | 3rd November
Let HIM entertain you in Robbie Williams’ first Auckland concert in 12 long years. His Let Me Entertain You show will be held at Vector Arena and includes his top hits that will have you off your seat and grooving to the beats. It promises to be a fantastic night with Robbie’s infectious charisma and showmanship. Click here to buy tickets.
Melbourne Cup | 3rd November
Can’t make it to Flemington? Don’t fret because Auckland is hosting glamourous events across the city to make it a day to remember. Get the deets of where to watch the Melbourne Cup in Auckland here.
Hozier | 5th November
What a cracker of a week for music lovers with relative newbie but quickly established Hozier hitting our shores for a concert at Vector Arena. Since ‘Take Me To Church’ went viral, we just can’t get enough of his soulful tunes and this is your first chance to see Hozier in Auckland. Click here to buy tickets.
Taste of Auckland | 5th – 8th November
This is one event no Auckland foodie wants to miss. Suck back some of Depot’s freshly shucked oysters, get up close and personal with your favourite food gurus at Fisher & Paykel’s sessions, or try Gourmet Hangi. It’s all happening. Find out the full line-up and book tickets here.
Hudson & Halls Live | 5th November – 5th December
Before Masterchef and MKR we had Hudson & Halls, the original great gay love story. In this new show, Todd Emerson stars as Peter Hudson and Chris Parker as David Halls…it’s all about great laughs and questionable cooking at the Herald Theatre. Get your tickets here.
AotearoHA Rising Stars | 6th November
Meet the newest and funniest comedians in this hilarious night of stand-up at the Bruce Mason Centre. Hosted by Urzila Carlson, it will be a night of laughter and good fun. Get your tickets here.
Black Grace – Siva | 6th – 7th November
For two shows only, Black Grace comes to Auckland to showcase the very best of Pacific Contemporary dance. To mark their 20th anniversary, Black Grace will present Siva (the Samoan word for dance) in a beautiful show. Tickets available here.
Victoria Park Markets | 7th November
November marks the much anticipated return of Auckland’s Victoria Park Markets. Be part of the new chapter of Victoria Park Markets, shopping for locally produced products as well as jewellery, fashion, and homewares, all the while trying delish foods. This will be an Auckland event you come back to again and again. Find more info here.
Mumford & Sons | 10th November
Three years ago they performed to sell-out crowds throughout New Zealand and in November Mumford & Sons are back in Auckland. With their third album ‘Wilder Mind’ released earlier this year, it promises to be another stellar concert. Want tickets? Yeah you do, click here.
Show Me Shorts Film Festival | 11th November – 2nd December
Celebrating its tenth year, the Show Me Shorts Film Festival is back. Showcasing short films from New Zealand and around the world, the selection is screened at cinemas throughout New Zealand. Find the films and venues here.
In Flagrant | 12th – 21st November
For those who like something a little bit naughty, enjoy a night out with friends (this is not something you want to take your parents to, kapeesh?) at this risqué neo-burlesque show. Tickets available here.
Skycity NZ Breakers | From 13th November
Basketball lovers, it’s time to get your game on and support the Breakers this month. There’s heaps of home games this season at both Vector Arena and the North Shore Events Centre, so there’s no excuse to not get behind them. There’s always fast moves, music and energy that’s almost palpable. For their schedule and to book tickets, click here.
Parnell Festival of Roses | 15th November
Head along to the Parnell Rose Gardens for a ‘country fete’ themed celebration of all things roses. There will be craft and food stalls, games, entertainment and even rose demonstrations. Full deets here.
Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards | 19th November
Put this night on your calendar for one of the best things to do in Auckland because it’s the biggest night of the year for New Zealand music. This is its 50th celebration of Kiwi music and will be hosted by Taika Waititi. There’s a great line up of performers, including Savage, Broods, Gin Wigmore and a special performance from The Exponents. Always a great night out, there will be plenty of celeb watching, both in the crowd and as surprise presenters, so dress up for a night to remember. Get your tickets here.
Fleetwood Mac | 21st and 22nd November
Presenting their On With The Show Tour, Fleetwood Mac are back in Auckland for the first time since 2009. All five original band members will be here for the concerts, performing for a whopping two-and-a-half hours each night. Book your tickets, kids!
Doctor Who – Peter Capaldi In Conversation | 24th November
Doctor Who fans, this is your night! Peter Capaldi comes to The Civic for one night to reveal the secrets behind Doctor Who. He’ll share behind-the-scenes footage and memorable stories as well as take questions from the audience. Book here.
Don McGlashan | 25th – 29th November
One of New Zealand’s favourite singers/songwriters is taking his songs around Auckland this November in five performances of ‘There Goes the Neighbourhood’. Find out more here.
ITHACA | 26th November – 11th December
Based on the epic tale of Homer’s Odyssey, cirque exponents The Dust Palace present a cabaret of skilful performances of love duets, flight and carnal hell on earth. Book now.
Christmas Wonderland | 29th November
By Auckland Indie Markets becomes a Christmas wonderland this November, where you can browse and shop at the stalls to the back drop of live music, elves and even Santa himself. More info here.
Looking for more things to do in Auckland? Here’s our list of 50 Things You Should Have Done If You Live In Auckland.