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50 Things To Do In Auckland This Winter

By Marilynn McLachlan - 08 Jun 2017

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Hello darkness, our old friend. The days are shorter and the temperature has plummeted but it’s not all bad news. A certain charm descends on the city and we no longer need an excuse to wear our pyjamas all day or to load up on carbs.

Whether you’re about hibernation or giving your winter boots a workout, here are 50 things to do in Auckland this winter that will (almost) distract you from missing summer.

  1. If you love the snow but don’t have any holidays left, make your way to SnowPlanet for a ski sesh. 
  2. Eat everything at The House of Chocolate
  3. Grab a coffee. And a cocktail. In the same glass.  
  4. Put Frozen on loop, because the cold never bothered you anyway.
  5. Explore these caves. Because darkness.
  6. Stay mindful and take up origami.
  7. Keep warm beneath hot stones at East Day Spa
  8. Alternatively, ditch the outerwears and float your way to happiness and warmth
  9. Cuddle often. Anyone will do.
  10. Dress to impress and head along to The Winter Social.
  11. Make like the rest of Auckland on a Saturday morning and visit the Matakana Farmers’ Markets and devour a comforting crepe. 
  12. Relearn that instrument you were forced to learn as a kid.
  13. Torment flatties with said instrument.
  14. Who needs mittens when you can hug a bowl of ramen
  15. Wrap up nice and warm, brave the elements and enjoy Auckland’s best weekend walks and hikes
  16. Fill your Facebook feed with complaints about how cold it is in Auckland.
  17. Slap the person who reminds you how much you moaned about the heat a few short months ago.
  18. Enjoy a deconstructed hot chocolate. Who needs someone else to make it, anyway? 
  19. Tame your mane, or—better yet—reinvent yourself at one of these hair salons. 
  20. Marvel at the wintery magic of Aotea Square’s ice rink.
  21. Celebrate Matariki in radiant style at MOTAT's Night Lights.
  22. Invest in a Sunbox to beat the winter blues. 
  23. Jump back into the magical world of Harry Potter with Harry Potter and the Philisopher's Stone in concert. For the first time you can experience a symphony orchestra performing music to the whole film. Amaze.
  24. Kid yourself that you’re on the beaches of Thailand with a culinary trip to Kiss Kiss
  25. Taste all the wines and then find out who’s the best in the Game of Rhones
  26. Get your winter layer on with 50 of the best deep fried dishes
  27. Decorate your home with fairy lights and invite friends and family over for a mid-winter Christmas.
  28. Head to the Auckland Art Gallery for a day of arts and culture. Then head to Albert Park to play in the golden leaves.
  29. Read all the books on your bedside table.
  30. Eat your weight in doughnuts.
  31. Bounce it off here
  32. Get a dog. Those pooches know how to keep you warm.
  33. Get matching outfits…With your dog.
  34. MMMBop back to the 90/s and see Hanson live in concert for their 25th anniversary.
  35. Watch all the shows on Netflix—make sure you know the secret categories you need to search.
  36. Get creative during the cold season and participate in the Auckland festival of photography photo day
  37. Too cold to make it to the gym? Exercise at home…With wine. It’s a thing
  38. Work your way around Auckland’s hidden restaurants, cafes and bars. 
  39. Up your cooking skills with a class at Sachie’s Kitchen
  40. Get to know an Auckland precinct. Onehunga, Takapuna and Federal St have got it going onnnn.
  41. Pick up a new hobby, give pottery or calligraphy a go, floristry, sewing, or jewellery making even.
  42. Start a Pinterest board of all the places you’d rather be.
  43. Get your freak on with with these mighty shakes. 
  44. Before you get dressed each morning, put your clothes in the dryer #winning.
  45. Tuck into an epic morning burger at this spot. 
  46. Head to the movies and eat all the popcorn.
  47. Take a blanket because Auckland theatres don’t believe in heating.
  48. Buy a pair of Minnie Cooper slippers and wear them to work. Make sure you get ones with pom poms.
  49. Start your day right with a posh porridge.
  50. Dedicate the cooler months to becoming Insta famous with these handy tips.

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Image credit: The Urban List Melbourne

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