The aim of a hen's night is to show the bride-to-be a great time—and for most brides that doesn’t mean strippers, penis straws or making a wedding dress out of toilet paper. There’s so much more you can do for your bridechilla bestie to send her on her way to wedded bliss.
If you’re looking at planning a party or day of fun for your bestie-turned-bride, then look no further. We have rounded up eight of the best, alternative hen party ideas to give them a party to remember for only good reasons. You’ll be turning away that stripper-gram quicker than he can remove his, err hat…
Release your inner diva, say goodbye to stage fright and take to the stage like the true songstress you really are! Hire out a booth at Luxury Karaoke, round up the troops, order in the drinks and maybe bring a pair of earplugs for that one friend who thinks that she is Adele after one too many Pinot’s. A guaranteed night of fun, karaoke is a serious go to for a hen party to remember and a great way of embarrassing the heck out of everyone.
A Pole Lot Of Fun
It’s time to reverse the roles. Forget vigorous thrusting from oompa-lumpa tanned males and cringy routines to ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’, this time, it’s your turn to up the anti. Pole dancing is taking over, as not only is it super sultry and sexy, it is also a great way to tone those muscles too. Grab your girlies, book in for a pole dancing sesh at A Pole Lot Of Fun and prepare to get your spin on. You’ll be channelling your inner Xtina, circa Lady Marmalade in no time.
Hire The Caker
Jordan Rondell and the team at The Caker are renowned for their picture-perfect, rustic cakes topped with delicate roses and pretty petals. Not only are the cakes swoon-worthy, their space on K 'Road is practically perfect in every way. Think garden party-style chairs lined with faux fur, potted plants and splashes of pastel pinks everywhere. Hire out this stunning space for a dainty and delectable tea party unlike any other, featuring offerings of cake fit for a queen and a selection of teas to go with.
Twerk It Out
The craze that has been captivating and causing major envy among most, twerking is the hypnotic dance all about the bootay and we just can’t get enough. Grab a pair of booty shorts, round up your hens and get ready to go all Nicki Minaj and Miley up in here! You’ll be laughing the whole way through and, who knows, you may even learn a thing or two to impress your other half on your wedding night (wink wink!)
Okay, so it’s technically not in Auckland, but we couldn’t resist featuring this completely unique experience. Fill the car and take a trip down to Taupo for a blissful weekend away and a boat cruise unlike any other. Hire out Barbery, New Zealand’s only floating cinema and choose from a list of 100 films on offer and sail Lake Taupo with your fave gal-pals while enjoying your BYO wine and nibbles. Definitely more of a chilled-out option for a hen's night, but one that will set you apart from other hen parties fo sho.
Release your inner child, toss your shoes to the side and get ready to completely let loose! Hire out Inflatable World at night for a fun-filled evening with your besties. With the option to bring your own food, we suggest throwing it back and having a six-year-old style party with balloons, cake and a whole lot of fun and laughter!
Okay, so life drawing is a bit of a stereotypical choice of party, but what the heck, it’s a guarantee for chuckling and a great excuse to truly understand the male form from an artistic angle. With the chance to brush up on your creative skills, you and your hens can compare drawings all while doing your best to suppress your giggles! Bringing the class to you, Strike A Pose is such a hassle-free and clothes-free option.
Glamping Slumber Party
Escape from city life and take it back to basics for a boho-inspired glamping getaway. Book in with your besties and get ready to relax amongst beautiful surroundings and take the time to really get to know one another and yourself (little bit cheesy, but you’ve gotta get your Zen on!) With a wide variety of places to visit, you'll be spoiled for choice!
Food and wine make for a fantastic (and classy) hen's party, so why not turn the tables and don your own chef hats by partaking in a cooking class? There are plenty of options to choose from here in Auckland. From cooking up Asian cuisine to learning how to make pasta and macaroons aaaaand even raw cooking with Little Bird. The best part? You get to take your newfound cooking skills home with you AND down as much wine as you want. #winningrecipe.
Nothing screams "this is a classy, no stripper's allowed hen's do" than a high tea with the gals. It's also the perfect time to bust out that new Ruby dress you've been saving for a special occasion and get some gorg snaps for the Gram. Indulge in cake, tea and Champagne with a high tea hen's do at any of these fab locations.
Wine tasting—what a fab way to spend the afternoon with the girls for your no-strippers hen's do, because who doesn't like getting dolled up and sippin' on red, white and rosé all damn day!? Just make sure you book a package that includes food because the ride home combined with a day on the wines can be a recipe for disaster! Check out our fave winery spots right here!
For something a little more creative and outside of the box for your hen's do, we recommend taking a bespoke beauty workshop at The Herb Farm. Here you can learn how to make your own natural health products using essential oils and herb extracts. Options include taking a natural skincare or a herbal healing course, however, there is a minimum booking of ten people for these workshops. Check out the deets here.
Another fabulous Auckland hen's do idea is to rally the girls together for an afternoon of horse trekking. We recommend the Muriwai horse trek. Not only do you get to trek through the beautiful Woodhill forest but your trek will lead you onto the stunning West Coast black sand beach, Muriwai. Choose to take an hour trek right through to a full five-hour day of trekking.
Splash out and hire a boat for your hen's do, because who doesn't like a party on the water? The hen's party package with The Red Boats, allows you to sail around the harbour for four hours with a fully licenced bar and a full catering service. The two-story vessel has a fab indoor-outdoor flow and is fully equipped with a massive sound system AND disco lights, so you and your girls can get your groove on all night long!
Become a cocktail master with a cocktail masterclass at Bellini! These fun and interactive classes are hosted by some of New Zealand's best mixologists where you will learn the skills to make some of your fave cocktails and get to drink them too—obvs. So, grab the girls and make this the first stop on your Auckland hen's-do-extravaganza!
Our final pick for your Auckland hen's do is to indulge and relax with a spa day. Our city has some truly amazing day spas to completely indulge. From quick treatments to all-out indulgent packages, it's time to put those feet up! Check out our round-up of Auckland's best day spas for a dose of much-needed recharging.
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This article was compiled by Nina Franklin and Martha Brooke.
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