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Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada - 19 Jul 2018

5 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Week

The weekend is here, and we couldn’t be more stoked about it! Not only is it a few days of bliss, away from work and pesky weekday responsibilities, it means all of these events are on all across the city! The much-loved New Zealand International Film Festival kicks off this weekend, so you can grab some popcorn, hide away from the cold and transport yourself into worlds far and wide. We’ve loved all the Matariki events on, and now for the final weekend, it’s time to end with a bang, with live music, entertainment, and traditional Māori cuisine to warm you from the inside out. And what’s the weekend without an epic brunch? There’s several on the agenda this weekend so you can do weekend-ing right. With all of this and more, you’ll be one busy Aucklander this weekend at all of these fabulous events.

All Weekend

New Zealand International Film Festival

The much-loved New Zealand International Film Festival is back! This cultural highlight of our chilly winter provides a warm refuge at the movies, transporting us into a variety of different worlds on the big screen. Presenting the latest and greatest films from around the world, this year NZIFF celebrates its 50th year presenting great cinema in Auckland. Make sure you grab a program and start highlighting your must-sees ASAP for your month-long movie plans sorted.

Where: Various Locations
When: Until 5 August
For more info, click here

Are We There Yet? Women & Equality in Aotearoa

Fresh out of opening weekend, Auckland Museum’s brand new exhibition Are We There Yet? Celebrates the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa, which is something us Kiwis can be seriously proud of. Delving deeper, the exhibit questions how far New Zealand has really come since women gained the vote, examining the speedbumps and successes of gender equality so far. With photographs of trailblazers, publications from the Museum’s collection, a short film and several interactive displays, you will be determining if we’re really there yet with women’s equality in our shores.

Where: Auckland Museum, Parnell
When: Until 26 August
For more info, click here

Veuve Clicquot VC3000 Pop Up

As Cliquot In The Snow returns to Queenstown, us Aucklanders can’t help get a case of FOMO. FOMO no more, as Veuve Clicquot’s VC3000 Pop-Up comes to town! This perfect winter escape, located up above at level six of the Seafarers Building, will transport you into a snug winter wonderland. The pop-up will be adorned with faux fur throws, warm blush pink tones, and flowing Veuve Clicquot—we don’t need the snow to have winter fun! Send a letter to a loved one through Clicquot Mail with one of their bespoke cards, and they’ll send it off the very next day.

Where: Seafarers Building, Britomart
When: Until 11 August
For more info, click here

Enchanted Winter Snowglobe

Winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom—step inside a world of the seven metre walk-in snow globe complete with trees, park benches and even a snow machine! The weekend means the globe will come to life with live entertainment, including ballerinas, classical music and ice sculptures! There will be delish food and drink to warm you from the inside out.

When: Until 31 July
For more info, click here

World Press Photography Exhibition

You’ll be laughing, crying and be absolutely moved as you walk through this emotional rollercoaster of photography. Head to the opening weekend of the world’s most prestigious exhibition of international current affairs photography at the World Press Photography Exhibition. The event brought to us by the Rotary Club will be held in the stunning top story of the Smith & Caughey’s building on Queen Street and is not be missed.

Where: Smith & Caughey’s, Queen Street
When: Until 29 July
For more info, click here

Matariki on the Waterfront

If Silo Park’s hosting it, we know it’s going to be a cracker! Get down there ASAP for the final weekend of Matariki, and you’ll find Matariki stories, free interactive experiences and workshops! Graze from your favourite food trucks that will be serving up international food with a traditional Māori twist, and meander through the Silos, each offering a unique experience.

Where: Silo Park
When: Friday 20 July—Sunday 22 July
For more info, click here

Aotea Square Ice Rink

An Auckland winter staple the Aotea Square Ice Rink is back for another season of a whole lot of winter fun. Get your skates on and throw on a beanie, as you take on the 35-metre ice slide and show off your moves on the rink! This year, they’ve added the coolest bar in town—a 15 seat Ice Bar set to a chilly -5 degrees, offering delish mocktails and cocktails. Get ready for a whole load of family-friendly activations, activities and groovy, wintry times ahead!

Where: Aotea Square
When: Friday 15 June—Sunday 22 July
For more info, click here. 

Friday 20 July

Te Korakora on Federal

Celebrate the last few days of Matariki on Federal Street as it transforms into a Māori street carnival for one night only. This FREE event will celebrate Māori street food, music and dance as the Matariki festival comes to an end. The line up of Pacifica artists will be nothing short of incredible, with artists including Anika Moa, Annie Crummer, Che Fu, Ria Hall, Tawaroa Kawana and more. There’ll be serving up traditional Hangi, as well as other food and bevvies for you to discover!

Where: Federal Street
When: Friday 20 July, 5pm—10pm
For more info, click here.

Williams x Sawmill Brewers Dinner

A match made in heaven, Williams Eatery and Sawmill are coming together for a night of delicious food and beer. Head Brewer Scott will be talking through each of their wonderful beers on tasting for the night—with no sugar, preservatives or colour added, this unpasteurized beer is as good as it gets. The kitchen will be serving up perfectly matched courses using local and seasonal produce, with a focus on organic and free-range goodness. You’ll be served a scrumptious four-course dinner, matched with some of Sawmill’s finest for a food and beer experience not found anywhere else.

Where: Williams Eatery, Wynyard Quarter
When: Friday 20 July
For more info, click here.

Kendrick Lamar Auckland

You’ll be doing quite the opposite of sitting down and being humble (about your Kendrick-level rapping skills) when this rap superstar comes to town. Kendrick Lamar is back for his Damn. 2018 tour and ready to bring his hottest singles and newest beats to Spark Arena. As well as his chart domination, Lamar made history earlier this month to become the first ever popular music artist to take out the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music. Although tickets sold out soon after they’re released, get amongst the secondhand tickets on the website! 

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 20 July
For more info, click here

Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail

The sixth annual Matariki Light Trail transform Maybury Reserve into a magical landscape or lights, fun and festivity. Get your layers on and get to the start of the light trail at Te Oro Music Centre, where you’ll be treated to nightly performances by local performers of kapa haka, hip hop, cultural performers, singers and bands. The finale on Saturday 21 July also includes a community concert and a spectacular firework display to Maori and Pasifika music!

Where: Maybury Reserve, Glen Innes
When: Friday 20 July—Saturday 21 July
For more info, click here

The Vector Lights Project at Auckland Harbour Bridge

The Auckland Harbour Bridge has been lit up numerous times throughout the year, making it the perfect excuse to go down to Westhaven Marina or Northcote Point for a picnic and a show. This Matariki Te Kawerau a Maki is collaborating with the Vector Lights Project to tell the story of their ancestor, Maki, who migrated from Taranaki to Auckland. If you’re brave enough to leave your bed and venture out into the cold, grab a blanket (or two) and drive down to one of the prime spots to see the Auckland Harbour Bridge light up.

When: Friday 20 July—Saturday 21 July, 6pm–midnight
Where: Auckland Harbour Bridge
For more info, click here

Saturday 21 July

MR TOMS & Soho Bottomless Brunch

MR TOMS and Soho Wines have teamed up to present their very first, extra fancy bottomless brunch! Celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just making it to the weekend with a drool-worthy three course brunch. Treat yourself to bottomless glasses of Soho wine along with your meal, as well as fresh mocktails. People watch the day away at this prime Ponsonby Road spot with a drink in one hand and a delish fork of brunch in the other for the weekend done right.

Where: MR TOMS, Ponsonby
When: Every Saturday until 4 August
For more info, click here

An Adult Night At Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum is opening their doors at night for the first time ever! In this event just for the grown-ups (but young at heart), things are getting awfully spooky behind those doors. Grab a torch and wander the darkened galleries. Who knows what you might come across? Keep your wits about you as you journey through the dark hallways and rooms, and discover a deep secret you can’t reveal to anyone else…

Where: Auckland Museum, Parnell
When: Saturday 7 July,
For more info, click here

Candyland—The Bottomless Brunch for Experienced Brunchers

You may have experienced Lula Inn’s incredible bottomless brunch before, and this is it—but on a whole new level. If you consider yourself a bit of a brunch pro, you best get ready for one of the biggest brunch celebrations yet. Clearing away their usual tables, they’re making way for a dancefloor and stacked brunch tables. Get your groove on with all-day entertainment from Ijebu Pleasure Club, DJ Phoebe Falconer and so much more. As always, there’s two hours of bottomless mocktails, mimosas, prosecco and Bloody Mary’s to start your weekend off right!

Where: Lula Inn, Viaduct Harbour
When: Saturday 21 July
For more info, click here

Cheers To Local

If you’re passionate about food (and who isn’t?), then there’s no better way to spend this Saturday night than dining out at FISH. In a one-off event, the team at FISH are joined by Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan, determined to celebrate New Zealand’s outstanding seafood and produce. (And of course, wine!) Putting a kiwi spin on some of his favourite dishes, Mangan will curate a five-course degustation menu accompanied by Cloudy Bay wine pairings. The menu will include kingfish sashimi, scampi carpaccio and of course, New Zealand lamb, among other divine creations. With all ingredients sustainably sourced and artfully prepared, this dinner is sure to impress.

Where:  FISH Restaurant, 147 Quay St, CBD
When: Saturday 21st July, 7PM—10PM
For more info, click here

Sunday 22 July

Bottomless Bevvy Brunch

Bottomless brunches have become a mainstay in the Auckland weekend agenda, and we’re welcoming another epic addition to the list! You’re invited to opening weekend of doing brunch the right way at Tom Tom Bar and Eatery’s bottomless brunch! You’ll be able to choose from a selection of delish brunch dishes, including a classic English Breakfast, a make-your-own omelette, and vanilla pancakes. To wash it all down, it’s bottomless drinks of your choice, including prosseco, peach bellinis and so much more. Sunday scaries be gone!

Where: Tom Tom Bar and Eatery, Victoria Park Market
When: Sunday 21 July, 11am—3pm
For more info, click here

Matariki Long Lunch and Dinner—Rewi Spraggon and Farina

To celebrate the final weekend of Matariki, Farina’s Executive Chef Sergio Maglione and Hangi Master Rewi Spraggon are coming together to bring you a taste of Italian and Maori food—together! Comprised of seven courses, the main component of each dish will be prepared in a Hangi by Rewi, and the final touches will be utilizing traditional Italian techniques from the Farina team. For dinner, there will be exciting live Maori entertainment from Taua, featuring the voices of Ashlee, Rob and Uri. This is one match we didn’t know we needed—and the perfect way to finish off all of the fabulous Matariki celebrations of 2018.

Where: Farina Restaurant, Ponsonby
When: Sunday 29 July,
12pm and 6pm
For more info, click here


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