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14 Magnificent Things To Do In Auckland This Labour Weekend

By Hana Okada
19th Oct 2017

14 Magnificent Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

Hurrah—the weekend has graced us yet again in this magical city and we’re totally here for it. What’s better, we get one extra day of fun in this long weekend and the agenda is filled with '90s jams, markets, German beer and even a sausage dog race!

Get ready for four days of events filled with goodness we know you’ll be keen to get amongst—you deserve it!

All Weekend

Matilda the Musical

A little genius is in Auckland, in the form of Matila the Musical! This multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl will be sure to blow you away. This story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand to change her own destiny, is a winner of over 70 international awards and is on a strictly limited season in Auckland, so get in quick! It’s the last weekend of this stellar show, so nab your tickets!

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD
When: Thursday 5 October—Sunday 22 October
For more info, click here.

Friday 20 October

Anika Moa: In Swings The Tide 10th Anniversary Tour

The fans have asked for it, and Anika Moa is delivering! The beautiful, witty and talented singer/songwriter is set to perform her album In Swings The Tide as well as brand new music and her biggest hits. Jol Mulholland’s band Mulholland will also be joining as the supporting act, so get ready for some good New Zealand vibes. 

Where: Kings Arms, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 20 October, 8pm
For more info, click here

Baker and Bloom

Ease into your weekend just right with plenty of sweet treats and beautiful blooms. Gathering up the finest bakers, pastry chefs and dessert specialists, together with blooms of all sorts will brighten your home and have your Saturday morning treats sussed. A perfect transition from your working week, it’ll make your weekend as sweet as possible in every way.

Where: Heard Park, Parnell
When: Friday 20 October, 1:30pm—5:30pm
For more info, click here

NZ On Air Music Presents: The 95bFM Breakfast Club October

Brought to you by NZ On Air Music and Burgerfuel, this isn’t your usual breakfast! Mikey and the pals are back to host the 95bFM: Breakfast Show live from Real Groovy. Drop by, hang out and help yourself to some free coffee from Coffee Supreme, win some prizes, grab some snacks and check out some live sets from Being and Arthur Ahbez—all before work starts!

Where: Real Groovy Auckland, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 20 October, 7am—10am
For more info, click here.

The Occidental turns 18!

Your fave Belgian Beer Café turns the big 1-8! To celebrate, The Occidental is throwing a big birthday party with live music, happy hour from 4pm to 8pm and some delicious nibbles. Though it might be their birthday, they’re giving you the pressies! With 18 fantastic prizes to be won, you could be indulging in dinner for four, beer tasting, chocolates, wine and even a trip to Queenstown!

Where: The Occidental, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 20 October—Saturday 21 October, 4pm—3am
For more info, click here

Saturday 21 October

Birkenhead Artisan Market

The best little market on the Shore has an array of unique, quality stalls perfect for you. There’s food and drink, candles, beauty, gifts, gourmet pet treats and so much more for a perfect start to your weekend—nothing like an Auckland market to get you into full weekend mode!

Where: Birkenhead Primary School, Birkenhead
When: Saturday 21 October, 9am—1pm
For more info, click here

Crafternoon Tea Market

The perfect way to spend your Saturday morning, this family fun day is easily accessible and all indoor so the pesky weather can’t get in the way! Featuring independent art and design stalls, there’s something for everyone from handmade goods, and art to plants and jewellery, as well as an array of scrumptious food stalls to tempt your taste buds.

Where: Crafternoon Tea, Kingsland
When: Saturday 21 October, 10am—2pm
For more info, click here.

Conservation Week 2017—Open Mornings

For Conservation Week 2017, Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari are opening their doors in the morning before their safaris take off! Channel your inner marine biologist and meet the crew, go aboard the research vessel Dolphin Explorer, find out about the research happening onboard and there’s lots of competitions and spot prizes to be won!

Where: Viaduct Harbour, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 21 October—Sunday 22 October, 9am—12:30pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 22 October

ZM Friday Jams Live

The partying doesn’t have to just be for Saturday—ZM’s favourite RnB show Friday Jams is coming to you LIVE! This epic party has an absolute stacked line-up including Craig David, TS5, NE-YO, Sean Paul, Kellis and Mario! This is your 90’s and early 2000s dream come true with timeless classics and crowd favourites to have you dancing and singing ‘til the wee hours of the morning.

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 22 October, 5pm
For more info, click here

Labour Day Party

Labour Weekend is a perfect excuse for a party—let’s go! MR TOMS is hosting some good times with AROHA from George FM as well as Foreign Faders, DJ Spence and Ryuzo. There’s no work on Monday so it’s time to keep the weekend rolling on with drink specials flowin’ all day and night!

Where: MR TOMS Ponsonby
When: Sunday 22 October, 4pm
For more info, click here

Rydges Rooftop Summer Series

It's the beginning of a six-part musical showcase through summer kicking back on the Rydges Rooftop Terrace! This free event features premium musical acts from all genres. This weekend they welcome Chores, a multi-talented duo specializing in electronic music production, song writing and DJing with past features in Rhythm & Vines, Northern Bass and Bay Dream. Lap up the sun, get your groove on and get ready for some summer lovin’!

Where: Rydges Hotel, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 22 October, 2pm—8pm
For more info, click here.

Oktoberfest and Sausage Dog Race

For what can only be described as one hell of a good time, it’s time to head down to Chapel! Dig out the Leiderhausen and Drindls and celebrate the German beer fest with Steins of beer, delicious festive food (including FREE home made pretzels!), as well as spot prizes and good tunes. Plus, do you have a speedy sausage dog and up for some free drinks!? Alongside Oktoberfest, Chapel is bringing back their Sausage dog race out front with a $300 bar tab up for grabs!

Where: Chapel Bar & Bistro, Ponsonby
When: Sunday 22 October, 3pm—12am
For more info, click here


Britomart’s newest pub The Chamberlain is getting involved in Oktoberfest celebrations and you’re invited! There will be 14 beers on tap, German beer specials, food specials, DJs, entertainment and live music! Zeelandt Bewery Steins will be available alllll of October to keep you well hydrated, along with The Chamberlain’s famous Beast Feast and $30 Stein and Sausage deal!

Where: The Chamberlain, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 22 October, 1pm—12am
For more info, click here

Dinner and A Show

This beautiful dinner and live music show is bringing great food and even greater music together at the stunning waterfront location Ostro. Cosy up in the new look dining room and spend Sunday evening sipping on Mt Difficulty wine, as well as a three-course menu created by Executive Chef Josh Emmett, Puhoi Valley Cheese and live music from Jason Kerrison.

Where: Ostro, Auckland CBD
When: Sunday 22 October, 6:30pm—10pm
For more info, click here

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