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15 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Marilynn McLachlan
28th Apr 2016

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Yes, it’s autumn but with the weather still relatively warm there’s no chance for those winter blues to start to take hold. Auckland, as per, has an epic line up of things to do this weekend so that you’ve no excuse for sitting around at home in your pjs all weekend—although we do kinda like the sound of that, there’s plenty time for hibernation later. Get out your diaries and start planning!

All Weekend

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo | Bruce Mason Centre

Bring back that obsession you had with dinosaurs when you were a sprog and head to the Bruce Mason Centre for your chance to get up close and personal with these prehistoric creatures. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™ will be in Auckland this weekend, and has everything from cute baby dinosaurs to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that ever walked our planet. This is an epic visual feast for the whole family. Get more deets here.

Rhysently Granted  | Q Theatre

We just love funny man Rhys Darby and are thrilled that 20 years after his show with Grant Lobban, Rhysently Granted, we’re set for take two. Back then, it was a mixture of sketch comedy, music and silliness and now, disillusioned and lost, they figure they’ll reconnect and rekindle the magic that started everything. More deets here.

The Stitches & Craft Show | ASB Showgrounds

Crafting is cool. From grandmothers to hipsters, this is the event crafters have been waiting for.  Held over three days, you’ll find everything you need to pick up a new winter hobby (you’ve always wanted to knit, right?) as a diverse range of exhibitors showcase great tips and supplies. Remember Flower Power? This theme has been around for 50 years now and at the Stiches & Craft Show you can see an impressive 10-metre long piece of work created by 207 people from 24 different countries. Another highlight will be when Miss Chrissy Keepence shares her makeover tips, so you too can embrace her motto ‘Make, Do and Mend.’ Noice.

Buy A White Shirt | Witchery

Look good while you do good this weekend and buy a white shirt from Witchery. The wardrobe staple comes in six different designs and they’ll give 100 per cent (ex GST) of the price to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation in the hopes of learning more about this silent killer. Then, on Monday, make sure you wear it, for White Shirt Day and hashtag #whiteshirtcampaign to raise awareness.

Thursday 28th April 

Wilson Dixon - Back Catalogue  | Montecristo

Embrace the Wild West with award-winning comedian Wilson Dixon who performs for two nights only this weekend. With obscure songs and stories from his childhood—along with issues with his spine—he will have your belly aching from all the lolz.

Jaquie Brown - Reinvention | GridAKL

It’s the question women have been asking since they starting being recognised as more than just cooks, cleaners and carers—can we really have it all? Head along to GridAKL to hear Jaquie Brown explore this topic, with personal stories of how having kids made her lose her confidence and how it led to her own beautiful, personal reinvention. More deets here.

An Evening with Nicky Pellegrino | Paper Plus Newmarket

Love a bit of fiction, particularly those set in romantic spots such as Italy? Yep, we do, too. This Thursday is your chance to chat with author Nicky Pellegrino about her latest novel, Under Italian Skies, with a glass of bubbles in your hand. Head along to Paper Plus in Newmarket for an evening of great conversation—make sure you buy a copy of the book for Nicky to sign! More details here.

Friday 29th April 

Aotearoa Surf Film Festival | Crystal Palace

For some people, the ultimate wave is the meaning of life and this Friday, the Aotearoa Surf Film Festival returns to Auckland in its fourth year.  It showcases four films, including No Regrets, which tells the story of former wunderkind Ricky Basnett’s journey back to surfing after losing eight years of his life to the bottle. Shaka brah.

Out of the Whirlwind | SKYCITY Theatre

Tommy Tiernan’s new show has proven so popular, they’ve added an extra show. On both Friday and Saturday nights, Tommy, one of Ireland’s fave comedians, will have you laughing with his controversial humour. He’s been touring the world for almost 20 years, so we figure this roughish character will bring a few laughs to your weekend.

Pop Up Dessert Degustation | Fish Fish Ponsonby

Remember Dan Freeman from My Kitchen Rules NZ? He’s back this Friday and Saturday night with his first ever pop-up dessert degustation. Your sweet tooth will be in heaven with apple pies, raspberry ripple (white chocolate mousse anyone?) as well as hokey pokey, lemon meringue pie and a rocky road sensation. All the noms. Book your tickets here. 

Saturday 30th April 

Wanderlust 108 | Western Springs

It’s triathlon time, but not as you know it. Ditch the bike, togs and sneakers and head along to Western Springs this Saturday for the world’s only mindful triathlon. Yep, you read that correctly—in this triad of fun, you get to stroll, skip or strut through five (give or take) kilometres before having a 75-minute yoga shesh underscored by a DJ (yes, you also read that correctly). When you’ve done that, it’s time to complete a 30-minute guided meditation. And when you’re done? Chill out at their Mindful Market. Get your tickets here

Blues vs Rebels | Eden Park

Perfect for the whole family, the Blues go up against the Melbourne Rebels at Eden Park at the earlier time of 5.15pm. Go the Blues—you can do it!  Tickets available now or check out their new membership options at here.

Sunday 1st May 

Beresford Block Party | The Station

Put some pinch to your punch on the first of the month and head along to Beresford Square, which will be turning into party central from midday on Sunday.  With traffic blocked off on K Road, this promises to be an epic afternoon of outdoor DJs, special beers, food and more.

Dogs Day Out | YMCA Onehunga War Memorial Pool

We here at The Urban List know just how important dogs are in life (we’ve got Doug, the Frenchie who keeps us company at the office) and also how much they need a good runaround and splash!  Head along to the Onehunga War Memorial Pool this Sunday so your pet pooch can have a splash before the pool closes for winter. There will be treats and activities (for your dog, not you), stalls and a dog handler on standby.

Iron Maiden | Vector Arena

Embrace your inner bogan and head to Vector Arena on Sunday night to watch rock legends Iron Maiden belt it out on stage. Word on the street is that they’re arriving in the City of Sails on a massive jumbo jet named Ed Force One. We like what they did there. Get your black t-shirt on and rock it. Yeah

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