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15 Incredible Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Hana Okada
20th Jul 2017

15 Incredible Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

The weekend has graced us yet again in this beautiful city of ours—one so good getting out of bed won’t be as hard (as being the operative word!) and you’ll battle the cold like a champ to get to these stellar events.

Not to worry, though—you’ll be snug inside watching an International Film Fest Flick, holding on for dear life at the circus, dancing to live music or laughing the weekend away! With so much on, it’s time to de-burrito yourself from your blankets and get ready for a glorious weekend ahead at these wonderful events in Auckland.

All Weekend

Te Iwa Matariki Short Film Screening

Immerse yourself in this free short film about the forgotten Matariki stars Pohutakawa and Hiwaiterangi. According to Maori belief, Matariki are the eyes of Tāwhirimātea, the god of wind and storms, who tore them out, crushed them, and threw them to the heavens in protest over the separation of his parents Rangi and Papa… can you say no chill? That’s just a taste of what you’ll experience at this exciting and enlightening screening—while you’re at it, explore the rest of the Auckland Museum and get hit with some serious nostalgia!

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain
When: Friday 21 July—Sunday 22 July
For more info, click here

Cirque Grande

This brand new circus is on its very first tour of New Zealand and it’s bringing some fresh tricks up their sleeve! They have it all—acrobats, clowns, magicians and the lot! The award-winning bicycle act sees 12 beautiful girls performing tricks on a single bicycle creating an incredible act combining aerobics, gymnastics, riding and dance! Other unique acts include Teeterboard, Hoop Diving, and human pyramids ready to exhilarate and deligjt!

Where: Smales Farm, Takapuna
When: Friday 21 July—Sunday 23 July
For more info, click here

Truffle Festival

Oozing in both luxury and a whole lot of umami, this festival is one you won’t want to miss. Experience local and international truffle varieties from King Truffles, with a menu starring mouth-watering plates of truffled popcorn, truffled brie, burrata salad and truffle soil! On Saturday is a Chef’s Table event, providing an intimate insight into the workings of a world-class kitchen, delivering a totally interactive and unforgettable dining experience—enjoy an amuse-bouche, glass of Prosecco and two courses using the finest Truffle from Kings Truffles and cheese from NZ Cheese. A trufflelicious dining experience like no other!

Where: Oaken, Britomart
When: Sunday 17 July—Saturday 30 July
For more info, click here.  

New Zealand International Film Festival

Take refuge from the colder days in a cosy cinema and get transported into a different world. Featuring over 150 films and documentaries are curated for this festival by a team of programmers visiting international premier festivals. New Zealand’s Best Short Film competition returns for the sixth year, where you could be part of voting for the top New Zealand short! Hitting five cinemas all over Auckland, it’s time to start picking some of your faves to nab some tickets to!

Where: Various Locations
When: Thursday 20 July—Sunday 6 August
For more info, click here

Weber Bros Circus: Adrenaline

It’s time to tighten your seatbelts and prepare to be dazzled, the circus extraordinaires are back after a six-year world tour and are ready to rock your world. Expect extreme stunts, hilarious acts and daring moments that’ll have you on the edge of your seats. Signature acts like the Globe of Death, freestyle motor cross and even the Human Cannon are on the cards for a circus spectacular like you’ve never seen it!

Where: Ellerslie Racecourse, Remuera
When: Friday 21 July—Saturday 5 August
For more info, click here.

Friday 21 July

Hollie Smith

One of New Zealand’s most iconic musicians is performing an acoustic duo alongside extremely talented Marika Hodgson. After releasing her album Water of Gold in 2016, she is ready to take over Leigh Sawmill with her powerhouse vocals, along with support from Tali, who will be sure to bring down the house with her international electronic dance and acoustic set.

Where: Sawmill Café, Leigh
When: Friday 21 July, 8:30pm—11:30pm
For more info, click here


Late night improv like you’ve never seen it! Bringing together some of New Zealand’s best comedians, this is a jam-packed hour of fast-paced scenes, based on formats used by troupes in New York and Chicago. The core cast includes Rose Matafeo, Guy Montgomery, Joseph Moore, Eli Mathewson, Laura Daniel, and many more, including international guests joining our hilarious Kiwis! Make sure you stick around for a drink post-show with the cast!

Where: The Basement, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 21 July, 10pm
For more info, click here


Auckland’s favourite comedy dance troupe Dynamotion are baaack with a hip-shaking, groove-making spectacle! It’s toe-tapping time with your favourite disco beats, dance remixes and rock-ballads, as The Disco Championship of 1979 has the whole world in Disco Fever! Which country will take out the coveted prize? Who will be your pick? This is as nail biting as Disco gets—you won’t want to miss all the action in this top championship!

Where: Basement Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 21 July—Saturday 22 July
For more info, click here

An Evening with Sigur Ros

Icelandic trio Sigur Ros return to our shores for the first time in over a decade, with a tour recently dubbed as “complete and utter perfection”, you can’t miss this musical and visual masterpiece. For the first time, they are touring without a support act and instead are offering an extended evening of TWO sets, separated by an intermission. That means more time for some of their best-loved songs from their extensive back catalogue, as well as new material written for their forthcoming eighth studio album.

Where: Spark Arena, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 21 July, 7:30pm—10:30pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 22 July

My Dead Best Friend

A comedy about death, revolution, unfulfilled love and a possum set in December 1998, Dunedin. This true story about heartbreaking grief and enduring friendship is a joyful comedy from a heavy heart, featuring a soundtrack from The Verlaines to The Backstreet Boys, and words from Tuwhare, Baxter and Bishop. First performed in 2016 at Perth Fringe World at the prestigious Blue Room Theatre, it boldly takes its place at Q Theatre in July.

Where: Q Theatre, Auckland CBD
When: Friday 21 July—Saturday 22 July, 7:30pm—8:20pm
For more info, click here.

Mid-Winter Vegan Feast

The Heritage Hotel is hosting a scrumptious Mid-Winter Vegan Feast to warm you from the inside out. Executive Chef Gerrard O’Keefe and his team have designed a delightful menu that’s vegan like you’ve never tasted it. Whether you’re a vegan or otherwise these scrumptious dishes will blow you away. All part of the Heritage initiative to promote healthy eating practices and sustainable decisions, this feast is good for you and the planet.

Where: Heritage Hotel, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 22 July, 5:30pm and 8pm
For more info, click here

Wild Hearts Wedding Fair

Put a ring on it? Got a ring on it? This is where you need to be! More than a wedding expo, this festival of creativity brings the best inspiration, styling, runway shows, shopping, live music and food perfect for one of the biggest days of your life! This wedding fair brings the most on-trend, high fashion international and local vendors, designers, photographers and creative inspiration that’ll have you bringing your special day to life.

Where: Shed 10, Auckland CBD
When: Saturday 22 July, 1pm—6pm
For more info, click here


Direct from their sold out comedy festival shows in Melbourne and Sydney, Lindsay Webb and Greg Fleet will have you in stitches all through the night. Greg brings an hour of extroverted introspection about gender, race, Taxis, Vietnamese food, redemption, equality, and even a dissection of the phrase “don’t let the bed bug bite”.  Lindsay, once holding the Guinness World Record for the longest show by an individual (at a whopping 38 hours 6 minutes!), he brings his stand-out stand up “What’s That” to New Zealand audiences.

Where: Our Local, Wiri
When: Saturday 22 July, 8pm
For more info, click here

Sunday 23 July

David Attenborough’s Zoo Quest Screening

Watch the very best of David Attenborough’s early Zoo Quest TV adventures seen like never before—in high-definition colour. Bringing with them is the remarkable story of how the pioneering television series was made, which completely changed how viewers saw the world. Using the newly found colour film matched with new behind-the-scenes stories from David Attenvorough and cameraman Charles Lagus showcases the very best of the series. It's the last day to catch this exciting TV show come to life so you better pen this one in your diaries!

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain
When: Sunday 23 July
For more info, click here

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

After a sold-out season on London’s West End and all over Europe, the UK production of The Simon & Garfunkel Story returns to New Zealand for a national tour. Starting from their beginnings as a 50’s rock ‘n’ roll duo Tom & Jerry, follow the journey through all the songs and stories that shaped them up to the dramatic split, and into their individual solo careers, and ending with a breathtaking recreation of the legendary 1981 Central Park reunion concert. The show features 1960’s photographs and film footage, as well as a full band performing all their hits. 

Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Square
When: Sunday 23 July, 7pm
For more info, click here

Image credit: New Zealand International Film Festival

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