We’re not sure if it’s the chilly nights or the gloomy days, but this month looks to be a boozy one—and we’re totally not complaining. As the temperatures drop, Auckland just gets hotter with these epic events all month long. Warm yourself from the inside out with spectacular wine events (yep, plural), and a week full of beer-y good activities to mark in the calendar. No worries if they’re not your thing, June has so much more on the agenda! Whether you’re a foodie, an adventurer, a comfort-seeker, a yogi, or a market-lover, you’ll find something to get excited about this June. We might even call it the best month yet but we’ll let you decide, so get planning for a spectacular month ahead!
The Secret Winter Garden Pop Up | 1 June—30 June
This month The Glass Goose transforms into a magical secret garden that will wash away all your winter blues at The Secret Winter Garden Pop-Up. Escape to a winter refuge, into a secret garden oasis serving up specialty Good Buzz Kombucha mocktails and cocktails all month long. Adorned with winter-tide florals and seasonal gardenia blooms, Chinese lanterns, and twinkling chimes dance in the breeze as you enjoy live music from Auckland’s finest disc-spinners and saxophonists every Friday. Tuck into all of the drool-worthy offerings from some of Auckland’s stellar food trucks, including Judge Bao and Melt. There are even special month-long installations and exhibits you won’t want to miss, including a theatrical immersive lighting illumination and wintertime blooms and branches exhibit. This has wintry good times all over it!
Auckland Doc Edge Festival 2018 | 1 June—4 June
Doc Edge is back for its 13th year, bringing us Aucklanders all the feels with a variety of international documentaries, and these are your last four days to take it all in! There are 74 stunning films to catch, and no doubt you’ll find one perfectly suited to you as they cover everything from pop culture, politics to our very own Pacific. Highlights include award winners Of Fathers and Sons, The Other Side of Everything and The Long Season, as well as the World Premiere of the Italian documentary Postcards from India—A Busker’s Adventure. Get to your nearest cinema ASAP and indulge in some documentary goodness before it’s gone.
Ecoya Winter Garden | 1 June—24 June
There’s something about winter that just calls for a snug candlelit night with a classic movie and some comfort food that warms from the inside out. Sound like your ideal night? Look no further and get to Mission Bay Pavilion as they serve up exactly that at Ecoya Winter Garden. Candle masters Ecoya are bringing mulled wine, sharing boards, outdoor movies and a bespoke menu for a perfect winter night out. Transport yourself away from your wintry woes with a delicious menu created by Head Chef Cobus Klopper, paired to the changing scents of the Ecoya candle range.
Body Worlds VITAL | 1 June—13 July
The controversial Body Worlds Show has finally hit Auckland, so it’s time to get in touch with your mortality… morbid, gory or riveting—whatever way you put it, this is one rare opportunity to see the human body like never before. Showcasing real human remains preserved through plastination, you’ll see everything from the likes of a dancer and athlete, to organs, blood vessels and body slices. Body Worlds might send shivers down your spine, but the founders’ aim is to get you to think about your body and keep it healthy for many years to come.
Mid-Winter Feast | 2 June
The Mid-Winter Feast kicks off at Rothko at Sculptureum, bringing together fabulous food and art following last year’s sold-out success. Hosting four Chefs Series dinners, this two-course shared feasting menu is a delight for both stomach and eyes and perfectly matched to Sculptureum wines at Rothko. Designed by Rothko Head Chef Jarrod McGregor, joined by this month’s guest chef Brendan Kyle of Cazador. Get there before your dinner starts, enjoy a drink and a guided tour through the beautiful galleries.
Zirka Circus | 8 June—24 June
Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores! Their new show Send in the Clowns is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance! Whether you’re all about the action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful ballet, there is something for everyone in this stellar show! This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family to love.
Jack Daniel’s Brothers of The Grill | 9 June
The insanely popular Jack Daniel’s Brothers of the Grill is back at The Chamberlain, and if you got there last time your stomach will be demanding a return. The melt in your mouth glazed meats will be grilling all afternoon and includes beef brisket, St Louis pork ribs, Louisiana hot sausage and bacon and egg potato salad. All slathered in lashings of Jack Daniel’s served with Jack Daniel’s & Jalapeño BBQ sauce and Jack Daniel’s Mayo, this is one meal totally worthy of meat sweats. A fresh range of Deep Creek Brewing Co beers will be available, so make sure you come thirsty and hungry!
Moët & Chandon Grand Day Brunch | 9 June
There’s nothing better than a champagne brunch, and there’s very few that do it as good as Moët & Chandon. Celebrate Moët & Chandon Grand Day at HeadQuarters Viaduct, as you’ll be the first in the world to toast to life, love, friendships and every moment in this worldwide toast to Moët Moments. Spend the day in style as you sip on Moët & Chandon Rosé Champagne, dine on a delicious three-course sharing platter style brunch with live music, entertainment, and a few top-secret surprises. After all the fun ends, you’ll get to go home with a Moët & Chandon takeaway including a limited-edition Maggie Marilyn scarf!
Le French Village | 9 June
One of the biggest French festivals, Le French Village is back at The Cloud with more than 65 stalls and a venue twice the size as last, so you know it’s going to be a good one. It’s time to make like the French and indulge in two days of French food, wine, fashion, language, entertainment and even a bit of pétanque! What’s more, the fun continues late into the night on Saturday as the French Fan Zone opens, where two giant screens will broadcast the live All Brand vs XV de France—talk about perfect timing! The game will then be followed by a French artist concert to continue the party. Support your team, drink French beer and eat delicious French food for an amazing night out!
Le Tour de France of Wine | 9 June
Now, this is one Tour de France we can totally get in on! This wonderful wine masterclass with a French Sommelier takes you through five French wines and one French Champagne, all in an authentic French atmosphere. As part of Le French Village in the Cloud, Le Tour de France of Wine is a journey through many of the French wine regions, with several varieties of wines. With eight different times over the fabulously French weekend, it’s time to train your taste buds off—we’re sure you have no objection!
New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival 2018 | 10 June
The best of New Zealand wine makes its home at the Imperial Buildings in Fort Lane, bringing you the finest boutique New Zealand wines for you to discover at the New Zealand Boutique Wine Festival. Meet with the winemakers, test your taste buds at a vertical tasting, and experience a lunch or dinner hosted by wine industry leaders! Whether you enjoy a glass (or two) over dinner, or you’re serious about your wine varietals, this festival for wine lovers of all ages has a wine with your name on it. With so many guest speakers, sommeliers, and wines from all over the country, wine lovers should be marking their calendars ASAP for this grape event (we had to).
Williams Eatery x Seresin Estate Winemakers Dinner | 13 June
Delicious new foodie joint Williams Eatery brings its inaugural Winemakers Dinner and it's just what the doctor ordered this winter. They’re joined by Seresin Estate of Marlborough, a winery with a focus on organic and biodynamic winemaking, sustainably producing some of the best wines in the country. These beautiful wines will be complemented by Williams Eatery Head Chef Reginaldo Richard’s menu, renowned for his focus on texture and flavour on cooking. Get in quick to reserve your spot for a night of foodie and wine match made in heaven.
Crafternoon Tea Market | 16 June
As Aucklanders, it’s a given that we love a good market. If you haven’t been to Crafternoon Tea Market in Kingsland, get to it stat for a dreamy morning market. If you have, we know you’ll already be there. Walk through beautiful stands of handcrafted and unique market goods you won’t find anywhere else, straight from the makers themselves. You’ll find homewares, jewellery, kids gear, eco-friendly products and so much more, making it the perfect place to find that next present! It’s also free entry and right by some fabulous cafes, so it’s time to make a day of it at the markets!
Simunovich Olive Estate Annual Harvest and Lunch | 17 June
Enter the magical oasis that is Simunovich Olive Estate in Bombay for the Annual Harvest and Lunch. Enjoy an exclusive guided tour through the 30,000 olive tree estate, as you learn more about the varieties, methods and process involved in creating award-winning olive oil. Followed by a drool-worthy three-course lunch, Bracu Head Chef Logan Clark showcases ‘estate to plate’ deliciousness in the beautiful settings of this lush location.
Kaukapakapa Village Market | 17 June
Get away from the pace of the city and to a wonderful market a quick 45-minute drive away at the Kauapakapa Village Market. You’ll find a wide selection of quality stalls with something for everyone, including locally handmade crafts, collectables and the market essential, fresh fruit and veg! Grab a freshly made hot coffee and check out the stalls or relax with some live music and a tasty morsel from the market café. This is a perfect weekend activity with the family, and you can make the day of it and explore the wonderful area.
Winter Solstice Night Market | 21 June
Make the most of Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, at La Cigale’s Night Market. Celebrated for thousands of years, this night represents the start of the solar year and the celebration of the sun. Ironically, you’ll be spending it in the dark at this cozy market where you’ll find delish food trucks galore and beats by DJ Jarrod Phillips. Get ready for a night of fabulous food including your fave Auckland food trucks, including Temaki Truck, The Rolling Pin, Peach’s Hot Chicken, The Brulee Bike and so much more! As always, La Cigale will be offering their finest European delicacies, and even bring a raclette cart serving up oozing hot French cheese melted over duck fat potatoes!
International Yoga Day 2018 | 21 June
Consider yourself a bit of a yogi? Consider this the best day ever at the International Yoga Day in the city. For the first time ever, Yoga practitioners will be striking a sequence of yoga poses on top of the Auckland Harbour Bridge! Join the free 30-minute midday yoga sesh for a relaxing lunch break, or join the free yogi quiz night in yoga heaven, Lululemon. There are heaps of great spot prizes from Little Bird Organics and more. Conclude the evening with guided meditation with a bit of Kirtan and Dhyan Yoga. Participate in one or all of these fabulous events for a mindful and relaxing day.
Winetopia | 22 June—Saturday 23 June
After another sold-out event in 2017, New Zealand’s largest wine tasting event Winetopia is back and better than ever. This festival celebrates arguably the best thing that’s come out of grapes, as you journey deeper into the uncorked world of New Zealand wine. We’re a pretty lucky bunch to have some of the world’s best drops right on our shores, and you’ll get to taste wines from more than 60 impressive wineries throughout our iconic wine regions. Meet the winemakers, unearth your favourites, and head to some masterclasses that will take you beyond the glass. Find the wine that you want at this day full of grape times!
Pink Ribbon Long Lunch | 24 June—25 June
Come dressed to impress and don your best pink gears for a beautiful long lunch in the lush grounds of Bracu at the Pink Ribbon Long Lunch. Raise awareness for breast cancer in New Zealand, and grab a ticket to this lip-smacking four-course long lunch. Bringing together past and present Bracu chefs, Head Chef Logan Clark, Mikey Newlands of Ampersand Eatery and Peter Thornley of Longkeeper Farm bring their culinary talents together for this worthy cause. $20 from each ticket will be donated to The Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, so what are you doing? Round up your family, friends, neighbours and more for your tickets to a a wonderful long lunch at Bracu and support this very important cause.
Guest Chef Adam Rickett of Euro | 25 June
Learn from one of the top chefs in Auckland’s buzzing restaurant scene, Adam Rickett of Euro at Auckland Seafood School. You’ll learn some tips and tricks from a pro, as you’re guided through a two and a half hour class of cooking and eating some of his favourite dishes. Working with the seasons, Rickett works with the seasons to create technical masterpieces from multiple regional styles, and you’ll be sure to impress with your new fave dish for your next dinner party.
GABS | 30 June
Beer lovers, we know you’ve been waiting for this epic event all month long. The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, or GABS for short, is back and brewers across the country are brewing up a whopping 90 unique beers and ciders especially for this event. Beer and cider isn’t the only thing this event is brewing up over these two sessions. New this year is the Holey Moley Golf Club, where you’ll be able to strut your putts or dance to your own beat at the silent disco. The ever-popular GABS House Band The Ale Capones will wow audiences yet again. Some of the city’s best food truck vendors will be bringing out tasty treats, including Dixie BBQ, Taco Loco, Puha & Pakeha and so much more. GABS is one boozy and brilliant festival you won’t want to miss.
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