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21 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This March

By Marilynn McLachlan
1st Mar 2016

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We’ve survived the heatwave and officially said goodbye to summer, but don’t despair, because there’s still plenty of things to do in Auckland this March.

Get out those calendars, iPhones or however you organise your time and start planning your month!

French Film Festival | 1st — 13th march 

New Zealand has a love affair with all things French, and at the top of the annual to-do list is The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival. In its tenth year, it showcases a special selection of films from the Cannes International Film Festival, Patron Antonia Prebble’s personal favourites and a number of other French-language productions. Screening at the Berkeley in Takapuna and Rialto in Newmarket, they promise to be a cinematic treat, so brush up on those French-language skills and enjoy.  

Amber Griffin Photography Exhibition | 1st March — 1st April 

Head along to the Exhibitions Gallery in Newmarket to view some truly inspirational and beautiful photographs. Recent gold medal winner at the World Photographic Cup in France, Amber Griffin, has collaborated with some of New Zealand’s top ballet and contemporary dance artists to explore the beauty and majesty of movement through a diverse range of contemporary photographic processes. 

Auckland Arts Festival | 2nd — 20th March

Bringing 19 days of the world’s best theatre, dance, music, circus and dreams to the City of Sails, the Auckland Arts Festival has something for everyone. Get amongst the magic and create fabulous memories this March. 

Carabosse—Fire Garden | 3rd — 6th March

The Carabosse—Fire Garden—has travelled to Stonehenge, the Kremlin, the banks of the River Thames and the Hue Bridge and this March, it’s Auckland Domain’s turn. Transforming the well-known space into otherworldly fire-gardens, guests can roam through blazing landscapes, metallic inventions and red-hot charcoal as musicians, dreamers and storytellers create a fairground of fire. 

Auckland Coffee Festival | 5th March

Auckland’s coffee scene is seriously rockin’, and this year, caffeine-lovers can head along to Shed 10 for an eclectic mix of coffee, food and music. 

New Zealand’s Longest Catwalk | 5th March

Forget rush hour traffic holding you up, on March 5th, Queen Street will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind car-stopping fashion show. Showcasing items from dozens of Auckland City’s retailers, outfits are styled by Kylie Cook and will leave you inspired for next season’s shopping. 

Madonna Rebel Hearts Tour | 5th — 6th March

Madge is finally rocking it on our shores at Vector Arena this month. While we may have preferred it if she’d visited at the pinnacle of her decades-long career, we’re grateful she’s finally making an effort. Who knows, maybe she couldn’t let Oprah have one up on her. Named after her 13th album, Madonna’s Rebel Hearts Tour is already proving popular overseas and we just can’t wait for her to hit our shores because, Bitch, She’s Madonna. 

Harbourview Sculpture Trail | 5th — 28th March

Lace up those comfy sneakers and head to the Harbourview Peoples Park and explore 40 different artworks during an easy one-hour stroll. Set amongst ponds, grasslands and native bush with a backdrop of the spectacular harbour and Auckland City views, this is one of the best things to do in Auckland during a weekend afternoon this March. 

Auckland Cup Week | 5th — 12th March

Lovers of fashion and horses, your season has not ended yet! Auckland Cup Week kicks off with the BMW Derby Day on March 5th. On Wednesday, join the racing elite at the Barfoot & Thompson Cocktail Party at The Hilton, and then on Saturday there’s some serious awards up for grabs at Auckland Cup Day. Expect wealth and glamour—the winner of Fashion in the Field will take home prizes to the value of $30,000 and goes on to Melbourne to represent New Zealand. 

Round The Bays | 6th March

Incredibly, the Round the Bays event is in its 44th year and is one of Auckland’s largest mass participation sporting events. Join a whopping 30,000 other runners, joggers and/or walkers on this 8.4km journey from the city and along the waterfront to St Heliers Bay. Expect entertainment along the way and dig deep to help raise money for children’s charities. 

Pasifika | 12th — 13th March 

One of the cultural highlights of the year, Pasifika returns to Western Springs for two days of music and vibes. There will be 11 Pacific Island villages, each with their own stage and market setting, for a fabulous day out the entire family will enjoy. 

Live Well—Lifestyle, Wellness & Fitness Festival | 12th — 13th March

So, you may have already neglected those New Year’s resolutions, but a new season is a perfect time to regroup and think about getting healthy. Head along to The Cloud for a weekend that is all about healthy living, fitness, lifestyle, nutrition, food and wellness. There will be live food and wellness demonstration as well as fitness classes over looking the stunning Auckland Harbour. A series of lifestyle, wellness and nutrition speakers will help you learn about the things you need to do for a healthier you. 

The Hugh Green Group Street Parade | 13th March

Turn the world a little green (a little early) on March 13th to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Featuring Irish inspired floats, traditional music, dancing, bands, banners and more, it’s time to don those shamrocks, drink some Guinness and create a bit of luck. 

Auckland Fair | 13th March

The Auckland Fair is back at Shed 10 with more than 90 makers from around New Zealand showcasing homewares, art, clothing, furniture, toys, flowers, plants, cosmetics and more. Take a break from your shopping at the Little Yellow Café with delicious coffee from Mojo Coffee. 

Highwic Art Deco Day Out | 13th March

Step back in time to the 1930s at Highwic House for a day of live music, dancing, vintage cars, market stalls, tea, cake and cocktails! Start a Pinterest board and gather some ideas about what to wear, because there’ll be prizes for the best dressed.  

Auckland City Limits | 19th March

Newcomer to the festival scene, Auckland City Limits is a fusion of eats, music and art, and promises to be one of the highlights of the year. Inspired by and aligned with the world-class Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas it will add a NZ flavour and spirit. Headline acts include Kendrick Lamar and The National but there are plenty of other faves, too: Broods, LadyHawke, Che Fu & The Kratez and more. Not just music, six of Auckland’s top restaurants, curated by Che Barrington (Woodpecker Hill, Blue Breeze Inn) will be feeding hungry music lovers. And there’s no reason to leave the sprogs at home—kids under 10 are free and there’s a special place where kids and adults can hang for some small-sized fun. 

Auckland Colour Run | 20th March

Also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, The Colour Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Now the largest event series in the world, The Colour Run has more than 300 events in more than 50 countries. Put on a white t-shirt and end up looking like a tie-dyed vat of coloured goodness. 

Auckland International Cultural Festival | 20th March

It’s time to celebrate Auckland’s incredible diversity at the International Culture Festival. With a selection of food, music, sports, arts and culture from around the world, it’s an awesome event to add to your March calendar. 

Royal Easter Show | 24th — 28th March

This year Easter falls in March and the Royal Easter Show is back with Art World, Farm World, an ice skating rink and loads more. It’s free entry, and you can purchase tickets for the carnival rides, circus and sideshows on-site. Stay around for the fireworks at 9.30pm to finish your night with a bang—or several. 

Waiheke International Jazz Festival | 25th — 27th March

If music is more your style than carnivals, then head to Waiheke for an exciting line-up of local and NZ talent over Easter Weekend. There will be all-day sessions, evening concert series and late night Supper Club Sessions. The Grand Finale is on Sunday night at Rangihoua Estate, ‘Where the stars come out to play.’ 

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band | 31st March

Head along to the ASB Theatre for an epic night with Mick Fleetwood, the co-founder of legendary Fleetwood Mac. Celebrating his Blues heritage with his band and with powerful percussion and persona, staying true to the early styling of the band you can Go Your Own Way and sing and dance the night away. 

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