The sun is shining (finally!) and the promise of overeating on Christmas day hangs over the heads of sleep-deprived workaholics everywhere. Aucklanders, we feel ya, and you’re not alone. The countdown to our well-deserved summer break is well and truly on! To make the wait a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up a list of spectacular things you can do in Auckland. From the educational to the entertaining, there are several things you can do this week. Because it’s all good and well to look forward to the future, but we want you to enjoy the present also!
Monday 27 November
Getting your summer bod in check? Aren’t we all… well, we’ve got an awesome way for you to do so this week! If you haven’t already, be sure to register (ASAP!) for the Auckland POWERADE challenge, running until December 3rd. The course is designed for the likes of both serious and social runners to have fun and get f i t. The 9km running course pop-up provides participants with a chance to track their efforts along the challenge (with their wristbands or the mobile app) logging their times and keeping an eye on the leaderboard. There’s also, of course, the opportunity to get your hands on some awesome prizes! Take your mark, get set, go!
It’s important to recognise a very important cause this week and an awesome event happening in Auckland. In association with Body Positive, Positive Women Inc and The New Zealand AIDS Foundation, launching this Monday and running until December 2nd, is the Puāwai Festival. Timed to honour World AIDS Day on December 1st, this event is running across various venues in Auckland CBD and aims to present an honest and authentic representation of HIV in Aotearoa. The festival includes talks aimed to educate, inform and generate open conversation amongst New Zealanders.
Tuesday 28 November
This one’s for all our music lovers! The Jazz Sessions are as awesome as they sound. Taking place in Britomart, Auckland University’s School Of Music will be performing only the best of jazz music. The Jazz Sessions will be hosted by Orleans and will include music, liquor, and food. Sounds like the right way to spend a Tuesday night to us—listening to good tunes and enjoying delish eats, with the added bonus of a drink in hand. Cheers to that?!
Wednesday 29 November
STARDOME CHRISTMAS GIVEBACK
What better way to brighten up the middle of your week than by heading to Stardome? Take the fam, squad or s/o and get amongst the annual Great Christmas Giveback. Stardome is encouraging you to bring along an item to donate to Auckland City Mission or SPCA Auckland and you’ll get into a Stardome show for $6! Running until December 17th, this is an event where you have the chance to give back and help those less fortunate. Embrace the Christmas spirit, help one of these awesome charities, and enjoy a fun night out!
Thursday 30 November
CHRISTMAS AT THE RACES
It’s the festive season, and we will seize every opportunity to dress up and celebrate. Obviously. Start your weekend early this week (you deserve it!) and head to Alexandra Park for the Christmas at the Races. Enjoy some bubbles, a Christmas-style buffet, and a whole lotta good vibes. Yasss. Naturally, this sounds like an event we want to be a part of. Be sure to get your hands on tickets, ASAP!
Image Credit: Orleans