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Your Ultimate Auckland Bucket List

By Marilynn McLachlan
18th Nov 2015

Things to do in Auckland

While the year might be coming to a close, there are still plenty of things to do in Auckland before its officially over. Enjoy a vino on a rooftop, impress a new love with an epic date night, kick off a health kick (there's still time!), or swim across the harbour—there’s so many things to do in Auckland to finish 2015 off with a bang! Or start your year off right and tackle these in 2016. 

Get your to-do list out and start ticking away.

  1. Ditch the gym and work up a sweat by going on one of Auckland’s best walks and hikes. 
  2. Get rooftoppin’ and enjoy a vino here or here or here while you soak in the rays.
  3. To market, to market! Iconic Victoria Park Markets has reopened, so trawl through the stands and stores for all your Christmas shopping.
  4. Find out why The Urban List is your new little black book and how to make the most of it. 
  5. Celebrate the end of year with your workmates at one of Auckland’s best Christmas party venues
  6. Indulge in one of Auckland’s best doughnuts, just ‘cos you can. 
  7. You’ve worked damn hard all year; some would say almost too hard. Head to East Day Spa for some serious pampering—the hot stone massage will have you zenning your way through Christmas.
  8. Tick off all of the bars on our 30 Auckland Bars You Should Have Been To list. 
  9. Add some colour to your home by maxing out your credit card here or here  or here.
  10. Update your look with these hair and make up tips
  11. Dust off the vintage bike you got last Christmas (but still haven’t used) and start post-dinner rides around your neighbourhood.
  12. Indulge your sweet tooth with some seriously scrumptious dessert from new player Miann or The Dessert Depot.
  13. Stalk one of Auckland’s best food trucks and have yourself a glorious and cheap dinner. 
  14. Hit the water in this year’s Harbour Crossing.
  15. Book an evening with your partner/wannabe partner/spouse and book in an epic date night at one of these Auckland restaurants.
  16. Hit up Rhythm and Vines or Highlife NYE and get planning for your New Years Eve to be the Best Party Ever to bring in 2016.
  17. Keeping it real, though, we all know it's the night before New Years that’s always the best.
  18. Grab an ice cream from The Store on Kohi and then soak up the vista as you walk along Kohimarama Beach. 
  19. Head up to the Matakana Markets for their Sunday Sessions.
  20. Step out of your yoga comfort zone and try some aerial fitness instead. 
  21. Treat your mum to an afternoon of indulgence at one of Auckland’s best high teas. 
  22. Slurp your way around our fine city with Auckland’s best milkshakes. 
  23. Start a health kick by drinking one of Auckland’s best superfood smoothies. 
  24. Or, if you prefer to make your own, try the only green smoothie recipe you’ll need this year. 
  25. Make your way through our list of Auckland’s best cocktails. 
  26. Watch or play cricket—parks, backyards, Eden Park, beaches—wherever, whenever.
  27. Pick up some fish ‘n’ chips from some of Auckland’s best fish ‘n’ chip shops and head to the beach for a glorious Pacific Ocean sunset.
  28. Get the girls together for some serious pampering at Lucy and the Powder Room.
  29. Save a dollar or two by chowing down on 25 ultimate Auckland cheap eats. 
  30. Sun and beer go hand in hand, so make your way through our list of the Auckland’s best spots for craft beer.
  31. Overcome your fear of monophobia (you can do it!) and dine out solo at one of these spots. 
  32. Love a good breakfast? Work your way through the Auckland’s best breakfasts you must try. 
  33. Move away from your coffee regular and start trying the best coffee in Auckland.
  34. While you’re at it, find out what your coffee order says about you. 
  35. Upgrade your cooking skills by making this or these or maybe this deliciousness. 
  36. Protect those eyes and look good at the same time with a new pair of shades. 
  37. Drink tea and get your hair and nails done all at the same time. 
  38. Go on an Insta-walk and share your pics and share with us —#urbanlisted @urbanlistakl
  39. Make your own lunch and eat it at one of these outdoor lunchtime spots. 
  40. Buy an Apple watch, but don’t let it fat shame you. 
  41. Get the gang together and head out for some of Auckland’s best pizzas. 
  42. Go to Christmas in the Park. At least this once. 
  43. While you’re in the Christmas spirit, go and watch The Auckland Santa Parade in its 81st year. 
  44. But we get it if Christmas just isn’t your thing and you just totally want to avoid it this year. 
  45. Get the summer season started early at Mt Eden’s Brothers Juke Joint BBQ
  46. Head to this Auckland institution for after work drinks 
  47. Sit outside and enjoy a movie at Silo Park.
  48. Eat from one of Auckland’s best Italian restaurants and then head home to watch The Godfather. 
  49. Go SUPing at Takapuna Beach.
  50. Tick off our list of 50 Things You Should Have Done If You Live In Auckland.

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