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Local Escapes
Why A Visit To Queenstown’s First Boutique Gin Garden Should Be On Your Hit List This Summer

Summer is cranking, daylight saving is here, and G&T season is well and truly upon us… to be fair, it’s one season that we…

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10 Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

January in Tāmaki Makaurau is certainly delivering, and this weekend is no exception. We've got time travel, a spooktacular…

Restaurants
Auckland’s Best New Restaurant Openings In 2022 You Need To Know About

We live for new openings (especially the kind that involve food) and know you do, too. Fortunately, Auckland is the city that just keeps on…

Bars & Pubs
Auckland’s 10 Best Rooftop Bars To Watch Day Turn To Night, According To You

We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again: rooftop bars are the shiz. What’s not to love about sitting sky-high, sipping…

What's On
What’s On In Auckland This Week, This Month And Beyond

We are back in full swing after the festive season and although you may feel like you need a rest after devouring your body’s weight…

Things To Do
The Best New Year’s Eve Parties In New Zealand To See Out 2021

It’s official—New Year’s is happening. And while there wasn’t much of a lead up to the big banger this year,…

Things To Do
18 Of The Best Places To Have An Epic Christmas Party In Auckland

Ho, ho, holy snowball…. December is here and it's time to get our Christmas party on. With freedom day upon us, we now have the…

Art & Design
Artweek 2021 | Everything You Need To See, Whatever The Alert Level

Lockdown hasn't stopped Artweek, and the annual festival celebrating local artists and art is back from 5 to 14 November to enliven…

Restaurants
Hamilton’s Best Restaurants To Eat Your Way Around

Whatever the occasion or vibe, Hamilton’s restaurant scene has it all. Whether you’re after a sophisticated date destination, a…

Food & Drink
Parnell’s Best Restaurants, Bars And Cafes And Where To Find Them

For a night out feeling fancy, a sweet pick-me-up or a tasty bite to get you through your day, Parnell won’t disappoint as…

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Synthony, The Banging Orchestral Dance Concert Has A New Post Lockdown Date

Ever wanted to hear Calvin Harris' One Kiss in C Minor with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra? Yeah, us neither, come…

Restaurants
Restaurant Month 2021’s Most Fun, Inventive And Excellent Value For Money Menus

Great food at a great price? That, my friend, is the way to an Aucklander’s heart. Restaurant Month is officially here for 2021,…

Things To Do
50 Epic Things To Do In Auckland

While Aucklanders may be the brunt of jokes for those south of the Bombay Hills, we think living in the City of Sails is pretty damn rad.…

News
Broadway Hit Musical ‘Wicked’ Has Announced A New Post-Lockdown Date So Grab Your Broomstick

We all know COVID has had a huge impact on the arts, so it just warms our cockles to see shows like multi-award-winning show The Lion King…

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The Smoke And Spice Festival Will Turn Up The Heat In 2022

Can’t wait for the hot and heady days of summer? Lucky for us, Culley’s is bringing the heat and the beats back to you next…

News
A New Boutique Cinema Complex Is Coming To Ponsonby And Yep, We’re Excited

Auckland crew listen up! In some hugely exciting news, it’s been revealed that Ponsonby is (finally) getting a cinema complex all of…

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Takapuna Winter Lights Festival Is Finally Opening This Weekend

If you missed out on the light fest extravaganza LUMA in Queenstown this year then you’ll be stoked to hear that a dazzling free light…

Local Escapes
7 Rad Things To Do At Night In Queenstown

The sun may be setting, but things are just kicking off in Queenstown. As soon as the day turns to night, the city lights up with…

Bars & Pubs
Bozo On Auckland’s K’ Road Is The Hot New Gin And Craft Beer Bar You Need To Meet

Hot new gin and craft beer joint Bozo Bar has just opened on Auckland’s buzzing Karangahape Road and you’re going to want to get…

Local Escapes
Lil Red Is The Hidden Spot That’s Just Popped Up In Queenstown For The Winter Season

Queenstown has a new pop-up on its culinary menu and we’re crossing our fingers (and toes) that this cosy restaurant will extend its…

Restaurants
Meet Bar Magda, Auckland’s Hottest New Underground Bar And Bistro

Meet Magda—a speakeasy-style bar and bistro that is guaranteed to steal your heart, captivate your taste buds and tantalise your…

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An Epic Raclette Pop Up Is Hitting Auckland This Bastille Celebration Week

Is there any better way to embrace the colder days than with shed loads of cheese? We think not. This winter, we’re in luck, as Le…

Local Escapes
16 Of The Best Things To Do In Queenstown

Summer, winter, autumn or spring, Queenstown is a beauty to behold. For both tourists and locals, it has a spectacular vista and there are…

Bars & Pubs
Party Venues In Auckland That Are Actually Good

Whether you’re planning a big birthday or a special shindig, only the best will do. Because we’re about nothing but the…

Food & Drink
The Best Late Night Desserts In Auckland

Long gone are the days where we have to finish everything on our dinner plate in order to gorge on dessert. Now we can simply skip it…

Local Escapes
First Base’s Free Vintage Après Ski Soirée Hits Queenstown This Weekend

Winter is coming, and that means ski party season is too. So, dust off your boots and grab your warmest jackets, because things are about to…

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A Secret Piano Bar Is Coming To Auckland

Let’s be honest, we’re kinda terrible at keeping secrets here at Urban List. So, when we hear a rumour a hidden piano…

Restaurants
MOGLY Is The Epic New Bar And Eatery Bringing Seriously Good Vibes To Ormiston

From milkshakes to margaritas, burgers to bao—MOGLY Bar And Eatery is bringing a whole lotta deliciousness to the South Auckland…

Restaurants
Bali Nights Is Ponsonby’s Hot New Indonesian Eatery Serving Up A Slice Of Paradise

Ponsonby is about as far from the beaches and jungles of Bali as you can get—unless, that is, you find yourself visiting Bali Nights,…

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Dine Under The Stars In These Epic Igloos That Have Just Popped Up In Central Wellington

Ah, winter. That delightful season when jammies and slippers become a fashion statement, social outings become rarer than a blood supermoon,…

Food & Drink
Pull Up A Stool At The Best Bars To Grab A Patrón Cocktail In NZ

Do you consider yourself a bit of a cocktail connoisseur? If so, listen up! We don’t know about you but our spirit of choice has to be…

Bars & Pubs
The Best Happy Hours In Auckland To Kick The Night Off In Style

Bargain bevvys, a bar snack or two and some quality yarns make for the ultimate after work wind down. It’s a ritual, a celebration,…

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Show Off Your Slick Moves At New Zealand’s Highest And Most Epic Silent Disco

There’s always that one friend that doesn’t vibe with your choice in music, isn’t there? Well, now you can dance to the…

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Just Released: Free Hip Hop Event Jameson House of Rounds Has A New Date

Forget whatever you had planned for September 3rd, Galatos is the place to be. From 9pm the good vibes will be crankin’ and…

Local Escapes
9 Of The Best Hotels In Wellington

Our fine capital is home to some fantastic hotels for all kinds of visitors looking for all kinds of getaways. Whether you’re…

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MOTAT Is Lighting Up Matariki With A Next-Level Interactive Night Lights Event

Whether you love a good photo op or simply have an appreciation for the arts—the enchanting Night Lights at MOTAT will be…

Bars & Pubs
11 Of The Best Urban Bars In Hawke’s Bay

When it comes to whipping up mouth-watering kai and creating world-class wine, Hawke’s Bay definitely deserves a standing ovation.…

Bars & Pubs
50 Of The Best Bars In Auckland In 2021

When it comes to finding somewhere decent to drink, us Aucklanders have it pretty damn good. From sunny rooftop terraces to moody basement…

Bars & Pubs
50 Of The Best Bars In Auckland In 2021

When it comes to finding somewhere decent to drink, us Aucklanders have it pretty damn good. From sunny rooftop terraces to moody basement…

News
Cross Street Music Festival Is The Autumn Bloc Party You Don’t Want To Miss

Cross St. Music Festival is back, baby. After the March lockdown rained on its parade, a new date has been released, and it’s…

Bars & Pubs
Where To Sip On Auckland’s Very Best Margaritas

Ah, the margarita—one of Mexico's finest exports. There really is nothing better on a sultry summer's evening (or, at any time…

Bars & Pubs
Introducing Our Land Is Alive—The Gorgeous New Bar Celebrating All Things NZ

There's a lot to love about New Zealand right now (just ask anyone living overseas!), so the timing really couldn't be more perfect…

News
Sip Rosé, Pink G&Ts And Pink Gin-Based Cocktails At This Epic Pink Pop Up Bar

Make tracks for this pop-up bar that's hit Morningside where you can sip pink drinks beneath pink disco balls and hanging greenery in a…

News
Rally The Crew, A Massive Beach Festival With An Epic Rooftop Bar Is Popping Up In Takapuna

We might only be a couple of months into the new year but this summer is shaping up to be a corker. Hot on the heels of a pop-up gin garden…

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Hoist Those Flags, Here’s Everything You Can’t Miss At Auckland Pride Festival 2021

After last year’s shenanigans, we sure do need an occasion dedicated to celebrating freedom and togetherness. And what better…

News
Fire Up The Group Chat, A Massive Street Party Is Coming To Parnell This Friday

Ain’t no party like a street party—get ready for Parnell’s very own street festival filled with groovy tunes, good vibes,…

Restaurants
Meet Candela, The New Spanish Wine Bar And Eatery Shaking Up K’ Road

Now more than ever we want to hop on a plane and fly to Spain to sink our teeth into their culinary delights, and while we know we…

Things To Do
50 Of The Best Summer Date Ideas To Try In Auckland

Dating in summer is all about spending time in the great outdoors, soaking up the sunshine and indulging in activities limited to the warmer…

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Where To Wine, Dine And Entertain Your Lover In Auckland This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is on the way, and love is well and truly in the air. This is the one day of the year where romantic expectations are at…

News
Ditch The Roses And Burn Love Letters Instead At This Strictly R18 Anti-Valentine’s Day Event

There are three types of people in this world, those who absolutely love Valentine’s Day and all it entails, those who are blissfully…

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Here Are The Shows You Can’t Miss At The Auckland Fringe Festival 2021

Auckland is alive with festivals during February as Auckland Pride takes over the city in all its glory throughout the month, but it…

New Zealand
Look Up, Here Are The Best Places for Stargazing In New Zealand

There’s no doubt about it, New Zealand is a stargazing destination. It's blessed with clear night skies and next to no light…

Food & Drink
Auckland’s Best New Bars Of 2020 For You To Raise A Glass At

2020 has certainly been a strange year, but we're pleased to report that in spite of it all, a number of new drinking spots have come to…

Restaurants
Here’s Where To Eat And Drink This Boxing Day In Auckland 2020

After the endless rounds of turkey, ham, pavlova and berries you need a well-deserved rest. Stay away from the streams of shoppers and get…

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9 Of Auckland’s Best New Year’s Eve Parties To See Out The End Of 2020

It's fair to say that this year has been a bit of a shambles, but onwards and upwards.  Say goodbye to 2020 in true Kiwi style at…

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Dive Into 5 Epic Nights Out In Auckland (That Don’t Involve Clubbing)

Let’s be real, clubbing in Auckland can be hit and miss at the best of times. You never know if it’s actually going to be busy,…

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20 Of The Best Places To Have An Epic Christmas Party In Auckland

Ho, ho, holy snowball…. December is here and it's time to get our Christmas party on. It's the only time of the year when…

Dunedin
10 Of The Best Things To Do In Dunedin After Dark

The Dunedin night-scene is a unique blend of artsy happenings, cosy bars, unusual entertainment and close encounters with nature. Not a…

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8 Melbourne Cup Parties Worth Getting Dressed Up For

Polish off your finest attire and gather your fun-loving friends, Melbourne Cup is back in all its frivolity on Tuesday 3 November. …

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Expect The Unexpected At WTF?!, The Strictly Adults-Only Show Taking Auckland By Storm

Imagine all the fantasy and magic from Night at the Museum, and spice it up with some fire, pole dancing, and eccentricity. Brace yourself…

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Get Spooked At 8 Of Auckland’s Best Halloween Events

The year's creepiest holiday is almost upon us and throughout the city, strange things are afoot. So grab your ghouls (and boys!) and…

News
Listen Up, A New Secret Prohibition-Style Dining Experience Is On The Scene

There’s dining, and then there’s dining. If you’re in charge of organising a work-related do or want something really…

News
Check Out The First Look Inside Café Hanoi’s Brand New Space In Britomart

Famed for its exceptional Vietnamese cuisine, Café Hanoi has been on the scene for more than a decade and has recently moved into a…

Restaurants
Meet Gochu, The Hot New Korean Eatery Taking Auckland’s Tastebuds By Storm

Some restaurants are good, others are great. Then there are those that totally change your life. Gochu is one of these. Masterminded by…

News
Book A Private Degustation For You And 9 Mates At This Epic New Harbourside Igloo

It’s level 2.5 friends! If you missed an important celebration over lockdown or you’re just itching to get back out and about…

Markets & Food Events
Chow Down On The Best $25 And Under Deals In Auckland This Restaurant Month

Great food at a great price? That, my friend, is the way to an Aucklander’s heart. Restaurant Month is officially here for 2020,…

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Grab Your Paintbrush, A Riotous Painting And Booze Event Hosted by Drag Queens Is Coming To Auckland

Not that you need reminding, but during lockdown cocktails were DIY, you couldn’t nip to Bunnings for craft supplies and life was…

Queenstown
Get Loved Up With The Most Romantic Things To Do In Queenstown

With so many awesome Queenstown restaurants and bars at your fingertips, planning a romantic evening or weekend should be easy. Queenstown,…

News
Get Booking, NZ’s First Post-Lockdown Winter Festival Is Just Around The Corner

If you’ve spent lockdown mourning the loss of live music and having a damn good boogie fear not. The Good Vibes winter tour is locked…

Food & Drink
Amp Up, Here Are The 11 New Bars And Eateries We’re Most Excited For At Commercial Bay

Here at Urban List, nothing's got us more hyped right now than the news that after four long years in the making, the billion-dollar…

Restaurants
Chow Down At Mr Hao, Auckland’s Hottest New BBQ Skewer Bar

Now that we’re in Level 2, we can indulge at our fave restaurants with our loved ones and welcome the newcomers to Auckland’s…

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Start Planning, Here’s How To Live Your Best Life In Iso This Easter Long Weekend

Easter this year is going to be very different for all of us, no long-weekend trips or visits from the Easter Bunny (or is…

Music
Jam Out At Home Thanks To The Online Music Festival Happening This Weekend

Unless you're Jared Leto, you’re probably well aware of the difficulties that live musicians and artists have been facing since…

Markets & Food Events
Chow Down At This American Food And Beer Night Coming To Victoria Park Market

Due to the guidelines relating to large gatherings provided by the Ministry of Health, we regret to announce the much anticipated…

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Where To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In Auckland And Channel Your Inner Leprechaun

Crank out the fiddle and let the Guinness flow, St. Patrick's Day (17 March) is just around the corner and we for one are ready to…

Wellington
Get Planning, Here’s 10 Of The Best Things To Do In Wellington This March

There is so much going on in Wellington in March; the coolest little capital is really living up to its name. New Zealand Festival and…

Wellington
The 8 Best Eateries In Press Hall Wellington That You’ll Need To Loosen Your Belt For

Gone are the days of shopping mall food courts that have the acoustics of an indoor swimming pool. We’re into the era of stylish…

What's On
Cinema Peroni Returns For 2020 And We Know Just How To Get You In

Cinema Peroni is back for a fifth year to lift our spirits, returning at a time when summer’s days are numbered. As we ready our minds…

Auckland
Everything You Need To Eat, See And Do In Catalina Bay, Hobsonville’s Epic New District

Summer day trips are a rite-of-passage for most Aucklanders, however they don't always have to involve hours of driving (and inevitably…

Restaurants
Calling All Wine Lovers, Natural Wine Bar Clay Has Nestled In On K’ Road

Wine and pizza, could you ask for a better combination? Well listen up, K' Road’s new hidden gem Clay, delivers exactly that and…

Christchurch
What Not To Miss At This Year’s World Buskers Festival In Christchurch

February has shaped up to be quite the crazy, magical and entertaining month here in the Chur because the circus has come to town. The…

Restaurants
Forks At The Ready, Bar Céleste, A French Inspired Neo Bistro Has Hit K’ Road

Is there anywhere else in Auckland where you can get shucked oysters at 2am? We think not. So if you want the best of both worlds, where…

Bars & Pubs
10 Of The Best Bars In Queenstown You Need To Hit Up For An Epic Night Out

People come from all over to experience Queenstown’s jaw-dropping scenery and host of adventurous activities. From traditional…

Bars & Pubs
Find Your Perfect Tipple At One Of The Best Bars In Wellington

When Welly has a good day, there’s nothing better than making the most of it and having a drink in the sun.  When Welly has a bad…

Tauranga
Grab A Drink At The 9 Best Bars In Tauranga And The Mount

There are few things in life more refreshing than a cold beer after a hike up to the top of Mauao, or an afternoon of surfing the clear blue…

Food & Drink
Grab A Drink At Australia And New Zealand’s Best New Bars Of 2019

Well, it turns out gin isn’t the only thing we’ve all been frothing over this year—the stellar list of bars that have…

Wellington
8 Epic Things To Do In Wellington This Christmastime

It's all getting very festive in Wellington. There are so many wonderfully celebratory events happening in the run up to Christmas, you…

News
Drink Up, A Fleet Of Free Mojito Tuk Tuks Hits Auckland Tonight

Checking out different hotspots around town has got to be one of our favourite things ever so get ready Auckland—your dreams are about…

Christchurch
‘Gram At The Ready, Cult Fave Utopia Ice Has Opened In Central Christchurch

Long time fans of Sumner’s Utopia Ice have had their prayers answered. The delicious artisanal ice cream shop has opened a gorgeous…

Christchurch
Arriba! Christchurch Has Just Scored Itself A Hot New Tapas Joint

For those lucky enough to have travelled to Spain, you’ll be well acquainted with the gastronomic delight that is tapas. Small bites…