Things To Do

5 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Week

By Lauren Sanderson
10th May 2021

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Kick off the month with heaps of fun-fuelled activities. Eat your way around Ponsonby, treat yourself to a night at the theatre, round up your pals for an epic quiz night, get amongst the Auckland Writers Fest and don't forget to check out NZ International Comedy Festival—a pretty awesome week, if you ask us.  

Here's what you can get up to this week...

Eat Drink Love Ponsonby Festival

There’s a lot to love about Ponsonby. Top-notch boutiques and eateries as well as a constant parade of pocket-sized pups make this inner-city suburb truly one of a kind. In case you needed to conjure up another excuse to visit Ponsonby anytime soon—you’ll be thrilled to know that the Eat Drink Love Ponsonby festival (EDLP) is back for another year. For the entire month of May, this epic event will see more than 50 of the suburb's restaurants, bars, and cafés dishing out incredible deals and other foodie events around town. Get amongst it! 

Jersey Boys

If like us you're a bit of a theatre buff, then you're going to want to hear this. The much-loved internationally acclaimed musical, Jersey Boys, is making its long-awaited return to The Civic this month and we can't contain our excitement. Following the story of how four blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop sensations of all time. Featuring hit after legendary hit—before you know it you'll be dancing in the isles singing 'Sherry' at the top of your lungs. 

Auckland Writers Festival

Calling all budding writers! After not being able to take place last year due to Covid, Auckland Writers Festival is back with a bang. With over 200 events hosted by over 230 of the world’s best writers, you’re in for a real treat. The festival brings the very best local and international writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, scientists, economists, poets, journalists, and public intellectuals together with audiences to explore ideas, share stories, and experience brilliant conversations. They’ve even got a virtual line-up for those talented writers that reside overseas, so you don’t have to miss a thing. So, get your nose out of a book and tune into live readings, talks, and much more this month.

Win Your Way Around NZ With This Super Quiz

Round up the troops and get your quiz on at Coops corner pub this Tuesday. This is no average pub quiz, no siree! It’s bigger, bolder, and better as there is $1000 worth of travel vouchers up for grabs. So, if you and your pals want to check out what our beautiful country has to offer then start learning your trivia questions. There will be bonus games to push you to your limits and comedians to bring in the lols. If that doesn’t entice you then maybe their frozen margaritas will. Count us in!

NZ International Comedy Festival

The past year has been rough, to say the least, and we think it's fair to say that we are all in need of a good laugh and we're talking about the belly chuckle kind. After all, we all know how good it feels to have a good laugh and what better way to get that much-desired jaw-aching laughter than going to a comedy festival filled with some of the most hilarious comics. The NZ International Comedy Festival kicks off this week and we can't contain our excitement.  The program is jam-packed with much-loved favorites and some new faces that are guaranteed to leave you howling. With over 100 shows at your doorstep, you're truly spoilt for choice. 

Book your tickets to Queenstown this Queen's birthday weekend for this epic four-day light festival.

Image credit: Priscilla Du Preez

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