The dawn of a new week means it’s time to start planning for another tremendous week ahead in Auckland. We have an inkling that it’s going to be a good one, so get ready to dive back into the daily grind and have a killer week. Boredom is not on the plan once you finish work, with degustation menus, pinot tastings, bottomless dumplings and a birthday celebration all on the agenda.
Here are the best things to do in Auckland this week.
Monday 19 August
Black Estate x Cazador
Get a taste of North Canterbury with Black Estate and Cazador’s collaborative night of delicious food and wine. Enjoy five rare wines, matched with a bespoke five-course menu created by the expert team behind Cazador and Black Estate crew. Chef Grant Soeberg is bringing a taste of his local Canterbury produce to enjoy with five seldom seen Black Estate wines. And yes, there will be truffles!
Tuesday 20 August
Consider yourself a pinot pro? Join Woodpecker Hill’s Wine Club night for a blind pinot taste-off. Will the French pinot take the trophy? Or will our bold New Zealand drop reign once again? Taste six pinots with guest speaker and wine importer extraordinaire Puneet Dhall joined by Woodpecker Hill’s sommelier Sonja Anich, matched with Chef Che’s taste teasers.
Wednesday 21 August
S’more Than A Feeling
What s’more could you want than a firepit and some marshmallows to melt? Smales Farm is hosting a night of winter comforts, with their pop-up firepit, live music and all the ingredients you need to make s’mores and toasted marshmallows. Round up your mates for a midday sweet treat.
Thursday 15 August
The two greatest words a foodie could hear together, The Elephant Wrestler is challenging you to a bottomless dumpling quest. How many dumplings can you devour? For just $25 you can find out and eat as many dumplings as your heart desires, along with a glass of beer or bubbles to wash it all down. If you’re not in a full-blown food coma, hang around for live band karaoke and live out your rockstar dreams.
Women of Influence
Round up your squad of girl bosses, Women of Influence is inviting you to learn from some outstanding Kiwi female leaders, making moves in New Zealand and globally. Join Karen Walker, Kanoa Lloyd, Jess Quinn, Evie Kemp and Jess Daniell for a networking breakfast to hear all about their journey to success. Take home some epic advice from leaders in a variety of industries and get inspired to make your own path.
Hoppers 1st Birthday
One of Auckland’s best places for an after-work tipple or late-night boogie Hoppers is turning one and turning up the heat to celebrate. You’re encouraged to dress to impress at this safari-inspired birthday party. Step into a safari-style oasis, with a paradise of plants and tropical treasures. Test your limits by foraging through the special safari menu and wash it all down with one of their themed cocktails. With live music, complimentary bites and good times all around, this is where to meet your squad to kick off your weekend early.
Still raring to go? Get amongst it with the best winter activities to do in Auckland.
Image Credit: The Globe Pop-Up Theatre