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18 Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

By Alice Rich
22nd Feb 2024

Happy revellers at the Auckland Pride March, one of the best things to do in Auckland this weekend.

That glorious time is upon us, yet again. Rejoice. This weekend's lineup includes the cult-favourite Splore plus a camp revival, slick drinks, some mighty fine theatre, plant love, and Barbie. There's also a whole lot of Who, hanger-beating eats, lanterns, sexy yoga, the Auckland Pride March, and we celebrate the Year of the Dragon. All this, and more. 

Here are 18 epic things to do in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all weekend.

Friday 23 February

Hydrate With Something A Little Fancy

Put a little pop in your day with succulent Six Barrel Soda Co. quenchers at Britomart this Friday. Materialising at Spacefor (that’s #52 Tyler Street) from 10am-6pm, swing by around lunchtime to take a swig of yuzu mandarin lemonade or treat your tastebuds to a mocktail of raspberry, lemon, and blackcurrant, for free.

But that’s not all—no, no—stay a while to sample the crew’s real fruit non-alcoholic IPA concentrate and sugar-free Seltz Drops range. Consider your thirst taken care of. 

Sit In On The Perfect Image

Head to LOT23 in Eden Terrace this Friday night to delve into a queer rom-com play about a stock image photo company that’s all about diversity.

Part of Auckland Pride Festival, The Perfect Image is written by award-winning playwright, Sam Brooks, and stars Sean Rivera, Mark Chayanat Whittet, Michael Hockey, and Amelia Reynolds. Get amongst.  

Get Your Fix Of Barbiecore

Prince William might not have seen it but since when did you follow his lead? If you, too, are yet to lay eyes on Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, head to Glover Park this weekend to right that wrong.

Bring all your Movies in Park essentials—a picnic rug, blanket, and snacks—and get ready to see Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling breathe life into Barbie and Ken like never before. 

Saturday 24 February

Create New Life With Babylon

Pull up a seat at the potting bench at St Heliers plant paradise, Babylon, and learn all the secrets to successful propagation—growing a brand new plant from a cutting—so you can grow your very own Pinterest-worthy jungle at home.

Workshop tickets include an introduction to several key propagation methods and techniques, three plant cuttings, and a whole lot of botanical banter. Want more? Their Caring for Houseplants Workshop is happening later that day.  

Clamber Into The Tardis

Okay, the actual tardis might not be touching down on New Zealand soil, but Doctor Who stars Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Caitlin Blackwood (young Amelia Pond), and Wendy Padbury (Second Doctor companion Zoe), along with Australian comedian Rob Lloyd sure are.

Celebrating sixty years of Doctor Who, and taking place at the Dorothy Winstone Center at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School, this Lord of Time conventions is a must for any Whovian. 

Partake In A Delicious Farm Dinner

Archana and Tristan, the culinary wizards behind Everybody Eats—a charitable dining concept that spins food that would otherwise be binned into exceptional meals—are hightailing it to Kelmarna Community Farm to serve up a four-course Farm Dinner to froth over.

Proceeds will support the two charities’ ongoing planet-loving mahi. Omnivore and vegetarian options are available. 

Sunday 25 February

Celebrate Lunar New Year

Ushering in the Year of the Dragon, Auckland Live is putting on a sensational celebratory lineup with Lunar New Year in the Square from 10am-7pm in front of Aotea Centre.

Expect: lion and dragon dance, craft workshops, dance battles, karaoke, a silent disco, and some of the most lip-smacking pan-Asian eats. Speaking of, New Zealand Masterchef winner Sam Low will be cooking Modern Chinese with David Correos—don’t miss this. 

Get Really, Really Deep

Yoga’s getting spicy this weekend with The Social Climax, a blend of movement, mindset and sexology, complete with conscious mocktails.

The two-hour event will include a Sexology Real talk with sex therapist Jo Robertson, Yoga and Beats with Sophie Kaufusi from Being Yoga and an enlivening talk by Coach Laine Morrissey-Brown on building a more positive self-narrative. 

March For Pride

Rounding off the Pride festivities is the Auckland Pride March And Party. The march will begin at Aotea Square at 3.30pm (assemble from 2pm) and end at Takutai Square in Britomart, the location of the Auckland Pride Party 2024 from 4.30pm.

Party it up with Brown Boy Magik, Vercetti & Blush.MP3 on the decks and headliner PATI AF, plus stellar eats by the folks at The Food Truck Collective. Entry is free. 

Muse Over Markets

Slingin’ downright delicious breakfasts in Te Atatū, Neil Cafe, has another little trick up its sleeve and that’s the Neil Market, and it’s definitely worth popping your piggybank for.

A regular fixture the first Sunday of every month from 2-5pm (best fuel up beforehand, you know where), add it to your calendar and get ready to browse homewares, gifts, clothing, and ‘oddities’. Not going to lie—the mystique, along with the promise of a really good feed, has us swooning. 

Eat All The Cheese

Cheese is something we take very seriously here at Urban List and, if you’re reading this, chances are you do too, which is highly fortunate given the makers of Mount Eliza Cheese, Jill and Chris Whalley, will be leading a deep dive into this delightful dairy product, mouth-first of course at The Libraries.

Tickets include a three-course Mount Eliza taster, wine pairings, and, for sure, some cheese-making secrets.

All Weekend

Get Lit 

And by that we mean take a wander through the dazzling light displays at the BNZ Auckland Lantern Festival. Setting Manukau Sports Bowl all a-glow, there’ll be more than 500 handmade lanterns, a gaggle of epic street food vendors, keepsakes, movies, fireworks, and even the chance to go head-to-head with some of Aotearoa’s finest basketball stars. Dang. 

Support The Arts

Itching to do some good in this world? Consider making a donation to FAFSWAG, a Pacific queer arts collective. For the past decade, they’ve been shaking up the local arts scene here in Tāmaki Makaurau, with top-tier performance, photography, multi-disciplinary arts projects, and more.

The collective is preparing to create a studio space for Pacific artists by Pacific artists and are raising money for a cyclorama, a badass piece of tech they deserve a hundred times over. Help out, if you can. 

Dabble In The Life Aquatic

Moana Auckland, the Ocean Festival of Aotearoa, makes a splash this weekend, setting the scene for a month of festivities.

Catch the qualifying rounds for the Z Manu World Champs at Viaduct Events Centre, meander through the sculptures on Waiheke Island, cheerlead superyachts in Jellicoe Harbour, have a feed at the Moana Auckland Festival Hub, and drink in the history at the New Zealand Maritime Museum. 

Live The Full Festival Fantasy 

Just when you thought you couldn’t take another weekend spent moshing to the beat by day and getting down and dirty camping at night, the allure of seeing out the last of the summer sun at Splore Festival should change your mind.

This three-day festival/giant dress-up party at Tapapakanga Regional Park is in a league of its own with everything from music and performing arts to workshops, installations, wellness classes, and a whole lot of love. 

Go Back To Camp

Speaking of festival vibes, if you’re keen to venture even further afield, you might just fall in love with Camp A Low Hum.

Taking place at Camp Wainui in Wainuiomata, this is a legendary three-day, four-night festival that sprung from ‘HUM’—a 2001 record label—and ‘A Low Hum’—a music magazine from 2003—running from 22-25 February.

Fall head first into eight ‘environments’, mingling with artists (the lineup’s a mystery until the day), and kicking back with new friends. 

Send Your Breadtags Across The Ditch

Here’s something a little different. Multidisciplinary artist, Shani Nottingham, has been collecting breadtags from all over the world. In fact, people are constantly sending them to her and she transforms them from single-use tokens of mundane existence into art pieces and artistic narratives.

If you love a loaf of bread, start collecting your tags—both plastic and cardboard tags are accepted with open arms—and mail them to The Breadtag Project, 30 Lachlan Street, Cowra NSW 2794, Wiradjuri Land, Australia. 

Hit The Beach

Nothing beats kicking back on the sand after a day of merriment (or a day of work if you’re already back into the grind). Take your pick from the best beaches in Auckland, then ready those sun salutes. Just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap—the only thing that should be crispy are your fries.

All this weekend planning got you feeling a bit peckish? Treat your tastebuds to the latest food news. 

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