We are officially entering our second month of autumn and while we are still holding onto the last of the warm(ish) days, it is fair to say that we have welcomed the cooler months and all they bring. April in the super city is chocka with all sorts of activities to fill your calendar with. There are international concerts, historic exhibitions, burlesque evenings and many more weird and wonderful ways to spend your days this month. Here is a list of all of the best things to do in Auckland this April.
Waiheke Wine And Food Festival
The much-loved Fullers Waiheke Wine & Food Festival is back this April after taking a break in 2018. The festivities are the perfect excuse to escape the mainland for a day and treat yourself to all that Waiheke has to offer. They will be showcasing an array of the best vineyards, artesian food and local musicians. Kicking off at 11am you will find award-winning vineyards serving up their hand-crafted wines ready for your tasting and purchasing. A few of the many making an appearance is Cable Bay, Man O War, Awaroa and Wild on Waiheke. The tasty line-up of food vendors will include Dragon Fired pizza, Shima Shuch, Urban Escargot and Rangihoua Estate olive oil. Bring a blanket or picnic chairs and you will be set for a day of indulging in one of the most beautiful spots in the country, surrounded by great food, drinks and music–just dreamy.
3rd, 4th and 5th April
Back for the fourth year, Peroni’s coveted open-air cinema will be screening for three nights in April, in Britomart’s Takutai Square. Celebrating Italy’s love for the art of film, this starlit experience is showing the award-winning film Perfect Strangers. The private screening will be a complete experience with Aperitivo and Peroni Limone cocktails on arrival, followed by complimentary Peroni Nastro Azzurro. A three-course al fresco meal by Amano executive Chef Andrew Hanson will be served during the film to complete this ultimate date night. In the stunning Italian-inspired setting you'll feel like you’ve been transported out of Auckland for the evening, a true escape.
3rd and 4th April
Our Aussie friends do a pretty good job when it comes to the music department, as they continue to bless us with some seriously good bands and Ocean Alley is a prime example. Described as psychedelic-surf-rock, the six Sydney fellas create easy-listening tunes perfect for afternoons spent laxing in the sun. Returning to New Zealand for their biggest headline tour yet, the PowerStation will see the legends put on an epic show that you won’t want to miss. Catch the guys on April 3rd and 4th as they bless us with their new music, the old favourites and an all-around good time. Hold onto summer for just a little longer with a night of sun-soaked tunes with these Aussie legends.
Superette International Opening
We have great news for your wardrobe and bad news for your savings—the much-loved designer-fashion destination store Superette is expanding. With new global designers popping up on their online store, you will now be able to find them all in the brand-new Superette International, opening its doors in New Market this April. Designers including Rag & Bone, Reiko and Rough Studios are among the new international brands featured in the store. Officially opening on Thursday 4th, there will be some exciting things happening in store during their first weekend to celebrate the opening, including an in-store juice lab and complimentary treats to enjoy whilst browsing.
Ponsonby Market Day
We love everything about a good street market. The vibe, the fab finds, the buzzy atmosphere but even better when it is for a good cause. The Ponsonby Market Day returns this April and the best part is that all proceeds go towards supporting women and families in the South Auckland region who are in need. You will find all of the best, high quality, pre-loved and new designer label clothes, shoes and handbags available to snatch up for real bargains. There will be delicious local food, mellow live music and an all-around good vibe throughout the whole day.
Piha Summer Sender
Get out your party shirt from the back of the closet because the annual Piha Summer Sender is back and if you haven’t been along yet, you need to get involved. This is how it goes–Meet at the City Works Depot at 1pm, you will hop on board a bus which will take you along the beautiful winding road to Piha. On arrival, the Piha Bowling Club will make you feel welcome as will the delicious BBQ spread waiting for you. Piha Beer’s will be sure to keep hydration levels up with seven flavours of their beer on tap. A handful of DJs will be supplying some mellow tunes, and if you are up for a game of bowls there will be a competition running all afternoon. The bus will drop you back off when the day is done, no need to worry about a sober driver. It is a truly legendary day in one of the country’s most beautiful places and a real treat for your Saturday.
Trilogy Skincare Live Art
1st- 7th April
To mark the launch of Trilogy Skincare’s latest skincare innovation, they have collaborated with local graffiti artist, ADORE, to bring the streets of Ponsonby something incredible. To illustrate the glowing results of Trilogy’s new range, ADORE is painting a bespoke ‘Glowing Lady’ portrait live on Ponsonby Road. Each day over the week her face will develop, with the full portrait revealed on Sunday 7th. Being able to watch the portrait come to life will be spectacular, and the best part is that once the piece is complete it will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to one of Trilogy’s partner charities, Look Good Feel Better. If you are around the area, wander down to the corner of Douglas Street and Ponsonby Road to get a glimpse of the creation.
Ben And Jerry’s Free Cone Day
Every year since 1979, Ben and Jerrys have held an official Free Cone Day, to celebrate and say thanks for all of the support they continue to get every year. From humble beginnings, the ice-cream phenomenon appreciates each customer they get, and this tradition has become somewhat legendary for all ice-cream fans around the world. And it is one we absolutely welcome with open arms and happy taste-buds. Get your bestie, workmate or any fellow sweet-toothed human and head along to snag your free cone.
Boyzone Farewell Concert
It’s true what they say, all good things must come to an end and for Boyzone fans all around the world, that time is now. Boyzone is on their international farewell tour which includes a stopover at Auckland’s Spark Arena this April. The iconic boy band held a special place in so many hearts of anyone who was around in the 90s, as their pop hit singles became anthems for all sorts of fans. They will be performing all of the favourite hits including No Matter What and Father & Son, it’ll be a night of reminiscing and nostalgia for sure.
You Are Us/Aroha Nui Concert
The best of the best across New Zealand’s music industry are coming together to present two concert events in Christchurch and Auckland, You Are Us/Aroha Nui. Raising funds from ticket sales, all proceeds will go to Our People, Our City fund which was set up by the Christchurch Foundation helping those affected by the Christchurch terror attacks. The concerts will be hosted by Mike King and will have a line-up of performers including Dave Dobbyn, Six60, Shapeshifter, Anika Moa, Mitch James and many more Kiwi artists. As well as raising much-needed money, the events will celebrate cultural diversity and giving all New Zealanders the opportunity to stand together in a safe space, to honour those who lost their lives on March 15th. For anyone unable to attend these concert events but wishing to donate you can give to the Our People, Our City fund.
[email protected] Concert
Studio the Venue is hosting a special concert this April called [email protected]. The event brings together a line-up of multi-cultural hip-hop and R&B artists from around New Zealand to share their music with you and each other. Hoping to expand the bonds between all ethnic groups through the common love of music, this gig will be full of different styles and sounds. Performers include Yega Gang, Lugh and Kovic Red among others, head on down from 7pm to catch the tunes and talents in action.
Mandela My Life Exhibition
The official exhibition of the personal life of Nelson Mandela opens at Auckland’s Eden Park this April and it is well worth heading along to check out. Mandela My Life gives you the rare experience to glimpse into the untold stories of Mandela’s life, with over 200 original artefacts, documents, personal items and artworks from The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela’s private collection. New Zealand has a special connection with Mandela, the high-profile protests that took place around the 1981 Springbok tour are very much a part of our history and ironically, where the exhibition is being held is where flour bombs were dropped in protest of the Apartheid regime and ongoing imprisonment of Mandela.
lululemon Yoga Class
Every Sunday - 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th April
Sundays are a day to rest, relax and recover. There is no better way than to start your Sunday morning with a yoga class and even better when it is complimentary—you don’t even need your own mat. Every Sunday during April you can head along to the lululemon Britomart store at 8.30am, where local yoga teacher Dr Sarah Dunning will lead you through an all-levels class. Perfect for anyone wanting to give yoga a try but not wanting to commit to a studio, you will be feeling brand new post class and ready to take on the day.
Returning for their third year and guaranteed to be even bigger and better, Touch Bass is coming to Spark Arena this April and, judging from the line-up, it is set to be an epic night. Canadian headliner, REZZ, is joined by an unreal line up of drum & bass legends, fellow Canadian Ekali, as well as UK stars Zomboy, Rusko, Holy Goof and Macky Gee, create one heck of a lineup. If you are a drum and bass fan, you’ll already know that this is the ultimate gig Auckland has been blessed with and will not want to be missing out.
Known for his unique sound, goosebump-inducing vocals and those lush curls, Matt Corby is nothing short of an Australian icon and one we are happy to welcome back to our shores. Returning to Auckland with his Rainbow Valley tour celebrating the release of his second album, the Sydney local is known for his intimate and emotion-filled performances and we don’t doubt this will be anything less. Corby’s new music is full of the same incredible lyrics and unique instrumentals that we know and love, but with a fresh and new feel.
Playing at the likes of Glastonbury and Belgium’s Dour festival, Jungle is one of the UK’s newer bands who has wasted no time making their mark. Childhood friends Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson lead the stage with a seven-piece band accompanying them and together they create a unique sound unlike anything else out there. A mix of neo-soul, 1970s-style funk music, the smooth sounds created are individual to Jungle and that’s why there is such a big demand for their shows. Praised for their live performances, we know this show will be one to remember.
Press Play Burlesque Improv Competition
Back for its second year, Cassette Nine is hosting the Press Play Burlesque Improv Competition which will no doubt be full of laughs, drama, and the very unexpected. Eight contestants from around New Zealand, each choose a musical genre and are then given a random song from that genre. They will be given an ‘ask for’ from the audience, which is a suggestion as to how to perform or what to include in their routine. Then it’s all up to them, let the shimmying, shaking and improvising begin. The two highest scoring performers will then go head to head to take out the title of Press Play Champion 2019. If you are looking for something a little different for a night out this is sure to be a hilarious and light-hearted evening. Cassette Nine will have special cocktails and mouth-watering meals on hand as well to keep you nourished.
The long-awaited return of one of America’s most acclaimed and loved singer-songwriters, Norah Jones is back this April and we couldn’t be happier. The nine-time Grammy Award winner has a smooth, soulful voice that has been known to move people to tears more often than not (we’re not judging). The jazzy/pop style of music is beautifully performed by Jones in an intimate and personal way, definitely a highlight for Auckland’s music scene this April.
Potentially the youngest superstar in the world right now, Billie Eilish visits our shores this April and to say the hype is real is an understatement. There is no question that the When We All Fall Asleep world tour will be as emotional and energetic as both she and her songs are. Known for intense lyrics and soft melodies, Eilish has taken the world by storm with hits such as Ocean Eyes and Bellyache, and with the new album fresh of the press the tunes are just going to keep on coming and the performance will be iconic.
There are many ways to spend Anzac Day, whether that is paying respects or learning more about the history of the public holiday. The Auckland Museum will be holding commemorative services, tours, music and poetry all day and at no cost. You can attend the services or simply visit the commemorative galleries for your own personal reflections and discover more about New Zealand’s involvement in WW1. There is also the dawn service at 6am at the Court of Honour or a later service at 11am, both welcoming anyone to attend.
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier returns to New Zealand off the back of his new album Wasteland Baby!, and his powerful vocals are guaranteed to shake up Spark Arena. Constantly praised for his live shows, Hozier performs with emotion and soul, captivating crowds every time. Back for the first time in four years and with only the one New Zealand show this one is definitely on our April must-attend list.
Known for their anything-goes performances (often including crowd surfing), and bass-filled dance music, The Upbeats have come into the drum & bass scene loud and fast and are here to stay. The Kiwi duo drags you into their own world of drum & bass with the crazy energy and genuine emotion that runs throughout all of their tracks. Returning home for a tour of where it all started, The Upbeats will be performing at Neck of the Woods this April.
Venturing out of Auckland? Here are all of the New Zealand events to hit up this autumn.