Local Escapes
8 Of The Best Day Trips From Auckland You Need To Tick Off In 2022

No matter how great the City of Sails is, there’s always the impulse to hop in the car and head out of Auckland on a road trip……

What's On
An Epic Bottomless Frosé Bar Has Just Popped Up In Auckland

We're fresh into 2022 and summer's here with a bang, so how about we keep the summertime vibes strong with a return to the things we…

Local Escapes
7 Of The Best Camping Spots Around Nelson

Camping and summer are like wine and cheese—you can’t have one without the other. With all of its lakes, beaches and walks, the…

Things To Do
Here’s What’s On Across Aotearoa This January

The new year is upon us, and thank heavens for that because summer's looking like it’s going to be legendary. From pop,…

Sustainability
Live The Good Life With Our Sustainable Summer Hosting Guide

If there’s one thing we love about summer, it’s the stacked social cal. And after this year, throwing on your party threads…

Things To Do
50 Rad Free Things To Do In Auckland

Sometimes things get a little tight…the washing machine breaks down the same week as the car does, and then the dog gets sick. And,…

Local Escapes
10 Of The Best Glamping Spots Near Auckland To Kick Back At This Summer

Battling with guy ropes, losing pegs and trying to figure out where you should even position the damn thing makes tenting not a walk in the…

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
The Best Places To Go Strawberry Picking In Auckland

‘Tis the season to be jolly and it’s also the season to get bucket-loads of strawberries and eat as many as your heart…

Things To Do
The Best Things To Do In New Zealand This December

We're counting down the days till when can get out and make the most of summer. Because after the year that was,…

What's On
Auckland’s Best Christmas Lights Of 2021 To Jump In The Car For

Nothing has us feeling more festive than a completely over-the-top display of Christmas lights—yes, this is definitely a case of the…

Local Escapes
The Best Lavender Farms In New Zealand Where You Can Feed Your Soul

With its bright purple colour and distinctive floral aroma, lavender is a favourite flower for many. And while it may be known to repel…

Shopping
Auckland’s Best Christmas Markets To Visit This Festive Season

Turns out COVID-19 isn’t the grinch that stole Christmas, and a whole lot of Christmas markets are coming to Tāmaki Makaurau…

News
Find Out The Latest News On The COVID Traffic Light System In Auckland And The Rest Of NZ

Stay up to date with our live list of the latest updates of restrictions around Auckland and New Zealand. Information is via…

Local Escapes
Rotoroa Island | 12 Magical Things To Do At The Hauraki Gulf’s Newest Wildlife Sanctuary

If you haven’t heard of Rotoroa Island, you better catch up, stat, because you’re definitely missing out. The newest wildlife…

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…

Wellington
Wellington’s 7 Best Ice Cream And Gelato Stores You Need To Treat Yourself To

Summer is here which means one thing…ice cream, and lots of it. While plenty of the sweet stuff can be found in the Capital’s…

Sustainability
8 Of The Best Places To Buy A Real Christmas Tree In Auckland For 2021

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time the familiar scent of pine filled your home once more—because we all…

Local Escapes
10 Of The Best Camping Grounds Within Driving Distance Of Auckland

Despite the lockdowns we've endured recently we’re pretty lucky in our nook on this little old island, aren’t we…

Hair & Beauty
10 Of The Best Barbershops In Auckland For The Ultimate Post-Lockdown Cut

A haircut can really make or break a man. If it’s a beard trim we’re talking about, it’s even more essential to get your…

Hair & Beauty
The Best Hairdressers In Auckland For All Types Of Hair

Finding the hair salon of your dreams is much like falling in love: finding “the one” takes patience, trust and just a touch of…

Local Escapes
The Most Underrated Places In New Zealand According To 10 Top Kiwi Travel Bloggers

As New Zealanders, we know better than anyone that we live in an absolutely stunning country. Our closed borders have given us the…

News
Pickle Week Is Back For 2021 And These Top Eateries Are Slinging Epic Pickle Creations

Calling all pickle fans. In honour of International Pickle Day on November 14, eateries all around Auckland and the country will be…

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…

Things To Do
The Best Hidden Picnic Spots In Auckland For Discreet Al Fresco Dining

It’s hard to spark romance when you’re picnicking with every other human in Tāmaki Makaurau, especially when your…

Local Escapes
11 Of The Best Campgrounds In Auckland For You To Pitch A Tent At

Ah, camping. There’s nothing quite like fleeing the city for a bit and getting up close and personal with nature—or as much as a…

Things To Do
6 Of The Prettiest Flower Walks You Can Do In Auckland At Level 3

Now Aucklanders are permitted to spend more time outdoors recreationally it's the perfect time to head outdoors for a…

Food & Drink
10 Of Auckland’s Best Ice Cream And Gelato Shops As Chosen By You

I scream, you scream... well, you know how it goes. Whether it's fresh and fruity or rich and chocolatey, in a cone, on a stick or in a…

Local Escapes
17 Stunning Walks In Auckland To Take At Least Once

Walking is one of the best ways to make the most of the City of Sails. It gets you moving, raises your heart rate, and there are some…

Local Escapes
Queenstown’s 12 Best Hotels

Deciding where to stay when you’re on holiday isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Where will you rest your weary head after a…

Local Escapes
Your Ultimate Guide To Auckland’s Best Beaches

One of the best things about Auckland is the fact that writing a list of the best beaches within a region is absolutely possible. We tend to…

Local Escapes
7 Of The Most Stunning Scenic Drives Around Wellington

Jumping in your car, blasting the tunes and taking in some epic scenery can be soothing for the soul. From craggy coastlines to lush forests…

Recipes
Try This Irresistible Skillet Cookie At Home With Al Brown’s Sensational Recipe

Superstar chef Al Brown is NZ's ultimate all-rounder, with a variety of beloved eateries ranging from…

Local Escapes
12 Of The Best Picnic Spots In Auckland To Bubble Up At

Spring is in the air and Aucklanders now have permission to start heading outdoors for recreation after what feels like years stuck at…

Local Escapes
14 Of The Best Luxury Hotels In New Zealand

Our very own backyard is chock-full of stunning scenery, culinary delights, and fabulous hotels, and there’s never been a better time…

Local Escapes
5 Of The Best Walks In Rotorua That Will Help You Reconnect With Nature

Rotorua may be home to adventures and thrills such as the luge, jet boat rides and that giant human-sized hamster ball aka the zorb, but it…

Wellness
11 Of The Best Low Cost Therapy Providers In Auckland

As much as Covergirl would have us believe life is all easy breezy beautiful, sometimes you need more than lipstick to help you…

Recipes
Sweeten Up Your Week With This Decadent Whittaker’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chocolate lovers rejoice! We've got the cake recipe your dreams are made of. It's rich, it's moist, and…

Fitness
11 At Home Workouts From Top Local Personal Trainers To Try This Lockdown

As we settle into the new normal of snap lockdowns, more than a handful of us will be missing our trips to the gym and may also be…

Sustainability
Level Up Your Kōrero, Here’s How To Get Behind Māori Language Week

Māori Language Week—a whole week dedicated to celebrating te reo by incorporating more into our everyday lives. Although these…

Local Escapes
9 Stunning Places You Had No Idea Were In New Zealand

It’s no secret that we live in the most beautiful country on earth. From our sweeping coastlines, rugged mountain ranges, ferny…

Things To Do
Get Your Iso-Party On With 7 Epic Ideas For Birthday Celebrations In Quarantine

Has Lockdown thrown your birthday bash out of the window? Not to worry, Urban List has got your back.  Our birthday gift to…

Bakeries & Delis
9 Of The Best Bakeries In Wellington That Will Deliver Baked Goods To Your Door

Turns out, even another lockdown couldn’t stop Wellington from keeping its residents well fed with delicious treats. With the…

What's On
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…

Fitness
12 of The Best Running Tracks In Wellington

Keeping moving and getting outdoors are essential parts of staying healthy both in and out of the Covid-19 lockdown. With so…

Fitness
The Best Running Tracks Around Auckland To Help You Clear Your Head

There’s nothing like a run in the sunshine to get you out of the house when you start feeling a little cooped up. So why not reset…

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
20 Museums In Auckland At Which To While Away An Afternoon

If you’re curious about, well, everything, get yourself along to one of Auckland’s incredible museums, stat. From impressive…

Cafes
The Best Dog Friendly Cafés In Auckland For The Ultimate Pooch Date

Us Kiwis have become quite the café connoisseurs. Our love affair with oat milk lattes and Instagrammable acai bowls is…

Food & Drink
7 Of The Best Coffee Joints In Hamilton

There are many interesting and unique cafes scattered around Hamilton... hidden down side alleys, plonked amidst industrial zones, and…

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…

Local Escapes
Snow Machine, The Epic Destination Festival, Has Just Released Final Tickets

Calling all snow homies, holiday heroes, music-mad and just plain festy frothers—news just in, epic destination festival, Snow Machine…

What's On
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…

What's On
Pinot Palooza 2021 Is Hitting Auckland This Friday So Nab One Of The Last Remaining Tickets

This is not a drill, everyone's fave wine fest—Pinot Palooza—is officially returning to the thirsty city of…

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…

Local Escapes
12 Of The Best Restaurants In Queenstown To Add To Your Dining Bucket List

When it comes to eating out, Queenstown’s constantly evolving gastronomy scene is one to watch, and of course, enjoy. Whether…

Local Escapes
12 Of The Best Restaurants In Queenstown In 2021

When it comes to eating out, Queenstown’s constantly evolving gastronomy scene is one to watch, and of course, enjoy. Whether…

What's On
Auckland’s Iconic Fried Chicken Festival Has A New Post-Lockdown Date

Prepare yourselves chook fans because the Auckland Fried Chicken Festival has a new post-lockdown date. That's…

Fitness
The 10 Best Volcanoes In Auckland To Climb

If you’re anything like us, your resolution to get fit may seem like an uphill battle—literally. But here in the City of Sails,…

Wellness
We Tried A Sound Bath In Auckland And This Is What Happened

We're halfway through the year and as always happens in winter our batteries are starting to run low. For many of us, now could be…

What's On
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…

What's On
Street Eats, The Epic Multi-Level Foodie Fest Is Happening This Weekend

These days, the best kind of food comes straight from the streets. Whether it’s a cart, caravan or truck—these tiny, portable…

Things To Do
5 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Week

Get amongst some fun festivities this week.   Treat yourself to a good laugh at a comedy…

News
Aussie Streetwear Royalty Culture Kings Is Opening Its First NZ Store This Saturday

NZ’s streetwear scene is soon to gain infinitely more kudos with the announcement that cult Aussie retailer Culture Kings is opening…

What's On
A Boozy Bottomless Brunch Party Dedicated To Lady Gaga Is Hitting Auckland This Winter

Are you gaga about a good bottomless brunch? Well then, how about brunch AND Lady Gaga? While she may not be literally present, The Lula Inn…

Things To Do
50 Rainy Day Activities To Do In Auckland When It’s Gnarly Out

Auckland weather is a true ode to the power of Mother Nature who seems to have a soft spot for constantly dealing us the meteorological…

What's On
Intimate Subterranean Sessions Are Being Held In These WWII Tunnels For The First Time Ever

Who said Waiheke Island is just for wine lovers? Picture this, descending underground for an intimate session of only upto 50 people,…

What's On
These Epic Sensory Coffee Workshops Will Stir Your Inner Barista

We Kiwis absolutely love our coffee. In fact, NZ is one of the top coffee consumers globally. But how many of us actually know how to brew…

What's On
A Massive Morning Rave Is Coming To Auckland’s Town Hall This July

If you haven’t yet experienced the epicness of a morning rave then there is no time like the present. Ditch the booze and bust some…

What's On
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…

Local Escapes
17 Of The Best Hot Pools In New Zealand For You To Bliss Out At

Given Aotearoa is perched on the Pacific Ring Of Fire it's no wonder we love our hot water. And while we're blessed to have so many…

Things To Do With Kids
12 Epic Things To Do In Auckland This School Holidays July 2021

Calling all people with small ones in tow—winter school holidays (Saturday 10th-Sunday 25th July) are looking realll good this year…

What's On
Embrace Winter With Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide, Snugs And Night Markets 2021

The snow gods heard your cry for alp. Take your mittens out of hibernation and pop on your warmest beanie because Auckland is getting a…

Things To Do
What You Need To Know About The Online Festival Supporting Emerging Artists

The last 18 months have had a devastating effect on the music industry, with many budding musicians feeling the brunt of the halt on live…

Local Escapes
The Best Hot Pools In New Zealand For You To Bliss Out At

Given Aotearoa is perched on the Pacific Ring Of Fire it's no wonder we love our hot water. And while we're blessed to have so many…

Local Escapes
Auckland’s Top 10 Hidden Adventures Worth Grabbing Your Runners For

If you’re one of those folk who likes adventures but can’t be faffed travelling far and wide for them, Auckland is the best…

Things To Do
Max Out The Chilly Season With 8 Unmissable Winter Events

Throw on your puffer jacket and lace up those boots—winter is well and truly here and we’re ready to make it the best one yet.…

Local Escapes
The Best Romantic Getaways Around Auckland For You And Your Squeeze

Does your romance feel a little less shiny than you’d like it to be? Maybe life’s so hectic right now that you’re…

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…

Local Escapes
11 Best Auckland Hotels For You To Live Your Most Luxurious Life

Let’s face it, when you’re taking a break, where you stay can make or break your holiday. And, when it comes to the City of…

Sustainability
Yours Truly Is The New Pre-Loved Bridal Gown Store That Has Sustainability At Its Heart

Washing your hair with solid shampoo and taking your keep cup everywhere is a solid way to make sustainable changes, but it’s super…

Local Escapes
Explore Queenstown’s Best Bars And Restaurants With This Incredible Urban Wine Walk

Everyone’s favourite booze-filled journey, the classic pub crawl, has had a grape new transformation. Following successful events in…

What's On
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…

What's On
The Best Matariki Events In Auckland And Beyond In 2021

Matariki, the Māori new year, is a time for reflection, new beginnings and yes, celebration! Auckland always knows how to put on a good…

Local Escapes
The Best Hotels In Auckland For You To Live Your Most Luxurious Life

Let’s face it, when you’re taking a break, where you stay can make or break your holiday. And, when it comes to the City of…

Local Escapes
10 Of The Best Tiny Homes On Airbnb New Zealand So You Can Downsize Your Getaway

With big, extravagant holidays out of the question, the word on the street is this—the future of holidays are tiny. The Tiny Home…

Food & Drink
5 Of The Best Birria Taco Joints In Auckland

If the words ‘Birria Tacos’ have piqued your interest, you’re not alone. The juicy tacos have been making…

New Zealand
A Rookie’s Guide To Planning Your First Queenstown Ski Trip

Snow lovers assemble, we’ve curated your perfect Queenstown ski day. Within easy reach you’ll find luxurious resorts, pristine…

New Zealand
Chill Out With 7 Must-Dos Every Kiwi Needs To Tick Off This Winter

Fact; winter is actually the best time to holiday in New Zealand. Hear us out: it’s the season for cosy cocktails by the fire,…

Getting The Gig
Everybody Eats Founder Nick Loosley On His Mission To End Food Poverty In NZ

Nobody wants to waste food, but it inevitably ends up happening all across New Zealand. At the same time, food insecurity is a major concern…

What's On
The Lion King Opens This Month So Nab Your Tickets While You Can

Travel may be off limits for now but with Disney’s multi-award winning show The Lion King coming to our shores, spending an…

What's On
Darkfield Radio Is Back With A New Sinister And Immersive Audio Experience

From the team that gave you the creeps at last year's socially-distanced event DOUBLES (not to mention the scary as hell shipping…