Here Are The Best Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend
We’re into our second weekend of the year and thankfully, Auckland is turning it up on the weather front. With a line-up of sun-drenched days ahead, there hasn’t been a better time to relish in all of the city’s offerings. And, they scrumptious this time around with various sporting events, Shakespearean drama, an art installation and a very magical high tea.
So, go on, read on to find out our picks for the best things to do in Auckland this weekend.
1000 Doors At Aotea Square
Architecture, interior design, history, grungy spaces and endless mystery come together in the spectacular installation that is 1000 Doors. Dare to enter and you’ll find yourself stepping across threshold after threshold as you make your way through an endless series of doors, screens, gateways and portals. Explore the numerous vestibules and parlours within, each defined by previous inhabitants and the traces of their past. What you find within, is limited only by your imagination.
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns High Tea
Celebrating the recently released Mary Poppins Returns movie, Cordis is hosting a Mary Poppins themed high tea. Available for a limited time only, the experience features a range of sweet and savoury delights inspired by the world’s most magical nanny. The offerings will have your mouth watering and your mind conjuring up endless childhood memories. Is there a better way to reminisce with friends and satisfy the child within?
Friday 11 January
Moët Ice Pool Party at ASB Classics
What better way to celebrate the tennis semi-finals than a pool party with endless champagne? Moët & Chandon invites you to drink to the nearing finale of the men’s division of ASB Classic, poolside. Discuss your favourite plays from the last two weeks and make predictions on the outcome. Moët Ice Pool Party promises to be a hot social event with great company, hot debates, cold champagne, delicious canapes and live entertainment. The theme of the afternoon will be white so, pop on your best tennis whites and say “cheers” to both summer and to sport.
Black Panther At Silo Park
Kick off the weekend and head to Silo Park at 5pm where you’ll find food trucks galore. Soak in the vibe while enjoying some of Auckland’s best street food. When the sun goes down, grab a spot and sit back and watch Black Panther projected onto the concrete silos.
Black Caps vs Sri Lanka
Friday’s shaping up to be a very sporty day in the City of Sails and if tennis ain’t so much your thing, head along to a game of cricket. Taking place in glorious Eden Park is the first T20, with the Black Caps facing off against Sri Lanka. Be part of the excitement and experience waves of adrenaline and anticipation flow through the crowds as the game plays out. Make a day of it, grab a picnic or buy from vendors at the venue.
Saturday 12 January
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals At Spark Arena
Joined by special guest Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote this is your chance to see Californian rapper, singer and musician Anderson .Paak. Held at Spark Arena, he’ll be accompanied by The Free Nationals. Known for his upbeat urban style, this is one concert you don’t want to miss.
Richard III At Pop-up Globe
Get a bit of culture and a tad of history into your weekend with a visit to the Pop-up Globe to see Richard III. Transport 400 years into the past as you watch Shakespeare’s infamous play come to life in the Pop-up Globe— the space for which it was written. Admire the uncanny Jacobean costumes and the talent of all involved, from the actors to the musicians. Follow Richard III, a very likeable villain, as he rises to power by means of extortion, execution and manipulation. One-part morality tale, one-part black comedy, this drama will have you laughing through the evening and thinking all night long.
Mumford and Sons at Western Springs
Rock the night away to the jam of English musicians Mumford and Sons as they light up the stage at Western Springs Stadium. The tour marks the release of the band’s fourth studio album Delta, which debuted as number one across three rock album categories upon release. Join the crowd for an unforgettable night of folk rock with all the feel-good vibes, dancing and sing-alongs the genre entails.
Sunday 13 January
Summer Raceday at Ellerslie Racecourse
Round up the crew for a quintessential Kiwi afternoon at the Ellerslie Racecourse horseraces. Pack a picnic, a blanket or some deck chairs and observe the action from your spot in the sun. The best part about the whole thing is you can attend it for free. Although, of course, if you’re feeling lucky, or perhaps a little risky, you’re more than welcome to place a bet or two. Who knows, you might leave better off than you arrived.
Balmoral Is More Than Dumplings Chinese Food Tour
Sometimes, all you need at the end of a long weekend is some damn good comfort food. And who does it best, if not the Chinese? Join the Balmoral Is More Than Dumplings Chinese Food Tour and make your way down Dominion Road, tasting food and drink at more than seven different stops. Learn about the diversity of Chinese cuisine, its fascinating history, and hear entertaining stories about some of China’s most prominent dishes.