The record rainfall and severe flooding at the end of January made it a grim start to the month of February in Auckland. With a range of events cancelled like Auckland Lantern Festival, you may be thinking there’s nothing cool happening this month. However, we’ve listed 21 exciting things to do in Auckland this February to lift your mood.
1. Drink at a gin festival
From February 3 to 5, this festival will proceed as planned at The Cloud on Quay Street. Auckland Gin Festival 2023 is the perfect place to explore more than 40 boutique Australian and New Zealand gin distilleries. Learn how your favourite gins are made, sip diverse cocktails and indulge on gourmet food trucks along the way. The perfect girls weekend!
📍The Cloud, 89 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
2. Enjoy Auckland Pride Month
Auckland Pride Month takes place from February 1 to 26. With dozens of experiences happening, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Major highlights include Te Timatanga, cool exhibitions like Queer Joy, art shows like the Festival of Live Art, Auckland Pride March on February 18 and much more. See the full programme here.
3. Indulge on a boozy Draglicious Brunch
To celebrate Pride, Dr Rudi’s Rooftop is hosting a lovely 4-course Drag brunch, alongside its popular bottomless frosé on February 5 from 10am to 12pm. Enjoy the likes of eggs benny, fresh pastries, candy-covered bottomless frosé and much more – on top of glittery drag queens visiting your table and making you LOL. Tickets cost $99. Book on the Dr Rudi website.
📍Level 2/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
4. See Ed Sheeran live
As far as we know Ed Sheeran will still play his shows on February 10 and 11 in Auckland. Returning to New Zealand after five years, sing along with the international music sensation from Britain as he plays the likes of Perfect, Thinking Out Loud and more at Eden Park and Sky Stadium. Read further about Ed Sheeran’s concerts in Auckland here.
📍Eden Park & Sky Stadium, Auckland
5. Valentine’s Day 2023
From romantic dining to treating a special someone to one of the most unique dates, and kissing in the most romantic locations in Christchurch…there’s plenty to do on Valentine’s Day this year. Keep an eye on our page for a things to do roundup prior to February 14.
As one of the most unmissable festivals this year, it’s the perfect place to celebrate Pride on February 12. Enjoy the best LGBTQ+ music and acts, delicious markets and the gayest outdoor dance party you’ll ever attend.
📍Coyle Park, 528 Point Chevalier Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
7. Try unique Japanese street food
Yooa & Tako is a Japanese street food restaurant located on Elliot Street in the CBD. The Anime-themed red food truck offers some of the most authentic Takoyaki and Japanese street food at an affordable cost. Read all about it here.
📍1 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
This new virtual reality attraction involves state-of-the-art technology taking you on an adrenaline-pumping slide from 186m above Auckland’s skyline. As you slide down imaginary glass tubes, you’ll feel the intensity as if it’s reality.
📍Sky Tower, Main Observation Deck, Auckland
9. Tick off a summer activity
10. Have a picnic at Devonport
The North Head Historic Reserve Trail is an unbeatable place to have a picnic this summer. Perch your blanket on the hilltop, and watch as the city turns from day to night. Alternatively, there’s other fantastic picnic areas in Auckland. Plus, it’s one of the best free things to do if you’re broke after the holidays!
📍 Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand
11. Indulge on the best pizza
It’s World Pizza Day on February 9 so it’s an excellent excuse to indulge on the best pizzas in Auckland. From drooling slices at Sal’s to huge squares at Slabs…there’s something for all types of pizza lovers. See our list here.
New Zealand Maritime Museum relaunched their Breeze Sailing adventure every second Saturday until the end of March. This exciting sailing experience involves a trip on a traditional wooden vessel from the 19th century. Guests must be 12 or older to sail. Prices start at $95.
📍Corner Quay & Hobson Streets, Auckland CBD, Auckland
📍 204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
14. Hideaway in a secret new cocktail bar
ACS is a cosy new cocktail bar hidden above The Broken Lantern on Ponsonby Road last month. Concepted by the folks from Parasol & Swing, this beautiful bar is perfect for a late-night drink, however, you won’t get in without the password. Read further about it here.
📍Level 2, 198 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
15. Visit NZ’s highest rooftop bar
Excitingly, New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar opened in Auckland. Read all about Bar Albert here.
The globally famous Candlelight concerts have upped their game in Auckland with more tributes to contemporary artists. Expect some festive tributes this month. See the best upcoming candlelight concerts here.
17. Escape Rooms
Why not battle it out in an escape room some weekend day? Get tickets here.
📍Victoria Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Of course, this is one of the best outdoor activities to do in Auckland. Discover this unique theme park, with plenty of rides such as water bumper cars to laser tag.
📍 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau City Centre, Auckland 2104, New Zealand
19. Go on an instagrammable adventure
The photo lovers among us will adore the most instagrammable places in Auckland along with the most instagrammable eateries. Meanwhile, the foodies can get their hands on the most instagrammable food dishes in Auckland.
📍 Various Locations
20. Eat viral crepes
These viral Crème brûlée crepes are making the rounds across social media globally. Luckily, you can indulge on them every Saturday in Auckland. Find out more here.
📍 9/56 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Auckland 1010, New Zealand