Auckland is buzzing with things to do this month.
Auckland offers an array of thrilling activities for you to take advantage of. From instagrammable pop-ups, ski trips, unique foodie festivals and much more…you won’t be short of things to do. Here are 12 of the best things to do around Auckland this August.
1. Auckland Fried Chicken Festival 2021
On August 21, you can experience this highly anticipated festival. Read all about it below.
2. MASU Unleashed
Renowned chef, Nic Watt and his team are pairing up with Weta Workshop Unleashed to bring you a unique immersive experience that combines reality, fantasy and food flavours. As you embark on a whimsical journey through the workshop, you’ll get to snack on appetizers before being introduced to a four-course dinner at the end. Excitingly, you even get lots of wine to enjoy with your meal. Arguably, it is the most creative dining event you’ll experience in Auckland. Get tickets via the Iticket website.
📍 Convention Centre Level 5/88 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
3. Ski Trip
Take a break from the city and opt to go on a wonderful short ski or snowboarding break. Read our article for more information.
4. Boutique Cinema
Hide away from winter by elevating your big screen experience at one of Auckland’s Boutique cinemas. Lie back in luxurious chairs, stuff your face with popcorn and snacks, and catch up on some Hollywood action. For example, The Vic in Devonport or Silky Otter Cinemas are stunning spaces to catch a blockbuster such as Marvel’s newly released Black Widow, Gunpowder Milkshake, Fast & Furious 9 and more. Indeed, it makes an epic winter date night or solo adventure.
📍 Various Locations
Beat the winter blues by heading to this quirky chain which offers an entertaining and multi-sensory mini golf experience paired with live DJ sessions, drinks, bizarre cocktails and tasty food. Karaoke is also an option at this spot if you think you have what it takes to be the next Beyoncé. With plenty of insta-worthy moments in this house of fun, you’ll be extremely satisfied. To book, visit the Holey Moley website.
📍 204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
6. Roaring 20s High Tea
Every weekend, DeBretts offers a 1920s-inspired high tea, giving guests total Great Gatsby vibes. Indulge in savory delights like devilled eggs, prawn cocktail, Jaffa mousse cake and plenty more. You must dress for the occasion. Tickets cost $55, and can be purchased via the DeBretts Hotel website.
📍 2 High Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Fever host an array of stellar candlelight concerts across the globe. During August, there will be plenty of magical Candlelight Concerts featuring musical programmes from iconic artists, from Ray Charles to Jazz tributes, and more. Get your tickets or browse upcoming events via the Fever website.
📍 Various Locations
8. Wine Tasting
This one is for wine lovers and parents needing a little break from the kids. Head to Waiheke Island for a day of wine tasting and gorging on some fantastic food. Get lost among the impressive vineyards and spectacular beaches. Opt to hike the whole island while tasting glorious wine. It’s the perfect girls day out or romantic getaway.
📍 Waiheke Island, Auckland
9. Winter Desserts
Because calories don’t count during winter you can indulge on the best desserts in the world right here in Auckland. Read all about it below.
10. Brunch Weekends at Marina Cantina
Head to this glorious Mexican spot for brunch one of the weekends. Pair it with bubbly, vino, margaritas on tap, or some cocktails for some extra spice. Opt to sit out on the terrace and take in the stunning views over Half Moon Bay Marina and Rangitoto Island. For booking information, visit the Grangers website.
📍 1 Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay, Auckland 2012, New Zealand
11. Rangitoto Island
For a cheap and cheerful weekend trip, take the ferry to Rangitoto Island to explore Auckland’s youngest volcanic island. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Earth by climbing the summit and admiring the stunning Pohutukawa trees, native birds and breathtaking volcanic landscape with epic views of the mainland. Visit the impressive Lava Caves or Rangitoto Shipwrecks, which is a graveyard of unwanted vessels from the 19th century. Get booking via Direct Ferries.
12. The Hobbit Movie Set
The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings filming locations make a great day trip and one of the best things to do near Auckland this August. Just a two hour drive from the city, get ready to explore Alexander family sheep farm, the 12 acre set of the Hobbit Holes and learn how the movies were made. There are various types of tours on offer during the pandemic, although it’s best to check the Hobbiton Tours website for the most up-to-date information.
📍 Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand