Auckland is hopping with things to do this month.
Auckland offers an array of thrilling activities for you to take advantage of. From stunning beach walks, majestic mountain hikes, unique 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 May.
After it was cancelled last year due to coronavirus, the New Zealand Comedy Trust is bringing back NZ International Comedy Festival from May 4 to May 23. Expect spectacular and hilarious Kiwi talent and a jam-packed schedule. Superstars attending include TV star Ben Hurley, 2018 Fred Award Winner Chris Parker and many more. Get your tickets via the Comedy Festival website.
📍 1/321-325 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Take part in this insightful festival to see and hear from incredible writers of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, science, economics, journalism, poetry and much more. You´ll discover more about the world and be challenged by new ideas. A perfect place for aspiring writers or anyone looking for something new and interesting to do. For tickets, visit the Writers Festival website.
📍 Suite 9A, Wellesley Centre, 44-52 Wellesley Street West, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
3. Happy Place
This is the most instagrammable pop-up in the world and you must experience it. Read our article for more information.
4. 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 tasty 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
5. 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. It´s the perfect weekend treat for all involved. For booking information, visit the Grangers website.
📍 1 Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay, Auckland 2012, New Zealand
6. Van Gogh Alive
This multi-sensory exhibition is a must for art enthusiasts. Experience Van Gogh´s timeless masterpieces and wander through a replica space of the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise. For tickets, visit the Van Gogh Alive website. Hurry, this exhibition ends on May 24.
📍 Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
7. Schnitty Fest
The Bavarian is currently hosting this German dining experience until June 9. This affordable, family-friendly restaurant has an exclusive menu of ten different schnitzel creations such as fresh-baked pretzels, Mexican-inspired chips, Nashville-inspired southern fried dishes and much more. On Wednesdays, guests can excitingly pay just $10 for the full range. For bookings, visit The Bavarians website.
📍 The Bavarian, Newmarket, Auckland
8. Rangitoto Island
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. For a cheap and cheerful weekend adventure, get booking via Direct Ferries.
9. 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 May. 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
10. Frosé Your Way
This instagrammable experience has just landed in Auckland for limited time only. Read our article for bookings and to find out more information.