Auckland events are unpredictable, but you can still plan ahead.
Future events are unpredictable on account of Level 3 and potentially Level 2 restrictions. So, our list of thrilling activities is a little different this month. We’ve graciously put together a list of fun things to do, whether it be from the comfort of your own home during Level 3, or if Auckland moves to Level 2, we’ve also listed cool attractions. Indeed, you won’t get bored. Here are 23 of the best things to do during Level 2 and Level 3 in Auckland this October.
This event is planned for October 23 and 24. If Level 2 comes into play, you can look forward to the very best of BBQing. Whatever your preference, from cuts to condiments, slow-cooked, smoked or charred, there is something for everyone to indulge on. Likewise, you’ll learn top tips through cooking demonstrations and masterclasses, be able to purchase merchandise, and so much more.
📍 Shed 10, 89 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
2. Friends: The Musical Parody
On October 6, Friends fans can rejoice in this magical musical number as it tours New Zealand for the first time ever. Let fresh intriguing actors keep you entertained as they take on the roles of Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler and Joey. Read more about it here and to purchase tickets. Please note this date could get changed at the last minute.
📍 Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
3. Wine Tasting
At Level 2, you can show your appreciation to winemakers again. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to 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. Indeed, the needed adventure after weeks of Level 4.
📍 Waiheke Island, Auckland
4. Instagrammable Food Hunt
Courtesy of Secret, check out the most instagrammable food dishes in Auckland, and go on a mission to see for yourself are they really up to scratch. Reminder to check if these eateries are operating during Level 3 and Level 2 lockdowns.
📍 Various Locations
5. Boutique Cinema
During Level 2, you can go to the cinema. And we think we should support the film industry as much as possible since being hit hard from COVID-19. Elevate your screen experience by lying back in luxurious chairs, stuffing your face with popcorn and snacks, and catching 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.
📍 Various Locations
Another Level 2 thrilling activity to do. Grab a friend in your bubble, and head 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. 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
7. Yoga In The Sky
Operating during Level 2, you could enjoy a surreal yoga experience high above Auckland city in Sky Tower. Excitingly, you can book a session at sunrise, and feel yourself recharge and refreshed. For tickets, visit Sky Tower Tickets website.
📍 Victoria Street &, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
If Level 3 still remains, the following things to do provide some solid entertainment and happiness right from the comfort of your home.
8. Movie Marathon
Entertain yourself with a Netflix movie, from thrillers to crime to documentary films, check out our list of the greatest Netflix movies to watch.
9. Food Deliveries
Settle those fast food cravings by ordering a delightful delivery right to your front door. Check out our favourite Level 3 food deliveries here.
10. Instagrammable Places
If you’re lucky enough to live close to one of the most instagrammable places in Auckland, then get yourself dressed up and cheered up, and head out on a insta-worthy adventure.
11. Experience Disneyland Virtually
Feel as if you’re at Disneyland through the magic of 21st century technology and a stable internet connection. Enjoy all your favourite rides, from hopping on the caterpillar at Alice In Wonderland, to boarding a pirate ship with Peter Pan, and zooming down the roller-coaster at Thunder Mountain, just to name a few. For more information, visit the All Access Disneyland website.
12. Zoom Quiz
Gather all your mates, schedule a zoom night quiz competition, and get ready for some bellyaches of laughter. Opt to base your quiz on general world knowledge, or to make it even more comical, test your friends on how well they know you and each other. All you need is a dedicated quiz master, and you’re all ready to go. Be sure to grab beers or wine from the supermarket for the occasion.
13. Game Night
A household game night is a great way to escape the lockdown blues. From Pictionary and puzzles, creative games like charades to a treasure hunt for chocolates…you won’t be bored. And let’s not forget about the endless amount of group game apps available on our mobiles.
14. New Hobby
Why not be productive and pick up a new hobby such as learning a new language, starting a new podcast, beginning yoga and meditation, starting to write, or anything else you have been eager to do, but just can’t find the time. Indeed, now is your opportunity.
15. Global Food Experience
Treat your household to an authentic experience by switching it up and cooking foods from around the globe. For instance, Monday could be Mexican Mondays, where you cook only Mexican dishes, Tuesdays could be for Thai food, Wednesdays for traditional French grub, and so on.
16. Start A New TV Show
Lucky for you, Netflix is constantly buzzing with surreal new shows. Check out the best new Netflix shows to binge-watch this month here.
17. Free Viewpoint Walks
From beaches to green hillsides, Auckland has some iconic viewpoints. Therefore, if you’re lucky enough to live near one, head out on your quick daily walk or run, and take in the delightful scenery at these landmarks. The combination of exercise and fresh air are a great way to reduce anxiety and stress, and keep you sane during lockdown.
18. Hone Your Cooking Skills
If you are atrocious at cooking, perhaps, this is the time to invest in your cooking skills. Read cookbooks, get to know ingredients and tools to use in the kitchen, and experiment with new recipes. Get your household to taste your recipes, and give their opinions.
We recently compiled a list of the best desserts in the world, so why not try making these delicious delicacies at home. Indeed, a fantastic activity to do with kids or your housemates.
20. Auckland Art Gallery Virtually
Art lovers will adore access to selected art exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery. Opt for either an insightful family experience with fun facts and activities, a tour with stories on the artworks or an in-depth exhibition experience with extended information for enthusiasts. For more information, visit the Auckland Art Gallery website.
21. Read A New Book
Got no books at home? No problem, we’ve listed the fastest and most reliable online bookstore deliveries to Auckland. Please allow for delays with lockdown measures.
22. Watch A Comedy
Comedies are a fantastic way to escape and to boost your mood. We’ve listed the best comedies available to stream on Netflix now.
23. Plan Ahead
Are you feeling lost with your life? Got no time to think with work? Need a vacation? Well, lockdown is giving you the time to plan ahead on what you want for the rest of the year, and into 2022. Planning ahead is exciting, and gives you something to look forward to.