We’ve had a rough run the past two years but it feels like we’re finally breaking free from our shackles to enjoy the best that this marvelous city has to offer. Take a look at some of the best things to do going down this August in Auckland.
1. Sunset Bar
This delightful new rooftop bar recently opened offering unbeatable sunset views, tunes and delicious food. Read all about it here.
2. Dawn Raids
From August 13 to September 3, see Oscar Kightley’s unmissable new production exploring the history of Dawn Raids 25 years on. Truly a breathtaking play to see. Tickets start at $30. Purchase yours on the Auckland Theatre Company website.
📍ASB Waterfront theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
3. Chris Parker
On August 18 and 19, award-winning comedian Chris Parker returns to Q Theatre to bring you the biggest LOL entertainment for his 2022 Gentleman Tour. Get tickets here.
📍Q Theatre, Auckland
4. Gilbert & George Exhibition
Until September 11, see some iconic artworks from award-winning British artists Gilbert and George’s The Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Exhibition 2022. The showcase is often provagative and has caused controversy, nevertheless, it’s interesting to see. Get tickets here.
📍Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Get dressed up and celebrate the 70s at this groovy disco on wheels on August 19. For tickets and more information, read here.
This pop-up Japanese Haku vodka experience finishes at the end of August. Read all about why it’s unmissable here.
7. Gochu & Friends
Korean eatery Gochu returns on August 2 with their delicious dining series collaboration with some of their favourite wine and food businesses. Tickets begin at $75. Purchase a ticket on the website.
📍21 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Of course, this is one of the best winter 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
9. Visit New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar
Excitingly, New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar opened in Auckland in July. Read all about it here.
10. World Beer Day
A perfect activity for people of all ages to take part in virtual reality experiences. Certainly, it will provoke some laughter. Plus, it’s ideal for a birthday party.
The globally famous Candlelight concerts have upped their game in Auckland with more tributes to contemporary artists. See the best upcoming candlelight concerts here.
13. High Tea
Use winter to indulge in the best high tea experiences in Auckland. Certainly, an excellent weekend activity to pass the day. Find out the best ones here.
Head to this horror theme park in a former psychiatric hospital filled with scary zombies, horrific clowns and much more spookiness. Certainly, a fantastic winter date idea as well as group activity.
📍833 Kingseat Road, Kingseat 2580, New Zealand
15. Escape Rooms
📍Victoria Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Set sail on the Ted Ashby for an hour-long cruise on the sparkling Waitematā. From the city skyline to the sea, the sights and the sounds of the Harbour will wash over you. Tickets from $13 and sessions are every Tuesday to Sunday.
📍Corner of Quay and Hobson Street, Auckland
17. T.Rex Is King
Discover the world’s most devasting historic predator – the T-Rex down at the Auckland Museum. Get up close to an incredible rare complete T-Rex skeleton for the first time ever. This experience is free.
📍Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Head to this relaxing waterfront bar, Captain’s Bar, to indulge on a selection of Caribbean rums, with a twist, paired with New Zealand Foundry Chocolate. Certainly, one of the best things to do in Auckland for chocoholics.
📍Park Hyatt Auckland 99 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD, New Zealand
This quirky chain offers an entertaining multi-sensory mini golf and karaoke experience paired with bizarre cocktails and tasty food. For bookings, visit the Holey Moley website.
📍 204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Relax and wander through a beautiful and calm space. Frequently, exhibitions and events change so there is always something new and spectacular to see. Likewise, it’s one of the best free things to do in Auckland.
📍 Wellesley Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
21. Paint and Chill
Unleash your inner artist and paint the night away at this awesome social painting class. Excitingly, the experience is paired with an array of alcoholic beverages. Read all about it here.
📍Vie Lounge & Eatery at the Auckland City Hotel
22. Waiheke Island
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Get lost among the spectacular beaches, impressive vineyards, glorious coastlines and native wildlife. Additionally, dine at one of the most romantic dining spots in Auckland here.
23. Auckland Zoo
Animal lovers will enjoy a day at the zoo, which hosts 144 different species, and over 1400 animals, with the biggest diversity of wildlife in New Zealand. Certainly, the perfect winter activity. Book your tickets via the Auckland Zoo website.
📍 Motions Rd, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
24. Instagrammable Auckland
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
25. Boutique Cinema
Elevate your screen experience by lying back in luxurious chairs with popcorn and snacks, while catching one of the best cinema movies right now. For instance. The Vic in Devonport or Silky Otter Cinemas is a cosy hideaway.
📍 Various Locations
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26. Movenpick Chocolate Hour
Chocolate lovers can indulge at this newly opened world-class hotel’s chocolate hour. Indeed, one of the best things to do this month. Read all about it here.