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 32 of the best things to do this December 2022 in Auckland.
1. Have a bounce at MegaLand
Kickstart silly season by heading to this nostalgic pop-up obstacle course at Mt Smart Stadium between December 2 and 21. It’s New Zealand’s biggest obstacle course, for both kids and adults, and features 43 challenging obstacles spread across 300 metres. Certainly, one of the best things to do this December in Auckland. Read further about the experience.
📍2 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland 1061
2. Check out Red Bull Flugtag 2022
On December 10, Red Bull Flugtag will be hosted in Auckland for the first time. Watch wacky engineers and fearless pilots test out their flying machine inventions above the waters in Wynyard Quater. This can only go either bad or good, nevertheless, some entertainment for you!
📍Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Auckland Art Gallery plays host to this epic exhibition until January 22. Read all about it here. Certainly, one of the best things to do in Auckland.
📍Wellesley Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
4. Go see a Christmas musical
Elf The Musical is the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit this month. Taking place from December 8 to 11, it’s based on the famous 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf and is presented by Encore Theatre Collective. Perfect for people of all ages!
📍ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
On December 10, everyone’s favourite free Christmas party returns to Auckland Domain. Expect the likes of Ella Monnery, Lavina Williams, Gibz, dance groups and plenty more performers bringing all the entertainment.
📍Park Road, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
From December 9 until 22, Glenbrook Vintage Railway will operate its award-winning Christmas Lights Train to light up Franklin. Expect beautiful light displays, an enjoyable Christmas market as well as Santa and plenty of entertainment. Tickets are from $10. Book your ticket here.
📍Glenbrook Vintage Railway – GVR, 24 Farm Park Road, Waiuku, Auckland 2681
Create wonderful memories at Santa’s Enchanted Forest at Smith & Caughey’s by snapping some pictures with Santa and meeting the elves. Tickets begin at $24. Book your family meet with Santa here.
📍253/261 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
📍Civic Theatre, 269-287 Wellesley Street West, Auckland 1010
Want more christmas? Check out our guide to the best Christmas 2022 activities.
9. Rap with Kendrick Lamar
On December 16 and 17, multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning Kendrick Lamar will take to the stage in Auckland for his The Big Steppers Tour. With 14 Grammy wins under his belt, it’s the perfect place to bounce to rap tunes such as Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe from one of the best international stars this summer.
Spark Arena, 42/80 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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
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
📍 204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
13. 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
14. Visit the Waterfront Container Library
Why not chillout at this quirky alfresco library? Pop on your sunglasses, lay on a bean bag and read to your heart’s content – sounds like the perfect way to pass a few hours in peace.
📍Te Wero Island, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Get the ultimate street food fix at this mobile food truck collective that ventures around Auckland. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for their pop-up dates in December. Read all about the business here.
16. Visit NZ’s highest rooftop bar
Excitingly, New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar opened in Auckland. Read all about Bar Albert here.
The world’s rudest restaurant launched in Auckland in September. Indulge on delicious burgers, shakes and cocktails while being hilariously abused by staff at this viral sensation that first originated in Sydney. Read more about it here.
📍395 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
18. Eat viral crème brûlée 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
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
Spend a dull day playing arcade games, electric go-karts and other thrilling activities at this ultimate house of fun in Auckland. Read all about it here.
📍35 Arrenway Drive, Albany, Auckland 0632, New Zealand
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.
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.
23. 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
24. Drink bottomless boozy slushies
Dr Rudi’s rooftop has relaunched their famous summer experience, Frosé Your Way, until February 29. Wow your tastebuds with bottomless fruity frose, alongside a garnish wall, where you can DIY the crap out of your drink. Read all about the experience.
Level 2/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
25. 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
26. Tick off a summer activity
Luckily, we’ve already listed the best summer activities to do this season 2022 and 2023. From getting up close and personal with animals to plenty of water activites…you won’t be bored. Read about the best experiences here.
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
28. 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
29. 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 eateries and take advantage of summer activities.
30. Meet and greet cute animals
Animal lovers will enjoy a day at Auckland 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
31. 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