Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Make the most of the month of June with a range of exciting activities happening around Auckland. From diverse festivals, interactive pop-ups and celebratory events like birthdays…you won’t be bored. Discover 20 of the best things to do this June 2023 in Auckland.
1. Attend a food and wine festival
Why not take a day trip to Hawkes Bay one of the weekends between June 2 and 23 for the epic Food And Wine Classic (F.A.W.C)? Visitors can expect dozens of events, offering a variety of food, warming wines and entertainment. From talented chefs and mixologist classes to film feasts, gin-infused high teas, and more…it’s the perfect winter activity. Plus, you could make it a staycation weekend. Get tickets on F.A.W.C.
📍Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
2. Explore the Egyptian world
A highly-anticipated new exhibition is opening on June 15 at Auckland Museum. Egypt: In the Time Of Pharaohs features hundreds of artefacts, artworks, immersive displays, and even tomb replicas, to educate visitors about ancient Egypt, its people and its sacred culture. Be captivated by pharoahs, tombs, mummies, learn about the afterlife, and much more. Certainly, one of the greatest things to do this June in Auckland. The exhibition ends on November 12.
📍Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
3. Groove through a roller disco
Leave the kids at home for an adults-only evening of thrills at Studio 54 Roller Disco on June 10. Dress in your best 70s attire and dance the night away under lights, disco balls, alongside a DJ playing much-loved tunes. Guests can refuel with delicious food and rent skates if you don’t have your own at home. Certainly, an unforgettable night with friends awaiting you. Get tickets on Fever.
📍30 Downing Street, Auckland
4. Experience the Kinky Boots Broadway Musical
Until June 17, world-famous Kinky Boots The Musical is on in Auckland. The Grammy, Tony and Oliver-winning broadway show features iconic music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and is based on the book by Harvey Fierstein…you won’t want to miss this uplifting and hilarious hit show, based on a true story, adapted to the stage. Read further about Kinky Boots in Auckland. Definitely, one of the best things to do this June.
📍The Civic Theatre, Auckland
5. Be entertained by the French
Until June 2, L’OR French Film Festival Aotearoa is showcasing the best French movies across Auckland. From award-winning films like Annie’s Fire and November, to the shocking true story of Notre-Dame on Fire, and more…you’ll be spoilt for choice. There will be English subtitles on all movies for those who don’t understand French…that being most of us.
6. Indulge with Street Food Collective
On June 24, Street Food Collective will host its second European Street Food Festival at the Kumeu Showgrounds from 12pm to 8pm. It’s free entry and the perfect place to satisfy your soul with dishes from Spain, Turkey, Italy, France, and more European countries. Think Paella Pan, Double Dutch Fries, Sweet Crepes, and plenty more for every tastebud. Learn more about Street Food Collective.
📍Kumeu Showgrounds, Kumeu, Auckland
7. Celebrate Global Pride Month
Let your voice be heard by celebrating all-inclusive love this June for Pride. There’s a range of gay bars in Auckland you can hangout at, or else why not plan a holiday to one of the best gay-friendly destinations worldwide.
📍Auckland, New Zealand
8. Enjoy a naughty cabaret show
Circa’s famous Peepshow is popping up at The Civic with its global debut of Club Remix. Expect seductive moves, iconic acrobatics, cheeky cabarets, and more – all alongside a live DJ. Happening from June 29 to July 1, it’s an entertainment experience you can’t miss. Get tickets on Ticketmaster.
📍The Civic, Auckland
9. See Hamilton live
Another globally acclaimed musical to see before June 11. Hamilton lovers will be able to watch the award-winning musical, at Spark Arena, for the first time in New Zealand history. It tells the story of the Founding Fathers of America, Alexander Hamilton, blending together singing, dancing and rapping, while exploring politics in America. Learn more about Hamilton in Auckland.
📍Spark Arena, Auckland
10. Tuck into Wahlburgers
Famous burger joint, Wahlburgers, opened in Auckland in March. Located at Shed 22 on Princes Wharf, the famous burger chain – which is owned by Hollywood celebrity Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, Chef Paul and Donnie – is the first-ever Wahlburgers in New Zealand. Enjoy drooling, burgers, milkshakes and more from this highly anticipated restaurant. Read further about it here.
📍Shed 22, Princes Wharf, Auckland CBD, 1010
11. See a rare female T.Rex skeleton
Auckland Museum is the only place globally currently hosting a female T.Rex skeleton, alongside Peter, the male one. Barbara is only one of three female T.rex’s on record, measuring 11.7 metres long and 3.4 metres high. Plus, she was pregnant at the time of death. Perfect for those who live and breathe science!
📍Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland Central, Auckland
12. Try unique Japanese street food
Yooa & Tako is a Japanese street food restaurant located on Elliot Street in the CBD. The Anime-themed red food truck offers some of the most authentic Takoyaki and Japanese street food at an affordable cost. Read all about it here.
📍1 Elliott Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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
15. 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
16. Visit NZ’s highest rooftop bar
Why not check out New Zealand’s highest rooftop bar that just opened last year? It’s one of the best things to do this June in Auckland for sure. Read all about Bar Albert here.
The globally famous Candlelight concerts have upped their game in Auckland with more tributes to contemporary artists. Expect some epic tributes this month. See the best upcoming candlelight concerts here.
18. Book a ski trip
Most of the ski resorts open their gates this month. Luckily, we’ve already listed the best ski resorts in New Zealand to visit this year. Certainly, one of the best things to do this June for all budgets.
19. Try 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
20. 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
SEE MORE: The Best Brunches In Auckland