“We have a great theatre and comedy scene now, with so much local talent. Fridays and Saturdays are the biggest nights at The Classic Comedy Club and it’s such a good pick me up.”

Sir John Kirwan

La Cigale Markets

Inspired by the food markets of France, La Cigale Markets are on in Parnell and Britomart every weekend, selling quality New Zealand and imported foods. Shop for handmade breads, olive oils, pastries, chocolates, charcuterie, cheeses and more – all with a distinctly French feel. After stocking up, sit on one of the long communal tables with a Croque Monsieur or a warm pain au chocolat.

Visit the art galleries

Walk among more than 15,000 classic and contemporary artworks at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; you can even join a free guided tour, available daily, for an introduction to the collections. Wander through the beautiful historic Pah Homestead at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre to see ever-changing contemporary art exhibitions.

For animal lovers

It’s always a good time to visit Auckland Zoo, especially now you can get even closer to the African animals in the Pridelands. Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, a favourite of Auckland kids for decades, now has new experiences too, including a replica Scott Base hut and marine themed play zone. For a real wildlife experience, go whale and dolphin spotting in the Hauraki Gulf.

Live theatre and comedy

Catch a comedy show at The Classic Comedy Club, and see some of the country’s best known comedians and our next stand up stars. The theatre scene uptown has really taken off with the addition of The Basement and Q Theatre to favourites Aotea Centre and The Civic. Make the most of your weekend – check out a local production, dress up for the opera, or see a Broadway musical.


Take a SkyWalk around the edge of the Sky Tower on a narrow platform 192 metres above the ground (there’s no view in Auckland quite like it), or take New Zealand’s highest base jump off the edge. Climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge or take the plunge off it with New Zealand’s only ocean-touch bungy.

Seeing stars

Get your geek on at Stardome Observatory and Planetarium. See the stars and faraway galaxies in the immersive theatre and scan the solar system in the huge telescopes in the courtyard. If you’ve got young kids you don’t have to stay up late – there are lots of daytime shows in the planetarium, plus the space gallery and exhibits.

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