Author: theaucklandguide

Amazing Alcohol and Ambience at the Ascension

Amazing Alcohol and Ambience at the Ascension
Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized. So said Andre Simmons, author of “Commonsense of Wine”. Probably what makes vineyards such a romantic setting. In Auckland, one particular vineyard comes to mind for great wine, stunning wedding venue,...
February 28th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Pakiri’s Pristine Proffer

Pakiri’s Pristine Proffer
Autumn may technically begin tomorrow, but based on Auckland weather, summer has yet to actually go away. So before it starts to rain and chill, one beach natives and tourists should make time to head out to is the one in Pakiri. Unspoiled, Pakiri is the Auckland Regional Council’s 25th regional...
February 28th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

A Mad Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

A Mad Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
“Birthday? My dear child, this is NOT a birthday party. Of course not. This is an unbirthday party.” So says the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland. But no, this is not about the much-awaited 2010 film directed by Tim Burton, but a tea party to end all tea parties in Auckland. On...
February 27th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Fun at the Farm

Fun at the Farm
Visiting Auckland isn’t complete without making a trip to a farm or two, and best of all, staying and working in one. Being Aotearoa’s largest city, Auckland has all the facilities and amenities of urban living, but with the surprises and adventures of farm living, as well. Farmstays offer...
February 27th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Get Cheesy

Get Cheesy
Ever noticed how mysteriously silent poets have been about cheese? They were probably too busy nibbling them. For Auckland, cheese-lovers will get a treat with the ultimate cheese event, the CheeseFest on 30 March, 5:00-8:00pm, at The Great Room at the The Langham Hotel, ...
February 25th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Cue into Avenue Q

Cue into Avenue Q
Get ready to get heaps of laughs at the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy Avenue Q, which will be staged in Auckland this May. Avenue Q is a tale about Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who comes to New York  with big dreams and a very small bank account. He finds out soon enough that...
February 25th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Two to Tango

Two to Tango
“Other music exists to heal wounds; but the tango when sung and played is for the purpose of opening them, for the purpose of sticking you finger in the wound and to tear them until they bleed.” Considered one of the most romantic dances, the tango is a story of passion and politics, a fascinating...
February 23rd, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Move to the Groove of the Mission Bay Jazz & Blues

Move to the Groove of the Mission Bay Jazz & Blues
Celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, 27 February, is the Mission Bay Jazz and Blues Streetfest, at the Selwyn Reserve, Tamaki Drive in Mission Bay. The event is an outdoor jazz and blues street music festival that will be held in one of Auckland City’s most popular and iconic waterfront sites,...
February 16th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

In Concert with Auckland

In Concert with Auckland
It is said that “music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the hear and makes i whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” Perhaps why everyone loves one form of music or another and thus varied performances are set to be held in Auckland. Central Band...
February 14th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Summer Sunset Film Sighting

Summer Sunset Film Sighting
For the last days of summer, the Manukau City Council Arts & Parks Team have organised a series of outdoor movie screenings. Every Saturday evening, from 13 February to 6 March, at 8:45pm, there will be a movie shown across the city of Manukau. Up next is Marley & Me (PG) on 20 February, at the...
February 13th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Come to Kumeu for a Beer, Wine & Food Fest

Come to Kumeu for a Beer, Wine & Food Fest
Auckland’s Fruit Bowl district will be holding its 8th Annual Beer, Wine, and Food Festival on 13 February, 11:00-6:00pm, at the Kumeu Showgrounds. The festival is set to feature some of Kumeu’s success stories in cuisine, wine, and boutique beer. All at the Kumeu showground’s laid-back...
February 11th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Go Gaga Over Lady GaGa

Go Gaga Over Lady GaGa
Get starstruck with the rest of Auckland as Lady GaGa takes centerstage once again in New Zealand this March. Joanne Stefani Germanotta, otherwise known as Lady GaGa,will present an awesome new production with full band on 13 and 14 March, at the Vector Arena, 34 Mahuhu Crescent, Auckland Central Business...
February 10th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Sweets for the Sweet

Sweets for the Sweet
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete for most without chocolates and flowers, but not everyone is keen on getting in the midst of pollen or overwhelmed by floral fragrance. A great alternative would be sweet, edible gifts. The Bucket of Love, for example, would be an ideal gift for a chocolate...
February 9th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Turn of the Tiger

Turn of the Tiger
Welcome the Year of the Tiger right by joining the Chinese New Year Festival and Market Day in Auckland. With the Chinese people in Auckland now reaching more than 100,000 in population, the commemorating the start of the Chinese Lunar Year certainly has become part of the region’s annual festivities. As...
February 8th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

All Lovey Dovey and Zooey

All Lovey Dovey and Zooey
It may not be on most couples’ lists, but in Auckland, it’s certainly voted as one of the most romantic destinations. So a trip to the Auckland Zoo might just be the idyll spot for wooing this Valentine’s Day. Located along Motions Road at Western Springs, the Auckland Zoo has several...
January 31st, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

A Very Victorian Valentine at the Villa

A Very Victorian Valentine at the Villa
With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, what better way to celebrate the occasion than by going away for the weekend? For a perfect tryst, a Victorian Valentine weekend would surely do the trick. Victorian Tea and Picnic at Stafford Villa is located in the heritage area of Birkenhead...
January 30th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Anticipating the Awesomeness of AC/DC

Anticipating the Awesomeness of AC/DC
Heavy metal pioneer AC/DC is due to rock Auckland on 4 February, at the Western Springs Stadium. New Zealand will be the first to see AC/DC the world’s greatest rock and roll band on the as part of the Australasian leg of their Black Ice World Tour. After selling more than 200 million records...
January 30th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Posh Passion in Parnell

Posh Passion in Parnell
Celebrating Valentine’s Day with that special someone need not be limited to the traditional dinners at hotels or high-end restaurants. Often times, the most romantic dates are the simple and intimate ones, like spending Valentine’s at Parnell. Start the date on 14 February at the park, particularly...
January 29th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Whoop It Up on Waitangi Day Family Festivities

Whoop It Up on Waitangi Day Family Festivities
Honouring family diversity, Toi o Manukau will be holding the 2010 Waitangi Day Family Celebrations, Auckland’s biggest Waitingi Day event and the second biggest annual commemorative gathering in New Zealand of around 40,000 people. With the aim to raise awareness and understanding of Te Tiriti...
January 28th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More

Markets Easy on the Pockets

Markets Easy on the Pockets
“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping,” once said Bo Derek, an American actress whose beaded and plaited cornrow hairstyle in the film “10″ was widely copied and became eponymous. For locals and tourists in Auckland, here are...
January 25th, 2010 | Auckland | Read More