Not sure what to put under the tree this year? Sometimes the best Christmas presents are the ones they can choose themselves, or experiences they can enjoy over tangible gifts they receive. Here are some of our top ideas from the city centre.

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A pass to Weta Workshop Unleashed

Give the gift of a brand new experience! Newly opened this December, Weta Workshop Unleashed is a fantastical film effects workshop that explores the worlds of horror, sci-fi and fantasy in-the-making. It’s a journey through Weta Workshop’s creative process that needs to be seen to be believed.

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A tour of the All Blacks Experience 

Also brand new to the city centre this year is the highly anticipated All Blacks Experience. There is sure to be a rugby-loving friend or family member who will be all about this gift - it's a 45-minute guided tour taking you through the history, culture and people who have made the All Blacks such an important part of New Zealand's story. After the guided tour, visitors can spend time in the hands-on interactive zone giving you the chance to try your kicking, catching, line out and accuracy skills.

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Monthly Cocktail Membership | Saxon + Parole 

Got a cocktail-loving friend or family member? Here's a unique gift they will love! The talented team of award-winning bartenders at Commercial Bay hotspot Saxon + Parole craft a fancy, barrel-aged, rare and delicious bottled cocktail every month, marked with your name on it. The cocktail concoction comes in a 500ml bottle, stashed safely in their ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’. A monthly subscription gets your loved one their own bottle every month, an invitation to a monthly cocktail launch, as well as preferential booking, access to the Lorillard Room, and invites to special events! Memberships cost $105 for a one-month membership, $300 for three months or $590 for six.

New Zealand Maritime Museum

Ted Ashby Sailing experience 

Gift your loved one an experience on the New Zealand Maritime Museum's heritage scow, Ted Ashby. Their hour-long cruise experiences in Auckland's Harbour lets you see the city skyline, Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge from the sea - a perfect summertime activity. 

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Commercial Bay gift card 

Let your loved one take to the laneways of Commercial Bay and shop 'til they drop with a gift card. With a range of both international and New Zealand brands to shop, as well as a host of delicious bars and eateries, a Commercial Bay gift card will go down a treat. To purchase one, visit the concierge team located on Level 1, or alternatively email concierge@commercialbay.co.nz and they'll get you sorted.

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 Wine subscription pack from Cahn's Wines & Spirits

Cahn and Finlay is the perfect spot to purchase all your liquid needs this Christmas, and also offers some great subscription services for people who love to try new and different tipples. From their 'Juniper Journey' gin and tonic pack to their 'Whisky Me Away' whisky pack and 'Global Legend' wine pack each pack is curated by the team and sent out the first Wednesday of every month. There are currently 5 different types of packs available.   

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Britomart Black Card 

If you are stuck for what to get a notoriously tricky-to-buy for friend or the person who seemingly needs nothing, then the Britomart Black Card is your solution. It can be used at over 65 participating retailers, eateries, bars and beauty businesses in the Britomart precinct and can be purchased online or at the Britomart Car Park reception. 

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Cooking classes at Homeland

Nothing beats food for bringing people together and Peter Gordon's new venture, Homeland does just this. A dining room, film studio, food innovation hub and community space, it also has a cooking school with classes beginning in January with some of New Zealand’s finest chefs. Focussing on on tummy- hugging food you would eat everyday, recipes feature hero producers from Aotearoa and the Pacific and methods from Peter’s lifetime of cooking. From a Best Baking class to a Salad Masterclass, and even a Modern Roast class, check out the line-up of upcoming events and book in an experience with, or for your loved one this Christmas.  

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Afternoon High Tea at Hotel DeBrett

Spend an afternoon tea with a loved one sipping on delicious tea (and a glass of bubbles) and devouring delectable treats inside the gorgeous Hotel DeBrett here in the heart of the city. Spending quality time with a loved one is often the best gift you can give, and this experience definitely delivers just that.  

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Auckland Art Gallery 

Membership to Auckland Art Gallery

A gift membership means someone you care about can enjoy exclusive access to Auckland Art Gallery. There is so much to discover with benefits that include free and unlimited entry to paid exhibitions, exclusive previews of exhibitions, invitations to regular talks or behind-the-scenes tours, regular updates on members-only events, use of the members lounge and a wide range of discounts. This is the perfect gift for that art-loving person in your life. 

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Sky Jump experience 

Here's a good one for the adrenaline junkies in your life and a gift they'll remember forever! Sky Jump is one of New Zealand's most popular activities and an unmissable experience for thrill seekers. The pleasure of gifting will never be sweeter as you witness them leap from 53 stories and race down the side of the iconic building at 85kph.   

Minigolf putt stand

Holey Moley Golf Club gift cardProvide an experience this Christmas that you can enjoy together with your loved ones while creating great memories. Holey Moley is more than just a mini golf course, it's a multi-sensory labyrinth of unique holes (27 of them to be exact) sprawling two levels and complete with a DJ who plays throughout the night and two bars that serve up the best craft beers, cocktails, and food. The gift cards are redeemable on all activities, food and drink in the venue. 

Last updated: 25 December 2020

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