We are appreciating how so many businesses are adapting to our level 3 reality this week, as we stay home - and wanted to share a selection that we’ve seen in the last few days. Our hope is that these provide some options to keep you feeling connected, entertained, stimulated, and even spiritually looked after!

So see below for our virtual city centre, to keep us well while we unite against COVID-19.

Mind, body & soul

People doing yoga

Hot Yoga Works - Virtual Yoga Classes 

To help you maintain your wellbeing in a safe environment, Hot Yoga Works are doing virtual classes! This week book in for virtual Hot Yoga or HIIT Pilates via Zoom at either 4pm or 5:30pm (or a 10am class on Saturday) for an hour long class with the incredible teachers from Hot Yoga Works. 

See the schedule, and book your class here.

Auckland Yoga Academy

Auckland Yoga Academy - Practice mindfulness and yoga in your living room

The Auckland Yoga Academy also offer online classes. Head to their website to grab yourself a spot in their zoom Ashtanga and Hatha yoga classes with teacher Hui Zhang. These classes are suitable for both beginner and more advanced students, utilising simple props that you can find around the home - poses can be modified for any props you cannot find at home.

To know more, see the schedule, and book your class, click here.

Les Mills

Les Mills - Keep fit with a home workout

Everyday, Les Mills and TVNZ will be bringing an at home workout to our TV screens. At 10am each weekday the free-to-air workouts will range from high-intensity training to stretching and meditation. If you can’t tune in to the TV at 10am, don’t worry, the workouts will be available on TVNZ OnDemand – no excuses now to skip your daily workout.

Movies, books, music & more

Academy cinema on demand

Academy Cinemas – Stay entertained with Academy on demand service

Missing going to Academy Cinemas? Well they’ve found a way to make your home your own cinema away from Academy! Cue Academy Cinema's Academy on Demand service where you can rent new releases or classic titles from them, with a rotating selection for $5 Wednesdays.

See Academy Cinemas OnDemand, here.


Commercial Bay - Listen to a new playlist

Head to Commercial Bay's Instagram page to discover their Home Sweet Home playlist put together by their music curator Connor Nestor. There’s some good stuff in there from a range of different artists, capturing big hits from international favourites, to fresh beats from smaller bands you may never of heard of. 

To view the playlist on Spotify, click here.

Auckland City Library

Central City Libraries - Make the most of your library membership online!

Just because we can't get to the library, doesn't mean we have to stop reading! Enjoy streaming films, online courses and browse the latest eCollections and podcasts all from the comfort of home. Read an eBook, learn a new skill, travel around the world (virtually) or simply curl up with an old classic. If you don’t have a library membership you can visit the Auckland Libraries website to register for a free eMembership!

See more about using your library membership online, here.


Lord of the Fries - Learn about their positive impact on Aotearoa

This week, Lord of the Fries are doing a series of posts on their Instagram about their positive impact on the environment. They want to let you know about some of their positive environmental impact here in New Zealand (so far), so we can all connect with just how we are helping Save the World, Bite by Bite. The series is called "Lord of the Fries, our Customers and our Positive Impact".

See their first post about Greenhouse Gas Emissions here. 

Arts & Culture

Cultured afternoon

Check out an exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery where history, heritage and culture are brought to life. 

Auckland Art Gallery Virtually visit an art collection

The Auckland Art Gallery might be closed for the next little while, but you can still explore some of their collection online! Plus, keep connected on the Auckland Art Gallery Instagram page for craft ideas to do at home with your tamariki as well deeper looks into different pieces of work on display at the gallery. 

Check out Auckland Art Gallery's online collection, here.


Gus Fisher Gallery - Good Morning, Good Morning 

Sign up for daily free morning messages from artist Jing Cheng Zhao for one week. Inspired by customised morning call services available on major Chinese online shopping website TaoBao, Jing will greet you with messages every morning. Jing recently completed her BFA(Hon) at The University of Auckland. Her work centres on capturing the lyrical dialogue between the rapidly evolving inner and outer landscape through site-specific work.

To find out more, and sign up for Good Morning, Good Morning, click here.

Food in your belly


Miann - Learn to make creme brûlée 

If you've got some extra time on your hands and want to test out your baking skills, Miann has posted their delicious creme brûlée recipe on their Miann Fort Street Instagram page


Queens Rise - Poke Bowl recipe

Poke bowls go down a treat for a lunchtime eat, and the team at Queen's Rise are sharing their recipe so you can make one at home. Get your apron on and head to the Queen's Rise Instagram page to see all the details. 

Last updated: 03 March 2021