Once again our city centre businesses have adapted quickly to being back at higher alert levels, and have come up with some great initiatives to stay connected and keep us entertained at home in our bubbles. Here is a selection of what we’ve seen so far, but continue to keep your eyes out on updates from your favourite heart of the city businesses.. 


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 deeper looks into different pieces of work on display at the gallery. Click here to check out Auckland Art Gallery's online collection.

Academy cinema on demand

Academy Cinemas – Stay entertained with Academy on demand service

A popular option from past lockdowns, Academy Cinema's  on Demand service is always a great option when you're looking to stay entertained and pass the time - you can rent new releases or classic titles to watch from the comfort of your living room, and there's also a rotating selection for $5 Wednesdays. See Academy Cinemas OnDemand, here.


Watch & listen to an Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert online

From Beethoven to Schumann and Tchaikovsky, experience the epic music from some of the world’s favourite classics played live on stage by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Head to their website here to watch the videos.

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. 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 workouts direct 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 at 10am, don’t worry, the workouts will be available on TVNZ OnDemand – no excuses now to skip your daily workout. 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!

Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga Works - virtual classes

Hot Yoga Works is offering virtual classes to maintain your practice at home and take some time for self-care. Classes includes yoga (60 min) and Hot HIIT Pilates (60 min). Check the timetable on the website here.


Get a free online bespoke skin programme with Beauty Refinery

Send a message online via Beauty Refinery's Instagram or Facebook or email them a photo of all your skincare products and your skin goals and they'll come up with an at home facial programme for you - a bit of lockdown fun!


Explore New Zealand Maritime Museum online collection

The millions of objects in the collection of the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa carry the stories of Aotearoa’s deep-rooted maritime history. Medals and models, paintings and pigeon-grams, ships and scrimshaw and other things sure to surprise. So get comfy, and browse their online collection from home.


Escapade - Escape@home app

Escape@Home is an app-based escape game that people can play in lockdown, drawing on items from their own homes as they race to solve a fast-paced mystery. Great for friends, family and flatmates, you can play just with your own 'bubble' or choose the multi-location options to play with (or against) friends from other 'bubbles.' Try it for yourself! 

Last updated: 22 September 2021