With so many exciting events in Auckland's central city, there is no reason to hibernate through the colder months. We've rounded up our top things to do this winter with a series of Lovebites that will help you discover a different side of your city.  

The International New Zealand Film Festival 

20 July - 6 August (Extra sessions available until 10 August)

The highly-anticipated celebration of local and international cinema won't disappoint with this years line-up. From award-winning features to low-key local documentaries, there is something to suit every taste. 


The Corsini Collection 

Starts 2 September

From the private collection of the dynastic Corsini family in Florence, Italy comes this fascinating exhibition featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and Jacopo da Pontormo. 


Basement Theatre


Enjoy the eclectic Basement winter season packed with new and exciting plays, physical theatre pieces, dance performances and more.


Street Eats by Holden Spark

19 August 

Auckland's top chefs give their take on their favourite street food dishes to serve up to hungry Aucklanders at this annual foodie festival, which has become a highlight of Restaurant Month every year.


Auckland Live International Cabaret Season

14 September - 1 October 

From Aotearoa to across the globe, Auckland Live International Cabaret Season is brining together disco divas, glamour animals, rock opera stars, Broadway musical greats and the brightest musical talents for 18 nights of razzle dazzle.


Matilda the Musical

18 - 31 August

The critically-acclaimed Matilda the Musical adapts the classic story from bestselling children’s author Roald Dahl that follows the story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind who dares to take on the terrifying forces of the dreaded Trunchbull and save her school.


Restaurant Month

1-31 August

This August try something new and create dining memories that will last you a lifetime with 25 dining events and special $25, $40 and $55+ menu offers from over 100 central city restaurants.


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra


The APO showcases many of the world’s finest classical musicians in the heart of the central city.


Free Films at the Auckland Art Gallery


The small cinema tucked away inside Auckland Art Gallery is one of the city's best hidden gems. Auckland Art Gallery regularly show arthouse films, with at least one screening per week during winter. 



Bikes and Bends


Practice yoga with unparalleled city views with a selection of outdoor and indoor classes throughout the day.


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Last updated: 11 September 2017