Struggling on ideas on what to do this week? We've rounded up some great activities to keep you entertained at home on week three of lockdown.

Food at home: the best recipe to cook this week

Recipe: Cheesecake with berry coulis


Want to have a go at creating this delicious-looking thing at home? New Zealand School Of Food & Wine has shared on their Facebook page, some recipes that their students are making at home during the lockdown. Our pick this week is this beautiful cheese cake with berry coulis recipe prepared by their Cookery Advanced student Timmika. This unbaked cheese cake has a crunchy biscuit base, silky vanilla cream and refreshing berry coulis. Check out the full recipe on their blog here.

Relive Auckland Writers Festival favourites at home 


Auckland Writers Festival has a large archive of session videos and podcasts available on their LOOK, LISTEN & LEARN page. Catch up on the events you missed, or relive the magic of the festival at home with events including Dame Claudia Orange, lyric poet and keen environmentalist Brian Turner, filmmaker Ghazaleh Golbakhsh and more. All podcasts are also available via Spotify and Apple so you can even listen to them while you're doing your daily walk.

Stay fit - Online gym exercise of the week

Try Bodyweight training at home with Anytime Fitness


If you're missing the gym, check out Anytime Fitness's bodyweight online workout. Bodyweight workouts are great for building strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. And this workout is pretty easy to follow. Anyone can do it at home so check it out here and give it a go!

Get crafty this week

Tips on how to make a bag with NZ Fabrics & Yarn


New Zealand Fabrics & Yarn has shared some videos via their Facebook page for some inspiration for lockdown projects. We're loving their crafty video on how to make a crochet rustic market bag with beautiful and colourful organic cotton yarn imported from Portugal. Check out the video here.

What to watch this week

The Firebird – Live in Your Living Room

Calling all the ballet lovers out three. Make sure to watch Royal New Zealand Ballet -commissioned production of The Firebird from your laptops, tablets or smart TVs this week. This is ballet like you’ve never seen it before, a full cinematic experience with live stage footage augmented by specially shot close-ups and enhanced visual effects. It is available to watch online until Monday 6 September. You can select your contribution for your ticket from $15 to $100. Click here to buy your ticket.

What to listen this week

Keep calm and listen up to some audiobooks for anxiety and stress


Exploring both spirituality and physicality, mind and body, Meditation for Daily Stress is an essential read for busy people looking for an approach to meditation that will allow them to start a daily practice right away in order to live a healthier, happier life. If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, you can find many quality novels and non-fiction audiobooks via the Auckland Library audiobook collection here.

Last updated: 30 August 2021