Stuck for ideas on how to spend this Labour Weekend? Even though the weather isn't looking ideal, there are plenty of great ways you can enjoy the long weekend in Auckland. Here is a list of things to do, either in or from the city centre, this long weekend.
Friday night pizza night!
18 inch pizza, $26 | The Conservatory
Pick a spot along North Wharf or Silo Park (if the weather allows, otherwise they taste just as good at home) and enjoy waterfront dining with The Conservatory’s takeaway menu. It includes their infamous 18inch pizzas, beer, wine, and small plates like calamari, fried chicken, fries and cauliflower popcorn. We recommend their Margherita pizza - a classic that never disappoints! See the menu online, here.
Friday night, cocktail night!
Cocktail Boxes, $48 | Caretaker
Caretaker have their range of classic cocktails available for delivery, plus two spectacular seasonal creations in a 5 serve bottle. Coming in a box of four, you can choose a mix or pick out your favourite - will it be Farewell, French Canadian, Tin Whistle or a Handyman. The cocktails come ready to serve, have it as is, or add one of the recommended garnishes. They also have two special seasonal creations to try, we're loving the sound of the Bee Knees - gin, freshly squeezed local lemons and local raw honey syrup. Order online, here by Friday 12pm for weekend delivery.
Picnic with the family
Head to one of the city centre's parks or green spaces (if the weather is clear enough), or pick up and take home these picnic boxes - either way your belly will thank you!
Double Bubble DIY Picnic, $98 | Scarecrow
This picnic box from Scarecrow serves 4 people and includes: Artisan Bread, Black Truffle Dip, Brie Cheese, Gravlax Salmon, 2x Heirloom Tomatoes, Seed Crackers, Olives, Olive Oil, Amaretti. Just add your picnic blanket and cutlery (don’t forget the bread knife) and you're all set for a perfect picnic with your family. Must be ordered minimum 24 hours in advance. Order online here.
Poni Picnic, $130 | The Poni Room
The Poni Room has created the 'Poni Picnic' with their delicious duck platter. The picnic box serves 6-8 and comes ready to eat with your very own steam baskets to keep! Poni picnic comes with twice cooked duck breasts, duck legs, bao buns, pancakes, hoisin honey, chili dressing, pickles, lettuce cups. Pre-order online, here.
kingi Picnic Packs, $60 | kingi
kingi have introduced their new Picnic Packs. They inclue onion flatbread, marinated olives, charcuterie, pickles, Mahoe aged Edam cheese, baba ghanoush, hempseed chocolate cookies and a 1L bottle of chilled sparkling Antipodes. No pre-ordering necessary, just swing by between 11am and 3pm and ask the team to prepare a pack to go.
Ice cream | Island Gelato
Finish your picnic with some dessert. Head on down to the ferry building to get some ice cream from Island Gelato or grab one of their delicious gelato cakes to enjoy with your bubble. Espresso Martini flavour is one of their most popular flavours, made with espresso gelato, salted caramel gelato, Kahlua mousse on a yummy chocolate sponge base. Order one today so they can make it fresh and have it ready for pickup within 48 hours! And remember to share with your bubble! Order online here.
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Other picnic takeaway inspiration
Outdoor gathering spots in the city centre
Viennoiserie and coffee | La Petite Fourchette
Stop counting the calories and treat yourself this weekend with some delicious pastries and coffee from La Petite Fourchette. Indulge in some viennoiserie including pain au chocolat, croissant, pain au raisin or almond croissant and some delicious freshly made coffee - the best way to start your Sunday morning!
Cheese scones | Homeland
Feeling like you deserve a treat this weekend? Try out one (or two) of these legendary cheese scones from Homeland. They are so delicious! Order online here.
Watch a movie | Academy Cinemas
Although we are not able to go to a cinema yet, you can enjoy some great movies from the comfort of your home with Academy OnDemand! Rent a new releases or classic title from their great selection, grab some popcorn and you are set for a perfect Sunday afternoon! See Academy Cinemas OnDemand, here.
Get outdoors for a stroll or some games
Hopefully the rain may have cleared by Monday, but if not put on your raincoat and get outside. Even if it is raining there is plenty of fun to have!
Check out Henrietta Harris’s artworks in Britomart
Henrietta Harris loved drawing as a kid, and went on to make a career as a painter. Now her delicate portraits sell in New Zealand and the United States, and are blown up big on Britomart’s Te Ara Tahuhu in an exhibition entitled ‘By Its Own Light’. Be sure to check them out!
Try the outdoor adventure game 'What Lies Beneath' | Escapade
Played outside in groups of up to five people, this game from Escapade is the perfect activity to get your family and friends (max of two households) out and about, working together. Something is hidden deep beneath the city! But what is it? You need to follow the clues, work the angles, and race the clock to uncover the truth! In this outdoor adventure game you and your team will be out enjoying the city centre's parks and hunting down alleys looking for the answers. Click here to get started.