Things to do and see in Auckland

Auckland is a fantastic city, it is vibrant, cultural, fun and beautiful. We love it! It is not just a city for locals, there are so many things for visitors to do, even with a small window of time. We at the Attic Backpackers have put together a list of things to do and see in Auckland. If you have any more suggestions, contact us today to get it added to the list.

Visiting Auckland in one day

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For those of you crazy enough to spend only one day in our gorgeous city here’s the best way to make the most of your time:

Start off the day by taking a walk around the city stopping off at the free art gallery, museum and Auckland’s tallest natural point Mt.Eden, this dormant volcano gives you 360views of the whole city.

In the early afternoon have a wander up to the Sky Tower, Australasia’s tallest building reaching a height of 328m! Backpackers can enjoy a $3 discount, just talk to the reception before you head out! If you’re feeling adventurous go for a SkyWalk around the outside of The Sugar Club Restaurant at a cool 192m above street level. Or if you’re feeling like a real daredevil take on the  SkyJump, New Zealand’s tallest jump! This thrilling drop has you falling at a speed of 85km/hr for a whopping 11 seconds!

Finally what better way to end the day than watching the kayaking out to Rangitoto Island, the youngest and most active of Auckland’s 53 volcanoes, and enjoy a gourmet  BBQ dinner whilst watching the sun set over the city, available from the awesome team at Auckland Sea Kayaks.

Visiting Auckland in two days

If you’re visiting Auckland on a tight time schedule here’s the best way to make the most of your limited time in our awesome city:

Day 1

Why not make your first day in Auckland the most thrilling, start your day by heading up the Sky Tower, Australasia’s tallest building, and have a walk around the outside of The Sugar Club restaurant at 192m above street level! The views up here can’t be beat and get yourself your very own postcard shot of Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s landmark volcano island.

You’ve done the scary bit, so now head out with the team from AJ Hackett bungy and take a leap of faith off Auckland’s harbour bridge, New Zealand’s only ocean touch bungy jump, at 43m above ground level.

To end off your day head over to Jack Tar’s restaurant/bar on Auckland’s stunning water front, for the best fish ‘n’ chips in town and that well deserved beer.

Day 2

After your day of thrills and spills, spend your second day getting to know this iconic city. Start off your morning with coffee and/breakfast at Reslau, the French Café just beneath our hostel in the beautiful Elliott Stables.

Next up take a trip to the free art gallery or war memorial museum, to get a sense of Auckland’s rich history and art culture.

Your next stop is to Auckland’s tallest natural point Mt.Eden, this dormant volcano gives you 3600views of the whole city, the hike to the summit is easy and best of all, it’s free!

Finally end off your day down at Mission Bay, one of Auckland’s city beaches a short 10 minute bus journey from the waterfront. Some points of interest at Mission Bay.

Mission Bay’s promenade is lined with some tasty and inexpensive eateries and ice cream parlours, grab some tasty fish and chips or some frozen yoghurt and pick a perch on the beach to watch the sun set!

Visiting Auckland in Three days

If you’ve got quite a few days in Auckland and want to do as much as you can while you’re here, this is the best way to do it:

Day 1

Spend the first part of the day getting to know our lovely city by heading over to the free art gallery and museum, to get a taste of Auckland’s rich history and art culture.

For the second half of your day, kayak over to Rangitoto Island the youngest and most active of Auckland’s 53 volcanoes, and watch the sun set over the city from the summit and enjoy a gourmet dinner with the team from Auckland Sea Kayaks.

Day 2

Start off your day nice and early by heading out for a surf at one of Auckland’s black sand beaches with the team from Surf The Elements. Whether you’re a beginner or semi-pro the well trained team from Surf The Elements, will ensure that your time is safe, fun and memorable!

End off your day with a relaxing drink and dinner at Brothers Beer brewery and restaurant, just a short walk from the hostel.

Day 3

There’s no better way to end your visit to Auckland than by visiting our largest island Waiheke. This island boasts spectacular beaches, vineyards, and a unique Zip Trek tour with breath taking views. The team from Fuller’s ferries has a number of tour options that will allow you to make the most of your time on the island, and ferries run late in to the night so this can be turned into an all out day trip. Bike’s travel for free on the ferry, so if you’re keen to cycle the island (though beware, it is very hilly!) then hire a bike from the guys at adventure cycles and enjoy the day at your own pace. Take the ferry home at the end of the day, enjoy watching the sun set over the city as the ferry draws closer and walk to one of Auckland’s cosmopolitan bars on the waterfront.

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Lifestyle events in Auckland – Spring 2020

In Auckland, you’ll find a city rich in diverse cultures, friendly people and a huge range of things to see and do. There’s no shortage of activities to enjoy over the colder months, but ask any Aucklander and they’ll tell you that nothing beats our summer.  Our great lifestyle is one of the main reasons people are drawn to Auckland. We believe in hard work, but we know life outside is important too – whether it’s beach time with family and friends, joining a social sports team or making the most of the superb dining, shopping, entertainment, nightlife and outdoor activities at your fingertips. We at Attic backpackers put together a list of the activities that you can attend in Auckland.

Glow in the Dark Paint Night – Moon Shadow

Paintvine After Dark is New Zealand’s first glow in the dark paint party!

Grab a drink in one hand, a brush in the other and get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going with ultra-violet lights, neon lights, glow in the dark paint, a DJ and nothing but laughs all night long!

This is the perfect unique night out for those looking for something a little different. Get your tickets now and be there on the 16th September at Roukai Lane, 48 Customs street East, Auckland CBD. Buy tickets – 0226473990

Paint and Wine Night – Summer in NZ

The concept is simple – take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other and let’s paint a masterpiece!

Join this creative night of drinking and painting in the heart of Auckland, at Platform 8, 26 Te Taou Cres, Auckland CBD on the 22nd September. No previous painting experience necessary! Get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going! Buy Tickets – 0226473990

Korean Food Tour

Korean Food goes beyond BBQ & Kimchi and our knowledgeable guides will introduce you to some delicious dishes.

Our Korean Food Tour is in the heart of Auckland City. We meet in Aotea Square and finish in The Chancery, stopping to taste just a few of the many tasty dishes from Korea. Be prepared to be taken on a journey discovering Korean history, culture and cuisine.

On this 3-hour tour you taste 8-9 different dishes and sample Korea’s famous liquor Soju, so be sure to come hungry. The tour dates are on 19th September, 17th October, 7th November and 5th December from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Buy Tickets – 021548842

Ocean Film Festival World Tour

A celebration of our oceans including sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface through a collection of short films.

Designed to mesmerize and enthrall, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases a 3-hour celebration of our oceans comprised of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

Featuring all new films, this carefully curated selection of short films documents the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. The show dates are on September 23rd, 24th and 25th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the SkyCity Theatre, Auckland CBD.

Glow in the Dark Paint Night – Astronaut

This is the perfect unique night out for those looking for something a little different.

Grab a drink in one hand, a brush in the other and get your creative juices flowing and your brush strokes going with ultra-violet lights, neon lights, glow in the dark paint, a DJ and nothing but laughs all night long! On the 30th September at Roukai Lane, 48 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD.

The need to know:
Drinks: No drinks are included in your ticket but are available for purchase during the event.
Food: Want to enjoy dinner too? Orlean’s dinner menu will be available throughout the event. Buy Tickets – 0226473990

Sweet As – Dessert Tour

Join us for a “Sweet As” walking food tour enjoying sublime chocolate tastings, the best gelato in Auckland a sweet shop and more chocolate before you finish with a decadent dessert.

This small group 2.5-hour tour in Auckland City is a perfect afternoon treat. Come alone or bring friends and visit some of Auckland’s best dessert stops. Join them on the date 10th October and 14th November at Chancery Square, Auckland CBD.

Cocktail & Bartending

Over three sessions you will start with an understanding of how a bar works and some basic service techniques. You will then move on to cocktail and mixology working with classics such as Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Mojito and Caipirinha. Understanding the tastes and flavours of spirits and liqueurs is the key to making great cocktails. You will learn new skills and tricks of the trade that will build your confidence at making and presenting mixed drinks and cocktails at home or at work.

The venue is at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine, level 3, 104 Customs Street West, Viaduct, CBD, Auckland on the 12th, 13th and 14th October. Buy Tickets – 09 377 7961

Winetopia

Grab your friends and get ready for the biggest wine tasting event in New Zealand – Winetopia!

Delve deeper and get up close and personal with our unique wine regions and their most lovingly crafted wines. Try new favorites from the likes of Escarpment, Framingham, Craggy Range, Man O’ War, Greywacke and so many more.

This is your chance to immerse yourself in the New Zealand wine scene and celebrate the growers and winemakers that have put this country on the vinous map. Ridiculously Good Value tickets are on sale now for only $35, which includes entry to one session, 5 tasting tokens, a Spiegelau wine glass and free talks and live entertainment.

The Chocolate and Coffee Show

Join the very best of New Zealand’s craft, artisan and boutique producers for two delicious days where you can sample, purchase and explore the latest products innovations and give your taste buds a real treat.

Over 60 exhibitors with the very best of New Zealand’s Artisan chocolatiers, coffee roasters and producers of amazing tasty treats, the big names through to new craft businesses will be there to bring you an entertaining day to remember!

The amazing Masterclass experiences with NZ’s leading Chocolate and Coffee gurus return as does the Chocolate & Coffee Show Lounge.

And of course, there will loads of samples and show specials to get your taste buds tingling! Don’t miss out, on 14th and 15th of November 2020 at The Cloud, Auckland waterfront, 89 Quay street, CBD, Auckland. Buy Tickets – 0508 iTICKET (484-253)

Raw Comedy Quest 2020

The heats for the 2020 Raw Comedy Quest continue from Mon 7 Sept at The Classic.
The Grand Final was originally scheduled for May during Level 4 lock-down, but will now be held on Thu 29 Oct, during the Mocktoberfest of Comedy celebrating the 23rd birthday at the home of live comedy.

So, if you think you’re funny, or know someone who does, then stand-up this winter and have a crack at winning $2500 in prize money, offers of further professional work at The Classic and beyond and, most importantly, the Glory! Never underestimate The Glory of being the Funniest New Rookie of the Year.
It could be the start of something huge … or not!

All you need is up to 6 minutes of your own original comedy act. Anything goes. Stand-up, music, sketch, improv, mime, solo, duo’s, trio’s or troupes.

All Blacks Experience

Opening on 2nd December 2020.

The All Blacks Experience is a fully guided, state-of-the-art, interactive showcase of the All Blacks and all our national teams in black. From the kick off to the final whistle, you will be entertained and educated with the story of New Zealand’s deep passion for our national sport.

The 45-minute experience will immerse manuhiri (visitors) in the history, culture and people who have made the All Blacks such an important part of New Zealand’s story.

The experience will include a hands-on interactive zone giving manuhiri the chance to try their kicking, catching, line out and accuracy skills against the All Blacks.

  • Learn how the game became so closely tied to our national identity.
  • Follow the journey a player makes from club rugby to the legendary All Blacks.
  • Experience first-hand the excitement and emotion of game day.
  • Discover the stories behind some of world rugby’s most famous player, moments and matches.

Through the use of innovation and technology, the experience will provide a full sensory, interactive, and immersive experience; the only rugby attraction of its kind in New Zealand and the only All Blacks attraction in the world. This will be an experience that you don’t want to miss!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

End the year on an impossibly high note with a glitter-soaked, glam-rock night like no other. From 10th to 29th November at the ASB Waterfront Theatre, presented by the Auckland Theatre company.

Rapturously received since its off-Broadway debut, Hedwig & the Angry Inch rapidly stormed the world with its film adaptation and a recent Tony Award-winning stage revival featuring Neil Patrick Harris. Now, it’s Auckland’s turn to discover the hilarious charms and unforgettable music of Hedwig up close.

Best Foods Christmas Comedy Gala

The Best Foods Comedy Gala, the comedy event of the year, has a new date and a Christmas twist. Prepare yourself for a homegrown spread of gourmet giggles on Saturday 7 November at The Civic.

Pax Assadi as the host for the show with a lot of acts to look forward to; The Topp Twins, Melanie Bracewell, James Nokise, Hayley Sproull, James Roque, Donna Brookbanks, Paul Douglas, Ben Hurley, Justine Smith, Eli Matthewson, Two Hearts, The Fan Brigade AND MORE! Don’t miss out – book your tickets soon!

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Concerts and Theatre in Auckland – Spring 2020

The festival spirit is here in Auckland and there’s a whole lot of events coming up for you to let loose and enjoy, kick 2020 in the behind and join the party. Your favorite artists coming to town, watch them perform and make new memories with the beats along with your friends and family. We at attic backpackers took the liberty of putting together a list for you – yes, especially you! Take a look at some of the exciting events in theatre and concerts coming to Auckland.

The Show Must Go On

Dust off those musical theatre cobwebs and return to your seats to indulge in the magic of the very best songs from stage and screen. Showcasing an all-star cast of New Zealand voices from the international stage, this glittering concert of musical theatre showstoppers is not one to miss.

The Shows Must Go On features a spectacular song list of your favourite toe-tapping numbers from the world’s greatest musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Hairspray, Dreamgirls, The Greatest Showman, We Will Rock You and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Catch the show on the 22nd and 23rd October at The SkyCity Theatre.

Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical

The supercalifragilistic musical MARY POPPINS is flying in to Auckland at the Civic this October from the 2nd to 17th

Brought to Auckland by the producers of the upcoming production of Les Misérables and previous theatrical triumphs such as Evita, Sister Act, Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins is the practically perfect nanny who helps us learn to take our medicine with a spoonful of sugar, find the silver lining in every situation, and realize that sometimes we should just use the winds of change to go fly a kite. Buy Tickets – 0800 111 999

Friends! The Musical Parody

So, no one told you life was gonna be this way, nor did they tell you about the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons one of TV’s all-time greatest shows in the hit New York and Las Vegas show Friends! The Musical Parody.

Friends! The Musical Parody will be there for you in 2020 as it tours New Zealand for the first time. I mean, isn’t that just kick-you-in-the-crotch-spit-on-your-neck fantastic?

Catch them on the 6th of October 2020 at Aotea Centre. Now it’s your chance to be part of the next chapter in the Friends saga.  It’s the cliff hanger episode.  The one you don’t want to miss! Once you see it, Friends! The Musical Parody will make your day, your week, your month, or even your year!

Nice’n’Urlich, Aural Trash + Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson Live

Coming to you on 2nd October 2020 at the famous Spark Arena, featuring Nice’n’Urlich, Aural Trash, Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson, General Lee, Sin.

For one night only, Auckland’s Spark Arena will be transformed into a super club dedicated to the past couple of decades of Auckland’s electronic music scene. The opportunity to escape real life for a while and dance to the music that brought so many people together over the years and catch up with new and old friends who lived and loved through it all.

Performing on a massive audio and lighting production set up at Spark Arena, this is the opportunity to reconnect with friends of old over your long-lost love of electronic music in a party safe environment.

BreakOut 2020 ft The Upbeats, State of Mind, Lee Mvtthews

Brace your necks as Spark Arena becomes a playground and visual buffet for electronic dance lovers to feast upon this October 3rd. Kicking off from 6:30pm, some of the country’s finest electronic producers will be given the keys to one of the country’s filthiest production rigs to deliver a powerhouse display for the ages.

Brace your necks as Spark Arena becomes a playground and visual buffet for electronic dance lovers to feast upon this October. Kicking off from 6:30pm, some of the country’s finest electronic producers will be given the keys to one the country’s biggest production rigs to deliver a powerhouse display for the ages.

Sam Bartells – Lets Go Tour

New Zealand rock-country singer/songwriter Sam Bartells is ready to hit the road for three dates this October, taking in Whangarei on Friday 2nd October, before heading to Hamilton on Saturday 3rd October and finishing in Auckland on the following Friday 9th October at the Anthology Lounge.

LET’S GO is Sam Bartells debut EP, recorded in Nashville at Sound Kitchen Studios after a trip there last September set the wheels in motion for this talented rock-country artist. Fueled by fight, passion and purpose, his unique blend of alt-rock and country music is filled with grit and raw emotion, an authenticity captured by Dr Ford and now ready to be shared with arms open wide to a live audience.

BENEE

Due to overwhelming demand, Auckland indie-pop phenomenon and rising global superstar BENEE has announced a second Spark Arena show in Auckland alongside a run of headline shows for New Zealand in October.

Benee will perform four headline shows across New Zealand starting at the Christchurch Town Hall on Friday, October 2 followed by performances in Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland on October 1,2,3, 8, 9, 10 and 16, 17 respectively.

Gramsci

In October rock trio Gramsci will take to the stage to perform the new critically lauded album ‘INHERITANCE’ in its entirety on Friday 16th October at Auckland’s ASB Waterfront theatre.

The live show will be an immersive listening experience featuring curated audio-visual content for each of the album’s ten tracks, plus a selection of earlier Gramsci material. Buy Tickets – 0800 282 849

White Chapel Jak – Return of the Jak Tour – Tuning Fork

It’s time to celebrate the end of lockdown and the return of White Chapel Jak, who kick-off their “Return of the Jak – Here’s to us Nu Zuland!” live music tour this August to December 2020.

Coming to Auckland on the 17th October at The Tuning Fork. Known for putting an acoustic, funk-groove spin on upbeat songs everyone knows and loves, their 13-stop tour will include a number of North Island locations before the end of the year including Auckland, Rotorua, Mt Maunganui, Upper Hutt, Mangawhai, Coromandel, Napier, Leigh, Whangarei, and Warkworth.

Love is for the beautiful – Auckland Charity Gig

Plastic Groove in association with Lifeline Aotearoa present a fantastic line-up of Alternative Rock bands to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.

On Saturday 17th October at Neck of The Woods, Auckland we have Animalhead, Skinny Hobos and Voodoo Bloo.

Rory McDonald from Voodoo Bloo wanted to raise awareness and funding for Lifeline and will achieve this by performing charity gigs.

Rory himself has suffered with mental illness and has found ways with his music to overcome so difficult periods in his life. Come along and support the cause and enjoy the show with your friends and family!

Elemental Nights – MAALA with Imugi

Unique to Elemental AKL, Elemental Nights is an exclusive curated concert series showcasing an impressive line-up of emerging and high-profile local artists.

Having Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe dub his first album, MAALA (Evan Sinton) returns with his latest project Water Overhead. Submerged in the world of Water Overhead, Evan prepares to share a body of work that feels personal, yet intrinsic and familiar to all who have grappled with the ebb and flow of human emotion, this new record is a tribute to healing the heart and mind.

Elemental AKL will see one of MAALA’S first live performances of this new project at Hopetoun Alpha, CBD Auckland on the 15th October.

Elemental Nights – Leisure

In a world preoccupied with instant gratification and overnight success, LEISURE is taking the scenic route. The five members formed in 2015 are all award-winning songwriters, producers and creatives in their own right. Following two album releases, 130+ million streams, a collaboration with Goldlink, and sold out dates throughout New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe, the outlook’s pretty fine.

2020’s Side A marks a new chapter in LEISURE’s journey. Their lyrics explore the nuances of romance and relationships, while their sound pulls from influences as broad as Japanese city pop to Bill Withers. Catch them on 17th October at Hopetoun Alpha, CBD Auckland.

Elemental Nights – OPOSSOM & King Sweeties

Bic Runga and Cass Basil (Tiny Ruins, Carnivorous Plant Society) have combined their considerable talents to form KING SWEETIES.

With Cass on bass and Bic on drums, King Sweeties songs are built off the duo’s bouncing rhythm section, cooking up a playful post-punk strut. Their first single ʼLetʼs Just Stay in Bed’, has made the top 20 list for the APRA Silver Scrolls song competition. It is off their forthcoming EP ‘We are the Bossesʼ.

Elemental AKL will be the first opportunity for audiences to see King Sweeties share this project live on the 20th October at Hopetoun Alpha, CBD Auckland.

Elemental Nights – Coup De Main

New Zealand’s leading pop-culture magazine, Coup De Main, is excited to present a special night of some of our favorite local artists – curated by CDM just for you! Headlined by acoustic pop darling Paige, with performances from rising acts Maxwell Young and Josie Moon.

Elemental Nights – Daffodils

Coming to Elemental AKL, rising indie stars DAFFODILS on the 22nd October. The Auckland four-piece stepped into the spotlight with the release of their 2017 debut single, “Two Angels”. 2018 saw the group release a trio of tracks and were signed by the UK’s Kartel Music Group.

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers Tour

After selling out Auckland’s Powerstation in just six days, Auckland’s indie faves The Beths announce a nationwide tour in support of their new record Jump Rope Gazers. The tour will see The Beths criss-cross New Zealand for 12 dates. Coming to Auckland at the Town hall on 6th November.

With the imminent release of Jump Rope Gazers, The Beths have been connecting with their global fan base via their popular “Live from House” livestreams, but it’s the New Zealand fans that get the first chance to hear the new album live and The Beths can’t wait to get on the road to visit cities they’ve played before and some brand new towns. Catch them in Auckland on the 6th November at the Auckland town hall.

The Rock 2000

The Biggest Music Event in the Universe has Landed, The Rock 2000! This year the stakes have been raised. Catch them live at Spark Arena on the 6th November.

Witness the business end of The Rock 2000 countdown before taking the party into the night with DevilskinVillainyRacing and Head Like A Hole (HLAH).

Plus, for the first time EVER, you can guarantee your spot at this previously invite-only event with tickets just $30! Tickets go on sale from 9am Monday 14 September.

Harry Styles – Love on Tour 2020

Live Nation presenting Harry Styles Australian and New Zealand arena shows for this November and December, following the earlier worldwide announcement of his extensive European and North American Love on Tour 2020. Heading to Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, these will be Harry’s first arena shows since his massive 2018 tour.

Tame Impala

Laneway Presents, Chugg Entertainment & Frontier Touring wish to advise that Tame Impala will be rescheduling the Australian and New Zealand leg of their upcoming tour to December 2020.

The shows, originally planned to be held in April, are no longer able to go ahead due to the current COVID-19 crisis and subsequent Government directives, limiting the size of public gatherings in both Australia and New Zealand.

Tame Impala’s December run will begin at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Saturday 5 December and continue through Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Buy Tickets – 0800111999

The National

Here are two chances that may never be repeated to see this magnificent band up close in an intimate theatre setting that will surely burn long into the memory. Every seat is a great seat, and now at eight albums deep The National are in an elite class amongst the very best bands of the world.

The National have established themselves as mainstays of arenas and festivals with sold-out performances and headlining slots around the world. The band have always included New Zealand in their touring schedule and have a deep affinity with the country and their fans here. The National is going to be performing at The Civic, CBD Auckland on the 7th and 8th December. Don’t miss out!

Come Together

Classic hits and deep cuts.

Three rock concerts. Three epic albums. Three amazing months!
New Zealand’s greatest rock musicians unite for an extraordinary series of concerts, performing Neil Young’s Live Rust, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms and The Beatles’ Abbey Road albums live.

Starting in October with Live Rust, then November with Brothers in Arms and finally, arguably the Beatles’ finest album, Abbey Road, audiences in Auckland will experience the next best thing to being in the studio with the legendary artists

DATES/VENUES
Neil Young’s Live Rust – October 10th, KTK Theatre (Aotea centre) Auckland

Dire Straights Brothers in Arms – November 28th, The Civic, Auckland

The Beatles, Abbey Road – December 12th, The Civic, Auckland

This supergroup in various incarnations will perform these great albums live – track by track, back to back along with a selection of classic hits and deep cuts. With full scale production, sound and staging – Auckland, it’s time to rock out!

Tami Neilson – Brass, Strings, Sing!

This will be a spectacular night of Tami’s award-winning songbook accompanied by Soaring Orchestral Soul and all in the beautiful surrounds of The Civic on the 14th November 2020.
If you love music, you will love Tami. Don’t miss out!

The ABBA Show

Direct from Australia, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute show is back by popular demand after a sell-out mega NZ concert tour in 2018.

The ABBA Show is a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects, and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.

Starring incredibly detailed performances from internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely fABBAulous, The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA, concert experience, celebrate the music of ABBA and dance the night away! On 16th December at Aotea Square, don’t miss out!

Th’ Dudes- Th’ Bliss Tour

The Kiwi music icons will hit Auckland Town Hall this November.

Kiwi icons Th’ Dudes announce they’ll reunite for Th’ Bliss Tour, performing in Auckland in November 2020. The news comes just days ahead of the band receiving the Legacy Award and being inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Th’ Dudes are back in business! The Kiwi music icons will hit the road in November and December for 10 shows, performing for three nights at the Auckland Town Hall in November on the 19th, 20th and 26th at the Town Hall.

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

The worldwide sensation, Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music is coming to The Civic for a night of dress-ups and song in a rousing homage to the iconic 1965 Julie Andrews classic movie.

This event has been rescheduled to Saturday 21 November 2020, 7pm at the Civic.

A hilarious host will lead the vocal warm up and guide audience members through their free fun packs. They will also crown the best costume winner before the screening of The Sound of Music with on-screen song lyrics so everyone can sing-a-long.

So, get those vocal chords warmed up and get to The Civic for this international smash-hit sensation and a jolly good time.


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All Blacks vs Australia – Sunday 18 October

The dates for the two Bledisloe Cup tests in New Zealand have been confirmed by New Zealand Rugby, with the All Blacks to play the Wallabies at Wellington’s Sky Stadium on Sunday October, 11 and a week later at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday October, 18th.

With the New Zealand election on Saturday October 17, the Eden Park test will not clash with election night, as was predicted. In a massive win for fans who have been crying out for more afternoon rugby, both tests will kick off at 3.30 pm.

It comes as New Zealand announced relaxed quarantine rules for the Wallabies to ensure the All Blacks can host Bledisloe Cup Tests against Australia next month.

The ticket dates to the two Bledisloe tests go on sale are yet to be confirmed and will be dependent on updates on the Government’s Covid-19 Alert Levels.

The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003. The last two matches against Australia in last year’s Bledisloe Cup matches saw the Wallabies win 47-26 in Perth and the All Blacks win the return match 36-0 in Auckland.

Book your weekend in Auckland now and catch the game!!

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Welcoming budget accommodation groups to Auckland

Budget groups often struggle to find good quality affordable accommodation in the heart of any city – let alone the Auckland CBD. There are certainly options of renting self contained apartments or whole houses, but few are located right in the city centre and most options are limited to 2-4 bedrooms and therefore are not really suitable for groups.


One of the few silver linings from Covid is that good quality hostels now have beds available to provide budget accommodation for New Zealander’s. Attic Backpackers, Auckland CBD’s top rating hostel and a 4 time winner of Hostelworld’s ‘Most Popular Hostel in Auckland’ is one of those properties.

Attic is located just 50 metres away from Queen Street on the top floor of the historic T&G Building. Its fantastic location is directly above the popular Elliot Stables eateries and just a short walk away from the universities, Sky Tower, waterfront, entertainment precincts, art gallery and even Spark Arena is within walking distance if attending a concert or event. Furthermore, Attic’s top floor location and coded entry makes it a much safer option than most budget hotels and by not selling alcohol onsite, Attic isn’t regarded as a ‘party hostel’. Guests are encouraged to go out and have a great time but to respect their fellow guests when returning at night.

With New Zealand’s borders closed for the foreseeable future to international visitors, kiwi’s are now looking to travel around their own country and Auckland as New Zealand’s largest city is an ideal weekend, event or holiday destination.  Furthermore, they discovered that kiwi’s love travelling as a family, community, sporting group or joining a group of friends to attend an event or enjoy a weekend away in the ‘big smoke’ of Auckland. These groups are looking for a great location, a clean environment with good facilities, friendly staff but at an affordable rate.

Attic also discovered that kiwi’s – whilst very happy to book a dorm bed and stay in hostels during their OE, generally preferred to travel together and stay in their own private room when travelling around New Zealand. Research indicated that staying in hostels was therefore similar to kiwi’s love of camping – happy to mix with other campground guests, share bathrooms and kitchens – but wanting their own tent to sleep in.

Attic management commented “We have known since opening that Attic Backpackers is the top rating CBD hostel as ranked by international backpackers but we were pleasantly surprised to discover that Attic also meets the exact same needs for kiwi’s. We just needed to adjust how we delivered our beds as kiwi’s generally prefer their own rooms. Apart from that, a safe, comfortable, friendly environment with good shared facilities and a great location is valued equally by both our international and domestic guests.

As such, Attic has pivoted how we sell our beds. Guests can now not only book individual beds but can now also book entire ‘private dorms’ to suit the individual size and make up of their group.

Our guests love that they can book a room that perfectly suits the bedding requirements of their group – we offer a range of room sizes including single, twin and double rooms plus our 4 bed, 5 bed, 6 bed, 8 bed, 10 bed and 12 bed dorms (subject to availability). We also have a 14 bed dorm but this isn’t available online as a private dorm option. With a total of 105 beds the hostel is a perfect mid sized hostel shared living space and caters equally well for individuals, smaller and larger groups. Bed linen is included.

Within the hostel there are 3 common areas to relax, large mens and ladies bathrooms including hairdryers, a shared kitchen and dining area that opens onto a covered outdoor terrace and all with the added safety of a top floor location and coded entry. The hostel has a laundry onsite with new machines installed in 2019 and free fibre wifi is provided for all guests.
It really is a good budget accommodation option in the heart of Auckland for individual travelers and groups alike.

Attic has already hosted or received bookings and interest from the following groups;

  • Church Youth Groups
  • Groups of friends attending various Auckland events including concerts at Spark Arena 
  • Sporting groups attending tournaments and Super rugby matches at Eden Park* Hens and Stags nights
  • Multiple groups of friends coming up to Auckland for a weekend away
  • Family groups coming to Auckland for the school and university holidays 
  • Work social club and family groups travelling to Auckland to attend an event including a group from Southland travelling to Rotoroa island and staying a night either side at Attic
  • Cheerleading Championship student groups and large groups attending major sporting events such as the Womens Rugby World Cup in 2021 have also inquired  

If you are travelling to Auckland as an individual or as part of a group wanting your own rooms, you really should consider Attic Backpackers.


Enquiries can be directed to the hostels email [email protected] or book direct at atticbackpackers.co.nz

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Upcoming sports events Spring 2020

Most people living in New Zealand lead a healthy lifestyle. Access to fresh food, the outdoors and a well-functioning public health system makes New Zealand one of the healthiest countries in the world. A perfect place for people who love being outdoors, keeping active and spending time with friends and family. There’s no shortage of activities to enjoy over the colder months, but ask any Aucklander and they’ll tell you that nothing beats our summer. Auckland is home to many sports activities and events and there’s plenty to look forward to in these next few months. We at Attic backpackers put together a list of the activities that you can attend in Auckland.

ASB Auckland Marathon

Join New Zealand’s biggest, most iconic, colorful, cultural running celebration and Run the City on Sunday 1st November.

With five distances to choose from (42km, 21km, 11km Traverse, 5 km, Kids 2.2km,), there is something for everyone and we encourage you to run it your way. Claim bragging rights when you conquer the Harbour Bridge then celebrate with friends and family once you’ve crossed the finish line in Victoria Park. The marathon timings are from 6 am – 1 pm so you can enjoy the fresh morning air along with that satisfactory feeling of finishing a marathon.

eBike Expo 2020

eBike Expo organizers invite you to join and participate in this great annual event. This year’s event will be held in Auckland on 21 & 22 November at The Cloud.

The global electric bike industry is growing at a considerable rate and continues to develop and evolve with increasing speed as we move into a more environmentally friendly and technology-centric future. e-bikes are the fastest growing category in cycling hardware. Since e-bikes have been introduced into the New Zealand market and new cycle ways have encouraged commuters to try alternative transport options, we are witnessing exponential industry growth and frenzied interest in e-bikes.

The exhibition is going to be held at The Cloud, Queens Wharf, CBD Auckland from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on the 21st and 22nd of November and get a chance to win a brand new Sinch Jaunt EZ 2 e-bike, just fill out an online entry form to go into the draw.

BCFNZ Pink Ribbon Walk Auckland

The Pink Ribbon Walk events celebrate survivors, remember those that we have lost, raise awareness and much needed funds to work towards our vision of zero deaths from breast cancer.

In New Zealand, nine women a day – more than 3,300 a year – are diagnosed with breast cancer. Around 25 men are diagnosed each year, too. Join the walk and help continue saving lives through early detection, expanding horizons in breast cancer research and supporting those in their time of need. Join the BCFNZ Pink Ribbon walk in Auckland on the 14th November.

With 5 km and 10 km options, this is a fun walk for everyone. So, join us and thousands of others in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown or Wellington and walk for the ones you love. Buy tickets – 0800 902 732

36th America’s Cup

Prada is the exclusive naming and presenting sponsor of all events comprising the 36th America’s Cup, including the Challenger Selection Series, which is officially named the Prada Cup.

The Prada Cup will take place in Auckland in January/February 2021 and the America’s Cup Match will be held from 6- 21 March 2021.

A series of preliminary regattas, the America’s Cup World Series, will be raced around the world in 2020 in the AC75s, culminating with a Christmas Regatta in December 2020 for all competitors in Auckland.

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6 South Island Hiking Destinations for Backpackers

New Zealand is famed for its many magnificent backpacking destinations, so to help you choose where to go check out our list of the top 6 South Island Hiking Destinations for Backpackers.

The Mount Cook National Park has perhaps the best overnight hiking track. The Mueller Hut Route follows a three-mile hike up from the valley floor along a zig-zag switchback trail up a scree slope. The views of the brilliant blue meltwater pools and the winding rivers below are incredible, and the rugged glacial terrain rising above the path is impressive. Enjoy a contemplative night in the Mueller Hut on the plateau ridge observing the majesty of the sunset behind the 12,316-foot Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak.

The tiny town of Kaikoura offers some excellent hiking options. One of the most popular hiking trails is the one up Mount Fyffe, from the top of which you can see the North Island on a clear day. This hike can be completed in 8-hours, or you can get permission from the Department of Conservation to sleep overnight in one of their huts. . The Kowhai- Hapuka circuit is a 2-3-day tramping trail and is one of the most challenging long backpacking trips in the region. It is best completed in the summer as the alpine climate can change fast.

Queenstown is a great place for hiking, and kayaking on Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a gentle stroll around the lake on the Frankton Track, or take a more challenging hike up Queenstown Hill.  Try the Tiki Trail up to Bob’s Peak for some postcard scenic views, and then descend along the One Mile Creek track. For the really adventurous, take the track which ascends from the top of the Skyline Gondola up Ben Lomond, the highest peak in the Queenstown area. Crossing the saddle and achieving the summit are tough climbs, but the incredible Alpine landscape makes it all worthwhile.

The Fiordland National Park is the perfect destination for an outdoor trekking holiday and has been deservedly named the walking capital of the world. Some of the best multi-day hikes in New Zealand include the Routeburn, Milford and the famed Kepler tracks which start out from Te Anau. The park also offers a great choice of shorter hiking trails with different levels of difficulty, along which hikers of all abilities can enjoy the spectacular Alpine scenery, rainforests, and lakes.

Dunedin is a great base to discover some of the hidden gems of the South Island, with a great variety of hiking and tramping trails for both short and long expeditions. Discover the beauty of the Otago Peninsula, hiking some of the spectacular Peninsula tracks considered some of the best day hikes in New Zealand. Try some of the rough tracks like the Morrison’s Burn Track which follow the original roads of Dunedin and give you a chance to discover some of the area’s history while enjoying the fantastic natural surroundings. Follow the figure of eight circuits made up of the Burns, Rustles, Burns Saddle and Pipeline tracks for some impressive views of the Waitaki Valley.

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of the best beach hikes in New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s Great Walks, this is a popular destination for multi-day hikes ranging from 2-5-days one way. The track takes in granite cliffs, manuka groves, subtropical bushes, and miles of deserted beaches of golden sand. In the clear water, fur seals can be seen playing in the waves, and there is a multitude of different species of birds to observe. Enjoy the thrill of crossing tidal inlets and camping out at the D of C huts. A truly magnificent New Zealand hike.

There are plenty of incredible hikes across the South Island, so consider hiring a car from Queenstown or Christchurch airport when you arrive to ensure you see them all

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The Big Move

Making the decision to leave home and explore the world for the first time is almost always a hard one. You’ll be leaving behind your friends, your family, everything you’ve ever known – all in exchange for new places, new people, and new cultures. It can be daunting, and exhilarating, all at the same time. Once the decision has been made, all sorts of things start to happen. Saving money becomes a priority; stress and excitement start to set in; and of course all the destination planning begins.

Here at The Attic, we’ve met thousands of different travellers with hundreds of different plans. Sometimes it’s a short, one-destination “vacation”, and sometimes it’s something longer that lasts several years and includes multiple countries. Quite often, people begin by thinking they’ll only be away from home for a few months, but then end up sticking around for an entire year thanks to a working holiday visa! You might even catch the buzz of working in a new country, and decide to never go home!

However, it’s not always easy to gain permanent residency, and visas around the world can be difficult and time-consuming. This means that for some, the end of the road has arrived and it’s finally time to go home.

Going back to where you’re from can be just as drastic as leaving it for the first time. You’ve been gone for ages, have had so many new experiences, and most likely grown in so many different ways. You could be looking forward to going home, catching up with friends, eating all your favourite comfort foods – everything that makes home, home, right?

But sometimes, you realize that it’s just not the same as it was when you left. Something seems a little different, or slightly off; your home may still be home, but there’s definitely been a change. Before long, you’ll realize it’s you. YOU’RE the one who has changed. Your experiences abroad have helped you to grow, to see the world from a new perspective. You still have the urge for sun, for mountains, for exploring. You still crave to meet new people and create new stories. The hunger for something different always seems to stick around, even after you’ve returned home…

But all of this isn’t always a bad thing. It develops us into being better people, to try new careers, to be inspired by what you have seen throughout your travels and take a piece of that home with you. Who knows, you might inspire other people to try new things, reach out of the comfort zone, and changes their life. GO INSPIRE PEOPLE!!!!

And of course, that’s how we all end up planning our next trip around the world 😉

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The Great South Island Bike Trek

The Great South Island Bike Trek


Biking throughout the world can’t get any more epic than in New Zealand, or more beautiful. On a bike you are at the center of the action; watching natural ever-changing beauty, breathing that mountain fresh air in your lungs, feeling the salty ocean breeze on your face, and not to mention the cool sweat on your back!

On this 10 day excursion we biked from Punakaiki down to Queenstown, covering an impressive 500 kilometres with nothing but the two wheels below us and the adventure inside us (not including nightly accommodation and daily shuttle rides to suitable starting points, we are far from rugged trekkers.)

We got to see the vastly varied and ever spectacular sceneries of quintessential New Zealand, including magnificent
glaciers, loaming rain forests, snow frosted peaks, countless fields of
sheep, and the sprawling Tasman Sea.

After long days of riding with sore rumps and legs like wet noodles, we found ourselves relaxing in some of the coolest spots south of the Welly. Our trek brought us through a handful of the greatest towns of the south; Greymouth, Hokitika, Okarito, Franz Josef, Haast, Wanaka, and finally to Queenstown.

The experience was sensational to say the least, no doubt a memory that will last us a lifetime.

 

A few quick tips for inquiring riders: stretch every night, pack plenty of trail mix, even more water, pack extra socks, be ready for the rain, and keep your head up!

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Destination: Taupo

Taupo is a popular stop on the North Island and for good reason. There are endless options for how you can spend your day – rain or shine! Here are a couple of our favorites

 

Huka Falls: Talk a stroll through the city to the crystal clear Huka Falls. There are no words to describe how beautiful it is so here just look at these pictures. 😛

Jet Boating: We’ve heard this is the most best of ALL of the jet boating adventures in New Zealand but, hey, don’t take our word – check it out yourself. Get up close and personal with the Huka Falls! Feel that water spray on your face and pray to God they don’t get too close so you don’t get pummeled by the cascading water.

 

Tongariro Crossing:

Lord of the Rings fan or not – this is a must do for everyone that is coming to New Zealand.

The Tongariro Crossing is one of New Zealand’s great walks and there is a good reason why. This can only be described as a volcanic moon-after checking out the crater make sure that you spend some time at the Emerald Lakes. This hike can be altered to be more difficult with extra legs just make sure you have enough daylight!

 

Thermal Pools: Taupo is riddled with natural thermal pools – free or paid!

The most popular among backpackers would be the Spa Thermal Park because, well, it’s free? Underneath this bridge there are a couple of waterfalls where you can relax in the heated water. Is it a bit too hot? Jump in the freezing cold river if you dare.

Make sure to keep an eye on your belongings while you’re there and not to bring anything too valuable.

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