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


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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