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Nureete B.'s

Free (or almost free) things to do in Auckland

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    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    You can't go past a visit to the museum if your looking for something to do for a day. There's something for the littlies as well as something for the big kids. Always love looking at the street from the past.
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    Auckland Art Gallery
    Auckland Central

    I could happily spend most of the day standing outside the Art gallery simply looking at the beautiful architecture, but when I finally do pull myself inside there is a large range and variety sure to keep everyone happy. The 'kids' zone will eat up more than a few minutes of your time, kids or no kids.
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    Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
    Royal Oak

    Best way to spend an evening! A must during Matariki as well.
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    Silo Theatre
    Auckland Central

    Free movies, blankets, good food, fun times!
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    Cornwall Park
    Epsom

    Best place to go for a peaceful walk and have a chat with the sheep.

Karl R.'s

Best live music venues

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    The Kings Arms Tavern
    Newton

    The legendary Kings Arms Tavern is one of the best places in New Zealand to see up and coming talent from both New Zealand and around the world. Great intimate setting with amazing acoustics, and a large outdoors area to cool off and take a breather.
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    The Powerstation
    Eden Terrace

    The Powerstation has seen some legendary acts in its time. Every gig I've seen therehas blown me away! There is always plenty of space and a great atmosphere. Its close to some great bars to get ready for the show.
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    The Civic Theatre
    Auckland Central

    The Civic is the most stylish venue in Auckland, and probably all of New Zealand. The venue is stunning and provides a great view of the stage from any seat in the house. The acoustics are always incredible. I wish it was used more often!
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    Spark Arena
    Auckland Central

    The go-to venue for large international acts with loads of incredible artists playing the arena each year. Lots of bars and food options make a conformable night out. The best venue of its size in the country.
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    Mt Smart Stadium
    Penrose

    Some of the biggest concerts ever seen in New Zealand were at Mt Smart Stadium, including the now legendary Michael Jackson shows in '96. It always attracts big crowds and big atmospheres. Also home to the Big Day Out for 20 years it has produced some truly magic moments.

Nisha R.'s

Get a taste of culture here

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    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    I am a regular at the Auckland Museum- whether or not they have one of their fantastic exhibits on, I still find it fascinating to wander the great halls looking at different things.  Recently went to White Lights there and it was an absolute thrill! 
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    La Cigale French Market
    Parnell

    Food galore!!! A place to tempt all your senses!!!!!  La cigale has good coffee, mouth watering pastries  and fresh veges and fruit and lots more!! 
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    Auckland Art Gallery
    Auckland Central

    Great exhibitions- and a wonderfully designed interior with architectural integrity!
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    Rialto Cinema Newmarket
    Newmarket

    Some great foreign movies here- as sceptical I was, I am now hooked.
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    The Classic - Comedy & Bar
    Auckland Central

    Culture.. or could be lack of... but either way you are in for a good night! Hilarious time for all- For the more conservative just note, the later the show, the more you blush!!

SezNiederer's

What to do on a rainy day

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    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    I really love the fact that Auckland’s Museum is actually good! Sounds harsh, but a lot of cities have very dull museums! I love the Maori and Pacifica section, so interesting. The marae is great. The giant waka is so cool! Loads of great stuff to look at and it’s free for Aucklanders - just bring a library card or a bill as proof!
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    Auckland Domain
    Grafton

    Inside, sheltered from any potential bad weather, all sorts of beautiful and fragrant plants and flowers bloom inside this ornate glasshouse. The glasshouse is gorgeous and has a king of art deco look to it, with its high curved ceiling. Inside, there are several areas, including a central courtyard with ponds of bright goldfish and Grecian statues. There is also a fernery, which is really relaxing to walk through. Entry is free! Bonus! And if the weather is nice, you have the rest of the Domain to stroll through. Bring some bread and you can feed the birds at the pond. A couple of nice cafes throughout and of course Auckland Museum, which is free to Auckland residents (bring a local library card or a bill with an Auckland address as proof). Lots of options! It is a little breath of fresh air in the middle of the city; lovely to walk through!
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    Auckland Art Gallery
    Auckland Central

    Auckland Art Gallery have really upped their game in the last decade. The new building is stunning, a work of art itself. The New Zealand section is beautifully curated, with the pieces tastefully presented, with lots of space and well-balanced in each room. Very easy wandering.They are getting in more exciting exhibitions, like the recent success Who Shot Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is one of the best photographic exhibitions I have been to anywhere in the world. The centrepiece to the gallery is the Breathing Flowers, which I love. It is a huge hanging installation piece of inflated flowers, which move or ‘breathe’ as you watch them. It is quite captivating and will only be up until 3rd September this year. Have a look and see what’s on…
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    Event Cinemas Albany
    Albany

    This is such a lovely cinema. It is huge, there are loads of cinema screens and each screen is massive! Having lots of screens means there are loads of options of what movies you can see at any one time, as well as lots of options of screening times for any given film. The big screens really make the movie-going-experience. If you book online, you can pre-order any treats and snacks to just pick up the lot together with your tickets. It is also part of the Westfield Mall complex, so you can buy anything from the supermarket, the food court or any of the bars and restaurants that line the mall. I just went and saw the new Star Trek film there and it was AWESOME!
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    SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
    Orakei

    One of the pricier options, but such a good one too!! And how many places can you get a really good look at lots of exotic creatures while staying warm and dry inside?! The penguin train is the best! The tunnels to walk through the aquarium give you such an amzing perspecitve on some really exotic and exciting things, including huge mantarays, sharks and more!

Asher W.'s

Fun ways to expand your mind

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    Auckland Art Gallery
    Auckland Central

    The Auckland Art Gallery is a world class space with a truly enchanting collection. I’m a big fan of the Ralph Hotare work that the gallery houses. It was renovated around two years ago and it has recieved quite a bit of attention for it’s suberb architecture. The cafe is also worth stopping in to if you’re looking for a coffee or some tasty food.
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    Conch Records Kitchen and Bar
    Ponsonby

    Conch Records is one of Auckland’s best spots to pick through popular and rare vinyl. It’s also got a great collection of clothes, collectible toys and they make a dam good coffee. Their backyard has recently been opened as Boteco, a South American eatery, that’s on my list to try.
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    Hard to Find Books
    Onehunga

    The Hard to Find Book Shop in Onehunga is my favourite book store in the world. Crammed into the small space is a labrynth of sections spanning from classics to the occult and everything in between. Here you’ll find many treasures and curiosies that will excite even the most jaded of book buyers! If you love books, this is your place.
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    Capitol Cinema
    Balmoral

    Capitol Cinema is a cinema with character. They play a great, but small, selection of well chosen art house and foreign films. It’s the perfect accompaniment to hitting up one of the dumpling houses on Dominion Road. Well worth checking out.
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    Cook The Books
    Grey Lynn

    It was with a heavy heart that I farewelled season three of Game of Thrones. To combat the post season depression the girlfriend and I enrolled ourselves into a cheese making course ($60 including the cheese making kit which was worth $40) at Cook the Books. Over the course of the evening nine cheese beginners of us learnt the art of making halloumi, ricotta and feta in the shop's demonstration kitchen. The actual process was easier than I thought and I'm looking forward to trying it at home. Post-cheese making we all sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labour in the form of a grilled halloumi salad with a few cheeky wines. All in all it was a really enjoyable experience. I'm going to put this out there, cheese making might be perhaps a better time than watching Game of Thrones.  

Ricci M.'s

Best concert venues

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    The Powerstation
    Eden Terrace

    I recently went to the Powerstation, where I have been going since I was a teenager. The best thing about the Powerstation is that wherever you stand you can see the act - even if you're a shorty! I also love that it's never oversold, even at a sold out gig. There are always plenty of spots to be found where you don't have to rub up against sweaty concert goers. 
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    Spark Arena
    Auckland Central

    Auckland has a great world class venue to be proud of now. I think its been a long time coming. 
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    Western Springs Park
    Western Springs

    Bring on more concerts at Western Springs. I might be  more partial as I live close by, but being that it’s a very central location , there are plenty of ways to get there. 
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    Auckland Town Hall
    Auckland Central

    The room is full of history and you have never experienced a concert until you have been there. The acoustcs are magical 
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    The Kings Arms Tavern
    Newton

    If your a an upcoming indie band more than likely you would have played at The Kings Arms . Small yet loads of character.

Kerri R.'s

Movies!

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    Videon
    Mount Eden

    Videon is awesome. There’s a $10 membership fee and rentals aren’t super cheap, but the selection is drool-worthy and it’s just a cinema-lovers dream.
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    The Civic Theatre
    Auckland Central

    I love the Civic. The shooting stars on the ceiling, the 1920s/Great Gatsby-esque grandeur, the weird elephant statues… and it’s host to some awesome events. I go here as often as I can.
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    Academy Cinema
    Auckland Central

    One of my favourite theatres in Auckland. They always have a great selection of indie and festival-type films playing if blockbusters just aren’t doing it for you, and the bar is well-stocked.
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    Capitol Cinema
    Balmoral

    There are a few great little cinemas in Auckland, but Capitol is my favourite.  They choose fantastic indie and foreign films, the interior is luxurious, the aisles are wide and the seats are comfortable... it’s the sort of cinema that makes you feel like you probably should have dressed up a little nicer, in a good way. All that and the unassuming entry (which I walked right past the first time I went here) makes me feel like I’m totally hip and/or in the know when I attend a showing here. :b
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    Video Ezy Ponsonby
    Ponsonby

    Open 24/7, a more than satisfactory movie selection, and a fantastic array of American candy. Yes please.

Sarah M.'s

Fancy watching a film?

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    Video Ezy Ponsonby
    Ponsonby

    OK so my idea of a casual date is heading to Video Ezy, cosying up on the couch and watching a French Film. This Video Ezy branch has an awesome selection of foreign film so make sure to check it out, I’d go with French if I were you, after all it is the language of love.
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    Lido Cinema
    Epsom

    This cinema has a certain charm about it that is perfect for a movie date night. The cinemas are small and cozy, you can enjoy a glass of wine while you sit back and watch a festival film. Always a great selection of films showing and always a great cinema choice.
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    The Civic Theatre
    Auckland Central

    If you are luckily enough to see one of the International Film Festival screenings at the Civic then you will know just how amazing of a cinema going experience it is. If you haven’t had the chance yet, make sure you factor that in when next choosing your film. When you are inside make sure to look up, that ceiling is absolutely stunning!
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    Hoyts Sylvia Park
    Mt Wellington

    Keen to watch a blockbuster action flick? Probably the best place around to go to is Hoyts in Sylvia Park. Amazing surround sound and huge cinemas, you’ll be right in the action. If you can get into a 3D film then I’d definately reccomend you do and experience action at its best.
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    Event Cinemas St Lukes
    St Lukes

    Nothing beats a good old horror film on the big screen, in a big dark room with your friend sitting next to you screaming at every little sudden movement. When you are looking for a bit of an addrenline rush and you think you can handle of few nights of scary dreams, I’d grab a group of friends and head to the cinemas. Oooooh and on the way home a drive around some abandoned houses is always good.

Leslie L.'s

Best places to get your art on

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    Silo Park
    Auckland Central

    Silo 6 has exhibitions that changes on a weekly basis and is definitely worth a visit whenever possible. The surrounding areas offers a newly developed public space that one can do basically anything. Either chill in the grass, watch the boats cruise by, eat at one of the hip eateries or just go for a stroll with yr camera.
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    Gow Langsford Gallery Ltd
    Auckland Central

    Great walk in gallery that showcases some of the works by prominent NZ artists. Always a must on the list of galleries to visit when in the city.
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    Artspace
    Newton

    Peaceful gallery that is always empty. They always have audio visuals showing and one can alway view the works at one own pace. Great way have a quick time out after work or on a Sunday.
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    Starkwhite
    Auckland Central

    Awesome gallery space and always interesting pieces of work by up and coming artists. The owners are always super friendly and again one of those galleries that one can admire pieces of work at ones pace without being disturbed. A must for me whenever I walk pass it.
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    Black Asterisk
    Ponsonby

    This gallery always shows very interesting pieces and sometimes a walk in can seem longer than expected. Also, if you sign up to their newsletter you will get invited to the openings whenever new show gets put up.

Susannah S.'s

Family day out

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    Mission Bay
    Mission Bay

    A nice sunny day by the bay - a lovely place for a nice picnic with the family!
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    Movenpick Mission Bay
    Mission Bay

    Go with the family and choose your choice of iceream. Be creative and make your own ice cream! Getting everyone in the family to be creative!
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    Berkeley Mission Bay
    Mission Bay

    A lovely picnic spot or a nice spot to celebrate kids birthday by the waters where everyone can have fun together!
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    Sylvia Park Shopping Centre
    Sylvia Park

    An awesome place to take the whole family for shopping right from kids to grandma! There is everything for everyone in the family! Spend the day shopping and then end it with a lovely dinner or lunch at food court.
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    Auckland Botanic Gardens
    Manurewa

    Explore nature with family and spend the day in a beautiful and natural environment.

Jasmine J.'s

Winter School Holiday Activities

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    Kings Theatre Creative
    Kawakawa

    Kings art gallery, as well as showcasing awesome local artists, has a school holiday programme for kids! They’re doing weaving, painting, sculpture and street art. All classes led by the community, for the community. It’s only $10 per student. This is an awesome institution and I highly recommend you get involved.
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    Kawiti Caves
    Kawakawa

    This is a fascinating activity for the whole family. The glow worms are absolutely spectacular and the guides are really knowledgable. They tell you lots of interesting facts like how it’s a transparent larva of the Fungus Gnat. I love taking kids and guests here - an easy way to impress them and whittle away the school holidays.
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    Matakana Cinema
    Matakana

    This quaint, groovy cinema is a great holiday activity. Taking the kids to the movies is an easy way to keep everyone entertained. If you happen to have a big group of kids or a birthday it might even be an option to rent out one of the theatres for a private screening - what a cool idea for an adults or even kid's birthday!
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    Skatescool Northern Skaters
    Tutukaka

    Zipping around, games, falling over and massive amounts of laughing are all part and parcel of the Whangarei Skatescool. I think it’s the perfect winter activity for kids as it’s active, they learn something and indoors! So you can go even if the weather is totally miserable.
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    MY Movement
    Whangarei Central

    Your kids will never want to leave once you take them to MY Movement. Essentially they get to go wild and bounce to their heart’s content all over their MY bounce trampoline park. They have birthday party deals and a holiday programme too - you’ll be jumping for joy!

Luke D.'s

Family day out

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    Auckland Zoo
    Western Springs

    Go bananas at the zoo. Stomp around like an elephant. Drink swill like a pig!
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    Eden Park
    Kingsland

    Spend a night cheering your home team to victory.
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    Bastion Point
    Mission Bay

    Fly a kite at one of Auckland's iconic hills.
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    Western Springs Park
    Western Springs

    Check out the geese, swans and swarming masses of eels in one of Auckland's most underrated parks.
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    Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Parnell

    Amazing Māori and Polynesian artefacts, amazing location.