autumn 2018 Attractions in Auckland

New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, blends sophistication and charm with an enviable relaxed way of life. Auckland has a bustling shopping district, chic waterfront bars and restaurants are as much a part of it as the lovingly restored clapboard villas of the leafy inner suburbs and beautiful beaches of the offshore islands.


Alexandra Park is the largest harness track in the North Island.  The heart of Alexandra Park has always been the Auckland Trotting Club. Established more than 100 years ago, it is one of the city’s oldest and most enduring institutions. 

What’s On?  

Friday 2 March 2018 – Oaks Night.  A glamorous evening at Alexandra Park.  Come one, come all to enter the annual Best Dressed at the Oaks Competition and be in to win some stunning prizes – stay tuned for more to come on this event in the new year!

Friday 9 March 2018 – Derby Night.  Enjoy dinner in the Tasman Room to be up close to the action, with easy trackside access to the premium Derby Night races! Or, celebrate Derby Night at the Top of the Park!  For the lovers of the harness-racing action, The Top of the Park restaurant will be open with deluxe Derby Night packages and a fantastic view.



Centred on Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill, Cornwall Park is a breath of countryside in the heart of Auckland.  While being immersed in nature, Cornwall Park offers you space to wander, play, socialise, discover, learn, reflect, recharge, and enjoy spectacular views of Auckland.   

Cornwall Park has something for everyone from experiencing an urban working farm within New Zealand’s biggest city, finding off-road trails to run along, playing games on the open-lawns, bbq-ing with friends and family, to simply relaxing under your favourite tree. 



With over 30 bars and restaurants to choose from in one waterfront destination, Viaduct Harbour is a superb place to dine or relax and watch the world go by.

Watch superyachts and admire boats as you stroll along the water's edge.

Open from breakfast till late, the precinct has well located parking facilities for your car or boat and hosts regular events to add to the vibrant environment that Viaduct Harbour is renowned for.



Pop-up Globe, the world's first full-scale working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, the second Globe, is returning to Auckland!  Shakespeare like it’s 1614

The Pop-up Globe Theatre Company will be comprised of a brand new cast with award-winning directors, presenting five stunning new productions of Shakespeare’s masterworks – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar.

Don’t miss the immersive experience of Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written.

This isn’t dusty Shakespeare. This is bawdy, hilarious, brutal and blood-soaked. It is the theatre that changed the world.  The season runs 7th December 2017 – March 2018. 



Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15000 works. The renovation of the building in 2011 resulted in an award for the building as World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival.  The light-filled North Atrium continues to draw people to enjoy views out to Queen Street, and there are glimpses of Albert Park visible from some of the gallery floors. The Learning Centre has great resources for learning and visits related to the exhibitions which come to the gallery. The Auckland Art Gallery shop has a great range of exclusive art gifts including reproductions and publications. 

There are regular tours of the building, as well as permanent collections and temporary exhibitions from major international galleries. There are regular family-friendly events and events associated with regular exhibitions. 

The Auckland Art Gallery also has a hidden gem - a theatre that regularly shows arthouse films, with at least one screening per week during winter. Check out the full programme and add some culture to your winter weekends.

Leo Bensemann
Burning Hills, Takaka 1973
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Earthly Visions exhibition on Now


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Autumn Gift and Homeware Fair 4 - 6 March 2018 ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane View Google Map

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