Parents who survived the first week of the school holidays may be struggling for ideas on what to do this week, but for those with teenage daughters, there's probably only one direction.

British pop boy band One Direction, which brought chaos to the streets of Sydney where a dozen young female fans fainted, arrives in Auckland this Friday.

Tickets for the group's three New Zealand shows in Auckland and Wellington are sold out, but the next best thing could be to do some "One Direction spotting".

In Sydney, band members were spotted on a yacht, fishing and stripping off and jumping into the Sydney Harbour for a swim.


The weather forecast for Friday is for the sun to be shining and there is every chance that the the lads, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, could do the same in the Waitemata Harbour.

The group, which has 2.65 million Facebook and 1.78 million Twitter followers, will be releasing Up All Night: The Souvenir Edition, featuring five additional exclusive tracks to coincide with their New Zealand visit.

But if One Direction is not for you "How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular" (from $44.90), with performing "live" fire breathing dragons, opens at the Vector Arena on Wednesday and "Ben 10 Live: Time Machine" (from $25.90), based on the animated cartoon show also starts on the same day at ASB Theatre.

For something a little more constructive, "Build A City in Aotea Square" ($12.50) is on from Wednesday.