The only thing better than spending an evening watching some of the best cinema in the world is getting to do so in Auckland's stunning Civic Theatre. On until 19 August, the New Zealand International Film Festival brings you the best independent films from across the globe. Tackling an incredible array of genres all the way from gender identity to the refugee crisis, the programme is as notoriously varied as it is popular, so book your tickets quick!
An icon in itself, the Auckland Town Hall has been the home of classical music since its opening in 1911. Today, the Grand Hall continues to be a hub of musical entertainment, with their winter programme featuring indie singers Tash Sultana and Vance Joy, Beethoven by NZSO and Verdi's Aida by NZ Opera. So book yourself in for a night of music at one of Auckland's most beautiful venues!
Winter is well and truly here and that means big coats, rainy days and life-sized snow globes. That's right, Sky City are celebrating this chilly season in style with an enchanted snow globe in the centre of their plaza. Free for all ages, wander on into their winter wonderland, complete with fur covered benches, photo station and, of course, a winter ballerina
Since it opened its doors in 2008, the Basement theatre has given even the quirkiest of stage shows a place to perform. With a finger firmly on the pulse, the cultural powerhouse's programme is full of premieres.From comedic shows like 'Snort' and 'Down to Clown', to the more serious productions like 'The Watercooler' and 'Run Rabbit', this seasons programme will leave you feeling cultured, confused and highly entertained.
Looking for a bite to eat before taking in a music gig or theatre production? Elliott Stables has you covered! Just minutes away from all the best theatres and galleries, the gourmet food complex offers a brilliant range of eateries from all around the globe. Whether you're in the mood for Japanese, Italian, Mexican or American, dining in the diverse hustle and bustle of Elliott Stables is an experience all on it's own!
Tanuki's Sushi and Sake Bar is arguably Auckland's best worst kept secret but this is one case where the hype is well earnt. The narrow staircase situated on Queen Street leads you down into the intimate restaurant where a classic Japanese menu awaits. Located just next door to Basement Theatre and Q Theatre, it's the perfect spot to book for a pre-show meal.
End the night on a sweet note and head on down to OKO Dessert Kitchen for a late night treat. Situated on the edge of Aotea Square, the dessert parlour is staffed by a team of international pâtissier who whip up eatable works of art like their cookies & cream waffles or liquid nitrogen chocolate volcano.
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