Day two hundred and ninety three: The Royal Oak Series, Ollies

170929Ollies is an institution, it has been scooping ice cream in Royal Oak since 1973. The icon on the Royal Oak roundabout has delighted generations and continues to have lines out the door. Scoop ice cream is the winner here, closely followed by the thickshakes. It is the perfect place to round up the family and enjoy a scoop or two as the weather gets warmer.

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Day two hundred and ninety two: The Royal Oak Series, Oak Eatery


Another recent addition to the Royal Oak area has been Oak Eatery. Located upstairs in the Royal Oak Mall, Oak Eatery is the second establishment from the team at Cafe Mont in Mt Eden. The cabinet is bursting with goodness, mostly sweet treats while the menu will keep young ones, meat lovers and vegans all happy. For those with littles ones the playground is one of the best around.

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Day two hundred and ninety one: The Royal Oak Series, Happy Boy

Happy BoyThe creators of Happy Boy (Kiss Kiss and the Chinoiserie) sure do know how to launch popular eateries. Happy Boy is the latest opening that is transforming the Royal Oak shops. The food here is burger focused but not your traditional meat and vege on a sesame seed bun. The flavours are unmistakably asian influenced and served in a large Chinese pork bun; we loved the Tofu option. The beer selection is impressive, as are the neon lights.

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Day two hundred and ninety: One day in France


Head down to Shed 10 this Saturday for a touch of France! The ‘One day in France’ festival gets underway at 9am, promising to bring French food, sport and language to downtown Auckland. If you are very lucky you might even win a trip to New Caledonia!

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Day two hundred and eighty nine: Matilda the Musical


Matilda the Musical, created by the Royal Shakespeare Company has been an international success story. The musical has won multiple awards and played in front of sell out audiences in the UK, Australia and the US.

The story is inspired by Roald Dahls book and follows Matilda the girl with a vivid imagination and big plans for her future.

Auckland audiences will be able to see the show for themselves from the 18th of August through to the 22nd of October. The Civic will play host and tickets are already on sale.

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Day two hundred and eighty eight: Its Wynyard Quarters Birthday

Wynyard QuarterIt is hard to believe but Wynyard Quarter is about to celebrate its sixth birthday this weekend. The popular waterfront area has grown in the past six years with no signs of slowing down.

To celebrate, an action packed day has been planned this Saturday the 5th of August. You can start the day with a Crossfit session, dance the tango, pilot some remote controlled boats and sample some street food. For the young at heart a screening of Moana will take place at the Silo theatre from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.


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Day two hundred and eighty seven: Matariki Light Trail

LightsHere is a great little event that kicks off this weekend celebrating Matariki. Now into its fifth year the Matariki Light Path opens on the 1st of July on Maybury Reserve, Glen Innes. Maori themed fairy lights will illuminate the reserve welcoming in the Maori New Year. The Light Path is open for 7 days with music and food each night. The event closes on Saturday the 8th of July with an enormous fireworks display:

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