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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Day two hundred and eighty six: GABS 2017


The second running of the ‘Great Australasian Beer Spectapular’ kicks off at the Greenlane ASB Showgrounds tomorrow evening. The beer, cider and food festival hit our shores in 2016 hard on the heels of hugely successful events in Sydney and Melbourne. Breweries from around NZ and further afield have brewed festival beers for the event. The beauty of these beers is they tend to be adventurous and unusual -think Jalapeno, Donut and Expresso Martini flavoured. Tickets are still available for the three sessions.

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Day two hundred and eighty five: Amano



First it was the bakery on Tyler Street serving inventive breakfast and baked goodness, alongside exceptional coffee. Then came the must dine restaurant.

Amano is located in a 110 year old building in the heart of Britomart. The space has been transformed into one of the best dining areas in Auckland. A pleasant place to dine is one thing but it is the food that counts. Amano certainly doesn’t disappoint on that front. The rustic Italian fare is some of the most authentic in the city. We ordered a wide variety of plates from beef carpaccio to crayfish parcels. Each dish was beautifully arranged and simply delicious.


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Day two hundred and eighty four: Satya Spice and Chai Shop

IMG_3695One of Aucklands best kept secrets bars is no longer that secret. When the Satya Spice and Chai Shop opened its doors last year the little alleyway next to the Satya restaurant was full on intrigue. Now it seems everyone knows about the great bar that lies at the alleys end. The reason is simple, the beer selection is one of the best in Auckland, the wine list isn’t too bad and the cocktails are impressive. Don’t fret if drinking isn’t your thing as the tapas style food is worth a visit alone. We recommend the vegetarian dumplings and cauliflower dishes.


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Day two hundred and eighty three: Lightbells


Head over to Aotea Square and experience the 6 metre high structure ‘Lightbells’ sculptured by Auckland based composer and sound designer Thomas Press.

“Lightbells’ comes to life when its ropes are pulled exposing the structures bells with beams of light. The experience marries both light and sound together. The bell sounds complimenting the nearby Auckland Town Hall.

‘Lightbells’ will be in Aotea Square from the 14th of April through to the 29th, admission is free.

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