Day two hundred and seventy nine: Oaken

fullsizerender-2Oaken opened its doors mid 2016 and has proved to be quite a hit. The self styled wine bar/cafe is popular day and night.

We stopped by for brunch lured by the food and freehouse coffee concept. When ordering your cup of joe you are able to select which coffee roaster you prefer: Allpress, Peoples or Eighthirty. Food wise we ordered the ‘Saganaki’ described to us as Haloumi on steroids! It didn’t disappoint.

Our next visit will be for dinner to sample the artisan evening menu. No doubt we will wash it down with a wine from the well curated wine list. We are also tempted to take a seat at the chefs table one Tuesday or Saturday evening and watch as our two course meal is prepared in front of us.

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Day two hundred and seventy eight: Myers Park Medley


Myers Park Medley returns for its second year. This year the event is again partnering with the popular Music in the Parks series. Two stages will be setup with the main stage hosting the following acts:

  • 12pm-12.40pm – Blackbird Ensemble: Carnivale
  • 12.55pm-1.35pm – Hopetoun Brown
  • 1.50pm-2.30pm – Kong Fooey
  • 2.45pm-3.45pm – Esther Stephens & The Means
  • 4pm-5pm – Sal Valentine & The Babyshakes.

The event kicks off Sunday the 26th of February at 12 noon.  With the free, family-friendly festival promising to bring entertainment, art, fun, food and music to one of Auckland’s tucked away parks.

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Day two hundred and seventy eight: Tamaki River Festival


Here is a great day out for the family (lets hope the weather improves). Come and explore the Tamaki River this Saturday 19th of February. Head down to Bramley Reserve in Pakuranga for a day of water activity. Kayaking, sailing, Coastguard displays along with environmental information will ensure everyone leaves with a new respect for the Tamaki River and the activities you can enjoy on the river.


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Day two hundred and seventy seven: Vertical Pursuit


One of the stars from the New Zealand team at the recent Rio Olympics was pole vaulter Eliza McCartney. The likeable kiwi will be showing off her skills next Wednesday evening at Britomart in Auckland. The Vertical Pursuit event will let the public appreciate the heights that pole vault athletes reach. Things get underway at 6pm and entry is free.

If you like what you see then make sure you also head out to AUT Millennium Stadium on Sunday the 26th of February to see Eliza compete again, this time alongside other kiwi Tom Walsh, Jacko Gill and Liam Malone.

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Day two hundred seventy six: The Mikado


Here is a great excuse to visit the new ASB Waterfront Theatre on Halsey Street. The New Zealand Opera is bringing the comic opera ‘The Mikado’ to Auckland. Be transported to modern day Japan, the home of mobile phones and hello kitty. The New Zealand and Australian cast will be supported by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. The season is short 14th to 19th of February, but tickets are still available.

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Day two hundred and seventy five: Auckland Anniversary Weekend

15896318_1012652805506990_1841461324090768328_oThe first long weekend for 2017 is rapidly approaching. For those sticking around Auckland Anniversary weekend is jammed full of things to do. Here is a selection:

  • Brazilian Day Festival: 28th January 12 to 6pm Rocket Park

  • Auckland Folk Festival: 27th, 28th and 29th of January, Kumeu Showgrounds

  • Auckland International Buskers Festival: 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th of January, City wide

  • The Cloud market and Navy Ship Open Day: 28th and 29th of January, Queens Wharf

  • Ports of Auckland Sunset Symphony & Fireworks: 29th of January, 6pm

  • Auckland Transport Play Streets: 30th of January, Wynyard Quarter

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Day two hundred and seventy four: North West Wine, Beer & Food Festival 2017

886448-407156-14Here is a new festival for 2017 and boy does it look good. The North West Wine, Beer and Food Festival is scheduled to debut on the 11th of February at the Hunting Lodge Wine Estate.

Running from 12pm to 7pm, Dave Dobbin and Trinity Roots will supply tunes alongside five local wineries and two local breweries. Food is also available but you are able to bring a picnic. Hopefully the weather plays its part, tickets are available through eventfinder.
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