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The Best Things to Do Around Auckland in January

Take advantage of the quiet city and long summer days to enjoy events, exhibitions, theatre, markets and some great films.
By Sarah Templeton
December 20, 2021
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By Sarah Templeton
December 20, 2021
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  • Food & Drink

    Smales Farmers Market

    Auckland's newest farmers market arrives across the harbour.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan

    Virtually walk through this major exhibition on Japan's Edo period at Auckland Art Gallery.

  • Food & Drink

    Gochu Test Kitchen

    This monthly series will see Gochu co-owner and executive chef Jason Kim play around with fun and exciting dishes.

  • Food & Drink

    Tequila Ice Cream Afternoons

    This harbourside bar is now serving up boozy ice cream everyday.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Toi Tu Toi Ora: Contemporary Maori Art Virtual Tour

    Virtually walk through this major exhibition exploring contemporary Māori art.

  • Food & Drink

    Straight to Churly's

    Start your adventure in Auckland with some craft beer and a nose-to-tail feast.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist/He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa

    The landmark exhibition will showcase over 70 works from one of the country's most famous female artists.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ugo Rondinone: Vocabulary of Solitude

    Not one for your coulrophobic friends, this rainbow-hued clown-filled exhibition is best viewed on a sunny day.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'The Lord of the Rings' 20-Year Anniversary Celebration

    Celebrate two decades of big-screen hobbits, elves and wizards at the Hobbiton Movie Set.

  • Food & Drink

    Southside Stories: A Murder Mystery

    Sip cocktails while you unlock chapters to solve a (fictional) murder mystery gripping the city.

  • Food & Drink

    Casa Bacardi Summer Sessions

    Sip fresh mojitos, snack on delicious Caribbean-inspired bites and boogie to some of the city's best DJs .

  • Food & Drink

    Frosé Your Way

    Embrace summer with two hours of bottomless frosé by the water's edge — complete with fruity flavours and fun toppings.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Everyone's favourite friendly neighbourhood web-slinger swings back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe to face a lineup of familiar villains.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    West Side Story

    The 1950s-set spin on 'Romeo and Juliet' returns to the screen — and, making his first-ever musical, Steven Spielberg turns it into a spectacular cinematic achievement.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    George FM Summer Tour at the Whitianga Hotel

    George FM is putting on a rave worth venturing out after New Year's for.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Black Christmas

    A timely remake of a 70s cult classic, this is a Christmas-themed slasher flick for the #MeToo era.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Lost Daughter

    Actor-turned-filmmaker Maggie Gyllenhaal makes a bold directorial debut, bringing Elena Ferrante's novel to the screen with an exceptional performance by Olivia Colman.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Matrix Resurrections

    Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will make you go “whoa!” at ‘The Matrix’ franchise’s mostly dazzling, almost-always-entertaining tumble back down the sci-fi rabbit hole.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    Something wicked this way comes — a wickedly stunning new Shakespeare adaptation starring a phenomenal Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    There’s something bland and tedious in this neighbourhood: an empty reboot haunted by easy nostalgia.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    House of Gucci

    This supremely soapy recounting of the Gucci family's 70s, 80s and 90s-era dramas is worth seeing for Lady Gaga's fantastic performance alone.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The King's Man

    The 'Kingsman' franchise gets a World War I-set prequel that no one asked for.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Power Yoga + Poke Bowls

    The perfect combination for a wholesome mid-week evening of wellness.

  • Food & Drink

    Summer Shandy Series

    Wet your whistle with six types of shandies at The Bavarian this summer.

  • Design & Style

    Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary

    Celebrate the daring fashion icon in this exciting new exhibition, straight from the V&A museum in London.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Scream

    Ghostface is back for another stab, this time attacking a new bunch of teens, in the horror franchise that definitely still loves scary movies.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    King Richard

    Will Smith turns in an attention-grabbing performance as Venus and Serena Williams' father in this stirring drama about the two tennis stars' childhood.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The 355

    A dream international cast leads this female-fronted spy action flick, but even Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o and Penélope Cruz can't stop the globe-hopping result from being oh-so-basic.

  • Food & Drink

    Food Truck Collective in Onehunga

    Delicious eats and ice cold drinks are all on offer as the city's food trucks travel around various Auckland suburbs.

  • Food & Drink

    Juke Joint Bottomless Fried Chicken

    Grab your chicken-loving crew and settle in for two hours of unlimited fried chicken, coleslaw and tater tots.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spencer

    Kristen Stewart turns in a career-best performance as the People's Princess in this bold and enthralling slice-of-life biopic.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Gold

    This Australian-made thriller gives Zac Efron his turn at surviving the blistering outback, playing a stranger who spots a glistening nugget in a dystopian future.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Auckland Anniversary Market and Whanau Festival

    Shop, eat and play during a two-day market this coming Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nightmare Alley

    Starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, this mesmerisingly dark carnival noir is one of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's very best features.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Belle

    Taking 'Beauty and the Beast' into cyberspace, this vivid and inventive Japanese animation serves up a bold and dazzling take on the familiar fairytale.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Shakespeare in the Park 2022

    Pack a picnic and settle in for an evening of comedy and culture this summer.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta 2022

    This spectacular annual event is going ahead at red, so grab the family and head down to watch the action unfold.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mudbrick Sunset Screening Series

    Watch the sun set over Rangitoto before snuggling up to watch Pretty Woman and sip on some of the winery's finest.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Licorice Pizza

    Freewheeling, meticulous and glorious all at once, Paul Thomas Anderson's ninth film serves up a 70s-set coming-of-age slice of life, as topped by a transcendent performance from Alana Haim.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    With a committed and compelling lead performance by Jessica Chastain, this otherwise far-too-standard biopic explores the life of 70s and 80s American televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

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