What's On Auckland: Farewell to Freedom Edition

Auckland Zoo's Anjalee and Burma have attracted plenty of visitors these school holidays.

Auckland Zoo's Anjalee and Burma have attracted plenty of visitors these school holidays.

Check out our weekly guide of things you can do in Auckland this weekend. From galleries to concerts and markets to museums, there's something for everyone here.


School holidays are nearly at an end, one weekend left to have some family fun before the weekday routines kick back in. Don't let the bad weather deter you, get out and about this weekend in Auckland!'

Kites will be proudly flying above Orakei Marae on Saturday, weather permitting.

Kites will be proudly flying above Orakei Marae on Saturday, weather permitting.

Make the most of Matariki

Head to Te Oro in Glen Innes tonight for Te Manawa; a thrilling combination of storytelling, kapa haka, Māori movement, theatre and music.  The production portrays the core themes of Matariki, which are navigation, cultivation and the celebration of life.

This event is free but spaces are limited, so if you're keen, make sure you arrive early!

WHAT: Matariki on the Move: Hawaiki Tū presents Te Manawa

WHEN:  Fri 17 Jul 7pm

WHERE: Te Oro, Line Rd, Glen Innes

COST: Free

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Go fly a kite

Sticking with the Matariki theme, if the weather permits, warp the kids up warmly and head to Orakei Marae for Manu Aute Kite day.  Manu Aute Kite Day is hosted by Ngāti Whātua and Auckland Council and celebrates both Matariki and the tradition of kite flying.  While you are on Bastion Point make sure to admire the stunning vistas and also take the opportunity to learn some new skills like weaving a traditional kite.

WHAT: Manu Aute Kite Day

WHEN:  Sat18 Jul 9.30am

WHERE: Orakei Marae, Orakei reserve

COST: Free

Glide on the ice

We've featured the ice rink in Aotea Square before, but the awesome offering is only there for a limited time, so it's worth mentioning again! Grab the kids and head to Aotea Square to partake in a spot of ice skating or sledding. 

You can skate rain or shine in the fully covered rink and the Penguin Kids Zone helps the littlies build their confidence. Get your skates on!

WHAT: Aotea Square Ice Rink

WHEN:  Fri 17 - Sun 19 Jul

WHERE: Aotea Square, Queen Street

COST: Door sales only

Explore the Auckland Zoo

June and July have been all about the elephants at Auckland Zoo. Newbie Anjalee has recently moved in to keep older elephant Burma company and they seem to be getting along pretty well.  In celebration of these wonderful trunked, flappy-eared creatures the good folk at the zoo have created a  fun interactive adventure through the Zoo whereby kids can discover all sorts of amazing facts about elephants, earning an elephant stamp once they've completed all the tasks. Educational and fun, what a parental win!

WHAT: Auckland Zoo

WHEN:  Fri 17 - Sun 19 Jul

WHERE: Motions Rd, Western Springs

COST: See website for details

Have fun at a film

The New Zealand International Film Festival kicked off last night and there are quite a few child-friendly films well worth checking out. The Animation for Kids feature is running this morning and afternoon at Events Cinemas in Queen Street.

There is also an great 3D wildlife feature on tomorrow called Enchanted Kingdom , which looks at the animals of Africa. Add to this Toons for Tots, Song of the Sea and When Marnie was There and you've got yourself an awesome line-up of kids films.  Be sure to check out the programme and book some tickets asap.

WHAT: New Zealand International Film Festival

WHEN:  Fri 17 Jul - 2 Aug

WHERE: Various cinemas around Auckland

COST: See website for details

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