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All Blacks take on the Wallabies at Eden Park

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 05:00 25/08/2012
The Cloud
Michael Bradley

CLOUD COMFORT: The Cloud will become Auckland's biggest lounge for the Bledisloe Cup Experience on Saturday - much like it did for the opening of the London Olympics.

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Looking for something to do this week? We check out Auckland's best events and take a sneak peek at next week.

Main Event

Bledisloe Cup Experience - Saturday

It's almost been a year since the RWC had Auckland in a bear hug, and this Saturday we can almost relive the excitement.

Queens Wharf will once more turn into rugby central as locals get into the Bledisloe spirit. There will be rippa rugby, inflatable castles, face painting and a repeat screening of last weekend's game from 2 - 6pm. Then The Cloud becomes the country's biggest lounge and the perfect place to watch the ABs take on the Wallabies from 7.35pm.

Bledisloe Cup Experience at Queens Wharf, August 25 from 2pm.  Entry by gold coin donation.

Free Stuff

Pick & Mix: The Conartists - Saturday

These improv kings have been making Kiwis laugh for almost 25 years, and this weekend, you can not only see what they are made of, but also test your own skills.  The troupe will perform a completely improvised show at 11am, before hosting a workshop for kids to get their creativity flowing.

Pick & Mix: The Conartists at Aotea Centre, August 25 from 11am.  Entry is free.

Family Fun

Pet Expo - All weekend

Billed as the "happiest show of all to attend", Auckland's Pet Expo is the best place for animal lovers to be this weekend.  The celebration of the positive role animals play in society, the expo will be full of demonstrations, special features, entertainment and special treats for your furry friend - just make sure you leave them at home.

Pet Expo at North Shore Events Centre, August 25 and 26. Entry $12 for adults, $6 for children or $30 for a family pass. 

Date Night

An Art Auction Evening with Vincent Ward - Thursday

Is there anything that gets the blood pumping like an auction?  Why not combine a romantic night out, the excitement of an auction, some stunning art and a worthy cause with this New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser?  Artist and director Vincent Ward will host the evening, with works by him and other prominent local artists up for grabs.

An Art Auction Evening with Vincent Ward at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead, August 23 from 6pm. Tickets are $50.

Staying In/ Going Out

It's not a telethon, but its pretty close. Red Nose Day: Comedy For Cure Kids on TV3 is a jam-packed night of funnies, featuring the cast of Outrageous Fortune, the All Blacks, and a very special performance by Flight of the Conchords.  Get your wallets open, New Zealand.

Two of the best things about Auckland are Wynyard Quarter and the delicious food being produced here. This weekend locals can combine the two with what has been dubbed the North Wharf Passport. Part of Auckland Restaurant Month, this is an all-access pass to one signature dish from 10 eateries in Wynyard Quarter.  Now, if it could just be sunny as well... 

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Red Nose Day: Comedy For Cure Kids on TV3, August 24 from 7.30pm

North Wharf Passport is valid from August 24 - 26.  Tickets are $100.


Best of the Rest

Wednesday

Sam Hunt at Didas

A Taste of La Gavroche at The Grove

John Scoot in Concert with Musica Scara at the Town Hall

Thursday

Oh What a Night: A Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Bruce Mason Centre

The (English) Beat at the Powerstation

Friday

Men in Tutus at the Bruce Mason Centre

The Feelers No Need To Worry Tour at Pukekohe Town Hall

Collapsing Cities at Cassette Number Nine

Saturday

The Laughing Samoans in Funny Chokers at the Mangere Arts Centre

Katchafire at the Powerstation

Auckland Choral: Mozart Great Mass in C Minor at the Auckland Town Hall

Sunday

North Shore Marathon at Gould Reserve

Mercado Latin Market at Ponsonby Community Centre

Ice Hockey: West Auckland vs. Botany at Paradice Avondale

Monday

Morning Melodies: The Royal New Zealand Navy Band at the Bruce Mason Centre

Raw Comedy Night at The Classic

Music Quiz at the Kings Arms

Tuesday

Educating Rita at The Factory Theatre, Newmarket

Social Dart Competition at the Claddagh, Newmarket

- Auckland Now

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