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Auckland Fringe Festival

Acrobats, live music, performance art, titillating cabaret, international comedy, spoken word, these are just some of the acts on offer - the Fringe has it all. Providing an open platform to a variety of performers since its inception, this young festival will surely cater for any taste with a wide range of acts and workshops.

Date: 14 February 2021 - 17 April 2021
Venue: Various locations throughout Auckland.


Auckland Arts Festival

The Auckland Arts Festival will host more than 70 events over 18 days, including world premieres and international work never before seen in Australasia, live music, bars, cafes and entertainment. An array of free events for the whole family will mean that there is something for everyone to enjoy and participate in.

Date: 04 March 2021 - 21 March 2021
Venue: Various locations throughout Auckland.


New Zealand International Comedy Festival

International comedy festival.

Date: 30 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
Venue: Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre


Auckland International Film Festival

Home of the original New Zealand film festival, Auckland now opens the nationwide celebration of cinema each summer. A film-goer’s delight with 50-plus features covering a wide variety of genres.

Date: 01 July 2021 - 31 August 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various cinemas across Auckland.


Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

If you are highly fit and fiercely competitive, Tough Guy and Gal Challenge could be the event for you. Male and female competitors test their skills and stamina on a long, muddy course to see who will emerge the toughest of them all. The full course is 12km (7.5 miles) in two equal laps, over army-style obstacles. Competitors must run, walk, crawl and climb through a variety of natural and manmade obstructions, including a 'spiders web', barbed wire, thick native bush, swamp crossings and water troughs. Team and individual entries are allowed, and there is also the option of a single lap 6km (3.7 miles) round. The event also takes place in Wellington and Rotorua.

Date: 07 August 2021 - 07 August 2021
Venue: Helensville Tennis Club.

Various entry fees.

Auckland Marathon

The course of the full marathon and half marathon covers a wide swathe of the Bay, starting at Devonport on the north shore. There is also an 11km (6.8 miles) barefoot traverse, a 5km (3.1 miles) run and a wheelchair marathon. Known as Auckland's premier road racing event, it attracts over 10,000 runners and large crowds of supporters. Besides the excitement and spectacle of the races themselves, which take place against the backdrop of the city and the Bay, there is entertainment, massage stations and food stalls in Victoria Park near the finishing line.

Date: 31 October 2021 - 31 October 2021
Venue: Roads of Devonport and Auckland.

Free to spectate.

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Featured Hotels


The Langham

Oozing classic style, the Langham is one of Auckland's top hotels and offers all the creature comforts that go with the luxury tag, including a spa and fine dining options. Rooms are elegantly furnished and spacious, and service is meticulously attentive. Ideally situated in the city centre, the hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle bus to and from Custom Street, near the waterfront.

Peace & Plenty Inn

Without exaggeration this is one of the finest B&Bs in the entire country with sumptuous restored kauri-timber floors that feel like silk beneath bare feet leading to exquisite en-suite rooms filled with fresh flowers antique furniture and sherry or port decanters. There is a delightful verandah for breakfast (weather permitting) and the meal itself is an event of major proportions with large healthy and hearty portions.

Kiwi International Hotel

This modest but decent hotel is located in the middle of the city and is only a 25-minute drive from the airport. Rooms are functional and offer en suite facilities; some budget rooms with shared bathrooms are available. Amenities include a bar, a restaurant and laundry services, as well as 24-hour reception and off-street parking. It's a little shabby and age-worn in places, but is overall a good-value place with a friendly reputation, and in a handy location.

Jucy Snooze Hotel

This oddly-named but friendly budget hotel features bright, simple rooms with flat-screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms; there are also cheaper, more basic, hostel-style rooms. As well as an on-site coffee shop, the hotel offers a lounge and shared kitchen facilities. The hotel is a short walk from the waterfront, with its vibrant nightlife and restaurants.

City Lodge

It won't win any design awards, but City Lodge offers central accommodation that is secure, comfortable and great value. Small, simple rooms come with tiny en-suite bathrooms, minifridges, TVs and biggish windows. There's also Wi-Fi (additional charge), a shared kitchen and quiet reading room. A great backpackers' option in Auckland's overcrowded budget market.

The Heritage

Auckland's most distinctive luxury hotel was originally the city's best known and historic department store, Farmers. The landmark building has an iconic reputation and is a wonderful example of Southern Hemisphere art deco styling. The Heritage has two separate accommodation wings, made up of 467 rooms and suites, a tennis court and two swimming pools (one roof-top). There's also a health club, a glass atrium and, best of all, a grand tearoom with fantastic views of the harbour. Though showing its age somewhat (although its due for a refurb), this grand old Auckland hotel is style and luxury personified.