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Shakespeare Pops Up in Auckland


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London Globe Theatre

A ‘pop-up’ theatre is under construction in central Auckland as the venue for a season of William Shakespeare’s plays. This ‘temporary’ structure marks the 400th anniversary of the famous English playwright.

The Pop-Up Globe Theatre is an exact replica of the 17th century circular theatre built on the south bank of the River Thames in London, England. The circular structure was the venue for which many of Shakespeare’s plays were specifically written.

 

Auckland Pop-Up Globe Theatre 

The Auckland ‘Pop-up’ Globe is a temporary working replica of the second Globe Theatre, which was built on the ruins of the first Globe in 1614. In 1997 a modern replica of the Globe Theatre was built in London a short distance from the site of the original. To accommodate the dimensions of the contemporary theatre, this is a slightly bigger structure, but the spirit of it, and the way it functions, is the essentially the same.

The steel-framed and plywood-skinned theatre will literally pop up behind Auckland central’s Aotea Square, and will stage a rich menu of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and romances, then disappear again in April.

 

 

The Auckland Pop-Up Globe Theatre Programme opens on 19 February with the tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Along with Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, the shows will be presented by the Pop-up Globe Theatre Company.

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Auckland is expecting many out of town visitors for this special event and accommodation is likely to be at a premium.

 


 

 


Early Summer in Auckland


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Among the world's major cites, Auckland, sitting astride its two harbours, is unique in many ways - not least the fact that it sits on more than 50 volcanoes, fortunately inactive for a very long time! Many of these offer great views over the whole city and the isthmus itself and out to the Hauraki Gulf which is the gateway to the main Waitemata Harbour - meaning in Maori "sparking water".

The visitor can choose from a wide variety of events and activities at any time of the year, but late spring and summer have some special and unique events.This month sees the Urbanesia Festival showcasing the diversity of Auckland's Maori and Pacific peoples art and culture. For a quieter experience visit the beautiful Parnell Rose Garden and if you're in town on November 15 you should witness the Festival of Roses.

And in the evening take a stroll and watch the sunset over the Waitakere Ranges.

... and so to bed.

 



An Auckland Beach For Everyone


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Whatever your reason for coming to Auckland, be sure to visit at least one of our world-famous beaches which range from sun-filled golden-sanded urban beaches near the city to the stunning West Coast and its majestic surf. Aucklanders and their visitors take to the beaches for everything from a quiet stroll to an energetic beach volley-ball session, cricket, soccer and of course numerous water sports with all kinds of boats and boards. The urban beaches usually have a good array of cafés and restaurants nearby while there are always favourite spots for picnic lovers. The West Coast beaches, about an hour's drive from the city, each have their own unique appeal and visitors can stroll beyond the beach to the bush-glad Waitakere Ranges.                                                    .

Closest Beach to the Central City - Mission Bay Beach

Mission Bay

Just a scenic 15 minute drive along Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay is the the most accessible urban beach from downtown Auckland – and one of the region’s most popular. â€‹Mission Bay combines a sheltered white sand beach with grassy areas and a magnificent fountain, all just across the road from a vibrant strip of cafés, restaurants and bars.

 

Way out to the Wild West Coast - Karekare Beach

Karekare BeachKarekare Beach sits at the base of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park and is one of the popular surf beaches in the region. ​Day trippers are also drawn by the vast stretch of volcanic black sand framed by dramatic rocky terrain and numerous bush walks. Bring a picnic, a ball and lots of sun block and set yourself up for the day at this wonderful destination.

 

Just Over the Harbour Bridge - Takapuna Beach

Takapuna Beach

There’s a huge range of water activities, or you can simply relax on the grassy slopes above and take in the fabulous views out to Rangitoto Island and beyond. Even better, the beach is less than 2 minutes away from Takapuna’s lively scene of cafés, bars, restaurants and shops.

NOW, find a place to stay while you are visiting Auckland.

 

 

 



Capital Gains Tax on Rental Properties - Should I Buy Now or Later?


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The winds of change are blowing: 1st October is coming and with it will come the capital gains tax on rental properties. So, should you buy now or later? It all depends on your long term plan of ownership of your investment property.

Remember the tax will only apply if you sell the Investment Property within two years of ownership the tax is on the profit of the sale. Exempt are the following: family homes, inherited, or the home is needing to be sold due to a relationship split. This change only really clears up a problem of people whom were trading property and not declaring the tax gained on the sale.

The old law said that if you brought a property with the intention of selling if for gain that gain is taxable. The problem was the intention it was never clear. Now it is clearer if you buy and sell within the two years the tax will apply on the profit of sale.

The interesting thing is what happens if there is a loss on the Sale? Will you be able to claim this against your taxes? The other change is for overseas buyers whom will require a NZ Bank account and tax number Should you buy now or later? It all depends on a number of things the reason why you buying, how long you wish to hold and will the numbers add up giving you a return on the investment.

Property is a cycle and as long as you understand the cycle and you know where you are in the cycle when you buy you can either buy and hold, buy to sell, buy to improve and hold or sell. What is important just like every other decision you make get a team of experts around you to help you make the right decision for you.

We like to work with investors before they buy so we can help with advice on rental returns, and where to buy and what will work for both the investor and us. Just like all good sport teams you need to know whom to go to for the job to be done.


David Graham is Principal of Quinovic Viaduct, Auckland property management specialists. Find out how to list your apartment with them.

 


Things to do in Auckland this Spring


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Auckland is a fantastic place to visit year-round but a bright Spring day can be magical. Longer days and warmer weather bring greater access to outdoor spaces - our sparkling harbour, beaches and parks, and to some of the city's most popular festivals and special events.

Base yourself at our centrally located Auckland accommodation and soak up all that the city and region has to offer this Spring. Here are just a few suggestions.

Picnic in a Park

Revel in the fresh fragrance and colour of Spring at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Discover the outdoor sculptures, Potter’s children’s garden and it's the perfect time to enjoy Spring Blossom Valley and the Rose Garden.

Or spend a day at Cornwall Park. Stroll under the cherry blossoms and climb to the top of One Tree Hill - Maungakiekie for panoramic city views. The kids will love the cute baby lambs and the ice creams at the kiosk.

Don’t want to organise your own food? Take a trip to one of the region’s beautiful vineyards and let them do the hard work for you.


Shop local at Auckland's markets

Head to La Cigale French-style weekend Farmers’ Market in Parnell for delicious foods and produce from organic fruit and vegetables to freshly baked bread and pastries.

Further afield, the Titirangi Village Market is held on the last Sunday of each month. It's the perfect excuse to explore out West. Pick up some picnic treats and gifts, before a walk in the bush or on one of the wild beaches.

Marvel at the light exhibitions

Don’t miss one of Auckland’s biggest annual events, the Diwali Festival of Lights, in October at Aotea Square. It's a vibrant atmosphere with a range of authentic Indian cuisine, dance and music.

In November, the spectacular Art in the Dark (pictured) is held in Western Park, Ponsonby. The park is lit up with more than 40 incredible light art installations.


Catch a concert

Some of the world's biggest shows come to Auckland. This Spring there's a great line up from Cats the Musical to Russell Brand and Robbie Williams, among many others.

Matakana Farmers Market

Take a day trip to Matakana

Visit the boutique wineries, pick up some seasonal artisan food at the weekend markets or browse the art and craft galleries. It might even be warm enough for a lazy swim at one of the picture perfect white-sand beaches.


Quinovic Viaduct provides high quality serviced holiday homes and apartments in central Auckland.