Visitors to Auckland Art Fair get discounted accommodation with Quinovic Viaduct


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Auckland Art Fair

Visitors to Auckland Art Fair get discounted accommodation with Quinovic Viaduct

New Zealand’s premier international showcase for contemporary art, Auckland Art Fair, is coming to town from the 23 - 27 May 2018 profiling some of the most interesting art from the Pacific Rim. With artists and galleries from Australia, parts of South-East Asia, the west coasts of North and South America and the Pacific Islands it’s a must for anyone who is looking to purchase art. Since it will be taking place at the Cloud on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf, Quinovic Viaduct is offering a 10% discount to anyone leasing their apartments during the Fair.

“The Auckland Art Fair is one of our favourite events” says Principal of Quinovic Viaduct, David Graham. “We’re so glad to see it back again this year are very proud to be a partner. There’s 42 very impressive galleries displaying work by incredibly talented artists, so we were very keen to be involved. We’ll be offering a discount for anyone who buys tickets to the Art Fair so they can base themselves close for the event, as well as be in a great position to enjoy the city in general. It’s wonderful to see such vibrancy in this part of town and we personally can’t wait to see what’s on display this year.”

A new initiative for 2018 includes Piki Mai: Up Here, for up and coming artists; a world first will see university students from Australia and New Zealand exhibiting as part of this. This initiative hopes to give some support for early career artists who may end up as part of the main Auckland Art Fair in the future.

Book your discounted accommodation on Quinovic Viaduct website using the promo code ARTFAIR2018.


Five great things to do in Auckland this April


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Five great things to do in Auckland this April

The end of summer hasn’t meant the end of fun things to do in Auckland - a few less outdoor festivals for sure, but still plenty to keep all ages amused. Here are some of our favourites for the month, including a couple of school holiday ideas if you have small people to keep amused during your stay in Auckland. Of course if you are looking for family friendly (or any kind) of short term apartment rental over April, we have you covered with a range of places close to all the fun!

The Big Hoot

The Big Hoot

If you have younger kids, the Haier Big Hoot is a world of fun. It’s a public art trail around Auckland featuring 47 1.65 metre tall giant owl sculptures. Each owl has been painted by a Kiwi or international artist, including Dick Frizzell, Jeff Thompson, Grace Wright and Flox. There are also 60 smaller owlets on the trail – many decorated by students from Auckland schools. There’s an app to download to keep track of which ones you’ve found (there’s a code on each sculpture you can enter to change it from grey to purple on your map). When The Big Hoot ends on the 6th of May, the owls will be auctioned to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation.

The Big Hoot, 3 March to 6 May. Check out the website www.thebighoot.co.nz

Lionel Richie in Auckland

Lionel Richie

Although Lionel Richie might be more familiar to one age group than others, his position as one of music's greatest icons means this will be a popular concert. Lionel is performing a lineup of his greatest hits, joined on stage by the legendary band CHIC (featuring Nile Rodgers). With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammy awards and the distinction of MusiCares Person of the Year in 2016, he really is a living legend.

Lionel Richie, 12 April, Spark Arena. Read more: www.sparkarena.co.nz/lionel-richie

NZ International Comedy Festival
 

NZ International Comedy Festival

The NZ International Comedy Festival started in 1993 at the Watershed Theatre and is now one of Auckland’s favourite events with a huge variety of stand-up, sketch, improv, comedic-theatre, clowning, children's and musical comedy to choose from. Not your average line up, this year's program includes musical comedy, naked magic, interactive cooking, Mexican soap opera, sex education parody and the best play that Shakespeare never wrote. Arj Barker, Lauren Pattison, Fern Brady, Dane Baptiste and Andy Zaltzman are just some of the international acts, and the local lineup looks great too with all your Kiwi favourites.

NZ International Comedy Festival, Various venues, 26 April – 20 May. Read more: www.comedyfestival.co.nz

Brickman: Wonders of the WorldBrickman: Wonders of the World

This exhibition was wildly popular at Te Papa with over 100,000 visitors, and now it’s arrived in Auckland! See intricate Lego models of the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Empire State Building, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe. Ryan McNaught (Brickman) and his team have spent a crazy 4,944 hours building these 50 exhibits that will be on show at Auckland Museum all this month and some of May.

Brickman: Wonders of the World, 30 March - 13 May, Auckland Museum www.thebrickman.com/wonders

Manifesto

Manifesto

The Arts Festival may be over but Manifesto at the Auckland Art Gallery is still running till the 10 June. It features Cate Blanchett in an  immersive 13-screen film installation by German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt. Rosefeldt draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers and Blanchett breathes life into these manifestos by inhabiting multiple personas, including a school teacher, factory worker, choreographer, punk, newsreader, scientist, puppeteer, widow, homeless man and more. A fascinating installation.

Manifesto, Auckland Art Gallery, 24 Feb - 10 Jun www.aucklandartgallery.com/whats-on/exhibition/manifesto


5 great things to do in Auckland this March


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March looks to be another fantastic month in Auckland with a number of world class events. Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still a lot to do in and around the city from art and theatre to concerts to fashion events. Here are five of our favourites for the month:

Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland Arts Festival

There’s always a buzz when the Auckland Arts Festival comes to town and this year will be no exception. As always, there will be an incredible line up of local and overseas acts, curated with everyone from seasoned theatre goers, too noisy active kids in mind.

The new hub this year will be the Festival Playground at Silo Park where the food and beverage offering will be even better than years gone by with three bars and BBQ food - to add to the excitement. Of course, Aotea Square will be alive too, with pop up dining and drink experiences at the iHeartRadio Festival Club: involving Art Dego, Culprit, Judge Bao and the Mixologist from Golden Dawn.

Festival acts range from a French Vietnamese Circus that’s winning critical acclaim; an open-air installation called House of Mirrors; a show involving drums and pyrotechnics in the best possible way; through to the ballet Giselle; a dance opera; and a 13 channel film installation running Cate Blanchett as multiple characters. There are plenty of family-friendly events too.

Auckland Arts Festival, 8-25 March, www.aucklandfestival.co.nz

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard of the worldwide singing sensation that is Ed Sheeran. The cheeky redhead with the voice of an angel is coming to Auckland to play Mt Smart on the 24th, 25th and 26th of this month and it promises to be a great show. The singer who has two Grammy Awards, six billion YouTube views, and 70 million online followers will tour the country after playing sold out shows in the UK, Europe, Latin and North America. No doubt - like with past concerts here - he will attract adoring fans from seven to 70.

Ed Sheeran, Mt Smart Stadium, see www.ticketmaster.co.nz for details.

Stoneleigh Courtyard

Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Hospitality

It won’t just be the Arts Festival that brings Auckland alive this month. With the arrival of the Volvo Race yachts last month, the viaduct will be alive with stopover action. It’s a great time to be in the city.

On the hospitality side, well-loved New Zealand winery Stoneleigh will be bringing their cellar door experience to the Viaduct with an exclusive concept bar on Te Wero Island called Stoneleigh Courtyard. Alongside the wide range of wines will be a full Stoneleigh Courtyard Menu offering small and large plates and antipasto platters all designed to share and specially matched to bring out the best in the various wines on offer.

There will be a daily ‘Taste Adventure’ special comprising of a specially created dish using that day’s freshest ingredients alongside a wine match chosen by Stoneleigh Winemaker, Jamie Marfell. The Courtyard is right in front of the main stage where there'll be regular live entertainment for the duration of the stopover.

www.volvooceanraceauckland.com

Anne Frank Exhibition

Anyone who has been to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam will know what a fascinating insight it is into one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust. Now you can experience some of that right here in Auckland with an exhibition developed by that Dutch museum. Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank explores what life was like for Anne and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany.

Seen by over 80 million people globally, the exhibition has opened its three-year tour of New Zealand at Auckland Museum and will run to the 13th May. Anne was just 12-years-old when she went into hiding with her family in a factory annex in Amsterdam, where they went on to live in secret for three years. They were finally discovered and sent to concentration camps but sadly only her father survived. He had the diary published in the hope the world would learn this must never happen again.

Let me be Myself, Auckland Museum 9 Feb to 14 May, Auckland Museum, Parnell
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/visit/exhibitions/let-me-be-myself

Fashion in Auckland

Four days of Fashion in the City

The best of Auckland’s boutiques, brands and retailers will be on show for four days from the 21st to the 24th of March with over 30 fashion-related events around the central city. There will be exhibitions, designer garage sales, wedding style events, runway shows, jewellery shows, styling evenings and much more. Numerous central city stores will be running fun events and workshops showcasing the latest fashion trends, inspiring your imagination and putting forward exclusive offers.

www.heartofthecity.co.nz/article/fashion/your-guide-4-days-fashion-city


5 great things to do in Auckland this February


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At Quinovic Viaduct we love to brag about all the fun things to do in beautiful Auckland city. Here’s some of our picks for making the most of February - and those last weeks of summer.

Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race
For just over three weeks, Auckland will play host to the Volvo Ocean Race as one of the 12 ports in this round the world competition. The boats being in town will bring raft of activity and fun, in and around the viaduct, with plenty of activities for kids such as: live entertainment, face painting, glow-in-the-dark pois and stilt walkers. There will also be live music, cinematic and virtual reality experiences, as well as the opportunity to crawl inside the cross section of the VO65 to find out what life is like aboard. There will be a ‘Practice In Port’ race and an ‘In Port Race’ on 9 and 10 March, along with the Peroni Pro-Am Race on Saturday 16 March. And the fleet will sail out for Itajai, Brazil on Sunday 18 March to a big local farewell.

http://www.volvooceanraceauckland.com/

Pop up Globe

Pop up Globe
The Pop Up Globe is still attracting hundreds of visitors to its fantastically fun shows, which will run through to the first week of April. Shakespeare has never been so entertaining! It’s actually the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the original Globe theatre and attending a show there is an absolute summer must-do for both locals and out-of-towners. The shows being performed are: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar; the modern (and often Kiwi) spin on these, will make you forget all that dusty school analysis of the bard’s plays, forever.

www.popupglobe.co.nz

Silo Park

Silo Park
Silo Park at North Wharf is still one of the most wonderful places to experience Auckland at its summery best. Friday evenings and weekend afternoons till April bring DJs and food trucks and on Friday nights there are classic movies like Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, O Brother, Where Art Thou (and other more recent films) projected on to the giant Silos themselves. With pop up bars it means everyone can be happy. Movies, playground and fun for the little ones; and great food and  a glass of something wonderful on hot summer’s day to keep Mum and Dad sane.

www.silopark.co.nz

Comedy Central

Live Comedy in the city
Comedy Central is making the end of summer holidays just that bit easier by providing some laughs at the Another Frickin' Festival Showcase at ASB Theatre in Aotea Square this February 8th. There’s a great line up of some of NZ’s finest - including Guy Williams, Rose Matafeo and Alice Snedden as well as international guests like Paul Foot, Ray Badran and Ronny Chieng.

 www.aucklandlive.co.nz/show/another-frickin-festival-auckland-showcase

Sculpture in the GardensSculpture in the Gardens
It’s worth the half hour drive out of the central city to check out the Sculpture in the Gardens Exhibition which ends on the 25th of this month. The Auckland Botanic gardens are a lovely day out without any adornment, but the 20 medium and large outdoor works on the 2km trail, indoor concept drawings and Indoor Sculpture exhibition only serve to make it truly spectacular. Visitors are spoiled for choice for picturesque picnic spots in this 64 hectare park so it’s worth making a day of it. There’s even a kids’ activity sheet to keep younger ones focused while discovering some outdoor art.

http://www.sculptureinthegardens.nz/

 


Tips for Renting your Property - that will save you from disaster!


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REFERENCE CHECK

Always ask prospective tenants for references and always call the referees. It is not advisable to rely on your own assessment of prospective tenants as this approach can leave you open to problems down the track.

CREDIT CHECK

Referees may be reluctant to make negative comments about a colleague or friend, so it is vital that you also perform a credit check on prospective tenants.  One-off credit checks can be made by most debt collecting agencies, but you need the tenant’s permission first.

TENANT CHECK

One should undertake the following: Background checks, social media, police, credit, verify their ID, just to name a few. If you are using a professional Property Management company they will undertake these and more on your behalf. Remember to get the tenants written permission first.

OUTLINE EXPECTATIONS CLEARLY IN THE TENANCY AGREEMENT

The tenancy agreement is the place to outline what you expect from your tenants. The agreement must state clearly if there are to be no pets, parties or smoking, the maximum number of occupants, and so on. Failure to make specific conditions clear can lead to dispute and if the matter goes to the Tenancy Tribunal, an unclear agreement puts you in a precarious position.  Also be aware that neither party can sign away their rights under the Residential Tenancies Act.  Even if both parties agree to a clause at the time of signing a tenancy agreement, this clause may not be upheld if a dispute is taken to the Tenancy Tribunal.

OPT FOR A FIXED-TERM TENANCY OVER A PERIODIC TENANCY

You may have a good tenant who is going to pay the rent and look after your property, but if you sign them onto a periodic tenancy instead of a fixed term tenancy they could leave with just 21 days’ notice.  This gives you very little time to find a new tenant and could cost you in lost rent.  A fixed term tenancy, enables you to find new tenants before the current tenants move out, potentially saving you thousands of dollars. It also enables you to protect against the property becoming vacant at a time of the year when tenanting is difficult, such as late November/December or mid-winter.

TAKE THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE BOND

Many private landlords feel that no bond, or only two weeks bond is necessary. But it’s very easy for a property to be damaged, potentially leaving the owner deeply out of pocket. Given that tenants are being given the right to live in an asset worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, it’s advisable to insist on taking the maximum bond possible of four weeks.

LODGE THE BOND WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND HOUSING

Always lodge the bond.  Not lodging the bond with the Department of Building and Housing is illegal, and means you could be fined up to $1000, if a tenant takes you to the Tenancy Tribunal.  The actual amount is at the discretion of the adjudicator, but you could also lose many hours dealing with the tenants and attending the hearing.


Five great things to do in Auckland this January


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One of the best parts of our job here at Quinovic is keeping up to date with what’s going on around Auckland so we can advise our out-of-town visitors how to maximise their stay in our beautiful city. The year is off to a great start with some exciting events in the calendar for January. Here are five of our top picks:

Yayoi Kusama

The Obliteration Room
Auckland Art Gallery is currently playing host to a small, but the extremely high impact, exhibition by well-known international avant-garde art icon Yayoi Kusama. The ‘Obliteration Room’ started its life as a room in the gallery’s Creative Learning Space with entirely white décor and accessories, and Aucklanders have been slowly covering this blank canvas in Kusama’s trademark dots since early December (you are handed a sheet of multicoloured stickers as you enter the exhibition). Needless to say, after a few months, it’s a vibrant symphony of spotty colour with very little white insight - and well worth visiting.

The work is based on hallucinations Kusama had a childhood, where she started to see spots everywhere. Born in 1929, she is well known internationally for her provocative exhibitions and it’s incredibly exciting that Auckland is getting to experience this very family friendly one.

Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room, Auckland Art Gallery, 9 Dec 2017 - 2 Apr 2018

Latin Fiesta

Latin Fiesta
If you need a bit of livening up after a relaxed summer holiday, the Latin Fiesta is the perfect way to do it. Aotea Square will come alive with Latin sounds and the exotic aromas of South American food. You can learn Zumba, Samba, Salsa, Bachata and Tango or just sit back and watch how it’s done while you soak up the festive atmosphere and vibrant fun music. It’s the perfect way to put some energy into your new year.

This year, Ernesto Zuñiga and his band Ashé Cuba will immerse you in the high-energy and unique tradition of Cuba and you can also experience the authentic sounds of a Mexican mariachi band with Fidel Pimentel from Veracruz Mexico. It’s the next best thing to a ticket to Havana, Brasilia or Mexico City - all in little ol’ Auckland.

Latin Fiesta, Aotea Square, 12 - 14 Jan

Auckland International Buskers Festival
 

Auckland International Buskers Festival
Auckland city’s amount of street performers is set to multiply exponentially over Auckland Anniversary Weekend. And we’re talking internationally acclaimed magicians, circus performers, contortionists, singers, dancers, comedians and even a unicycle world champion. Performances will take place at Queen’s Wharf, Princes Wharf, Eastern Viaduct, Te Wero Island, Skycity and Market Square in the Viaduct. Make sure you bring lots of loose change to show your appreciation for this, otherwise free, event.

Auckland Buskers Festival, Various locations in the central city, 26 - 28 January.

the art of banksy

Art of Banksy
Banksy is one of the world’s best-known street artists and the secrecy around his identity has only increased his intrigue factor as he’s evolved from little known to cult status over the last 17 years. His distinct graffiti drawings, an expression of his political activism, are now coming to Auckland in an exhibition not to be missed. There will be over 80 works on display including his famous ‘Girl with Balloon’. The exhibition is curated by the artists’ former manager, Steve Lazarides,

Banksy’s work has appeared everywhere from his own stomping ground of Bristol to Paris, Bethlehem, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Manchester and everywhere in between and he was named as one of Time magazine’s World’s Most Influential People in 2010. Buy tickets online to avoid the inevitable queues.

The Art of Banksy, Aotea Centre, 5 Jan - 6 Feb

Tamaki Herenga Waka

Tamaki Herenga Waka
One of Auckland’s best celebrations of Maori culture, Tamaki Herenga Waka 2017 will take place in and around the Viaduct area on Anniversary Weekend. There will be traditional and contemporary music, cultural performances, fashion, art, craft, traditional healing and tattooing, storytelling, a digital space for playing games and learning basic Te Reo and Waka displays on the water (you can even have a go at paddling yourself).

The food looks set to be great too: kawakawa sorbet, smoked kahawai and watercress salad, a modern maori twist on the classic Reuben sandwich, mussel and whitebait fritters, smoked tuna and eel, seafood chowder, crumbed scallops, steamed mussel pots, half-shell oysters, hot hangi, fried bread, boil-up, fresh fruit, drinking coconuts, ice-cream in pineapple and watermelon, and kina shots.

Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival, Viaduct Harbour, 27 - 29 January


WOF For Your Investment Property is Coming


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Yes, we are all familiar with a WOF for the car – but for your rental investment?

The signs are clearly there that some sort of WOF for landlords is coming, and it’s never too soon to look at what this will mean for you.

Changes in tenancy laws on 1 July, 2016 meant the following:

  1. All rental properties are required to have smoke alarms.
  2. All new tenancy agreements need to include a statement of the extent and safety of insulation in the property, and any replacement or installation of insulation in a rental property must meet the required standards.

August 2017 — the Wellington City Council announces it will pursue a voluntary rental WOF. It intends to make it compulsory in three years.

WOF for Properties


So, what would a WOF cover?

Well, the best we have is what the Wellington City Council has introduced, and if you are a landlord it would be good to familiarise yourself with the 29 items on the criteria. This includes insulation, heating, ventilation and structural stability. 
The inspector will be checking your investment/rental in the following areas:

  • All walls, ceiling, linings and floors are intact.
  • All surfaces are clear of mould.
  • In a kitchen, adequate food preparation and storage.
  • In a laundry, secure storage with a child safe lock.
  • The lounge will require fixed heating, in the future, it is more than likely that a heat pump will the minimum standard.
  • Portable heating will not be acceptable, unless it’s a unit/apartment less than 50sqm.
  • All windows will require security latches.
  • The front entrance needs to be clearly labelled, identifiable with good lighting on the front and rear.
  • Smoke alarms/insulation standards are already a requirement.

Overall, your investment must be in reasonable condition, with good spouting/storm water which does not leak, and no cracks or holes.

Paths, decks and surfaces are to be free from moss and non-slip.

This is just a quick overview of the changes coming, and it’s never too late to start ensuring your rental property/investment will meet the standards when they are enforced.

Remember, it's also protecting your investment as much as it is maintaining its quality thus attracting quality tenants.

Quinovic Viaduct Property Management is only to happy to work with landlords to put into place plans to ensure your investment is looked after and by doing so, retaining its value for both owners and tenants.


After the Party...


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The party is not all over......

America's Cup

Now that the whole world knows that Auckland is again the home of the America's Cup, and the team plus the Auld Mug are back, it’s time to come and check out the City of Sails (and Foils) and get to know the Auckland city and its attractions. While the Cup parties and victory activities are winding down other parties and events are lining up - theatre, sport, fashion, festivals – here are a few happening over the next three months.

Matilda The Musical - 18 August to 17 September 2017

Get ready for plenty of spectacle and magic with the arrival of Matilda The Musical at The Civic in August.

Roald Dahl’s story of an extraordinary girl armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind who dares to take on the terrifying forces of the dreaded Trunchbull and save her school.

The winner of over 70 international awards, including 15 for Best Musical, this Royal Shakespeare Company production is currently playing to sell-out houses across Australia with standing ovations at every performance.

Matilda The Musical

 

New Zealand Fashion Week -- 28 August to 3 September 2017 

New Zealand Fashion Weekend, opening 1 September is the public’s chance to experience the energy and glamour of the biggest week on the fashion calendar. Filled with in-season runway shows, seminars, a beauty hub, discounted designer shopping and a mix of bars throughout the venue, New Zealand Fashion Weekend is the hottest ticket in town this September.

Offering a multifaceted approach, Fashion Week is trade-focused where options for individual or group shows with a captive audience of media, buyers and influencers are virtually endless. However, extending its reach on behalf of designers and fashionable brands, NZFW turns its sights to the style-savvy public from Friday onward, transforming into the much-anticipated consumer-driven New Zealand Fashion Weekend that includes in-season collection shows, the Designer Pop-Up Sale, Beauty Hub and much more.

New Zealand Fashion Week

 

Auckland On Water Boat Show -- 28 September to 1 October 2017       

The September date for New Zealand’s largest on water boat show is timed to fit in when many people are getting ready for another great summer of boating and water activities.  Whether you’re into powerboats, sailing, kayaks or jetskis, or whether you’re refitting your existing vessel or looking for a new one, you’ll find plenty of expert advice, and relevant marine products and services at the Auckland On Water Boat Show.

Auckland On Water Boat Show

Now something really special for golf addicts...

MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open -- 28 September to 1 October 2017            

On September 28, Michael Goldstein will be the guy you'll see on the opening day at the New Zealand Open Women's Golf Tournament either chewing his finger nails, or wearing the broadest of grins. Goldstein is managing director of The Clubhouse, the company charged with making a success of the country's first entry to the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, to be staged at Windross Farm in South Auckland, the old Manukau Golf Club near Ardmore airport. He's also trying to help get New Zealand back on the World Rally Championship circuit after a five-year hiatus.

MCKAYSON New Zealand Women's Open

 

Finally, for the energetic

The Auckland Marathon -- 29 October 2017            

Join in New Zealand’s biggest, most iconic, colourful, cultural running celebration. This is what Auckland is about.

Run, jog, walk, - fulll, half, quarter, or come along and support your friends and family;

The Auckland Marathon

 

With all this going on you will need to book your Auckland Accommodation early - it gets very full these days!


Winter School Holidays


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"Mum, I'm Bored"...

Unless you’re a skiing family, school holidays in winter can be a bit of a challenge. So why not be really different and bring the family to Auckland which offers hundreds of events and activities, plus museums, art galleries, funparks, adventures and a huge variety of shopping and dining opportunities.

Viaduct Auckland New Zealand

While the waterfront, especially the Wynyard Quarter, is probably the favourite with visitors, this school holiday season sees the return of the Aotea Centre Ice-skating - a hugely popular event for all ages. A must-do activity in the Auckland events calendar, this year’s Aotea Square Ice Rink is set to be the biggest yet! For the first time, Aotea Square Ice Rink will be complimented by a free Winter Lounge, courtesy of Auckland Live, which will be lit up in celebration of Matariki, the Maori New Year, as well as the beautiful installation Mountain of Light by Angus Muir Design.

Aotea Square Ice Rink

The Auckland Art Gallery is renowned for its international exhibitions - and this year is really special. The body - in all its complexity - will be explored in The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate, Auckland Art Gallery's major exhibition for 2017.

Beautiful, sensual and at times provocative, more than 100 artworks from the Tate, London, will tell the story of the nude and trace artists' captivation with the human body over the last two centuries. 

At the heart of the show is Auguste Rodin's 'The Kiss' which is traveling outside of Europe for the first time. Other key works include Picasso's Nude woman in a Red Chair (1932) and Bonnard's The Bath (1925).

Picasso's Nude woman in a Red Chair

After the ice-skating and the Art Gallery, it's probably time to eat - and Auckland's restaurants and cafes offer a huge range of choice, far too numerous to list here - But "Heart of the City" has this fun web page that will give you some great ideas to suit your taste and mood.

With the Lions Tour ending on 8 July, the pressure on accommodation will have slightly eased on city centre and waterfront serviced apartments, so the time to book is now!


The Pride of the Lions


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The British and Irish LionsWho are the British & Irish Lions?

Every rugby player dreams of one day representing their country at the highest level – it's that sort of game.

Rugby Union's greatest event is held every four years when the Rugby World Cup takes place and there is a great competition between countries wanting to the host that event.

But there is one other jersey which rugby players strive hard to earn – it’s the red jersey of the British & Irish Lions which is worn with immense pride with all who earn one.

The Lions is a combined team selected from the four "Home" unions - England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

The first rugby team from the British Isles visited New Zealand in 1888, but this was apparently a team of cricketers and rugby players who also played Australian rules during that part of their tour of Australasia!

British Isles visit New Zealand in 1888

The first official tour from the British Isles was in 1904 but it was not until the 1930 tour that a proper organisation was set up by the British and Irish unions to provide protocols for future tours. Over the years the combined British & Irish team set up a regular pattern of separate tours to Australia and South Africa as well as New Zealand. This eventually settled into a regular pattern of a tour every four years to one of the countries, so that each country received a visit from the Lions every 12 years. This 12-year gap serves to add excitement and anticipation to New Zealand every time the Lions roll in.

Eden Park Auckland

Eden Park in Auckland is the venue for three games, including two test matches. The third test will be played in Wellington and the other games of Lions are against New Zealand's Super Rugby teams, the Provincial Barbarians and the Maori All Blacks.

With over 20,000 visitors expected accommodation will be pretty tight, but there will be time for visitors to travel around this beautiful country as they watch our own beautiful game!