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.


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.


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.


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.


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.