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Five great things to do in Auckland this June

June 18, 2018

How did we get to June already? One minute we had people staying in our apartments for their summer holidays and now it’s all about winter breaks. Never mind, there’s still plenty of wonderful things to do in Auckland when the weather is a bit cooler. Here are some of them for June.

French Festival

If you’re French, or a Francophile, you won’t want to miss Le Renault French Festival this year. After its huge success last year, the organisers are promising bigger, better and even more fun. On the evening of the 8th you can attend ‘One Night in France’ the biggest French dinner in New Zealand at Shed 10 and on the 9th and 10th drop into Le French Village at the Cloud ($5 entry) and eat, drink and play at any of the more than 75 French stalls. On the Saturday night you can even watch the All Blacks vs France on two giant screens in the fan zone. Sign up for wine and cheese pairing (with a French Sommelier) as part of the festival too - that’s sure to chase away any winter blues.

Ice Hockey

It’s not often Auckland gets to witness International level Ice Hockey but on the 22nd of this month the 2018 Ice Hockey Classic is set to take over Spark Arena. The teams from the USA and Canada will feature a collection of current ice hockey stars, veterans and up and coming talent. The captains have been announced with Nolan Yonkman and Zenon Konopka named as the Team Canada and Team USA captains respectively. Canada is set on defending their three year unbeaten record but who knows? This might be the year the US turn it on its head.?

Winetopia

Winetopia is back again for a third year at Shed 10 on the 22nd and 23rd of this month. With 60 wineries there will be numerous and varied opportunities to discover more about different regions, styles and flavour profiles; sample hundreds of different wines and meet makers from all over the country. Industry experts will be in attendance, including Bob Campbell and Mike Bernie (Australia) and there will be plenty to pair your tastings up with food offerings from award winning artisans.

Documentary Festival

There’s nothing better than a really compelling documentary that makes you address the way you think about something, or gives you a window into someone else’s world. This year’s Doc Edge Festival looks set to be as stimulating and thought-provoking as always with 74 films in the programme. Highlights will include the world premiere of the Italian film Postcards from India – A Busker’s Adventure, Spielberg where Steven Spielberg is directed by filmmaker Susan Lacy plus winners of International film festivals like Of Fathers and Sons. A perfect way to invigorate winter brains that may have gone into hibernation.

Bug Lab

If you have kids and haven’t been to Bug Lab yet, you need to go before it disappears in August. Featuring huge 3D bug models it’s a totally interactive experience for all ages developed by Te Papa and Weta Workshop. In the usual fashion of anything with these powerhouse creative organisations behind it, it’s magnificent and mesmerising, and not just for eight year olds who like creepy crawlies. It’s part of Auckland Zoo’s offering, but you don’t need to visit the zoo to go to Bug Lab.

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