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Five great things to do in Auckland this April

April 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

Brickman: 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


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

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