Theatres in Auckland

Auckland is home to some wonderful theatre venues, from the historic to the modern, the soulless to the characterful. As places I visit most weeks they’re familiar and reassuring spaces, reimagined by every show to contain for an hour or two a new world in miniature. Basement Theatre, CBD As a writer for their blog…

One day in Auckland CBD

Auckland’s Queen Street probably isn’t what most people think of when they think of New Zealand, but is often travelers first impression of the country. Most of the best sights in Auckland need a car or public transport to visit, however there is a surprising amount of interesting things in CBD. This is a ~8km…

Auckland Festivals

Feels like there’s a festival every week at the moment in Auckland. Thought it might be useful to share a selection I know of and when to look out for them… Films Festivals – International Film Festival, Late July, early August. The big one, three weeks of cinematic bliss across half a dozen venues in…

Hauraki Gulf Islands

Auckland is blessed with many beautiful islands, most within an hour of the city. They all have their own character but stunning views, pristine waters and good walking tracks come as standard. I’ve been to most of them now… Rangitoto The most visible island. From much of Auckland it’s familiar shape graces the horizon, looking pretty much exactly…

Go West

Go West says the buses and I can’t blame them. Home to some stunning parts of Auckland, it makes a great escape from the city. West Coast Beaches Spectacular black volcanic sand beaches stretch along the coastline from top of Muriwai down and around to Huia. Head to the East Coast Bays if you want…

The Shore

The North Shore. For some people it is Auckland, the only place to be other than the occasional excursion over the bridge to work, for others it’s a soulless sprawl of new houses enlivened by some beautiful beaches. I’m more in the second camp to be honest, though there are some parts that keep bringing…

Cycling safely in Auckland

“You cycle? In Auckland?! Are you mad?!!!” Appears to be the standard response if I mention that I generally (weather dependent) cycle the 10km to work in the CBD. Cycling is statistically as safe as walking, though based on the same distance travelled, and I tend to save walking 20km a day to doing the…