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Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2023

19/07/2023 -6/08/2023

The NZIFF 2023 programming team attends film festivals around the world to bring audiences in Aotearoa the very best of global cinema, with the Auckland programme featuring 129 full-length films and seven short film collections, with films hailing from 39 countries, including Uganda, Senegal, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Estonia, Jordan, Iran, Brazil, and of course Aotearoa. The films will screen in six venues and cinemas in Auckland from 19 July to 6 August with the festival rolling out to 15 regions across the motu. The 2023 programme comprises features, Cannes Film Festival winners, documentaries, shorts, retrospectives, films for kids, animation, and the ‘incredibly strange’. Nine films are celebrating their world premiere and all films are making their New Zealand premiere at NZIFF 2023.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™

Auckland, Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington

The 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia will be on a huge scale. It’s set to become the most-attended women’s sporting event in history, with over a million tickets already sold.

Aotea Square Ice Rink

until 6th August

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a fresh beginner, there is plenty of fun to be had by everyone. Get amongst all the spectacle with plenty of food trucks and frozen fun. This year, the rink features a stunning lighting installation that will leave you feeling like you’re skating underneath the magical starlit winter’s night.  Round up the whānau this winter, challenge your mates to a skate-off, or bring your colleagues for a bit of Friday night fun! Get amongst!

Gisborne Farmers Market

Saturday 9.30AM – 12.30PM

Don't miss the chance to support local farmers and artisans at the Gisborne Farmers Market. For a full list of all the vendors attending, please visit their Facebook page. Connect with passionate producers, eat in season produce and save money! By being able to speak directly to the farmer, grower or producer people can ask questions about how their food was grown, and more money is returned to local communities

Gisborne Riding for the Disabled


RDA improves health and wellbeing outcomes for people experiencing disability, or who have specific challenges or needs. Each year, they provide life-changing opportunities for more than 3,000 children and adults in local communities throughout New Zealand.

Rush Munro’s Ice Cream

Hawke's Bay
All year round

New Zealand's oldest premium ice cream. An iconic Hawkes Bay experience.

One Yoga Pilates

Hawke's Bay
All year round

"It is a beautiful thing to watch peoples bodies unfold and become stronger; to see the shift in consciousness as a person becomes more connected and centred in themselves. I love this journey” Ann Michelle - Yoga and Pilates Teacher, Owner. Feeling strong, agile and comfortable in her body is what inspires Ann to practice and teach Yoga and Pilates. Come and try a class.

Napier Menzshed

Hawke's Bay
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Napier Menzshed is one of thousands of similar mens sheds that have sprung up around the world. They are part of "Menz shed New Zealand". The Napier shed, in Hawkes Bay, is well equipped with tools and machinary to tackle most projects. In a sense, it is a health initiative for retired men, a step away from isolation and into the camaraderie of a shared project and community appreciation.

Morning Melodies

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Brilliant one -hour concerts on Mondays, once a month. Tickets are $7 or $54 for the season. The doors to the auditorium open half an hour before the show starts, giving those with limited mobility plenty of time to get settled and for audience members to get to know their seatmates. Free tea and coffee and lots of smiles.

Voice Arts

By Appointment

Follow on Facebook to see their inspirational programmes and how you can get involved.

The Napier RSA Wine Club

Hawke's Bay
First Monday of each month, 6pm

The wine club is an open invitation to anyone over 18 years old, not just Napier RSA members. They welcome anyone who enjoys wine or would like to broaden their horizon on the subject. Many of the regulars enjoy a meal and a yarn in the club bar afterwards.

Late Night Which Craft

Hawke's Bay
Thurs 5-7pm

Adulting is hard and life is hectic. It’s important to take time out for you. Research consistently shows that doing arts and crafts can improve mood, mental agility, self-confidence and more. It can reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Join the friendly folks at the Hastings Library!

3D Body Scan + 30min Consultation

All year round

Gone are the days of old-school scales, calipers, tape measure and guesswork as a means of comparing and tracking your health and fitness progress. Using a combination of precision instrumentation and technology, as seen on the award winning TV3 show MATCHFIT, they can help you gain a high quality and complete understanding of all aspects of your health and fitness inside and out.

Take a Break

All year round

We hope you enjoy Carers NZ's fun resource to connect you to options for amazement, amusement, delight, relaxation, or encouragement. Spend a few minutes exploring, or find something you like for a 'deep dive'! Our ideas are designed to help you have some fun, and to sustain your mental health and wellbeing.

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq 

All year round

Bring your smallfry, bring your largefry! They have activities for young and old from the old and fun! Dodgem cars, carousels, crazy shakes and prizes prizes prizes! Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is a cocktail bar that gives arcades and tricky ticket games a new life.

Wild Estate

Auckland, Waiheke Island
All year round. Bookings recommended

An all-weather multi-activity venue, providing a diverse range of fun outdoor activities including archery, laser claybird shooting, craft beer and wine tasting all set within the magic of a Waiheke vineyard. Now offering wet weather backup.

Belinda Paton Creations

Contact Belinda

If you are ready to have an awesome weekend filled with fun, laughter and indulging your Inner creative goddess, then one of Belinda's unique workshops is for you. Bring a friend or come and make new ones and dive into a journey of enchanting self discovery through imagination, visualization and creation. No experience necessary: all materials are supplied.

Art & Tea for Seniors

Thurs 10:30am–12pm

Therapeutic Art supports us to express ourselves and communicate with others providing a visual means of communication. Art and mindfulness are vehicles for meditation and self-connection that can help us to be steady and centred. Anyone can enjoy the benefits of making art. No knowledge or prior skills surrounding art is required to start. Switch off any negative influences to embrace your inner creative voice.

Papakura Art Gallery 

Auckland, Manukau

Papakura Art Gallery is located in a refurbished fire station on Averill Street in Papakura's CBD. You will love the programmes and engagement.


All year round

Book tickets for a well priced daytime show in your local community ($35) or have a look at the luxury musical travel opportunities both within NZ and abroad - for example, watch André Rieu in Maastricht, take in Northern France, Belgium, art, castles, opera, gourmet food, charming towns and historic hotels! Have a ball with some new friends and connect through great music across many genres.

Hawkins Theatre

All year round

Hawkins Theatre presents a dynamic schedule of events from live performance events to music, theatre, dance and more. It also hosts regular screenings of films with a particular focus on New Zealand, overseas festival and arthouse films.

Creative Matakana

Mon 1 May - Fri 5 May, 2023

Based among beaches and vineyards of Matakana, an hour north of Auckland, this week-long programme of artistic workshops is held in early May each year. Participants learn from talented tutors, exchange ideas and techniques, meet people with diverse interests, and discover Matakana and its beautiful surroundings. Extra events include a welcome event and a participant’s dinner.

Emporium Brewing

Canterbury, Kaikōura
Closed Tues & Weds

Located in the beautiful seaside town of Kaikoura on New Zealand's South Island Emporium Brewing is far more than just a brewery. With an 18 hole mini golf course, two Escape Rooms and an anon-site bar, they provide a range of activities on dry land for when you are back from your ocean adventures viewing all the wonderful marine life Kaikoura has to offer. It is a fun place to visit for tourists and locals of all ages and they would love to meet you.

Lan Yuan, Dunedin Chinese Garden

All year round

Explore an authentic example of a Chinese scholar's garden that celebrates the Chinese influence on Otago's history and heritage. The Garden Gift Shop offers the chance to find something culturally different while the Tea House allows you to take your taste buds on their very own tour of China.

Crystal Mountain

Auckland, Online
All year round

For crystal enthusiasts out there, have a look at this purpose built gallery which houses New Zealand’s largest selection of crystals and minerals from around the world. Many rare and beautiful specimens are available both on exhibit and for sale. Crystal Mountain has been specifically built for easy access for visitors of all ages, regardless of physical ability, and will delight old and young alike with things to see and do.

Canopy Camping Escapes

All year round

Unplug and reconnect, slow down and get close to nature with these beautiful escapes across NZ.

Northern Explorer Train

Auckland, Wellington
All year round

This is an unforgettable day-long adventure you will never forget! This is an epic journey of engineering marvels, through the full spectrum of New Zealand's stunning scenery and charm.

Craft Without Borders

Check Facebook for updates

Craft Without Borders aims to connect people with refugee and migrant backgrounds with the wider Ōtautahi community through creating and sharing traditions. Fortnightly sessions. Check Facebook for dates. They would love to craft with you.

Māpura Studios

Auckland, Online
Term time

Changing lives through creativity. This is a professional service in person-centred visual arts learning, creative therapies, and arts practice, and maintains an extensive exhibition calendar for their artists. Welcomes enrolments at any point during a term. Based at St Lukes but also has off-site locations in the North Shore, Avondale and Ōtāhuhu.

Centre Of It All

All year round

Curated experiences for everyone. Central Christchurch has undergone a metamorphosis; embrace this evolution and jump on board with everything happening in the CBD. Uncover the hidden gems nestled in the laneways and side streets of the central city, take a walk around Ōtautahi’s music hotspots, or grab dinner and drinks at one of the fantastic eateries. No matter what you're looking for, the city centre has you covered. Getting into town is easier than ever, thanks to regular buses, bike lanes, and over 10,000 car parks within the city centre!

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