Rugby World Cup 2019: wat te doen in Auckland als je niet om de All Blacks geeftoktober 13, 2019
There are those of us, however, who couldn’t give a fig about rugby (I know, sacrilege) and will be looking for something, anything else to do while the All Blacks take the field.
There’s no need to hide away, wearing ear plugs while your flatmates holler in the next room. There’s plenty to do across Auckland – and the good news is, with everyone else glued to their screens you won’t need to battle the crowds (and you’re nearly guaranteed to find a car park).
Looking for ideas? Read on.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 9.45PM
The ABs face off against the Springboks for their first game of the tournament. You, meanwhile, can put your glad rags on, because you’ve got a plethora of shows to choose from: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the ASB Waterfront Theatre from 8pm, School of Rock at The Civic from 7.30pm, or The Blind Date Project at Q Theatre from 9pm.
Music fans are also in luck. American dubstep artist Space Laces plays The Studio from 10pm, while Aussie folk singer Tullara plays The Wine Cellar from 8pm. If you’re southside, Woodside Bar in Manukau hosts the all-ages Nesian Vibes Festival from 6pm, headlined by Jamaican reggae singer Charly Black. And if you’re a metalhead, check out Kiwi group Crazy Train – they’re playing an Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads tribute show at Galatos from 9pm.
None of that floating your boat? Get ready to laugh at Irish funnyman Dara Ó Briain, who takes the stage at the ASB Theatre at 7.30pm. Or if you’re in the mood for a fright instead, head south to the haunted attraction Spookers in Karaka, where from 8pm to midnight a host of actors are waiting to scare you senseless.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2, 11.15PM
Let’s be real, you’re going to be in bed when the All Blacks kick off against Canada. What are you really hoping to achieve in the deepest, darkest reaches of a weeknight? Put your pjs on, pull the covers up, maybe drink a cup of chamomile tea if you really can’t sleep. Sorted.
The next day, Thursday, is when you’re going to shine. You’ll be well-rested! You won’t have a hangover! And that’s just as well, because it’s the school holidays and if you don’t have to work, you’ll probably be expected to take the kids somewhere fun.
For a bit of culture, there’s Hello Japan, a free children’s Japanese festival in the CBD which runs from 10am-3pm and features Japanese movies, origami, calligraphy and manga. If you’ve got little kids, Takapuna’s PumpHouse Theatre is staging The Little Yellow Digger at 10.30am and 2pm. And kids aged 5-12 will love The Stage Company’s version of Alice in Wonderland at TAPAC at Western Springs at 10.30am and 12.30pm.
Thanks to your full night of sleep, you’ll still be raring to go when evening kicks in – and that’s a good thing, because The Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is opening at cinemas around the region. With rugby fans tucked up at home getting some overdue shut-eye, you’re bound to nab a good seat.
Otherwise, head out west and check out Spamalot – a musical adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail – at Glen Eden’s Playhouse Theatre from 7.30pm. And for ’90s kids, Avondale’s Hollywood Cinema is screening Spice World from 8pm.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 6, 5.45PM
Hungry? Instead of watching the ABs take on Namibia, head out for that most classic of meals – a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. You need to stay away from the local pub and its TV, lest an overenthusiastic fan put their elbow in your gravy, and treat yourself: think The Grill at Sky City, The Jervois Steak House, or Waiheke Island’s Oyster Inn. Gorge yourself on meat and potatoes, then roll your way home.
If your food budget is more paper plate than fine china, you can’t go wrong with the Glenfield Night Markets, which run from 5.30pm-11pm. Sample snacks from dozens of different cultures – and enjoy the no-doubt-diminished queues.
Theatre buffs are in luck, because Show Me Shorts – New Zealand’s premiere short film festival – is in session. Freaky Futures, a selection of science fiction and dystopian short films, screens at Newmarket’s Rialto Cinema from 5.30pm.
If you’re in the mood for a family adventure, take the kids to Auckland Museum for Night at the Museum: Landlubbers to Scurvy Dogs. This school holiday event is based on Captain Cook’s journey to Aotearoa and starts at 6pm. It’s also likely to sell out, even with most of Auckland otherwise occupied, so make sure you book in advance.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 5.45PM
The boys in black take the field against Italy at an opportune time: the first evening of Artweek. The annual celebration of Auckland’s visual arts scene sees exhibitions held across the city – and for many, Saturday night is opening night. Choose from Moonlight, a group exhibition about technology and community, at Silo 6; Searching by photographer Jago Neal and painter Jan Huijbers at the Kumeu Arts Centre; or Mirror’s Secrets by mixed media artist Biljana Snjegota at Devonport’s BIBIART Gallery. All three are free.
Those with a taste for the macabre can head to Highwic in Newmarket to meet the artists behind the new taxidermy exhibition The Art of Death. There’ll be live harp music, cocktails, and after-hours access to the gothic mansion from 5pm.
Academy Cinemas hosts a Japanese film festival on Saturday, with three movies playing for free, back-to-back, from 1pm-8pm.
Dans Le Noir, a dining experience in pitch darkness, is a social and sensual experiment that attempts to break down our preconceptions.
And adventurous diners can check out Dans Le Noir? (French for ‘in the dark?’) at Rydges Hotel, where from 6.30pm you can eat in pitch darkness, served by visually impaired people. Talk about things really turning… all black.