Looking for something to do? Whether you’re a local, new in town or just passing through, we’ve rounded up the best things happening across New Zealand – from neighbourhood parties to restaurant pop-ups, boutique festivals and more.

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Rated - E: A Story by Eugeneous Evan

Sunday 19 & Monday 20 May


An event that invites you to embark on a culinary adventure like no other. Imagine a full-on movie with 6 exquisite chapters reimagined into 6 delectable (and fully meatless) courses, set in an intimate setting at Hillside Kitchen & Cellar. $15 from every ticket is donated to Everybody Eats.

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Whole Fish Dinner at Graze Wine Bar

Monday 20 May


Graze is cooking up another banging collab, inviting guest chef Quentin Ville-Renon from NOWA to showcase his passion for zero waste cooking with a whole fish dinner – from scale to tail. The beautiful butterfish has been supplied by Strait Speared and each part will be used across 5 courses.

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The Kaibosh Charity Quiz

Tuesday 21 May

$60 per team of 6

Parrotdog and Two Girls One Taco are teaming up to present The Kaibosh Charity Quiz. Join them for a night of quizzing, raffles and good food with 100% of ticket sales going to Kaibosh to support their mission of providing food to people in need that would otherwise go to waste.

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Space Academy: Poets & Prophets

Thursday 23 May
Doors open 7:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Poets & Prophets is an evening of song and story, set in a writers round. An evening of deep cuts, and personal favourites, where listeners are able to hear some of the more intimate and lesser heard pieces by local artists – and a chance for artists to bare their hearts on their sleeves and share some of their art at it's most vulnerable.

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Pasta Party at The Village

Friday 24 May
7:00pm – 10:00pm


Head along to the first edition of The Village's new monthly Pasta Party event. This month, the food is created in collaboration with Petra Galler from Butter Butter and Dave from Good Spirits. Each ticket includes a margarita on arrival, Italian sharing menu, Mediterranean snacks, fresh pastas for the table and a big helping of tiramisu.

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Kebabs at KOL

Thursday 23 & 24 May


Inspired by a recent trip to India, Sid from Kol in Auckland is recreating Indian kebabs for two nights only. The special menu is designed to share between friends and will feature traditional kebabs cooked to perfection over fire or a classic tandoor oven.

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Swade Vintage & Yumso Pop-Up

Saturday 18 & 25 May
10:00am – 2:30pm


Enjoy a little winter pop-up of vintage clothes from Swade Vintage and Yumso baked goods in the outdoor space of Wonder Journal in Britomart.

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Court Theatre Garage Sale

Saturday 25 May
9:00am – 3:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

As they gear up to move to their new city location in 2025, The Court Theatre is hosting a Garage Sale Event with some amazing bargains. Expect a treasure trove of vintage and retro goodies from the overflowing costume, props, set, and lighting/sound departments, with prices ranging from $2 to $350.

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Pici x Gatherings

Sunday 26 May


Alex Davies from Gatherings in Ōtautahi is heading to Auckland to join forces with Pici's chef Jono Thevenard. Together they’ll be be treating guests to five courses of seafood shared plates, some special cocktails from the bar, as well as your favourite natural wines from Aotearoa.

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Avenues x Earl: Wāhine Toa

Sunday 26 May
From 1:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Avenues is rounding up some of the best female chefs in town to host a seven-course long lunch at Earl. The event will include a glass of Greystone Wines rosé, a Q&A with Jasmine Black from Greystone Wines, and a conversation with each chef hosted by Sam Parish.

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Pomeroy's Pub: Stitch 'n' Bitch

Tuesday 28 May

Christchurch & Canterbury

Bring along your latest project and warm up by the fire at Pomeroy's Pub for a free craft night. Registration required and includes a special wee gift.

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Mr. Pickles x Two Rivers

Wednesday 29 May

$75pp Wine Only // $130pp Wine & Food

A special collab between Jono & Mat from Mr. Pickles, winemaker David Clouston, awesome human Joe Scoon from Procure Wine, and Head Chef JK Baek. Enjoy seven delicious wines from Two Rivers with the option to add on a light dinner.

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Jura Wine Dinner at Margot

Friday 31 May


Celebrate the beautiful Jura wine region of France with Margot in Wellington, as they put on a five-course set menu with matching wines selected by Jonathan from The Last Drop.