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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Autumn Pocket Market

Sunday 16 June
10:00am – 2:00pm

Auckland

Hosted by Wonder Journal, Pocket Market is back for another Sunday pop-up full of beautiful crafts, clothes and great eats from talented designers and artisans.

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NOWHERE Restaurant Takeover

Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 June
5:00pm – Late

Auckland

For four nights, Someplace Somewhere has been given the keys to Lillius – a well respected restaurant in Grafton, Auckland. The evening will feature an a la carte menu of modern Japanese style dishes as well as beautiful wines curated by Bare Wine. Bookings essential.

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Bar Martin Presents: Vino Italiano!

Monday 17 June
5:00pm – 9:00pm

Auckland

Need a quick escape to Italy? Bar Martin is at least making sure your glass is filled with la dolce vita, as they invite Artigiano Imports along for a Monday night takeaway showcasing a range of Italian wines. Enjoy a wine flight, enjoy some delish bar snacks and food, or grab a bottle to take home.

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Sip & Shop

Thursday 20 June
7:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury
$30

Monotone Repeat, booteek and the Boxed Quarter family are putting on their first ever Sip & Shop event, with special guest speakers, 20% off vintage shopping, bubbles, and treats from BUTTER. Limited to 150 people, so get in quick.

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Grill, Smoke & BBQ at Canyon Brewery

Friday 21 June
6:00pm

Queenstown
$189pp

For BBQ and meat enthusiasts! As part of their NZ tour, Under the Hood is heading to Canyon Brewery for a lesson on all things smoke and sizzle. Includes lots of eating.

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Magda's 3rd Birthday Dinner

Friday 21 June
6:00pm

Auckland
$95pp

To celebrate their third birthday, Bar Magda is collaborating with Aotearoa’s brightest, up-and-coming chef, Floyd Lyttle (currently the head chef of Miro in Christchurch). The menu will celebrate the food and flavours of both Aotearoa and Philippines, with a special wine list curated from some of the South island’s best and niche wine producers.

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Long Table @ Gatherings

Saturday 22 June
From 9:00am

Christchurch & Canterbury

Join Long Table at Gatherings on Saturday morning for a one-day-only pop-up event, featuring some of their most popular dishes. From 9am until sold out.

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Earme Clay Earring Workshop

Saturday 22 June
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury
$70pp

Indulge your creative side and join Amy from Earme for a clay earring workshop at New Brighton Library.

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TDC68 Aotearoa: The World’s Best Typography

Saturday 25 May – Sunday 23 June

Christchurch & Canterbury

The latest exhibition at Objectspace in Ōtautahi invites you to experience the best of international type design, showcasing entries from the Type Directors Club (TDC) awards. Exhibition includes pieces by Apple, The New York Times, Pentagram, Mucho and Klim Type Foundry.

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Asian Pub Takeover at Woof

Sunday 23 June
From 2:00pm

Dunedin

Asian Pub is taking over the kitchen at Woof in Dunedin to present BURGER SHOP, a Sunday of asian-inspired burgers and sides.

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High Tide Market

Sunday 23 June
2:00pm – 6:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Brought to life by the team behind Evil Genius in Ferrymead, High Tide Market is a new indoor market held at 'The Lair' – a multipurpose event space next to the restaurant. The market will feature over 20 stallholders selling local goods, as well as great food and drink, and live DJs.

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Chocstock 2024

Friday 21 June – Sunday 23 June

Wellington
$15-$65

A chocolate festival for grownups! Join over 25 of the best craft chocolate makers from New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands for a three-day celebration of delicious and ethical bean-to-bar chocolate.

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The Hakari – Feast Matariki

Thursday 27 June
6:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury
$145

As part of Eat New Zealand's jam-packed Feast Matariki programme, the crew from Base Food by Fire will be joined by guest chefs to cook beautiful kai over flames. The event will take place in The Great Hall, with only 100 seats available.

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Pottery at Punnet: Mugs Workshop

Thursday 27 June
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Hamilton

Punnet Eatery has partnered with Tia Haynes from The Milk Press to bring pottery workshops to the people of Hamilton. This workshop will guide you through the construction of a creamy speckled clay mug for all your coffee and tea drinking. Drinks and nibbles provided.

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Matariki Food Market at The Tannery

Friday 28 June
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

The Tannery Matariki Market is returning for 2024 with a food truck village featuring some of the best eats in the city including Saucey Kiwi's, Bacon Bros, Empire Chicken, Roma Tacos and more. The Atrium will be transformed into a banquet hall to enjoy your food and beverages under a sky of fairy lights.

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The Garden City Matariki Mākete

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 June
5:00pm – 9:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Celebrate Matariki at a special evening edition of the Garden City Mākete set under the stars. The two-day event will showcase over 60 local artisans, and feature live performances, beautiful light installations and all of your favourite food trucks.

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Margo's Bottomless Brunch

Saturday 29 June
From 12:00pm

Queenstown
$69pp

It's baaack – and just in time for the long weekend. Get in quick for Margo's next bottomless brunch, featuring tasty Mexican-inspired dishes plus flowing mimosas and sangria.

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Tīrama Mai 2024

Friday 21 June – Sunday 30 June
5:00pm – 10:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Ōtautahi Christchurch's cultural festival celebrating Puaka-Matariki is back in 2024 bringing together an array of artistic lighting and cultural displays, including performances and storytelling.

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Doc Edge Festival 2024

Wednesday 19 June – Sunday 30 June

Christchurch & Canterbury

The 19th edition of Doc Edge Festival is kicking off in Christchurch before heading to Auckland and Wellington (with films accessible online from 15 July). Experiences include 66 local and international documentaries, immersive exhibitions and more.

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French Film Festival Aotearoa 2024

Until Wednesday 3 July

Plan in some extra visits to your favourite independent cinema this month, as an incredible line-up of new French films hit the big screen across the country.