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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Zwanze Day at Garage Project

Saturday 20 April
11:30am – 1:30pm

Wellington
$80

Calling all lambic beer enthusiasts! Garage Project is hosting a private tasting session, showcasing the world of Cantillon's spontaneously fermented beers. Missed out on a ticket? Not to worry – Garage Project will open their doors to the public from 2pm so everyone can enjoy a taste of these unique brews.

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Record Store Day Swap Meet

Saturday 20 April
11:00am – 4:00pm

Wellington

To celebrate Record Store Day, Coffee Supreme is opening the roastery doors for a Swap Meet. Grab a coffee, bring along your records to trade, buy, or sell, and browse some sweet tunes by Herb’s Records. Free admission and no stall fees.

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Fresh Hop at Canyon Brewing

Saturday 20 April
From 1:00pm

Queenstown

To celebrate Fresh Hop Season, Canyon Brewing will be hosting a line-up of NZ craft breweries from far and wide, including Beer Baroness, Parrotdog, Searchlight, Canyon (obviously) and many more. Head to their spot in Arthurs Point for an afternoon of beer tasting and live music.

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Book of the Month Cocktail Pop-Up

Sunday 21 April
5:00pm

Wellington

Enjoy a civilised Sunday evening of cocktails and canapés while discussing the rom com novel "Crazy Rich Asians" at Mabel's in Wellington.

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Monday Night Canteen at Tokki

Every Monday (15 April – 3 June)
From 5:30pm

Auckland

Tokki, a modern Korean restaurant in Auckland, will be hosting a special Canteen event every Monday, showcasing a different menu each week. Starts 15 April until 3 June.

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Telling Tales: Story Time by Cubbin Theatre

Tuesday 23 April
10:30am

Christchurch & Canterbury

Take your wee pre-schoolers along to Telling Tales for story time hosted by Cubbin Theatre, a theatre company staging musical shows exclusively for children. The event is free to attend, but spaces are limited – email [email protected] to RSVP.

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Mr. Pickles x Artigiano Imports

Wednesday 24 April
6:30pm

Hamilton
Wine Only $65 // Wine & Food $130

Fly off to Italy for the night as Mr Pickles and Artigiano Imports get together for an Italian-inspired feast. Sip wine in the laneway, or add on a five-course menu courtesy of head chef JK Baek.

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Songwriter Society

Thursday 25 April
8:00pm – 10:00pm

Queenstown

A free open mic night for writers of original songs and poetry, made possible by Altitude Brewing. Held in Sherwood's workshop space, and hosted by local folktronica duo, Choice.

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Weekly Ocean Dip

Every Friday
7:00am

Wellington

A weekly 7am dip at Freyberg Beach, hosted by Coffee Outdoors and ME vs ME. Warm up afterwards with hot filter coffee provided by the legends at Coffee Supreme.

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Share Kai in Solidarity with Palestine

Saturday 27 April
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury
Meals from $30

Share Kai is serving up a delicious feast of dishes from Palestine, with all proceeds going to families in Gaza. Come and dine together at Risingholme Hall, and learn about the culture and food of Palestine.

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Yoga at Auckland Art Gallery

Every Saturday and Sunday
(Starting 6 April)

Auckland
General Admission $20 // Members $18

Every Saturday and Sunday, get the gallery all to yourselves and enjoy an hour of Hatha yoga class surrounded by beautiful artwork. Open to all levels, ages 14 and over. Bookings essential.

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Preloved Charlies Pop Up

Monday 15 April – Sunday 28 April
10:00am – 4:00pm

Auckland

All the way from Welly, Preloved Charlies is popping up in Ponsonby Central in Auckland for two weeks of secondhand gems inspired by the 90s and noughties.

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Chef Hoon x Graze Wine Bar

Tuesday 30 April
4:00pm – 9:00pm

Wellington
$95pp

Chef Hoon from BiBim is joining forces with the Graze Wine Bar team for an epic Korean-inspired 5-course feast.

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The Yarns Men #5: Ben Reed

Thursday 2 May
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Supported by Hope Upstream Charitable Trust, The Yarns Men is an opportunity for men from all walks of life to hear an inspirational guest speaker, get mental health tips, and have a yarn over some food. May's guest speaker is Ben Reed, the manager director of HamiltonJet, who will share his story, how the suicide of a close friend impacted him, and what wellbeing measures he has introduced at HamiltonJet.

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Candle Mountain Exhibition

Opening 26 April

Hastings

Mark Alsweiler's new painting show, Candle Mountain, will be on display at SPA_CE in Napier from 26 April until 25 May.

Objectspace Exhibition: The Chair

Objectspace Exhibition: The Chair

Now – Sunday 19 May

Christchurch & Canterbury

Objectspace heads to Sir Miles Warren Gallery for its latest exhibiton: The Chair. One object type – the chair – is explored from the earliest documented period of local production through to today.

Identity by Inhouse, photograph by Sam Hartnett

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TEMPERO X MINERAL

Saturday 4 May
From 5:00pm

Auckland
$120pp

Book a table at Tempero on Saturday May 4th for their collab with Mineral Wine, ft. a delicious 6-course set menu with a curated pairing of wine, cocktails and spirits.

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Workshops at Roots Gin Shack

Wednesday 8 May
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Marlborough

Dirt Floral and Lily May Ceramics are taking over Roots Gin Shack in Marlborough for a night of workshops. Learn how to arrange a fresh bouquet with Bianca from Dirt Floral or mould your own vase or set of bowls with Stacey from Lily May Ceramics. Both workshops include a Roots cocktail on arrival and all materials are provided. Email [email protected] to secure your spot.