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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Painting Cards at Rhyme x Reason

Wednesday 24 July
6:30pm

Queenstown
$20 Cash

Goose&Dog is returning to Rhyme x Reason for another evening of painting and pints. This time around, guests will be invited to design their own cool pack of playing cards. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot. $20 cash on the door.

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Mrs Bottomley's: Flowers to Vase Workshop

Thursday 25 July
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury
$182

A fun and relaxed evening learning how to create your own beautiful vase arrangement, with endless tips and tricks. All seasonal flowers provided along with a ceramic vase for you to take home. Bubbles, juice and seasonal treats also included.

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Föenander Galleries x Amor App Date Night

Thursday 25 July
6:30pm

Auckland
$35

Single and into art? Amor's first singles event will be held at Föenander Galleries for the launch of Cathy Carter’s exhibition. Check out some great pieces, learn about art collecting and maybe even find your dream match. Drinks and nibbles provided.

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The Spinoff x Boring Oat Milk: Boring Breakfast

Thursday 25 July
Starts 7.45am

Dunedin

Head along to the next instalment of Boring® Breakfast in Dunedin to discuss the bread basket of Otago, focusing on food security and sustainability. Guests include Miranda Mirosa (Head of the Food Science Department at University of Otago) and Rory Harding (Founder of George Street Orchard). RSVP to [email protected] by July 22nd.

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Lykke Late Night

Friday 26 July
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Hamilton

Head to Lykke this Friday evening for hotdogs, Sunny Nelson's real fruit ice cream, and fresh thrifted menswear from COPSHOP.

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An Indian Feast: The Village Supper Club x The Grey Lynn Butchers

Friday 26 July
6:30pm – 10:00pm

Auckland
$99

Hosted by The Village, this is an amazing opportunity to experience the home cooking of local legend Lucia Rodrigues (owner of The Grey Lynn Butchers). Email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

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Parrotdog Turns 13!

Saturday 27 July

An all-day birthday affair with a special sharing platter, live DJ, complimentary cupcakes for the kids, games, giveaways and more.

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Opening Day Talk: Generation X

Saturday 27 July
11:00am

Wellington

To celebrate the opening of City Gallery Wellington's newest exhibition, Generation X: 50 Artworks from the Chartwell Collection, join a selection of artists from the show as they talk about their works and reflect on being Gen X.

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Addy & Lou: Shop Our Wardrobes

Sunday 28 July
10:00am – 2:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Addy & Lou's carpark on Battersea Street will be taken over on Sunday with 16 preloved clothing stalls, alongside a new range of seasonal flavours from Posh Porridge.

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Gatherings Market

Sunday 28 July
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

Celebrate winter and the creative community at the Gatherings Market, bringing together a mix of arts, crafts, food, music and mulled wine (obviously).

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Margot: Pop Up for Palestine

Sunday 28 July
2:00pm – 8:00pm

Wellington

Margot is hosting Mike from noloplus bar for a cocktail (and mocktail) pop up, alongside a menu of Palestine-inspired snacks. All funds raised will be donated to Palestinian families struggling to escape from danger across the Egyptian border (find out more here). Walk ins only.

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Umber Ground: An Ode to Orange Wine

Sunday 28 July
10:30am – 5:00pm

Wellington
From $50

A one-day celebration of orange wine is taking over The Exchange Atrium, as Glou Glou and Wine Sentience team up to bring together the largest collection of Aotearoa orange wine. Talk to 25+ winemakers from around the country, taste more than 40 wines and revel in the diversity of orange wine made here and abroad.

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Auckland Zinefest Market Weekend

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July
11:00am – 3:00pm

Auckland

To kick off the 15th annual Auckland Zinefest month, over 120 zinemakers, indie publishers and artists will be taking their one-of-a-kind creations to Auckland Art Gallery for the Zinefest Market Weekend.

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Artigiano Imports x Lillies

Monday 29 July
6:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury
$100

The importers of delicious and exciting Italian wines are popping up at Lillies in Ōtautahi for a one-night-only celebration of good wine paired with a three-course menu of Italian-inspired food from the wood oven. The Lillies team will also be joined in the kitchen by Black Estate's head chef, Olly Le Maitre.

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Karangahape Road Restaurant Month: Eat It

The Month of July

Auckland

Welcome to the first ever edition of Karangahape Road Restaurant Month. Eat It’s schedule of 20 food and drink driven events throughout July will cater to every foodie kink and fantasy. Expect one-off culinary and cocktail creations from the likes of Bar Magda, Bar Céleste, Gemmayze Street, Candela, PICI and more K'Road legends. Vouchers from $200 to $1,000 up for grabs.

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Lasagne Night at Miro

Wednesday 31 July

Christchurch & Canterbury
$55

Cosy up at Miro for a night of heart lasagne served with beautiful sides and wine specials. Vegetarian options available. Email [email protected] to book your spot.

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Mug Workshop at Frank's Corner

Friday 2 August
6:00pm

Queenstown
$100

Join Georgia Casey of Artemis Ceramics at Frank's Corner for a 2-hour workshop. Learn how to hand-built, sculpt and decorate your very own boob mug from scratch. BYO rolling pin (or an empty wine bottle), an apron and your creativity.

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Wine Car Boot Market

Saturday 3 August
12:00pm – 5:00pm

New Plymouth & Taranaki
$40

House Wine and Known Unknown are bringing the very first ever Wine Car Boot Market to Taranaki – a showcase of over 30 wines from 8 independent producers and importers. There'll also be DJs, braziers, mulled wine and food from some of New Plymouth's finest food trucks.

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The Midwinter Session 2024

Saturday 3 August
1:00pm – 8:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury
From $39

Christchurch's newest winter festival is back for its second year to celebrate all things local. The event includes an incredible lineup of local food, musicians, and bands, alongside the finest beers, wines and spirits from the Waitaha Canterbury region.

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Après Sherwood Vol. 2

Sunday 4 August
4:00pm – 7:00pm

Queenstown

For their second après session, Sherwood will be hosting their friends from 15minutebottles and Cardrona Distillery for some incredible tastings. Funky tunes courtesy of local DJ Mitch E.P.

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Piedmont Wine Dinner at Manzo

Monday 5 August
7:00pm

Auckland
$220

After recently visiting his hometown of Turin, Manzo's chef Fabrizio is teaming up with Richard Klein of Artigiano Imports to create a four-course wine and food journey through Nothern Italy.