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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Crushes Book Club

Wednesday 29 May
6:00pm

Auckland

A fun, boisterous and relaxed book club that invites everyone and anyone to come along and chat about their favourite literature on the last Wednesday of every month. This month's book club theme is "summer reads". Registration is free and the get-together is hosted in Crushes upstairs event space.

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Mr. Pickles x Two Rivers

Wednesday 29 May
6:30pm

Hamilton
$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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Mini Q with Allpress Espresso

Wednesday 29 May
4:30pm

Auckland

An evening of exploring the nuances of specialty coffee through an immersive coffee tasting experience. All welcome, with great prizes up for grabs!

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Jura Wine Dinner at Margot

Friday 31 May

Wellington
$200pp

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.

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King's Birthday Bash

Sunday 2 June
12:00pm – 5:00pm

Hastings

Raise your goblets and celebrate your day off at a regal party in Hastings, featuring local wines, live music and a spread of delicious bites, courtesy of Craft & Social and Cellar 495.

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LUMIFY Sherwood

Friday 31 May – Sunday 2 June

Queenstown

Spend King's Birthday Weekend at the Sherwood as they host LUMIFY: three days of three nights of illuminating events in collaboration with LUMA and AMD. The long weekend will feature large scale lighting installations, Friday and Sunday evening perfromances, marshmallow toasting around the fire, and more.

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Steampunk NZ Festival

Thursday 30 May – Monday 3 June

Ōamaru & Waitaki

New Zealand's annual Steampunk Festival is returning to Ōamaru for the long weekend, with an endless lineup of family-friendly events over 5 days, from fashion shows to gala balls to teapot racing.

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The Yarns Men #6

Thursday 6 June
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

This Christchurch-based monthly meet-up 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 great food. The guest speaker for June is Pete Howard who will be discussing his journey to being diagnosed with bipolar, and the steps he has since taken to manage his mental wellbeing.

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First Thursdays on Karangahape Road

Thursday 6 June
From 5:00pm

Auckland

Another month means another First Thursdays – and the lineup for June is looking 10/10. Enjoy a mix of food, clothing, music, art and culture and more all along Karangahape Road.

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Gothic Feast

Sunday 9 June
6:30pm

Wellington
$145

As part of Lōemis, an annual winter festival held in Wellington, chefs Max Gordy (Graze Wine Bar) and Shepherd Elliott (Shepherd Restaurant, The Development Kitchen) will together present a multi-course exploration of gothic food – inspired by the dark world of gothic literature, art and culture.

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Pomeroy's x Bookety Book Books

Tuesday 11 June
6:30pm

Christchurch & Canterbury

One of the greatest locally-owned, online indie bookshop is heading to Pomeroy's Pub in Christchurch for a book club event. The evening will focus on the novel The Storm We Made. Registration is free and includes a special voucher.

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Pottery at Punnet: Vase and Small Vessel Workshop

Thursday 13 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. The first workshop will focus on elevating your living space with handcrafted vases and charming vessels to hold your favourite blooms. Champagne and dessert platter included.

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The Ōkato: Coast Dinner

Saturday 15 June

New Plymouth & Taranaki
$195pp

A luxurious five-course dinner featuring the greatest selection of seafood (including beautiful crayfish).

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NOWHERE

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

Auckland

For four nights, Someplace Somewhere has been given the keys to a well respected restaurant in Tāmaki for a night of dining to remember. Bookings open from 29 May, and the location will be revealed 10 June.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.