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Your Weekly ‘Back-Pocket’ Guide Rugby 2017 Festival Events 1-8 July

The focus of the DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 shifts to Wellington this weekend for the second test, then a return to Auckland for the third and final match. As part of the nationwide Rugby 2017 Festival, there’s plenty of activities for visitors and locals to do before, after and in between the matches.
 
On the field the rivalry and traditions will play out, but between matches the Rugby 2017 Festival offers the best of New Zealand and the chance for visitors and locals to get close to what makes this country so special. The Festival offers events and experiences around the match days in each Host City, and in between and celebrates the Māori New Year festival of Matariki.
 
The Auckland and Wellington fanzones are the major highlights of the Rugby 2017 Festival over these final days as the on field action hots up. The country’s largest fanzone at Queens Wharf in Auckland offers a major entertainment package this weekend and live screening of the second test. Not to be missed is Te Taumata Kapa Haka on Saturday 1 July – a showcase of New Zealand’s top kapa haka groups including 2017 Te Matatini champions and runners-up. In Wellington, the fanzone promises plenty of entertainment and the matches screened live. For those travelling to Wellington for the second test, it’s well worth stopping at Martinborough for Reds, Whites and Brews or to New Plymouth for Taste Taranaki and a special tour and gala dinner at the famous Yarrow Stadium.
 
DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 Matches
Sat 1 July: Second Test – All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions > Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
Sat 8 July: Third and Final Test – All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions > Eden Park, Auckland
 

AUCKLAND

 

 

 

 

When Sun & Moon Collide

Until  6 July

An intimate new play from respected New Zealand playwright Briar Grace Smith: a homegrown thriller set under the brooding
Tararua ranges – two Danish backpackers disappeared on a local walking track and somebody knows what happened …
 

ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter
 

$30-64
Book atc.co.nz

Queens Wharf Auckland Fanzone

Until 8 July
opening days and times vary

The country’s biggest fanzone with live match screenings, free entertainment, performances, exhibitions and family-friendly activities. Includes two photographic exhibitions – Peter Bush ‘Hard on the Heels’ and long-time press photographer Barry Durrant. DHL Dome features New Zealand’s staggering array of current rugby trophies (note the Webb Ellis Trophy – the Rugby World Cup – will be displayed July 6-8 only)
 

Queens Wharf, downtown Auckland

FREE

Hudson & Halls Live!

Until 9 July
Times vary

In the closet with the door wide open, Peter Hudson and David Halls were New Zealand’s original great gay love story – and two of our greatest entertainers. Be transported to a 1980s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns, and some very questionable cooking.
 

Q Theatre, Queen St, Auckland CBD

Tickets $30-59
Book: qtheatre.co.nz

The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate

Until 16 July
10am-5pm daily

Explore masterpieces by renowned artists including JMW Turner, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Cindy Sherman and more.
 

Auckland Art Gallery, cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Sts

$18-23
Tickets at entry

South Auckland Fanzone

Sat 1 July
From 6pm

Watch the second test live on the big screen. Free entertainment and family-friendly activities.
 

Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau

FREE

Te Taumata Kapa Haka – QW

Sat 1 July 12.00pm

Thrilling, live performances by New Zealand’s leading kapa haka groups including 2017 Te Matatini champions Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti together with runners-up Te Waka Huia and leading groups Ngā Tūmanako, Te Mātārae i Orehu, Te Whānau a Apanui, and Te
Wharekura o Hoani Waititi, which will represent Tāmaki Makaurau at the Secondary Schools National Competition in 2018. A rare opportunity to see a showcase of the very best kapa haka in the world.
 

The Cloud, Queens Wharf

Free

Matariki on the Move: Ngahau

Sat 1 July

A series of performance showcases featuring students from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
performing arts courses.
 

Sat 1 July: Te Oro, Glen Innes

FREE

Explore like Sir Peter Blake

1-9 July
Times vary

As New Zealand competes in another America’s Cup, yachting legend Sir Peter Blake’s expeditionary boat Seamaster makes a return visit to New Zealand. Now named Tara, the visit aims to shine a spotlight on the health of the ocean. Tara arrives on Sat 1 July at 12pm and is open to visit from 1-9 July.

Viaduct Harbour

Free but registration for tours essential

The Great Piratical Rumbustification

1-22 July
Times vary

Something for the young ones: Tim Bray Productions’ adaptation of the classic Margaret Mahy story The Great Piratical Rumbustification.

The PumpHouse, Takapuna

Tickets $19.50-25
Book: timbrayproductions.org.nz

Matariki on the Move: Waiata with Modern Māori Quartet

Sun 2 July

Modern Māori Quartet shares songs and music with Auckland in a, unmissable cabaret-style music showcase drawing on the legacy of the great Māori showbands.
 

Various locations throughout Auckland

FREE

 
Eden Park Tours

3, 5 & 7 July
10am & 2pm
Tues 4 July & Thurs 6 July 10am tour only
                                          

Go behind the scenes of New Zealand’s most famous stadium. Guided by historians who are passion about sports and about Eden Park.

Eden Park, Auckland

Adult $23, Conc $18, Child $12
Book www.edenpark.co.nz

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra: Fallen Heroes

Thurs 6 July

Featuring Shostakovich’s madcap first piano concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’

Auckland Town Hall

Tickets from $41
Book: ticketmaster.co.nz

Ride of the Legends: Sporting Stars Gala Dinner

Fri 7 July
6.30pm

Mix and mingle with former All Blacks including Stu Wilson and Frank Bunce along with former Lion and Irish International Shane Byrne and other New Zealand sporting legends who have cycled from Wellington to Auckland for charity!

Sacred Heart College Event Centre, Glendowie

$184 per person
Book: www.eventfinda.co.nz

NZSO – Bold Worlds

Fri 7 July
7.30pm

Celebrate the best of British contemporary classical as Sir James MacMillan conducts his Percussion Concerto No 2 plus Thomas Adès’ Polaris and Vaughan Williams much-loved fourth symphony.

Auckland Town Hall

Tickets $35-127
Book ticketmaster.co.nz

North Auckland Fanzone

Sat 8 July
From 6pm

Watch the third test live on the big screen. Free entertainment and family-friendly activities.
 

North Shore Events Centre, Wairau Valley

FREE

WELLINGTON

 

 

 

 

Waka Rides
 

Until 1 July

A rare opportunity to ride on a traditionally
carved waka (canoe). Includes a mihi whakatau (welcome) and whakawhanaungatanga (introductions) in Te Reo and English

15 Jervois Quay

$50 per person
Book wharewakaoponeke.co.nz
 

Traditional Māori Hangi on the Waterfront

Sat 1 July
1.00pm

Bring your appetite and watch your hosts from Karaka Café lift a lavish spread from the ground and feast on traditional hangi food – pork, chicken, lamb, potato, kumara and more

Karaka Café, Wharewaka Function Centre, Wellington Waterfront

From $35 per person
 

Wellington Fanzone

Sat 1 July
Times vary

Odlins Plaza is transformed into the ultimate supporters space. Head along for live entertainment, movie nights, games and food and beverages plus the matches live on the big screen

Odlins Plaza, Wellington Waterfront

Free

Wellington Fan Trail

Sat 1 July
 

Walk the Fan Trail to the match and soak up
the pre-match atmosphere with cultural performances, innovative light sequences
and interactive displays.

From the fanzone in Odlins Plaza to Wellington Regional Stadium

 

NZSO – Bold Worlds

Sat 8 July
7.30pm

Celebrate the best of British contemporary classical as Sir James MacMillan conducts his Percussion Concerto No 2 plus Thomas Adès’ Polaris and Vaughan Williams much-loved fourth symphony.

Michael Fowler Centre

Tickets $29-127
Book ticketek.co.nz

ELSEWHERE

 

 

 

 

Reds Whites and Brews Martinborough

Until 4 July

Special tastings and menus matching delectable dishes with a red wine, white wine or craft beer.

Martinborough

 

Ride of the Legends – Masterton

Sun 2 July
From 3.00pm

Join All Blacks greats including Buck Shelford, Andy Earl, Bernie McCahill, Ian Kirkpatrick and former Lions players Peter Winterbottom, Roger Uttley, Shane Byrne and Rodger Arneil amongst others as they continue their ride from Wellington to Auckland to raise money for charity. Hosted by Masterton Red Star Rugby Club.

Solway Show Grounds, Masterton

Door charge $5

Yarrow Stadium Tour with Paul Tito

Tues 4 July
3.00pm

Take a tour of the third best stadium in the world (after Millenium Stadium in Cardiff and Suncorp
in Brisbane) with well known Taranaki and Cardiff Blues player Paul Tito.

Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

$55

Taranaki Local Craft Beer Tasting

Tues 4 July
6.00pm

Visit Mike’s Organic Brewery to enjoy award-winning craft beers.

Mike’s Brewery, Urenui

$90

Taste Taranaki

Wed 5 July
1.00pm

Enjoy a tour of one of New Zealand’s premier roasting houses, followed by a visit to Bees R Us and Greenmeadows Beef and hear about these producers’ passion for their products.

From Ozone Coffee House

$155

Ride of the Legends - Matamata

Wed 5 July
From 4.00pm

Join All Blacks greats including Buck Shelford, Andy Earl, Bernie McCahill, Ian Kirkpatrick and former Lions players Peter Winterbottom, Roger Uttley, Shane Byrne and Rodger Arneil amongst others as they continue their ride from Wellington to Auckland to raise money for charity. Hosted by Matamata Rugby Club

Bedford Park, Matamata

Door charge $5

Gala Dinner – Yarrow Stadium

Wed 5 July
6.30pm

Enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the amazing Yarrow Stadium from the world class Legends Lounge with well known rugby player.

Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth

$160

Ride of the Legends - Thames

Thurs 6 July
From 4.00pm

Join All Blacks greats including Buck Shelford, Andy Earl, Bernie McCahill, Ian Kirkpatrick and former Lions players Peter Winterbottom, Roger Uttley, Shane Byrne and Rodger Arneil amongst others as they continue their ride from Wellington to Auckland to raise money for charity. Hosted by Thames Rugby and Sports Club

Rhodes Park, Thames

Door charge $5

 


Updated on 4th July 2017