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Your Weekly ‘Back-Pocket’ Guide Rugby 2017 Festival Events: 5-9 July

The DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 wraps up this week with the final decider test in Auckland this weekend. As part of the nationwide Rugby 2017 Festival, there are still plenty of activities for visitors and locals to do before the match and if you don’t have a ticket to this final test, fanzones in Auckland offer the best options for FREE entertainment and the live screening of the test.

Footage from Queens Wharf fanzone is available here
 
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.
 
DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 Matches
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

Explore like Sir Peter Blake

Until 9 July
Times vary

As New Zealand brings home the 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 arrived on Sat 1 July at 12pm and is open to visit until 9 July
 

Viaduct Harbour

Free but registration for tours essential

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

The Great Piratical Rumbustification

Until 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

 
Eden Park Tours

5 & 7 July
10am & 2pm
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

Emirates Team New Zealand welcome home & Rugby World Cup screenings

Thurs 6 July
11.00am – 11.00pm

Free entertainment and activity from 11.00am. 
As well as providing a prime viewing position to see Emirates Team New Zealand sail past with the Cup early afternoon, the welcome home
street parade will also be broadcast live on the
big screens at the fanzone (from 12.30pm).
At 6pm, Sir John Kirwan will celebrate more great Kiwi wins on the world stage, chatting to Huriana Manuel, captain of the world champion New Zealand Women's Sevens before a screening of the
2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup finals.
 

Queens Wharf

Free

Webb Ellis Trophy (Rugby World Cup)

6-8 July
Times vary

Visit the Webb Ellis Trophy (Rugby World Cup) and New Zealand’s other rugby trophies
 

DHL Dome, Queens Wharf

Free

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

Motor City Family Funk

Fri 7 July
8.00pm

Music with Auckland’s funkiest band … plus Melodie Robinson interviews rugby personalities (6pm) and DJ Rivers Awarau is on at 7-8pm and 10-11pm

Queens Wharf

Free

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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 10th July 2017