It’s so chilly out and about in Auckland in July but there are some worth while events to brave the cold for this month. We can highly recommend the Lion King live on stage which is playing exclusively in Auckland, and there are a few events here in Takapuna on the North Shore too. The winter school holidays start on Friday 9th July and go through until Sunday 25th July so we may be a bit busier than usual if you are trying to hire a car over that period.

The Lion King

100 million people worldwide have witnessed the phenomenon that is Disney’s THE LION KING and finally New Zealand audiences can experience this unparalleled theatrical experience for themselves.

What: The Lion King

Where: Spark Arena

When: On until 18th July 2021

Sea Monsters

When dinosaurs ruled the land, giant marine reptiles hunted the depths of the sea. Discover the secrets of these monsters of the deep in this new exhibition that will delight all ages! More than 70 displays to learn about prehistoric ocean predators, packed with fossils and fossil casts, including a 13-metre long Elasmosaurus and 9-metre long Prognathodon direct from the Australian National Maritime Museum. Learn to swim like a sea monster and make your own monster with more than a dozen interactives.

What: Sea Monsters

Where: Auckland Museum

When: 7th July – 17 Oct 2021

Madagascar the Musical

If you have kids who “like to move it, move it” then Madagascar the Musical is for you. Directed by a renowned creative team and based on the smash-hit DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – The Musical follows all of your favourite friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

What: Madagascar the Musical

Where: Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre

When: 8 – 18 July 2021

Elemental Festival

Elemental AKL is a number of experiences curated to celebrate the culture, cuisine and creativity of Auckland. There is art, food, music, and activities as Elemental AKL events transform eateries and bars, theatres and public spaces across Auckland into hubs of exciting experiences. There is array of events for everyone from ticketed to free.

What: Elemental Festival

When: Various locations

Where: 14 Jul – 1 Aug 2021

Art in the Park

Art in the Park will showcase Eden Park as a premier arts and cultural venue for Auckland and New Zealand, and support and fund future arts and cultural initiatives at the stadium. Discover one hundred of New Zealand’s best contemporary artists at Eden Park and take home the art that inspires you.

What: Art in the Park

Where: Eden park

When: 23 – 25 July 2021

Heath Franklins Chopper – The Silencer

Aussie comedy legend – Chopper – finally brings his smash hit show to New Zealand in July 2021. 

What: Heath Franklins Chopper – The Silencer

Where: Bruce Mason

When: 14th July 2021

Ballet Noir – What becomes of the broken hearted

Ballet Noir is a contemporary ballet work that channels the tragi-romantic narrative of the great ballets through the cryptic and edgy lens of 1940s ‘film noir’. Featuring twelve of Auckland’s finest dancers, Ballet Noir is an exquisite blend of dance, music, imagery and fantasy.

What: Ballet Noir – What becomes of the broken hearted

Where: Bruce Mason

When: 23 – 25 July 2021

Takapuna Winter Lights

One of the country’s leading light artists Angus Muir (AMD) is excited to be headlining this year’s festival. The Hurstmere Green will be transformed across two days to showcase a selection of our world-leading light installations.’ Also part of this year’s line-up is Vospertron – globally-acclaimed performance artist; SILO – the creative team behind the award-winning LUMA sensory journey in Queenstown; and some amazing local talent including DJ Karn Hall.

What: Takapuna Winter Lights

Where: Hurstmere Green, Takapuna

When: 30 – 31 July 2021

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