Matariki (Pleiades star cluster)

14.06.2018

Matariki 2018 – the Maori New Year

Matariki signifies the Maori New Year and is the Maori name for a small cluster of stars known as the Pleiades that become visible during the winter months. Each year, events take place all across New Zealand to celebrate Matariki and this year, the Picton Yacht Club Hotel is supporting the Matariki Festival Picton byRead more

The Diwali Festival ends with a spectacular fireworks display

04.10.2017

Diwali Festival Auckland – the Festival of Light

Updated: 4 October 2017 One of the highlights of the annual events calendar in Auckland is the Diwali Festival – a celebration of Auckland’s vibrant Indian culture. This year the festival will be held over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October and the main hub for the event will be in AoteaRead more

UberEATS Restaurants Auckland

03.05.2017

UberEATS comes to Auckland!

Looking for some tasty food but can’t be bothered to leave the hotel room? Fear not! For anyone staying in one of our two Auckland Hotels, UberEATS has just made the whole ‘eat in or eat out’ debate a lot easier. If you are staying at the Hotel Grand Windsor or Greenlane Suites, you canRead more

Image of the crowd at Pasifika Festival in Auckland. Image credit: Auckland NZ

07.03.2017

Pasifika Festival – Auckland

One of the hottest events on Auckland’s Summer Calendar is the annual Pasifika Festival. This year promises to be even bigger and better than ever as Pasifika celebrates its 25th birthday. This FREE event is held every year in Western Springs Park and attracts huge crowds to watch over 220 performances. This year organisers areRead more

The stunning Rangitoto dominates the Auckland skyline

02.03.2017

Top 5 things to do on a sunny day in Auckland

It seems as though summer has finally arrived in Auckland! After a windy start to 2017, February has been a beautiful month up in New Zealand’s biggest city with plenty of sunshine and some calm days out on the water. Aucklanders and visitors alike have been making the most of the warm and sunny weather,Read more

You can see a wide range of performances at the Auckland International Buskers Festival

10.01.2017

Auckland International Buskers Festival 2017

Coming up at the end of January is the annual Auckland International Buskers Festival. This awesome four day event is a highlight of the annual Auckland events calendar and one that we recommend getting down to if you are in Auckland over the last weekend of the month from the 27-30 January. This year’s BuskersRead more

The Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park event is one of the biggest free events in the country

23.11.2016

Where to get your Christmas fix!

With Christmas just over one month away, it’s that time of year when towns and cities across the country start to get into the festive spirit with their Santa Parades, Christmas Markets and more. If you’re staying with us in one of our hotels in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton or Dunedin over the coming weeks,Read more

Runners crossing the Harbour Bridge running the Auckland Marathon

11.10.2016

The ASB Auckland Marathon

One event on the calendar that many people look forward to is the annual ASB Auckland Marathon. For those who live in Auckland, we are reminded about the event all year round with countless runners sporting their official Auckland Marathon t-shirt whilst they run past us on the street but we definitely get what allRead more

Waiheke is a must on any Auckland to do list

15.09.2016

Waiheke Island – Lonely Planet Top 5 destination for 2016

Waiheke Island is a hidden gem just a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland and this year was voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten destinations to visit in 2016 – they came in at #5 on that prestigious list. As the Lonely Planet say, “Waiheke is a utopia of coves,Read more

The Star Wars LEGO® displays are always very popular with kids and adults alike

10.09.2016

The Auckland Brick Show – a LEGO® lover’s paradise!

New Zealand’s largest fan-created LEGO® display is coming back to Auckland this September and it’s an event not to be missed for the whole family. LEGO® has truly stood the test a time – a toy as popular today as it was 10, 20, 30 years ago and beyond. One thing that has kept LEGO®Read more

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