The A-List: Out And About In October – Where To Go And What To Do In Auckland This Month

The A-List: Out And About In October – Where To Go And What To Do In Auckland This Month


October is full of art, culture and events all around Auckland. We’re getting down to the business end of the year, so we’ve done our research and found the things you need to make time to check out this month.

New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year Exhibition


From Saturday 3rd October until Sunday 1st November Karanga Plaza is transformed by an exceptional free and outdoor public exhibition of the best images entered in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition. This competition attracts the highest calibre of photographers and images from all over the country, professional to amateur all capturing the wonders of nature.

Open daily – all weather – all ages


Arboria Luminarium

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Arboria is the newest Luminarium in the world and is the latest light and art extravaganza in Aotea Square. This is the first time anything like this has been in Auckland and it’s definitely something to check out. It’s a giant inflatable maze comprised of winding paths and soaring domes, kaleidoscopic tunnels with sounds from the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest – forest escape in the concrete jungle.


Tuesdays – Sundays until 11th October.

Weekends 10am – 5pm

Weekdays 10am – 4pm

Ticket Prices:

Single tickets – $12

Family of 4+ – $10 each

Door sales available.

Book tickets online at


Joseph Parker vs. Kali Meehan


This is quite possibly the biggest boxing event ever to be held in Auckland and although boxing isn’t for everyone, there’s nothing comparable to the energy that exudes from the ring when the fight starts. Six titles are up for grabs between the two, both have significant experience and ability. This is a match up you won’t want to miss.

6:30pm Thursday 15th October

The Trusts Arena


MOCKtober Raw Comedy


October is the month to laugh and there’s no shortage of those at the Classic Comedy Club. Mondays is the RAW Comedy open mic night and every Monday in October they have a special guest MC to keep things lively and hilarious.

Monday 5th – Jeremy Corbet

Monday 12th – Guy Williams

Monday 19th – Urzila Carson

Shows start at 8pm. Head on over if you want to try your hand at making others laugh or if you’d like to watch someone else try.


Late Night Art

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The city centre’s big night of all things art is back for you to explore and enjoy. Wander from gallery to gallery taking in exhibitions, spend some time drawing, eating and listening to music in Khartoum Place or take someone else’s lead and join a guided walking or cycle tour.

A special highlight of Artweek is Late Night Art in the Heart of the City. Wander between galleries, join a guided walking or cycling tour and be sure to check out Auckland Art Gallery for somespecial features. You can expect to be enthralled by a new exhibition “Yang Fudong: Filmscapes”. Fudong is one of China’s best moving image artists and creates dreamy and exquisite videos. This is his first exhibition in New Zealand and is not to be missed. Lawrence Arabia – renowned Kiwi songwriter and performer will provide live music through the evening.

An amazing culmination of art, film and music in the big, little city.

Tuesday 13th October 6:00pm-9:00pm


The Glenn Miller Orchestra


Aotea Cente hosts the the Glenn Miller Orchestra for one night only. Be prepared for an emotional and sentimental journey honouring the ANZACs through the artistic interpretation of 24 musicians, singers and dancers.

“The detail of dynamics and style and the honesty to the original arrangements of these well-known numbers were spot on…. We were treated to some fantastic music. There were some brilliant trumpet, piano and saxophone solos” – Stuff NZ (Fairfax)

Around the country October 8th – November 8th

Auckland – Saturday 24th October

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