Auckland is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. How lucky are we to have it at our doorstep? Visiting Auckland for an entire day can be both exciting and overwhelming with possibility! From incredible restaurants to wonderful museums, Auckland is a bustling city with something for everybody.
Since there are so many options for activities, we decided to do you a solid and create our top 6 things to do in Auckland for the day:
Visit the Caretaker
A truly hidden gem in the heart of the city, The Caretaker is a speakeasy style hole in the wall pub that creates custom cocktails unique to everyone who walks through their doors. The bartender will ask you a set of questions to get a feel for what kind of drink will wet your whistle best and voila! In a matter of minutes, they create something special just for you! Since every cocktail is made on the spot, each one is bespoke and truly one of a kind (most bartenders make it on the fly so you may never be able to recreate their concoction again!) For more details on where to find Caretaker and what they’re all about, click here ( https://www.caretaker.net.nz/ )
Sweet Axe Throwing Co (That’s us!)
Rainy day blues got you down? Or maybe you’re just looking for something a little.. edgy? Why not give axe throwing a go!? Established as the first axe throwing range in New Zealand, Sweet Axe is the best way to bring out the fun competitive side of every family member, friend, or colleague…but we might be biased 😉 . Each session consists of proper training and a full-on championship to settle the score of who can throw with the most accuracy. You will laugh! You will cry! You will leave with an unusual and never before realised urge to grow a beard and wear horns on your head! Check out the details here (don’t worry, we’ll be right here when you get back!) https://www.sweetaxethrow.com/
Federal Street Deli
Ever wanted to travel to New York City and eat in a real life Jewish diner? The Federal Street Deli will tickle your pickle urges and bring New York City to you! Inspired by the comfort food of a Jewish NYC deli, walking through the doors of the restaurant is like traveling to another place without ever taking out your passport! With a menu to match, get ready to eat up the atmosphere and the delicious menu! By the way, have you even “called your mothah”? She’s worried, you look thin!
Walk Across the Country!
You read that correctly! While it may seem far fetched to be able to walk across the country in day, this 16k long path will take you coast to coast in approximately 5 hours. Walking you through scenic views of volcanoes and straight through the heart of the city, this trail is do-able for almost any fitness level and is quite the unique experience. Afterall, how many people do YOU know who can say they’ve walked across an entire country?
Check out all the details here: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parks-recreation/get-outdoors/find-a-walk/Pages/coast-to-coast-walkway.aspx
Bringing in talent from the international stages, the civic is a stunning theatre space which is host to cabarets, concerts, and so much more. They’ve always got something new and interesting on for viewers to enjoy and is one of the last atmosphere theatres remaining in the southern hemisphere. With so much history and ambiance attached to it, you can’t miss this opportunity to support the arts and enrich your soul! ( https://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/venue/the-civic )
Speaking of cabarets, why not indulge in something a little different? Look no further than Caluzzi’s Caberet. Caluzzi’s isn’t just any cabaret, it’s the longest running cabaret in New Zealand. Not only do they know how to feed your eyes, but also your belly’s! That’s right! If a dinner and show is of interest to you, then you cannot afford to miss out on attending one of these shows. Did we mention it’s the premeire spot for Drag Queen Entertainment? Be amazed by New Zealand’s top Drag Superstars while partaking in a 3 course meal. Get all of the info here ( https://www.caluzzi.co.nz/ )
With so many hidden gems, you may even find that one day is not enough! Auckland is filled with unique and unusual ways to fill up quickie stay-cay. So whether you’re coming up for an axe throw and a drink or simply want to take a walk across the country, Auckland is the place to be, even if it’s only for a day.
Did we miss anything of interest? Let us know your favorite spots in the comments below!
the hottest Trend in Corporate Team Building: 5 REASONS WHY AXE THROWING IS the ideal bonding activity
Let’s face it, your team is incredible and deserves a little appreciation this winter season. So what will it be? Christmas in July? End of financial year party? Social club event? Staff rewards party? Whatever your plan, just make sure it’s memorable! We all know how much “fun” bowling can be, and if we’re honest, no one really wants to hear Carol belt out “It’s raining men” at karaoke for the fourth year in a row, so why not do something different!
Finding an activity that an entire team or office will enjoy can seem like an impossible task. But, believe it or not, axe throwing can be the perfect activity for all ages, interests, and fosters an environment for team bonding.
Still skeptical? Check out our top five reasons to use axe throwing for team building.
#1 Axe Throwing is an Inclusive & Accessible Activity
You're limited only by your ability to listen and adjust! Axe throwing is not divided by gender, weight or physicality (even at an elite level). It's an accessible sport for people with physical limitations or disabilities; we've successfully taught people in moon-boots, wheelchairs, walkers, people who are deaf and even blind. We use tried and tested coaching methods, calmness and positivity- we are experts (or axe-perts as we identify!) at teaching people how to throw axes!
#2 Learning a New Skill Fuels Creativity & Collaboration- Plus it's Super Bonding!
Taking the chance to try something new takes guts. Showing your team that they have what it takes to slice those bullseyes will give them a morale-boost and an eagerness to continue smash their goals.
Now, we understand that suggesting axe throwing might be met with some resistance- There may be staff who are not sold on the idea. We've seen people of all walks of life overcome the self talk that tells them their not strong enough or co-ordinated enough. Overcoming fear and negative self talk leaves our least confident customers brimming with pride - it's an incomparable thrill!
#3 Team Based Games Build Better Communication
Bringing your team together outside of the office can be a fun and effective way to improve teamwork and identify people's strengths and weaknesses.
It builds trust, increases collaboration & communication and mitigates conflict. Effective team building improves company culture and can result in more engaged employees, which is good for boosting the bottom line!
If you've noticed fractures appearing within your team, or if you're keen to reignite the excitement and bond within your work group, selecting the right activity can draw out essential communication skills. Our team-based games transform quiet groups, break the ice and get the room cheering each other on!
#4 Celebrate Individuality & Small Wins to Make Everyone Feel Like a Champion
When was the last time a whole room of people cheered for you? For most people, it was back at graduation, or at a school sports event. Being in a room filled with positivity and cheer is the antidote to the craziness of this past year. 2020 gave us all a whooping, and we're only just starting to discover the many ways it's impacting our collective mental health.
We're not promising to cure a global pandemic but we can offer some respite and help to re-energise your team. We're all about celebrating small wins and using positivity and connection to empower. We know if you're not sinking your axe into the bullseye, it's our chance to find the explanation that resonates with you!
#5 FINALLY, AN ACTIVITY THAT DOESN'T CENTRE AROUND ALCOHOL!
While most of us enjoy the odd tipple, alcohol and team building can bring it's own challenges! Often praised as "social lubricant" more and more companies are steering clear of alcohol-focussed bonding sessions. It can be awkward and noninclusive for those who don't drink, lead to unhealthy relationships with alcohol, result in reputational damage and we've all experienced those nights where the bar tab gets a little out of control!
Axe throwing is intoxicating in itself, as coaches we see groups getting louder, chanting and cheering, talking excitedly & generally becoming more gregarious with the added bonus that they are also becoming more coordinated!