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NZ holidays to put a smile on your dial

Classic Comedy Club, Auckland Cadbury Magic Show, Dunedin Circus Clowns, Hamilton

Give your funny bone a shake up with some hysterical and magical antics across New Zealand. Find out how rabbits stay in hats, beer goes with chocolate, and comics deal with hecklers – you won’t want to escape from our Houdini-worthy hotels.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the jokes were better at the Classic Comedy Club, Auckland’s premier hub of humour. Are you the next Concorde of the tarmac? Find out on open-mike night most Mondays. Or sit in the crowd and heckle as someone else cops the tomatoes and then see how it’s really done when the pros hit the stage. Head back to the Quadrant Auckland City for a tipple or two at the Quad bar, or just relax in the sauna, still chuckling about the evening’s whimsies.

And the winner is Wellington, host of the Busker’s Olympics each year. The regular hotspot for street performers is Cuba Street, where you could see anything from gals with guitars to comical clowns and fire twirling types. But don’t spend all your change. The nearby Bay Plaza Hotel does cocktails worthy of a tip in the hat.

Abracadabra with Cadbury World’s week-long session of events in Dunedin from 13–16 July. At the Wall Street Mall, a magician gives free 30-minute shows to entertain all ages. Better yet, move onto Speight’s beer brewery and partake in a beer and chocolate matching session. A few of those and you’ll be levitating over to the Mercure Hotel Dunedin, a restored Victorian boutique hotel host to past grand magicians.

You know what they say about men with big feet – find out why by visiting the Shokarn show by Weber Bros in Hamilton 24 June – 19 July. Yes, the big feet men are the clowns, and there’s also acrobats and high flyers, all performing to the theme of a golden age of the Chinese Qing Dynasty. Stay at the Novotel Tainui Hamilton, next to the Skycity Casino – perfect for some magic tricks of your own, just be sure to use a real deck of cards.

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