A whopping four-day weekend? Heck yes! If you’re staying in the big smoke, you’ll be pleased to hear that Easter weekend is chocka will all sorts of awesome Auckland events. From jazz festivals, mass dog play dates, hot dog eating comps and a boat-based Sunday session, there’s no way you’ll be bored.
Here’s 12 epic things to do this Easter weekend in Auckland. Enjoy!
Royal Easter Show | ASB Showgrounds
New Zealand’s largest family show is back in full swing this weekend and is set to be one cracking Easter event. Held at the ASB Showgrounds, the Royal Easter Show has a massive line-up of entertainment, circus acts, rides and exhibits, including the highly anticipated Zombie Urban Escape, plus an A&P show. It runs all weekend long so you’ve got no excuse to not go!
Waiheke Jazz Festival | Waiheke
What’s a long weekend without a bit of Jazz? This year’s Waiheke Jazz Festival features a mash-up of local and international artists, who will fill the air with their sweet, sweet tunes. Start your weekend with the Good Friday Groove as local lad Lawrence Arabia, Melbourne’s ten-man band Sex on Toast, and Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes take to the stage. Each day will be jam-packed with fantastic acts, ending with the Grand Finale at the idyllic Rangihoua Estate on Sunday. Hop across on the ferry or make a Waihekend of it.
Giant Easter Egg Hunt | Amazing Maze ‘n Maize
What’s Easter without a giant Easter egg hunt? From Friday to Monday, Amazing Maze ‘n Maize will be getting the Easter Bunny to hide 30,000 eggs throughout the 8kms of paths in the maze, and it’s your job to try and find them. To make it even harder, Sunday night will see the maze plunge into darkness as you go on a hunt for the eggs with a torch.
Thursday 24th March
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds | ASB Theatre
Oasis fan or not, there’s no denying that Noel Gallagher is one of modern rock’s finest songwriters. This Thursday, Noel will rock the stage with his High Flying birds, playing new tunes plus (fingers crossed) a couple of Oasis covers. And trust us, you’ll want to be in the crowd if Wonderwall is played. Lock in your tickets here.
L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres | Q Theatre
Four extremely talented dudes will amaze Q Theatre this Thursday as they perform Tom Waits’ songs like you’ve never heard them before. L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres (‘The one-man-band band’) will use nearly 100 objects (spoons, tea cups, dominoes and turkey basters to name a few) and invented instruments to totally reconstruct the world of Tom Waits and entertain audiences with their quirky approach to music. Whether you’re a Tom Waits fan or simply like to be wowed, make sure you lock in a seat.
Friday 25th March
African Savannah Opening | Auckland Zoo
Slightly giraffe obsessed? Auckland Zoo’s African Savannah is your chance to see these majestic creatures up close and personal. This new development is your chance to go on safari without forking out for a trip to the Maasai Mara. Opening on Friday evening, you’ll be able to watch as giraffes drink at their new watering hole before spending time in an expansive walk-through aviary—home to lovebirds, leopard tortoises and meerkats.
Saturday 26th March
Dancing in the Park | Albert Park
Put on your dancing shoes and get loose at Dancing in the Park this Saturday. Back after the success of their last event, Dancing in the Park brings together boogy-loving Aucklanders for a bit of grooving in Albert Park. Music and ArtSpace will be up and running at 4pm, followed by poi, staff, sword and acroyoga workshops, among other exciting bits and bobs. Once the run sets, the fire show will light up the sky as local fire performers wow the audience. Not sure what to expect? Check out the last event here.
Bark in the Park | Western Reserve
Pooches, unite! Gather your fluffy bestie and head along to Orewa’s Western Reserve this Saturday for Bark in the Park. There will be an epic agility course, doggie dress-ups (brownie points for bunny ears), fun photo opps, GoPro courses and so much more. To top it all off, there will be some great spot prizes, treats, tennis balls, tennis balls and more tennis balls. Did we mention they’ll have tennis balls? A gold coin donation will help support BARK NZ, a paw-some charity dedicated to providing education to children on how to be safe around dogs. We can hear those tails wagging already…
Night Rides | Rainbow’s End
Missed out on the last Rainbow End Night Rides? Fear not! They’re back in action this Saturday, giving you the chance to experience all the thrilling rides in the dark. Spin through the night on the Invader, kick the starts on the Stratosfear or plunge straight into darkness on the Fearfall. If you’re not into the scary stuff, the bumper boats, karts and log flume are a great place to start. Make sure you catch the amazing illusionist Andre Vegas, III Semantic and The Bradas of Identity Dance Crew do their thing.
Hot Dog Eating Competition | The Street Food Collective
Are you a pro food inhaler? Do you like to eat wieners? If so, this might be the competition for you! This Saturday, The Street Food Collective is hosting a hotdog eating comp for those who dare to significantly up their weekend sausage consumption. Featuring Brooklyn Dogs, Mr Dog Frites and Rock Dogs, you’ll have to shovel down six hotdogs in the least amount of time to be crowned Top Dog. Up for the challenge? The hotdog vendors will be serving their delicious snags from 11am before the competition starts at 7pm—including the Rock Dogs’ Hottest Hot Dog comp for those who think they can handle the heat. May the speediest sausage eater win.
Sunday 27th March
Heineken Light Sunday Sessions | Auckland Harbour
Summer is officially over (booo!) but that’s not going to stop us from partaking in a bit of Sunday session-ing. This Sunday Heineken Light is hosting a Sunday sesh to top all Sunday seshes…a Sunday session on a boat. The charter will depart from the Viaduct before heading out to Auckland’s beautiful harbour for a sunset cruise. Dan Aux will be at the turn tables while you sip on Heineken Light and take in the epics views. Secure your spot on the boat here.
Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes | The Civic
We all know and love her from the Vicar of Dibley, and, now you can you witness this funny lady in all her hilarity at The Civic this Sunday. 30 Million Minutes is based on Dawn’s life and career, telling the delights and riches with the odd trial and tribulation throw in. You’re sure to gain some valuable life hacks and have plenty of chuckles and lols. Get more deets here.
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