Hellooo, public holiday! Long time, no see. Lol jk. Who are we kidding? It seems like every second weekend is a long weekend—not that we’re complaining or anything! This Monday is all about paying your respects to the Kiwi and Aussie folk who fought during WWI. It’s a day of sobering dawn services, Anzac biscuits and a day away from the office. In case your diary is looking a lil empty, we’ve rounded up nine things to do this Anzac Day in Auckland.
Anzac Day At Auckland War Memorial Museum
First things first, there’s an unwritten rule to head along to an Anzac service today. And want better place to honour our awesome soldiers than at the Auckland War Memorial Museum? While it’s tempting to have a niiice big sleep-in, getting out of bed early to catch their dawn service isn’t much of a sacrifice when you consider what the Anzacs did for us. Things will be kicking off early with the veterans marching onto the Court of Honour at 5.45am. If you’re not a morning person, there’s a civic service at 11am. Stick around and check out the museum’s Home Front exhibition about New Zealand’s experiences of the First World War.
Auckland-Wide Anzac Day Parades And Services
If you’re rather not face the tens of thousands of people expected at the War Memorial Museum, head along to one of Auckland’s other parades and services. There’s more than 70 events being held across the region so there’s guaranteed to be something near you. Find out what’s handiest to you here.
The Big Show 2016: An International Comedy Showcase
Ain’t nuthin’ better than a good ol’ belly-laugh. Get your fix at The Big Show 2016: An International Comedy Showcase as part of The 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival. Get set to lol, rofl and lmao the night away as you see up to six international comedians take to the stage in this two-hour show. We guarantee you’ll leave the cabaret-style show with a sore belly from laughing so much.
Silverdale Adventure Park Open Market
A market on a Monday? What is this madness? It must be Anzac Day! If you like a) market stalls and b) fun rides, head on down to Silverdale Adventure Park for their Open Market today. There will be heaps of international food on offer with more than 60 stalls. The rides will also be open so you can get amongst their luge, kid-friendly playzone, spaceship simulator and more!
The June Hayes Set
We love a good excuse to visit Puhoi Valley’s Café and Cheese Store and The June Hayes Set is that perfect excuse. The local jazz diva will be supported by a bassist and pianist as she brings you three hours of classic jazz with a touch of blues and pop. Spend the afternoon working your way through the café’s hearty cheese platters as you take in the sweet, sweet tunes.
We’ve all belted out “I would walk five hundred miles and I would walk five hundred more” at the pub (complete with dance moves). Now’s your chance to witness the magic live as Scotland’s fave sons The Proclaimers touch down in Auckland. They’ll be performing at ASB Theatre on Monday. Get your boogie on as you groove to I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), I’m On My Way, King of the Road and Sunshine on Leith.
POP Ping Pong
Consider yourself a ping ping player? POP Ping Pong has set up camp at Takutai Square with four bespoke ping pong tables. The POP crew encourage you to pick up a paddle and challenge a mate (or random person you find lingering around the table) to a match. Each table is modified to ‘frustrate’ and surprise the players with vibrations and noises. You’ve never played pong like this before.
Get Amongst Anzac Treats
It wouldn’t be Anzac Day without a cheeky Anzac bikkie. Get your mitts on an oaty delight from Urban List fave Catroux. They’ve got two biscuits up for grabs: sultana and lemon or cranberry and white choc. Milse have also whipped up some poppy-shaped macarons with $1 donated to the RNZRSA for every macaron sold. Alternatively, try your hand at making your own biscuits with Auckland blogger The Coconut Goddess’ gluten-free Anzac Coconut and Caramel Ice-cream Sandwich recipe.
…Or Have An Anzac Meal!
If you’re after something more substantial, pop in to Harbourside, Botswana Butchery or White + Wong’s this Anzac day. These three restaurants are donating their public holiday surcharge to the RSA—how cool is that?! All the more reason to eat the day away, right?
Not sure what to do before the shops open at midday? Check out 25 Things To Do When Nothing’s Open In Auckland.
Image credit: Milse via Facebook