As if the Easter long weekend wasn’t enough, we are treated to ANOTHER public holiday—not that we’re complaining. On a bit more of a serious note, this public holiday should be treated with respect, taking a day to recognise those who fought in WWI. But serious and respectful doesn’t necessarily equate to boring! There are so many things for us Aucklanders to get up to this Anzac Day so take advantage of the day out of the office and make the most of it! Here are some of the top things to do in Auckland this Anzac Day.
Anzac Day At Auckland War Memorial Museum
Really make the most of your day and take this as a chance to educate yourself on the reasons to why you get to have a day-break. For one day only, Auckland Museum will be giving us the in-depth teachings of Anzac Day through many different ways. Not only will there be classic paintings and photographs, but the Auckland Museum will use other platforms to honour this special day, such as music and poetry. The museum will be open for all attend free of charge following the dawn service.
Auckland-Wide Anzac Day Parade And Services
The number one spot to be this Anzac Day dawn is the Auckland Museum, but if you aren’t able to make it there, don’t you worry. This year, Auckland is absolutely decked out with more than 80 parades and services occurring all around the region. This is a call out for North, West, South, East Aucklanders to get amongst it! Click here to see where the nearest parade and service is for you.
Anzac Day Treats!
Being the foodie town we are, Auckland will find any excuse to make a special edible treat out of it. Some of our fave eats are doing limited edition goodies for this public holiday and you just can’t miss out on them. Take your Anzac biscuits to the next level and hop on over to Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar for their chocolate-filled Anzac cookie. If you really want to step it up a notch, The Caker has wowed us again with their cake of the month which is the golden syrup cake with a crunchy oat biscuit crumble, yum!
Vector Lights On Auckland Harbour Bridge
For all the night owls out there, you won’t miss out on the Anzac Day vibes Auckland has to offer! Our beloved Harbour Bridge will be lit up and dazzling for this special day! The purpose of the light and sound show is to commemorate Anzac Day and it will be shining bright from the late hours of 3am – 7am on the 25th and then again from 6pm till midnight. Grab a takeaway feast, scout a spot with a killer view of the Auckland landmark and sit back and enjoy the Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge Show.
Anzac Day tends to be a day where family time is prioritised and luckily, Zirka Circus will be spicing up our obligatory family outing with the best entertainment! Located at the Westgate Shopping Centre, there will be clowns to amuse us and acrobats to absolutely wow us off our seats with the tricks they have up their sleeves. This circus is fully cruelty free as they don’t use any animals—all the talent is done by humans!
Commemorative Anzac Day Recital By Maestro RA Lustchevsky
Treat your ears to a classical music tribute to Anzac Day with world-class concert pianist – Maestro RA Lustchevsky. Since the age of 16, he’s been travelling the world and making his mark at big cities like New York and Tokyo and Aucklanders finally get a chance to listen to his fine performance. Located in Remuera from 7:30pm till 8:30, it is the perfect event to go to after a classy session of wining and dining. For more information of this night of top quality music, click here.
Anzac Day Dinner
Speaking of wining and dining, how can we not mention some of the top eateries of Auckland?! Sometimes a good meal with quality food is all we really need to enjoy a day off and our city is absolutely spoilt when it comes to yummy eats. All cafes and restaurants will be closed on Wednesday morning but some to hit up in the evening are The Blue Breeze Inn, Amano and Soul Bar & Bistro! If you want to take the day one step further then we suggest dining at either Harbourside, Botswana Butchery, White + Wong’s or Sardine. Why? Because these fabulous venues are donating the 15% surcharge to the RSA!
Half-day Yoga Retreat
Find your inner peace and completely Zen out this Anzac Day by taking three hours out of your day to practice asanas, breathing and pure relaxation. This soothing event will be held at Onehunga Mall at their own space, Yoga In Daily Life. Not only will you learn ways to calm your thoughts and enhance your senses but you’ll also be treated to a vegetarian feast!
Big Wednesday | Fresh Comedy
Anzac Day doesn’t mean Auckland’s house of laughs The Classic Comedy Club on Queen Street will take a break from supplying us with all the major lols. This night will consist of some of the hottest and freshest comedy acts Auckland has to offer to giggle your way through the evening and conclude your public holiday on a high note.
Not sure what to do before the shops open at midday? Check out 25 Things To Do When Nothing’s Open In Auckland.
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