Long weekends are a true treat, and with the two extra days gifted to us, Easter weekend would have to be the best of them all. Four whole days to fill with all of the food, fun and couch-potatoing you like. Balance out the relaxing-to-adventure ratio, exploring new spots, eating delicious food, catching up with pals and still have time to binge a new series on Netflix.
Here are all of the best things to do this Easter weekend in Auckland.
Have A Laugh At Potted Potter
Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st
The international sell-out show, Potted Potter, is coming to Auckland and is the perfect way to spend an evening this Easter weekend. Condensing the epic seven Harry Potter books into 70 hilarious minutes is what the show does and does very well. Featuring all the favourite characters, impressive costumes, crazy props and even a few songs in the mix, Potted Potter is a fantastically funny show that will have you laughing from start to finish. Whether you are a lifetime fan or still wondering what all the fuss is about, this is a perfect light-hearted evening for all.
Make A Splash At Waterworld Takapuna
Wednesday 17 - Monday 22 April
After two successful seasons in Tauranga, Waterworld is coming to Auckland for six days only and falls over Easter weekend. The perfect kind of activity for your long weekend, Waterworld is the most fun you can have on a lake this Easter. Popping up on Lake Pupuke from Wednesday 17 to Monday 22, bounce, jump and slide into the water off of the giant inflatable course. The perfect activity for the whole family, be sure to book in your spot to avoid disappointment as spaces will be filling up fast.
The Royal Easter Show
Thursday 18 - Monday 22 April
It wouldn't be Easter weekend in Auckland without the Royal Easter Show. For 175 years, the show has been a part of the long weekend and the iconic event is still going strong. Always a massive line-up of things to do, there is all the best food, rides, agriculture and entertainment to fill your weekend with. If you haven't been before or are a loyal attendee, make time in your Easter weekend to head along and check out everything fun and delicious available.
Catalina Night Market
Thursday 18 April
Welcome in the long weekend by heading along to the Catalina Night Market. The final one for the season, they are extending their hours until 9pm which gives you plenty of time to peruse all the goods on offer. There will be additional vendors to usual, as well as all of the regular favourites including Organic Mechanics Kombucha and Earthbound Honey. There will also be some of Auckland’s favourite food trucks so you can get dinner as you wander and soak in all of the produce and crafty gems.
Devour Chocolate At A Willy Wonka Spectacular Extravaganza
Friday 19 April
Easter weekend means chocolate on chocolate and just wait until you get a hold of this. De Post Belgian Beer brings Auckland a Belgian Chocolate Festival and it is as dreamy as it sounds. If you have always wanted to get a glimpse inside Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, then it is your lucky day. There will be chocolate everything—full meals, desserts, cocktails, hot drinks as well as chocolate inspired games, hidden golden tickets, chocolate challenges and heaps of prizes up for grabs. Willy Wonka himself will be there too...not that you need more convincing to head along.
Attend Women Of Citrus
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April
Grace Bentley’s first solo show is debuting in Auckland this April and showing on both Good Friday and Saturday 20 April. Full of quirky poetry, hilarious characters and striking movement, Bentley performs each show with passion and heart. Woman of Citrus is about five different women, all who end up helping a young lady who is struggling in the midst of a deep existential crisis. Focusing on her mixed-race heritage and growing up in small-town Kerikeri, Bentley unpacks her experience as a youth and now adult in rural New Zealand in a relatable, clever and very funny way.
Devour A Crème Egg Boozy Milkshake
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April
Easter weekend is no doubt the best few days of no-guilt-allowed chocolate consumption. And, if you haven’t heard the news yet then listen up–crème egg milkshakes are a thing. You heard right, Orleans has done it again, bringing back the most decadent treat of all for the month of April. The famous little eggs are blended into cold and indulgent milkshakes, topped with whipped cream, sweet caramel sauce and finished off with a cream egg. Even better is the option to turn it into a hardshake, adding Absolut Vodka. Yes. Please. (Orleans is open Good Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday and Easter Monday).
Mandela My Life Exhibition
All of April
The official exhibition of the personal life of Nelson Mandela is at Auckland’s Eden Park and is well worth heading along to check out. Mandela My Life gives you the rare opportunity to glimpse into the untold stories of Mandela’s life. There are more than 200 original artefacts, documents, personal items and artworks from The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela’s private collection. New Zealand has a special connection with Mandela, the high-profile protests that took place around the 1981 Springbok tour are very much a part of our history and ironically, where the exhibition is being held is where flour bombs were dropped in protest of the Apartheid regime and ongoing imprisonment of Mandela. Whether you are knowledgeable about this part of history or not, the world-class exhibition is definitely one to check out while it’s here and over your long weekend.
Go To The Press Play Burlesque Improv Competition
Saturday 20 April
Back for its second year, Cassette Nine is hosting the Press Play Burlesque Improv Competition which will no doubt be full of laughs, drama, and the very unexpected. Eight contestants from around New Zealand choose a musical genre and are then given an ‘ask for’ from the audience, which is a suggestion as to how to perform or what to include in their routine. Then it’s all up to them—let the shimmying, shaking and improvising begin. The two highest scoring performers will then go head to head to take out the title of Press Play Champion 2019. If you are looking for something a little different for a night out this long weekend, this is sure to be a hilarious and light-hearted evening. Cassette Nine will have special cocktails and mouth-watering meals on hand as well to keep you happy.
Catch A Movie In A Park
Saturday 20 April
In the ultimate Easter spirit, Auckland Council Movies in Parks presents Peter Rabbit. The special grand finale of the season for Movies and Music in Parks will have two showings of the movie, the first at 1pm and the second at around 6pm, when the sun sets. Even better, these will also be captioned screenings for the deaf community. The sweet tale of Peter Rabbit is the ultimate feel-good watch that the whole fam will love. There are food stalls on site or bring along a blanket and picnic to enjoy as you watch the heart-warming film.
Go To The Department Store Easter Show
Saturday 20 April
The Department Store in Takapuna is holding an Easter show and there is going to be baby bunnies. Enough said really. From 12pm - 2pm on Saturday and for a gold coin donation that will be going to the SPCA, you can have a cuddle with a baby bunny and get involved with some Easter egg fun.
Visit The Berba Harvest Celebration
Saturday 20, Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April
Solijans Estate Winery is hosting the traditional Berba harvest celebration this Easter weekend, in celebration of the Croatian Harvest Festival. There is grape-stomping, barrel rolling races, tastings, winery tours, folk dance, live music and more fun activities across the weekend. Head along to get a taste of the Croatian traditions and soak up all that's on offer.
Take A Marathon Swim At St Heliers
Sunday 21 April
The iconic event, ACM Marathon Swim, is back for another year this Easter Sunday. If you are feeling up for it, the swim is a great event to challenge yourself and your abilities. This year, the course starts at St Heliers Bay, before going around Browns Island, Motukorea, and back to St Heliers. The 10km swim starts at 8am but be sure to pre-register in advance. Also, note that each swimmer requires an individual kayak supporter in order to compete.
Go For A Walk
With an extra few days up our sleeve, Easter weekend is the perfect excuse to spend a day out in nature working up a sweat. We are blessed in Auckland to have an array of beautiful walks near and far. If you are keen to venture out of the city, there are plenty of hikes that you can spend the day enjoying, check out our favourite pics here. If you would rather stay central, Auckland also has many urban walks throughout the city to choose from. Either way, there is no excuse not to lace up, get outside and get moving.
Get Stuck Into A New Series
With plenty of hours to kill, what better time to get engrossed in a new series than over the long weekend. Here are our best current picks so settle in with all of the snacks and let that auto-play just keep rolling over.
Prefer to stay in? Here are the best movies on Netflix right now.
Image Credit: Royal New Zealand Easter Show