Staying in town this Easter long weekend? Don’t worry, the city has loads to offer and we have rounded up a selection of events and activities for every taste.
From Easter high tea and a huge car boot sale (without the cars) to a pop-up gin garden and art installations, great times are guaranteed.
Orleans Shake & Waffle Wednesday
28 March, Orleans Britomart
Why not start the celebrations early with a special treat from Orleans? Enjoy half priced fried chicken and waffles, an Orleans favourite, and a Cadbury Cream Egg shake for just $12 between 12pm and 3pm on Wednesday 28 March.
Easter Nichiyo Brunch at MASU by Nic Watt
Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, 11am – 3pm
We have discovered a delicious family brunch option that you can't miss this long weekend. Let MASU take care of you and you family at a Japanese-inspired brunch experience where you can enjoy a continuous selection of maki rolls, small dishes and salads from the robata counter, a dish from the robata grill or kitchen and a dessert platter. Kids options are available too.
Easter High Tea at Stamford Plaza Auckland
30 March – 2 April, 22-26 Albert Street
Celebrate the long weekend with family and friends with a classic High Tea in the central city. Sip on a cup of your favourite tea while enjoying scrumptious small bites and sweet delights. Bookings essential.
Lion King at Silo Cinema
30 March, Silo Park
After a short break, Silo Cinema returns this Easter weekend with a family classic from Disney. The movie starts at 9pm but we recommend getting there a bit earlier to get a good spot and enjoy delicious street food, drinks from the Silo Bar and DJ sets that kick off at 4.30pm.
30 March, Cassette Nine
Rising rock’ n’ roll stars Racing are doing a special Easter midnight show at Cassette Nine. DJ's Caston Major and Tony M will be opening, with a closing set from Sal Valentine himself.
Easter Sunday Brunch at Grand Mercure Auckland
1 April, 11.30am - 2pm
Treat your loved to a delightful Easter brunch on the top floor of the Grand Mercure Auckland hotel. Enjoy stunning views over the harbour, delicious food, a glass of bubbles on arrival and a visit from the Easter Bunny with small eggs for the little ones. Reservations essential.
The Haier Big Hoot 2018
Until 6 May, various locations around the city
Get the whole family together for a fun art trail featuring giant owl sculptures. Each owl has been turned into a bespoke piece of art by a Kiwi or International artist, with works by Dick Frizzell, Jeff Thomson, Flox, Weilun Ha and more. How many can you find?
The Sundown Gin Garden
Ends 31 March, The Glass Goose
Celebrate the start of the Easter weekend at an immersive gin garden that has popped up at The Glass Goose. Make the most of the last summer nights with DJ sets and refreshing cocktails.
Yayoi Kusama: The Obliteration Room
Ends 2 April, Auckland Art Gallery
Catch this interactive art installation for the whole family before it’s gone. Created by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, this piece of art is bound to bring out your inner artist.
Car Boot Sale of the Future (Without the Cars)
1 April, Silo Park
On Sunday, head to Silo Park to join the greatest car boot sale for a fun-filled afternoon of browsing, bargains and buying, with something for everyone. Some of Auckland’s finest DJs, Auckland’s favourite food trucks, and the ever-excellent Silo Park Bar will make the afternoon even more enjoyable.
Must-Try Easter Treats
Various locations in the central city
We have put together a guide to the best hot cross buns, Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and other sweet delights that you can find at our favourite stores and eateries in central Auckland.