King's Birthday weekend is coming up, which means we get an extra day to relax and recharge! We've listed our top recommendations, from big breakfasts and pub feeds to markets, free activities and more, so you can make the most of your long weekend, British style.

King's Birthday Market & Whānau Festival

The Cloud | 2 & 3 Jun, 10am-3pm

Curated Market with General Collective: Explore a curated market showcasing 60+ of New Zealand's most exciting creatives and designers. Ranging from DIY-dye creations at && Tie Dye to upcycled homewares at Artefact. Dive into natural skincare for men at Harrington Road and indulge in authentic Japanese dumplings from Akemis Gyoza

This is a fantastic opportunity to discover unique treasures and support local artisans. Check out the full list of vendors here.

Family-Friendly Activities: Enjoy a variety of FREE activities for the whole family, including a pop-up playground made from recycled materials, clay heart making, face painting, upcycled sewing workshops, and circus workshops. There's something fun for everyone to enjoy!

Live Entertainment: Groove to the beats of DJs Dylan C, Huia, Stinky Jim, and Sandy Mill as they keep the good times rolling with their sensational music. Plus, marvel at high-flying circus feats and experience the magic of Captain Festus McBoyle's travelling variety show.

General Collective Christmas Market
General Collective Christmas Market
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Join a sky high yoga session | Sky Tower
What better way to start your day than with a mesmerizing sunrise yoga experience, 186 metres above Auckland city. Journey through a light hearted, rhythmical and fun session on the mat as you relieve your body for the weekend.

Head out for an English breakfast | The Occidental, Debretts Kitchen, The Fox
What better way to start your day than with the century-old tradition of a full English breakfast, think sausages, baked beans, eggs and more... a lot more.

Gather a group for bottomless brunch fit for the King | Sun, 2 Jun | The Lula Inn 
This brunch is full of festivities, including a breakfast buffet, 2 hours of bottomless bubbles and mimosas and a DJ spinning your fave Brit classics. Make a booking, here

Or get fancy at a high tea | Esther
Nothing says indulgent more than high tea. Dating back to the mid-1700s, this distinctly British tradition is one that has taken the world by storm and if you are looking for the best high tea in Auckland, the new high tea at Esther makes for an afternoon tea second to none. Think devilled eggs, dainty fish sammies and an epic roaming dessert trolley overflowing with delicious treats. See more, here.

There's no shortage of high tea spots in the city! The Living Room, JW Marriott, Bluebells CakeryLa Marée, SkyBar, The Churchill, The Aviary (served in a bird cage), Cooke's, Hotel Debrett, Bellini and The Hotel Britomart all offer exceptional high tea experiences too! 

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Indulge in a hearty Sunday roast

Danny Doolans Sunday Roast

Only available on Sunday, this renowned roast comes paired with a pint or glass of wine... sign us up! 

Sunday Roast at The Lodge

Indulge in this feast of a menu featuring pea & ham soup, Yorkshire pudding, roasted porchetta and epic desserts.

Roast Night at The Brit

Cosy up and beat the winter chill with a hearty roast at The Brit, available every Sunday! 

The Pantry's Hearty Sunday Roast

End your week on a delicious note with The Pantry's hearty Sunday roast, featuring a different meat every week. 

Sunday Sharing Roast at The Fox, A London Pub

This epic sharing board comes with three starters and all the trimmings, including Yorkshire puddings of course. 

Tony's Steakhouse's Roast Dinner

Tony's Steakhouse dish up a delicious roast dinner fit for a King or Queen!


Plan a fun activity 

Go on a guided tour of Wētā Workshop and take part in one of their Creative Workshops
Loose yourself in horror, sci-fi and fantasy worlds while navigating enchanting environments, discombobulating displays, and interactive technologies. After leaving the Wētā tour space bursting at the seams with creativity, visit the experienced technicians who run fun artist workshops. 

Experience the thrill of Odysseum
Navigate through the 100% New Zealand made immersive maze designed to challenge your senses and spark your imagination. With twists, turns, and surprises around every corner, it's an experience that's sure to keep you on your toes. Get your tickets here

Jump on the iconic Auckland Dockline Tram
Take a ride through Wynyard Quarter for just $1-$2, on a full loop or hop on and off. Operating from 10 am to 4 pm on Long Weekends/Public Holidays, discover the charming Wynyard, home to many delightful open-air bars, the Auckland Fish Market, and a stroll to Silo Park with friends and family. Find more information here.

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Wynyard Tram

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Last updated: 30 May 2024