8 Most Engaging Easter Activities in Auckland

8 Most Engaging Easter Activities in Auckland

Easter is just around the corner, so now’s the time to get your Easter plans organised. There’s so much to do, especially in the city of Auckland. The harbour city is bustling on an average day in New Zealand, but Easter is guaranteed to be a time of fun for the kids and the whole family. From delicious Easter treats, ANZAC heritage talks, to wild festivals, there’s so many Easter activities Auckland has to offer!

To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of the most engaging activities for you and your family this Easter. Once you see what’s on offer, you’re sure to have your Easter plans sorted.

ANZACs and the Easter Rising With Rory Sweetman

Interested in getting historical this Easter? Learning never takes a holiday, and no one knows that better than Dr Rory Sweetman. The history professor has come to Auckland to share the heroic story contained in his new book “Defending Trinity College, Easter 1916: Anzacs and The Rising”.

The story reveals the unknown truth of how a handful of New Zealand soldiers led the defence of Ireland’s oldest university from rebel attack. Dr Sweetman narrates this story and contextualises this part of history using the letters written home by the New Zealanders. If you’re interested in learning more about New Zealand’s history, and how the Easter of 1916 was a huge win for our country, you can head on over to Whare Wānaga on April 5th.

Easter Spectacular Fireworks + Demolition Derby & More

For those wanting their Easter activities with a side of adrenaline, the Waikaraka Family Speedway is hosting the Easter Spectacular Fireworks + Demolition Derby again this Easter. High off of last year’s sellout spectacular, this combination of racing, demolition derbies, fireworks and live music is boasting more than a few family friendly activities for Easter.

Bring the kids in early for the 6pm racing start, with those 7 years and under entering for free. Keep them busy with tons of food vendors and live entertainment from Burnouts, Jet Dragster + Auckland Saloon Champs, Stockcars and Jalopy’s. Get rowdy this Easter with one of New Zealand’s largest car events in Auckland, before enjoying the end of the night with the firework show.

Easter Fireworks

Royal Easter Show

One of the most popular events this long Easter weekend, Auckland’s Royal Easter Show has something for everyone. The entertainment on offer seems endless, with plenty of family friendly activities on offer. Scream your heart out on the carnival rides, or enjoy a taste of wine and food with the many stalls scattered across the showgrounds.

There’s almost too many events packed into this year’s Easter long weekend: a rodeo, show-jumping, trade halls, arts and crafts, farm animals, story telling, magic shows, and so much more! Encompassed by a background of never-ending live music, this Auckland Easter is sure to be one to remember.

Sip & Paint Classes

Get in touch with your creative side as the highlight of this year’s Easter events. Pinot & Picasso Albany offers 3 hours of fun in their sip and paint classes, which can also be spent catching up with friends or loved ones. Ask about their week as you stand side-by-side, sharing drinks and laughter as you create what is sure to be a masterpiece!

Eggs are the staple of Easter, but try something new with Pinot & Picasso Albany this April. Decorate your living space with your art, or give it as an Easter gift. Whatever you decide to do, don’t miss out on the buckets of fun our Albanyuckland studio is sure to splash about!

Art Class for families at Pinot & Picasso for Easter

Touch Bass Festival

Returning this Easter for their annual break beat showdown, Touch Bass is a festival unlike any other. Hosting the biggest names of bass music royalty, this touring festival is set to hit Auckland on Easter Thursday.

Canadian favourite REZZ will headline, with support from the likes of Svdden Death, Macky Gee, Hedex + MC Skywalker, Wreckno and more. If you’re looking for Easter events that are sure to set your heart pumping, look no further than the Touch Bass festival. With the loudest rigs, biggest production and sold-out shows in premier venues, don’t hesitate to get in on the fun! Grab your tickets and get excited for an awesome start to the long weekend.

Matakana Food & Beer Festival

While it is not open to families with kids, this event is perfect for those looking to fill their bellies with more than chocolate this Easter. Offering food and drinks from a hand-selected range of vendors and breweries around New Zealand, you can indulge in a dinner with your friends surrounded by gorgeous surroundings. The Matakana Country Park is known for its natural beauty, and the venue is perfect for the extensive line-up of food, beer and music on offer this Easter Saturday.

Matakana Food and Beer Festival

Discover the Best Auckland Easter Treats

What is Easter without gorging yourself on delicious treats? Auckland is the perfect place to indulge in your sweet tooth, with the local cafes and restaurants getting into the Easter spirit with their holiday menus.

If you’re looking for hot cross buns, look no further than Ima Cuisine and their all-day services. Grab one of their hand-made buns for brunch before heading over to Miann’s Chocolate Factory for your haul of Easter chocolate. There’s enough specialty chocolate eggs on offer that even the Easter Bunny won’t be able to keep up!

Explore the main street of Auckland and see if you can spot more Easter treats this long weekend.

Auckland Easter Egg Hunt

Hop into Auckland’s Easter egg hunt this year at ZaberriWorld, home of the best berries in New Zealand. One of the few events to go across the entire Easter weekend and then some, the egg hunt is sure to be fun for kids of all ages. There’s even regular visits scheduled from the Easter Bunny himself!

Not only can you pick your own berries as you hunt for eggs, there is face painting, inflatable fun, ice cream treats, and more through the school holidays. Bring the children out for the time of their life and don’t forget to have some fun yourself!

Easter Egg Hunt


Do I need to bring my own equipment for a sip and paint class?

We provide everything you need to create a masterpiece, including: an apron, paintbrushes, water jugs, palettes, canvas and easel, and more! You just need to bring your own food and drinks.

Can we choose what to paint?

Each class has a set painting that our artists will guide you through. We encourage you to add your own flair to your own painting, however. Art is interpretive and a personal expression, get messy with it!

How much does a sip and paint session cost?

The cost of a session ranges from $59-69, usually depending on whether or not it is a specialty session.

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