Auckland is full of thrilling attractions for you to do this Easter.
With an impressive coastline, endless stunning beaches, majestic mountains and so much beauty, you won´t be short of things to do in Auckland. Think adrenaline activities, outdoor adventures, cultural exchange scenes, and much more. Here are 10 of the best things to do around Auckland this Easter. And get this! Most of them are free.
Prepare to indulge in a world of cultural diversity at this ten-day campaign in Mt Roskill War Memorial Park to celebrate over 60 diverse cultures that call Tamaki Makaurau home. Beginning on March 28, expect to see traditional dishes from around the world including Thailand, Cambodia, Russia, Spain and beyond. Past features have included Spanish Churros, Argentinian Wood-Fire Barbecue and Ethiopian Curry. As you gorge on plenty of nourishing samples, there will be live performances all day to keep you entertained. Excitingly, it is totally free of charge!
📍 Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, 13 May Road, Mount Roskill, Auckland
2. Takapuna Easter Carnival 2021
Another totally free and exciting event. This Saturday, March 27, grab your family and head down to this fun day out in Takapuna. Take part in the main event of the day, the adventurous Easter Egg Hunt. Be sure to register and collect your map from the info tent. Once set, you can follow the map, complete the cool activities at each location, then make your way back to claim your Easter goodies. If this alone isn´t enough to entice you, there will be performances by some incredible entertainers, as well as live music, games and other activities. Equally, there are over 150 places to drink and eat in Takapuna, so don´t forget to support the local businesses by splashing the cash on a delicious lunch or warm coffee. Visit the I Love Takapuna website for more information.
📍 38 Hurstmere, 38 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland
3. EarthGarden Picnic in the Vines
Wine lovers, this one is for you! For a little extra luxury, head to the exotic Mangere estate for a beautiful dinner, vineyard picnics and all the award-winning organic wine. Range specials include Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, Merlot and more. Each picnic basket is packed full of goodness like fresh salads, filled baguettes, tasty desserts, just to name a few. The events take place from March 16 to April 10. Reservations are required. Email email@example.com or visit the Villa Maria website to book.
📍 118 Montgomerie Road, Mangere, Manukau, New Zealand
4. Brunch Weekends at Marina Cantina
Start your Easter weekend with a glorious brunch paired with bubbly, vino, margaritas on tap, or some cocktails for extra spice. Marina Cantina is located inside Half Moon Bay´s Grangers, and serves mouth-watering Mexican cuisine. Who doesn´t adore loaded fries with pulled pork and cheese, huge chicken burritos, phenomenal brisket nachos and plenty more savoury options? Opt to sit on the terrace and take in the stunning views over Half Moon Bay Marina and Rangitoto Island. It´s the perfect treat for everyone involved. For booking information, visit the Grangers website.
📍 1 Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay, Auckland 2012, New Zealand
The best thing about this activity is that it is virtual. Therefore, you can lounge around the house and still enjoy this fun experience by trying to bag yourself one of the 10,000 free scoops of ice-cream. Read all about it here. You are just minutes away from winning the best ice-cream on the planet!
6. Roku Gin Garden
Make the most of the end of summer at this beachside pop-up in Azabu Mission Beach that serves iconic Japanese-inspired signature cocktails, fusion dishes and scrumptious snacks. Since its opening in late 2020, people have been obsessed with the unwinding atmosphere, friendly vibes and chic setup. During the Easter period, you can take advantage of the Omakase Series which explores botanicals harvested during each season through food and drink. A fantastic evening out for all foodies and gin lovers. For more information and bookings, visit the Azabu website.
📍 44 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
7. Waterworld Waterpark
Grab the kids and head to play in this fantastic spot for a fun-filled day of water sports. This giant inflatable floating structure is the closest thing you will get to the show Wipeout. Enjoyable, lively and outdoors. What more could you want? Everyone who takes part must be able to swim, so it is best the little kids watch from the superb beachside. Nevertheless, you´ll find plenty of other beach activities to keep them sweet. Time to avail of one of the most affordable things to do in Auckland this Easter. Head to their website for accurate locations and booking information.
📍 Various Locations
8. Rangitoto Island
Take the ferry to Rangitoto Island to explore Auckland´s youngest volcanic island. Once there, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Earth by climbing the summit and admiring the stunning Pohutukawa trees, native birds and breathtaking volcanic landscape with epic views of the mainland. Additionally, you can opt to visit the impressive Lava Caves or Rangitoto Shipwrecks, which is a graveyard of unwanted vessels from the 19th century. There are plenty of things for all the family to enjoy on this majestic island. For a cheap and cheerful adventure, get booking via Direct Ferries.
9. The Hobbit Movie Set
The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings filming locations are very close, making it a great day trip and one of the best things to do near Auckland this Easter. Just a two hour drive from the city, get ready to explore Alexander family sheep farm, the 12 acre set of the Hobbit Holes and learn how the movies were made. There are various types of tours on offer during Level One, although it´s best to check the Hobbiton Tours website for the most up-to-date information.
📍 Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand
10. Treat yourself to some seriously indulgent desserts
You can´t do Easter without chowing down on some of the finest chocolate in town. But why not pair your favourite chocolate with some scrumptious ice-cream? We have already tracked down the most delicious freakshakes in Auckland so check it out and take advantage this Easter.