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Easter in Auckland: What’s open and things to do

Staying in town over the long weekend? Here’s how to keep busy.

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Who doesn’t look forward to Easter? Not only do you get a full four paid days off, but it’s a chance to enjoy the last of the warm weather before winter sets in. Plus, you get to tuck into some tasty chocolate with family and friends.

Even if you’re not able to head away this year, there’s plenty to do in the City of Sails to keep you busy. And besides, who really wants to sit in those awful traffic jams trying to get up north or to the Coromandel anyway?

Things to do over Easter

1. Auckland Bridge Climb

1. Auckland Bridge Climb from Klook

Highlights:

  • 1.5-hour experience climbing across the bridge
  • Expert guide, commentary and safety equipment included
  • Price: Child $90, adult $130
2. Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip

2. Tiritiri Matangi Island Day Trip from Viator

Highlights:

  • Approximately 8 hours
  • Bird sanctuary visit, guided walk, free time and complimentary coffee and tea included
  • Price: From $78 pp
3. Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Day Tour

3. Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Day Tour from Klook

Highlights:

  • 11-hour day trip with transport from Auckland
  • Includes entry to glowworm caves, boat ride and Hobbiton, with optional buffet lunch
  • Price: $228
4. Mary Poppins

4. Mary Poppins from Ticketmaster NZ

Highlights:

  • 2.5-hour show including interval
  • Allocated seating – choose where you want to sit
  • Price: $37
5. Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium

5. Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium from RedBalloon NZ

Highlights:

  • 2-3 hours
  • Explore 13 themed zones and discover thousands of underwater creatures
  • Price: Child $27, adult $39
6. Palm Springs Geothermal Pool

6. Palm Springs Geothermal Pool from Groupon

Highlights:

  • Stay as long as you like during opening hours
  • Naturally heated pools to relax in with separate kids’ pools
  • Price: $34 for a family of 4
7. Enjoi Waiheke Wine Tour

7. Enjoi Waiheke Wine Tour from Groupon

Highlights:

  • 7-hour experience
  • Visit 3 or more vineyards and enjoy 4-5 complimentary tastings at each one
  • Price: $129
8. 2020 Blues Super Rugby: Blues v Hurricanes

8. 2020 Blues Super Rugby: Blues v Hurricanes from Ticketmaster NZ

Highlights:

  • 2 hours including half-time entertainment
  • Different ticket prices based on where you want to sit in the stadium
  • Price: $26

What’s open over Easter?

New Zealand law states that shops must not be open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, although in some regions, there are restrictions now in place to allow the opening of shops selling certain goods on Easter Sunday.

While malls and clothing retailers are not able to trade, you will find restaurants, garden centres and dairies with their doors open.

If you want to spend some of your Easter long weekend doing a spot of shopping, check out the opening hours for the major shopping centres in Auckland. Please note that these are subject to change as the trading hours are confirmed closer to Easter, so make sure to double-check online before leaving home.

Shopping centreGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster Monday
Sylvia ParkClosed9am-7pmClosed9am-7pm
Westfield St LukesClosed9am-6pmClosed9am-6pm
Westfield NewmarketClosed9am-7pmClosed9am-7pm
Westfield AlbanyClosed9am-6pmClosed9am-6pm
Westfield ManukauClosed9am-6pmClosed9am-6pm
LynnMallClosed9am-6pmClosed9am-6pm
Dress SmartClosed10am-5pmClosed10am-5pm
Glenfield MallClosed9am-6pmClosed9am-6pm
NorthWest Shopping CentreClosed9am-6pmClosed10am-5:30pm
Pakuranga PlazaClosed9am-6pmClosed9am-6pm
Botany Town CentreClosed9am-6pmClosed9am-6pm
PAK’nSAVE Royal OakClosed8am-10pmClosed8am-10pm
PAK’nSAVE Wairau RdClosed7am-10pmClosed7am-10pm
PAK’nSAVE AlbanyClosed8am-10pmClosed8am-10pm
PAK’nSAVE ManukauClosed8am-11pmClosed8am-11pm
Countdown GreenlaneClosed6am-12pmClosed6am-12pm
Countdown Auckland CityClosed6am-11pmClosed6am-11pm
Countdown PonsonbyClosed7am-10pmClosed7am-10pm
Countdown NorthcoteClosed7am-10pmClosed7am-10pm
Countdown MeadowbankClosed7am-10pmClosed7am-10pm
The Warehouse NewmarketClosed8am-9pmClosed8am-9pm
The Warehouse St LukesClosed8am-9pmClosed8am-9pm
The Warehouse BirkenheadClosed8am-8pmClosed8am-8pm
The Warehouse Sylvia ParkClosed8am-10pmClosed8am-10pm
The Warehouse BirkenheadClosed8am-9pmClosed8am-9pm
Kmart St LukesClosed8am-midnightClosed8am-midnight
Kmart HendersonClosed8am-midnightClosed8am-midnight
Kmart ManukauClosed8am-midnightClosed8am-midnight
Kmart AlbanyClosed8am-midnightClosed8am-midnight
Kmart PapatoetoeClosed8am-midnightClosed8am-midnight

Top Easter deals

Snap Rentals Snap Rentals

Auckland Airport car hire from $21 per day

Available for travel on select dates. Sample fare is for Compact Toyota Yaris Automatic. T&Cs apply.

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Groupon Groupon

Up to 70% off travel

Valid on select dates depending on the destination. Destinations include Gold Coast, Port Douglas, Bali, Phuket, Fiji, Vietnam, Auckland, Wellington and more. T&Cs apply.

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 Adrenaline (AU) Adrenaline (AU)

Up to 50% off experiences + Extra $30 off with code

Coupon code valid on driving and flying experiences, water sports, land adventures etc when you spend $79 or more. Destinations include Auckland, Wellington and more. T&Cs apply.

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Viator Viator

Up to 50% off tours and activities

Valid on select dates depending on the destinations. Destinations include London, Rome, Paris, Sydney, Reykjavik, Las Vegas, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Momondo Momondo

New Zealand flights from $68 each way

Available on flights from July - December 2020 to Queenstown, Christchurch Dunedin and more. Sample fare is Auckland-Wellington with Jetstar.

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Booking.com Booking.com

Up to 15% off worldwide hotels

Available on stays from 1 June 2020 - 4 January 2021 in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Cape Town and more. T&Cs apply.

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