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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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Cooking shot showing traditional hot cross buns being glazed with a sugar syrup.

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
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 centre Good Friday Saturday Easter Sunday Easter Monday
Sylvia Park Closed 9am-7pm Closed 9am-7pm
Westfield St Lukes Closed 9am-6pm Closed 9am-6pm
Westfield Newmarket Closed 9am-7pm Closed 9am-7pm
Westfield Albany Closed 9am-6pm Closed 9am-6pm
Westfield Manukau Closed 9am-6pm Closed 9am-6pm
LynnMall Closed 9am-6pm Closed 9am-6pm
Dress Smart Closed 10am-5pm Closed 10am-5pm
Glenfield Mall Closed 9am-6pm Closed 9am-6pm
NorthWest Shopping Centre Closed 9am-6pm Closed 10am-5:30pm
Pakuranga Plaza Closed 9am-6pm Closed 9am-6pm
Botany Town Centre Closed 9am-6pm Closed 9am-6pm
PAK’nSAVE Royal Oak Closed 8am-10pm Closed 8am-10pm
PAK’nSAVE Wairau Rd Closed 7am-10pm Closed 7am-10pm
PAK’nSAVE Albany Closed 8am-10pm Closed 8am-10pm
PAK’nSAVE Manukau Closed 8am-11pm Closed 8am-11pm
Countdown Greenlane Closed 6am-12pm Closed 6am-12pm
Countdown Auckland City Closed 6am-11pm Closed 6am-11pm
Countdown Ponsonby Closed 7am-10pm Closed 7am-10pm
Countdown Northcote Closed 7am-10pm Closed 7am-10pm
Countdown Meadowbank Closed 7am-10pm Closed 7am-10pm
The Warehouse Newmarket Closed 8am-9pm Closed 8am-9pm
The Warehouse St Lukes Closed 8am-9pm Closed 8am-9pm
The Warehouse Birkenhead Closed 8am-8pm Closed 8am-8pm
The Warehouse Sylvia Park Closed 8am-10pm Closed 8am-10pm
The Warehouse Birkenhead Closed 8am-9pm Closed 8am-9pm
Kmart St Lukes Closed 8am-midnight Closed 8am-midnight
Kmart Henderson Closed 8am-midnight Closed 8am-midnight
Kmart Manukau Closed 8am-midnight Closed 8am-midnight
Kmart Albany Closed 8am-midnight Closed 8am-midnight
Kmart Papatoetoe Closed 8am-midnight Closed 8am-midnight

Top Easter deals

SkyscannerSkyscanner

Air New Zealand flights from $88 return

Available on flights until January 2021 to Auckland, Wellington, Great Barrier Island and more. Sample fare is Auckland-Rotorua. T&Cs apply.

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SkyscannerSkyscanner

New Zealand flights from $30 each way

Available on flights until August 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Napier, Rotorua, Dunedin, Wellington, Queenstown, New Plymouth and more. Sample fare is Auckland-Wellington with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.

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Snap RentalsSnap 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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 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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Cheap FlightsCheap Flights

Auckland flights from $89 return

Available on select dates until February 2021. Sample fare departs from Wellington with Jetstar. T&Cs apply.

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HostelworldHostelworld

New Zealand stays from $15/night

Available on select stay dates in Auckland, Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua and more. Sample rate is for a stay at K Road City Travellers. T&Cs apply.

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