Easter Events 2012
Plenty to do in Auckland
If you're planning to stay in Auckland over Easter you will find plenty of great events to keep you entertained.
Here's our pick:
Coca Cola Easter Show
ASB Showgrounds, Thursday 5th April to Monday 9th April, 10:00am to 6:00pm each day
The ever popular Easter Show returns with a host of new attractions. For the first time in its 161 year history, admission is free for kids under 12. Highlights include the Zikir Circus, acclaimed Kylie Minogue tribute show “100% Kylie” and a 12,000 sq m animal zone showcasing champion farm and domestic animals. There will also be cultural performances and stage shows of popular kids productions. Admission: kids under 12 free, adults $25.
George FM & Remix Magazine Britomart Easter Bash
The Nathan Club, Auckland CBD, Thursday 5th April, 9:00pm to 4:30am
Start your long Easter weekend with a bang at this party at two of Auckland's most exclusive venues, The Nathan Club and The Australis Room.With 10 of George FM's favourite DJs, Tim Phin, Dick Johnson, Nick D, Maya/Vanya, Thane Kirby, Sweet Mix Kids, Dan Aux, Dean Campbell, Rich Carey and Departure Club DJs, it promises to be a gig to remember. Unlike other events and parties which have to finish at midnight, this one will roll until the small hours of Good Friday morning. General Admission tickets are priced from $19.95, get yours from i-ticket.
Shooters Saloon, Kingsland, Saturday 7th April, 12:00pm to 12:00am
Open House Productions present an afternoon and evening of family friendly and dance friendly fun. Radio Ponsonby DJ’s Nyntee, Uncle Phil, James Chesterman, Brothers Unrelated and others will spin a range of sounds, from funk and rare groove through to soul, disco and house. Admission is free and there will plenty of activities for the kids throughout the afternoon.
Easter Fiction School
The Creative Hub Rooms, Maritime Museum, Saturday 7th April to Monday 9th April
At this three-day introduction to fiction writing you will learn important fiction techniques such as choosing the right point of view, writing great dialogue, finding your narrative voice and how to end a story. You will also learn how to transform your own life experiences into fiction. The Creative Hub offers a fun, supportive environment where you can explore your ideas and write new stories. The course cost is $420. Register online at The Creative Hub
Pine Harbour Fresh Market Easter Harvest
Pine Harbour, Whitford, Saturday 7th April, 8:00am to 12:00pm
The Pine Harbour Fresh Market takes its inspiration from the traditional French village market. You can find the best local and imported fresh produce and ingredients on the stalls, and, at this time of year, a fair bit of chocolate too. Whether you're into Greek olives and oils or Cornish pasties, you'll find something to suit your tastes here. So come, fill your basket and experience a little bit of Europe in this picturesque corner of Auckland.
Easter Sunday High Tea
Stafford Villa, Birkenhead, Sunday 8th April 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Celebrate Easter Sunday in style with High Tea at Stafford Villa. Enjoy their classic selection of delicate sandwiches and cakes and their range of special teas and coffees. There will also be hot cross buns and champagne on offer to mark the occasion. High Tea costs $40 per person, and groups are limited to 25. Contact Stafford Villa for enquiries and to make bookings.
Shihad - The Meanest Tour
The Powerstation , Eden Terrace, Sunday 8th April 8:00pm
Iconic Kiwi hard rockers Shihad will enthrall fans new and old with a dynamic set spanning their 20 + year career. This tour marks the release of their recent best of album, The Meanest. Get your tickets now from Ticketmaster.
Free Jazz Waiheke Easter Monday
Artworks , Oneroa, Waiheke, Monday 9th April, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Relax on Waiheke Island on Easter Monday to some classic jazz standards, performed by vocalist Briar Ross and kiwi jazz icon Malcolm McNeill. Admission is free although a gold coin donation would be much appreciated.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley