Hogging all the Easter fun

02:50, Apr 07 2012
FARM FRIENDS: Auckland's Easter Show features livestock, cartoon characters and fireworks at the ASB Showgrounds over the long weekend.

Because the calendar Gods don't align all that often, four-day weekends are something of a rarity.  So when it all lines up, surely it would be wrong to waste them. 

Even if the weather is a little bit dodgy over the next couple of days, there really is no excuse to zone out on the couch, eating hot cross buns and watching bad movie re-runs - here's what you could be doing instead:


Coca-Cola Easter Show
As livestock, cartoon characters and fireworks fill the ASB Showgrounds, this iconic Easter tradition has gained a new lease on life this year as new features are added and even more things are there to see and try.

ASB Showgrounds from 10am - 10pm April 5 - 8 and 10am - 6pm April 9.  Tickets: Adults $25, kids (12 - 19 years) $10, under 12's free (up to three per adult)

Waiheke Jazz Festival
Three days, as much jazz as you can handle and the beautiful Waiheke Island as a backdrop.  Jump on the ferry and check out Nathan Haines, Nairobi Trio and Julia Deans among other brilliant musicians transforming the island into a musical paradise.


Various venues on Waiheke Island. Tickets from $49 per day from the Waiheke Jazz Festival website

Trinity Roots
Performing on both Friday and Saturday night, Trinity Roots are a real Easter treat.  Their unique blend of psych-rock, reggae, dub and soul was sorely missed when they split in 2005, but now one of New Zealand's best loved bands are back.

Sawmill Cafe, 142 Pakiri Rd, Leigh.  Tickets $45

Borderline Festival
It must be Easter if Whammy and Wine Cellar are opening their doors for this three-night musical extravaganza.  With the likes of Tono and the Finance Company, Princess Chelsea, and Street Chant lined up to play, it's going to be a delicious delight.

Whammy Bar and Wine Cellar, St Kevin's Arcade, Karangahape Rd.  Tickets $40

Antique & Collectable Fair
Once a month Avondale Racecourse turns into a treasure-hunters paradise.  Who knows what you might take home with you - furniture, art, pottery, vintage clothing or books.

Avondale Racecourse from 12 - 5pm on Saturday and 8am - 2pm on Sunday.  Entry is $2

The Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Ice Cream Big Day Out
If chocolate isn't your thing then Easter must be tough for you.  Luckily you can head to the Kapiti Store for a tribute to ice-cream.  Decorate your own creation, and a child's scoop is free with every adult purchase.

Kapiti Store, 19 Shortland St between 11am - 4pm

Easter Carnival
Kicking off at midday, this family-friendly day of music and dancing features a bunch of local DJs spinning everything from rare groove funk and soul through to disco and a bit of house music plus activities for the kids.

Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Rd. Entry is free

Soljans Wine Estate Berba Festival
Ever wondered what it feels like to squash grapes between your toes? Now's you chance to try it, as Soljans opens their doors for the annual Berba Croatian harvest festival.  Head along for winery tours, samples, grape stomping and live music.

Soljans Estate Winery & Cafe, 366 State Highway 16, Kumeu. Entry is free


Shihad - The Meanest
They are Kiwi rock royalty and this weekend Shihad will play all their biggest and best songs in a massive show at the Powerstation.  Split into an up-close and personal half and an all out rock God half, the set will cover all the songs you know and love.

Powerstation, Mt Eden Rd.  Tickets $52.50 from Ticketek and Real Groovy

Leigh Carnival
It's the  traditional country fete that happens every Easter Sunday - and this year is no different.  You could win fresh snapper on the arcade games, snare a bargain in the rare wine action, scream on the carnival rides, take a lucky dip and paint your face, and enjoy lots and lots of food.

Leigh School, Hauraki Rd, Leigh between 9am - 2pm

GrapeVinyl 2nd Anniversary
Jump in the car and drive just 30 minutes from Auckland and you will find a stellar collection of music from Opensouls, DJ Sirvere, Sweet Mix Kids and more in this birthday celebration.  Shuttle bus is available.

Ascension Wine Estate, 480 Matakana Rd, Matakana from 12pm.  Door sales $50

Patti Austin at the Bruce Mason Centre
Hare and the Tortoise at the Bruce Mason Centre
Easter Monday Legend Race Day at Ellerslie Race Course

Jersey Boys at the Civic
The Specials at Shed 10
Lucinda Williams at the Town Hall

Steve Earle at the Kings Arms
Hanussen - The Palace of Burlesque at Q
Sinarella at the Mangere Arts Centre

Science in the City at the Cloud
Food Philosophy with Nadia Lim at Nosh Mt Eden.

* What are your Easter weekend plans? Let us know in the comments below

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