10 things to do in Auckland over the Easter break

by Vomle Springford / 27 March, 2018
the Holy mountain

The Holy Mountain. Photo/Youtube.

Stuck in Auckland over the Easter break?

These ten great things to do will make you realise you don’t have to leave the city to have fun.

The Holy Mountain and The Devils double feature

Film 

A 70s cinephile’s dream: The Devils is a religious horror once banned in several countries, and Alejandro’s Jodowrosky’s surrealist The Holy Mountain features nudity, sacrilegious imagery and outré violence. What a way to do Easter.

7pm, Sat 31 March
Academy Cinemas

Racing

Music

Auckland four-piece Racing are putting on a special Easter show, bringing their hypnotic psych-rock to the stage at the stroke of midnight, which also just happens to be when you can buy a beer after the sacrosanct alcohol sales ban ends.

Midnight, Fri 30 Mar
Cassette Nine, Vulcan Lane

Jim Gaffigan

Comedian Jim Gaffigan. Photo/Getty.

Jim Gaffigan

Comedy

US comic Jim Gaffigan avoids the exasperated-with-the-world style comedy of fellow middle-age white guy Louis CK, instead offering a bemused take on life, delivered in his affable, self-deprecating style.

7pm, Sat 31 March
Q Theatre

Plastic China

Film

Despite the eco-friendly intentions of recycling plastics, Plastic China reveals the heartbreaking impact on a family who have built their lives around the mountains of plastic waste imported into China. This is part of the Doc Edge Film Festival Presents season.

2pm, Sat 31 March
Academy Cinemas

Art by Denise Ramsay

Fuchsia excorticate by Denise Ramsay.

Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora

Exhibition

This documentation of native plants, as part of the Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition, highlights the role contemporary botanical artists play in recording and safeguarding our planet’s natural diversity. Take a stroll in the gardens after.

Fri 30 Mar-Sun 1 July
Auckland Botanic Gardens visitor centre, Manurewa

Brickman: Wonders of the World

Exhibition

Making its way from Te Papa, 50 wonders of the world built entirely with Lego will impress young and old. Lego Certified Professional Ryan McNaught, aka Brickman, and his team spent almost 5000 hours building the pieces for this exhibition.

Fri 30 Mar-Sun 13 May
Auckland Museum

Pop-up globe

The Pop-up Globe.

Pop-up Globe

Theatre

The Pop-up Globe was such a success it reopened in Ellerslie after its central city stint. The season ends mid-April so if you haven’t been, this is one of your last chances to experience an immersive spin on Shakespeare.

Shows on 30, 31 March and 1 April
Ellerslie Racecourse

Easter at Boric Food Market

Market

Venture out to Kumeu for fresh produce straight from the Boric family orchard and gardens, as well as Easter treats, hot cross buns and Kokako coffee. Kids will love the Easter egg hunt ‒ there will be 300 hidden on the grounds.

9.30am-2pm, Sat 31 March
1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu

Silo Cinema

Silo Cinema. Photo/ATEED.

Silo Cinema: The Lion King

Film

The animated movie that made every 90s child (and parent) cry will be cast against one of the towering silos on Good Friday. Bring a picnic and prepare to sing along.

9pm, Fri 30 March
Silo Park

Movies in Parks

Film

The delightful sequel to Paddington, Paddington 2, plays in Birkenhead on Friday night as part of the Movies in Parks season, followed by Oscar-award winning film Coco on Saturday.

Fri 30 and Sat 31 March
Birkenhead Memorial Park & Pt England Reserve

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