5 fabulous Easter events
Whether you’re heading away or staying put this year, great entertainment and fun activities are on offer around the country. Here are our favourites.
1 Eggs for a cause Hunt for Easter eggs in support of Starship Children’s Hospital in the Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt. Held successfully for the first time last Easter, the hunt sees 100 giant eggs created by leading and emerging New Zealand artists, designers and celebrities hidden in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Proceeds from the event will go to the Starship Foundation, a social-profit organisation which supports the national children’s hospital to provide world-leading care for more than 120,000 patient visits each year. Until April 7, the public can take part for a chance to win prizes by hunting for the artworks and bidding on the eggs listed on Trade Me. See thebigegghunt.co.nz. 2 Easy does it Head to Hawke’s Bay for the Big Easy, a 45km ride which kicks off in Havelock North on Easter Saturday, April 4. As the name suggests, this is not a serious business – cyclists are encouraged to take their time and enjoy the region’s distractions along the way. Families can ride as part of a ‘‘family start’’ for younger kids and bikes and gear can be hired for the event, which will take riders along the Hawke’s Bay trails. See thebigeasy.co.nz. 3 Sky high thrills Strap on your flying helmet for the Classic Fighters airshow in Picton. While than 100 aircraft from the Great War will be on show, this is more than a spectacle in the sky. The threeday event has a family atmosphere with entertainment, a kids’ zone, classic car displays, and mock airfield attacks complete with pyrotechnics. Held on April 3 to 5, the event raises funds for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. See classicfighters.co.nz. 4 Show and tell If you’re heading north for Easter weekend, don’t miss the 2015 Streets Easter Show at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds from April 2 to 6. Entry is free and the list of traditional and newer attractions is long, from carnival rides to ice skating and a nightly fireworks show. See eastershow.co.nz. 5 Blast from the past It’s a nice day for an ’80s flashback with Billy Idol performing in Christchurch and Wellington during his first concert tour of NZ since 1987. The punk pioneer and latter day rocker is joined by his band, including long-time collaborator and lead guitarist Steve Stevens, and special guests Cheap Trick and The Angels. Whether Idol, now aged 59, is still capable of a full-throated rebel yell remains to be seen. Find out at TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, on April 2 or Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, on April 4. See ticketek.co.nz.
Artist Piera McArthur’s painted egg is one of 100 hidden in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland as part of the Big Egg Hunt.