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.

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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.

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