April is a busy month with Easter and the school holidays. In Auckland there are plenty of events on this month to keep the kids occupied and the Pasifika Festival is back after being rescheduled due to the lockdown last month. Make sure you book your rental car in advance this month to avoid disappointment over the busy period.
Auckland Easter Mega Fun Carnival
There is something for all ages with kids rides (Carousel, Tea Cups, Dragon Wagon, the Giant Slide, Top Gear, Train Ride and more), family rides (Ferris Wheel, Dodgem Cars, Ghost Train, Haunted Ship, Flying Dragons, Sizzler and more) and thrill rides (Hurricane, Turbo Boost, Explorer, Round Up, Gravitron, Scream Machine and more). Along with New Zealand’s biggest range of sideshow and fun games with clowns, darts, skittles, catch a fish and pop-a-balloon all coming, as well as a great range of traditional carnival food.
When: April 1st – April 5th 2021
Where: ASB Showgrounds
Van Gogh Alive
Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life, giving visitors the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational. Adults and children delight in the super-scale show, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives. But don’t just take their word for it: experience it for yourself!
What: Van Gogh Alive
When: Apr 10th – May 6th 2021
Where: Spark Arena
Auckland’s award-winning Pasifika Festival has grown to become the largest Pacific Island cultural festival of its kind in the world. Over the years, Pasifika has featured fashion shows, theatre performances, a pop opera and sports competitions, with input from numerous Pacific Island leaders, performers and community groups. This not-to-be-missed annual festival now attracts around 60,000 visitors over the two days, featuring over 200 food and craft stalls and welcoming many artisans from around the islands.
What: Pasifika Festival
When: April 10th – April 11th 2021
Where: Mt Smart Stadium
Happy Place is an immersible experience and instagrammers delight, which is loved by celebrities. Explore multiple rooms featuring larger than life installations that are multi sensory such as the World’s largest confetti dome, a giant rainbow complete with a pot of gold, a rubber ducky bathtub, a cookie room, an upside down room and a bloom room filled with Marigolds.
What: Happy Place
When: April 17th – May 23rd 2021
Where: Spark Arena
Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true.
What: Jersey Boys
When: Apr 17th – May 16th 2021
Where: The Civic
Six60 are going to be the first ever band to play at the iconic Eden park Stadium. Six60’s Saturdays tour will carry on over Anzac weekend at Auckland’s biggest stadium. It’s a massive feat for the band who have always dreamed of playing there.
When: April 24th 2021
Where: Eden Park
Our:House – Fields: Festival
Spend your Anzac day on the fields of Ellerslie Racecourse and listen to some sweet house music as the sun sets. This line up is stacked with Ostan, Josh Butler (UK), Bodyocean, Chores, Weird together, Tim Phin, and Sin along with many more. R18
When: April 25th 2021
Where: Ellerslie Racecourse
Best Foods Comedy Gala
The Best Foods Comedy Gala is back with an incredible lineup to kick off the 2021 New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Expect big laughs from this fast-paced live show with bite-sized sets from some of Aotearoa’s comedy superstars. Leading the lineup this year, our host is the multi award-winning Queen of NZ comedy, Justine Smith.
What: Best Foods Comedy Gala
When: Apr 30th 2021
Where: Aotea Centre
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