If you’re after a fun family outing this Easter weekend, these activities are sure to satisfy any cravings for chocolate, historical fun, and time spent outdoors.
Befriend farm animals at Ambury Regional Park
What’s Easter without chickens and bunnies, right? Get up close and personal with them at Ambury Regional Park. This working farm in Māngere Bridge is only 20 minutes from the central city and is free to visit. There are also sheep, cows, goats, turkeys and pigs, and you’re even allowed to get into some of the paddocks to mingle with them (except during lambing season from mid-July and early August).
Situated along the coast of Manukau Harbour, the farm park is also a perfect spot for birdwatching – 86 species of birds have been identified here, including native shorebirds such as kuaka (godwits), kawaupaka (little shags) and matuku moana (white-face herons). After you’ve experienced this menagerie of delights, settle down for an al fresco lunch at one of the picnic tables or make use of the barbecue facilities.