Best things to do on Queen’s Birthday weekend!
Jun 1, 2022

Enjoy delicious food, soak up amazing entertainment, be captivated by new exhibitions and so much more!

Yay! Another long weekend is upon us! This year, Queen’s birthday will be on the 6th of June, bringing another three day weekend for Kiwis all across the motu. 

If you haven’t already set your travel plans or you’re not quite sure what to do with your spare time, then look no further! We’ve got you covered with the best things to do for the upcoming long weekend! 

Let’s dive in!

How about high tea?

Fancy feeling like a royal for the afternoon? What better way to spend Queen’s Birthday weekend than heading to any of the many high tea spots located all across the country. Enjoy the exquisite cakes, sandwiches and tea as well as taking in the beautiful décor of the lavish hotels and restaurants. Some high tea spots even offer a glass of champagne, so you can have a proper good time! 

Get active

Are you the outdoorsy type? If the weather’s good then why not get out into nature and go for a walk or hike! We’re sure there’s a track that you haven’t been to in your city or town that offers stunning views. From easy strolls to hikes in the bush, there’s something to suit everyone!

If you’re not up for walking, why not go for a bike ride instead? Grabbing a rental bike has never been easier, just jump online to find one in your area. It’s a great, low-cost way to get out and explore your city or town! 

Grab a delicious bite!

Why not grab a table at that restaurant you’ve been wanting to go to forever? Long weekends are a great time to check out the best eateries, since they’ll be much quieter with everyone leaving the main cities for the break. So dive into a gourmet meal, tasty takeaways or scrumptious desserts! Whatever you’re craving, enjoy it in peace by missing the usual weekend rush! 

Check out these awesome shows!

Live entertainment is well and truly back! Now that we’re in the Orange light setting, shows are back in full swing! So why not spend the weekend being entertained? Aucklanders are in luck with a smattering of shows on at Basement Theatre and Q Theatre. Go check out Rhys Nicholson - RHYS! RHYS! RHYS! if you’re after a laugh! If you’re in Wellington, there’s some great shows currently on at Circa Theatre and Bats Theatre! So check out what shows are on in your area! Support your local artists!

Head down to the museum

It’s never been a better time to check out your local museum. There are some incredible exhibitions on right now! In Auckland, check out the new Auckland War Memorial Museum exhibition featuring a rare Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil or catch the breathtaking multi-media exhibition Inside Dali at Spark Arena. In Wellington, head to Te Papa for an exciting new exhibition Robin White: Te Whanaketanga, featuring more than 50 works from the acclaimed artist Dame Robin White. No matter where you live, spending the long weekend at the museum will be a fun and thought-provoking experience!

Watch the latest blockbusters and arthouse favourites!

Relax and unwind by heading to your local cinema to enjoy some fantastic movies! Go see the latest blockbuster releases like Top Gun: Maverick or Doctor Strange! Keen for something different? The Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival playing in cinemas across the motu showcases films all about architecture and design. Also check out the The French Film Festival playing at Rialto Cinemas in Auckland and Dunedin!

Fancy a trip to the market?

Spend this long weekend at the markets for a change of pace. Discover exciting foods, arts and crafts, clothing and more! There are heaps of great markets scattered across the country, ranging from your classic farmers’ markets to the cool inner-city night markets! If you’re in Mt. Maunganui, then head to the Re:generate Fashion Market on Queen’s Birthday (6th June). You’ll find over 40 stalls selling pre-loved and second-hand clothing and accessories! With so many vintage and retro goodies on offer, you’ve got to check it out! 

Do something for free! 

The best things in life are free! So why not do something that won’t break the bank! Head to your local park and have a picnic, cosy up with a great book or get creative and do an arts and crafts day at home. Paint, draw or make a sculpture out of random things in your house. The kids will love it! 

To save even more money, read our article on the top 10 money-saving tips from Kiwis like you! 

Relax at home with the loved-ones

If you’re not up to doing anything, then why not just relax at home? It is a holiday after all! So put on some comfy clothes, switch the TV on and chill. Maybe have some of the family around and enjoy some quality time with them. Or not! It’s totally up to you. After all, this is your weekend and there’s no reason you can’t just blob on the couch! 

Compare and save! 

If you find some extra time on your hands during the long weekend, then why not compare your bills!

It’s a quick and easy process that could save you hundreds of dollars!!

So jump onto NZ Compare to compare your broadband, power and financial plans! 

Just head to our website, enter in some details and select a few filters to match your preferences. Then you’ll see all the plans available to you. After that you can compare the plans side-by-side all on one page! 

Alternatively, you can give our friendly customer support team a free call on 0508 22 66 72. They’ll help you find the best plan for your needs!

By using NZ Compare, you’ll walk out of the weekend with a plan you love AND hundreds of dollars worth of savings! 

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As you can see there’s so much to do during Queen’s Birthday weekend! So get out there and have some fun!

From the team at NZ Compare, we hope you have a wonderful break! 

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