Auckland Fish Market a staycation destination these holidays

Don't bother with the traffic, cancel the Coromandel and instead select a city staycation this Easter. There are no shortage of things to do for young and old these school and Easter Holidays and Auckland Fish Market has come to the party with a packed agenda.

Auckland Fish Market a staycation destination these holidays 1

Since it opened its doors in December, the Auckland Fish Market has become a key inclusion on Auckland daytrip itineraries. It's ten tempting eateries and Sanford & Sons fish monger are a draw card in themselves but next week it will transform into a one stop shop for the ultimate staycation experience at Auckland's waterfront, offering kids activities, spots for date nights, family outings and long lunches with friends.

While the adults indulge, there is plenty for children to do at the Auckland Fish Markets these school holidays including:

  • Kids menus (all day, every day)
  • Chocolate fish hunt (all day, every day)
  • Kids face painting on Saturdays (20th and 27th April)
  • Balloon making on Sundays (21st and 28th April)
  • Kids cooking classes (Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Wednesday 24th April)

A favourite activity offered by the Auckland icon are kids cooking classes. The Seafood School will be hosting three classes, suitable for kids aged between seven and 12 years old with each class covering two dishes and a whole lot of skills and education. Led by The Seafood School's head chef, Paulie Hooton, who boasts 25 years' experience working in some of New Zealand's most iconic restaurants, the classes aren't just about filling the days in the seemingly long school holidays.

"It's no secret I have a true passion for cooking. I love the opportunity the school holidays bring to help inspire our next generation to get into the kitchen, roll up their sleeves and get cooking," says Hooton.

"You are never too young to learn about our food, good ingredients and how to prepare a delicious dinner. And parents, it could mean one less meal to cook each week if it becomes a staple in their repertoire!".

This activity is part of Auckland Fish Markets role in the Auckland hospitality industry.

"Our aim is to be a destination on everyone's weekend list. If it's to pick up some fresh salmon for tea, oysters for a dinner party, lunch with a girlfriend, fun with the family or a salubrious celebration, the Auckland Fish Market is your place," says Justine Powell, General Manager of Marketing and Consumer at Sanford.

"We've made a significant investment to restore this Auckland icon and want to encourage all Aucklanders to enjoy it with us."   

Make the most of dining out without the sting of a surcharge too. Auckland Fish Market will have no public holiday surcharge on Good Friday, Easter Monday or Anzac Day.Notes to editor:

Kids Cooking Classes can be booked online. For more information visit

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