I went to the Auckland Easter Show 2013 yesterday, at the ASB Auckland Showgrounds. I figured that whilst I was in Auckland I may as well visit the show – after all, it only happens once a year. I have to say that for the first time in years I enjoyed the Auckland Easter Show. Now sponsored by Coca Cola, the Easter Show has returned to its original routes. Gone are the big rides and sideshows which attracted teenage louts and trouble, and back are the huge pavilions of farm animals of all kinds. What I really liked about this is that the Auckland Easter Show is now a family and friend safe zone – e.g. this is a good place once again to take young children without fear of incident etc.
The normal entry ticket price at $25 is a little steep, but if you enter promo code “AAEASTER” into the booking form on the EventFinder website, you can save 25% on single Adult tickets, and also on the ride tokens. Up to three children are free with each adult ticket. People who book online also get free parking ($8 at the venue), and free Saturday night concert tickets thrown in (which cost you $15 each at the venue). The concert is worth the ticket price alone. Last night I saw The Jupiter Project, Dane Rumble, and Titanium boy band – all of whom were excellent. NZ music lovers will enjoy this!
On the downside, the lack of big rides made the ride choices limited for adults. The only one I’d consider doing is Hollywood Horror – at $12 a throw this is very much a personal choice. Food prices were on par with expectation: $4 chips, $4 soft drinks, $4 hot dogs – and upwards.
Being a casino freak, and always looking for a game I can beat, I had a look at the carnival games at the Auckland Easter Show 2013 – and I have to say I found these to be generally expensive and offer little chance of winning. Even the open mouth clowns are now $5 a go – and they’re the easiest to win on. Throwing a basketball into a non-regulation hoop, throwing a softball into a modified milk can with tiny lids, hooking a duck where maybe 1 out of 300 has a decent prize – all of these games were on offer, and most at around $5 a game (the milk toss was $1 a ball). They offer worse odds than the very worst slot machines, worse odds than lotto even… I suggest avoiding them. Fun is good always, but games like this offer an expensive chance to play – well, that’s my thoughts anyway.
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