Sunny plus bunny equals happiness

By Russell Blackstock, Gemma Hartley

Siblings (left) Monty 3 1/2 and Freya 2 1/2 run for the bouncy castle at the Auckland Easter show on Saturday. 26 March 2016. Photo / Nick Reed
Siblings (left) Monty 3 1/2 and Freya 2 1/2 run for the bouncy castle at the Auckland Easter show on Saturday. 26 March 2016. Photo / Nick Reed

Golden sunshine is expected to continue at some of our most-loved holiday hotspots for the remainder of Easter weekend.

Kiwis enjoying the long weekend across Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Islands and Wellington and in South Island tourism meccas Nelson, Queenstown and Wanaka, basked in sunshine and temperatures in their mid-20s yesterday.

In Auckland thousands enjoyed the Easter Show, including 3-year-old Monty, above. It was not so much fun for rabbits in Alexandra where shooters bagged 9680 at the 25th Great Easter Bunny Hunt.

Aucklanders were also treated to a sunny and humid day, with a high of 24C.

The golden weather is expected to continue today and tomorrow, especially across the upper areas of the North and South islands.

"Most folk who have gone away for the weekend will get summer-like conditions," WeatherWatch analyst Philip Duncan said. "There may be occasional showers in the North Island but they shouldn't spoil anyone's camping trip."

Higher air pressure has kicked away heavy rain clouds and temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 20s across most of the North Island until Tuesday.

Wellington will be cooler at around 20C and a cold front will hit the lower South Island from tomorrow.

"It is a bit more refreshing in the evenings across the top of the country but that is always welcome after a hot day," Duncan said.

Temperatures will reach the late 20s in parts of the Waikato and Northland tomorrow, and drizzle is expected in Canterbury as the cold front works its way north.

Meanwhile, the long-weekend road toll last night stood at three, all from crashes on Friday.

Twenty-three people have been injured in non-fatal crashes, including six motorcyclists after an incident during a pack ride through the Manawatu yesterday.

- Herald on Sunday

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