Animal School Holiday Programmes
Winter school holiday workshops in
Auckland for kids and teens who love animals.
Junior Keeper at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Fun interactive educational programme offers young people first-hand experience of a zookeeper's role and opportunities to see wildlife up close.
These sell out quickly so book early to get in.
Age: 11 to 13 years ($160)
Monday 10 July 2017: 9:15am to 3:00pm
Friday 14 July 2017: 9:15am to 3:00pm
Friday 21 July 2017: 9:15am to 3:00pm
Age: 8 to 10 years ($160)
Wednesday 12 July 2017:: 9:15am to 3:00pm
Thursday 13 July 2017: 9:15am to 3:00pm
Monday 17 July 2017: 9:15am to 3:00pm
Wednesday 19 July 2017: 9:15am to 3:00pm
Thursday 20 July 2017: 9:15am to 3:00pm
Age: 6 to 7 years ($110)
Tuesday 11 July 2017: 9:15am to 2:00pm
Tuesday 18 July 2017: 9:15am to 2:00pm
Horse and Arts School Holiday Programme
Ambury Park Centre, 66 Wellesley Road, Mangere Bridge
Runs during the winter school holidays
School holiday day programme at Ambury Park Centre based around horses, farm and art fun. (This does not include horse riding). For bookings and enquiries email:
Ages 6 to 13 years.
Horse Riding Warkworth
Horse Riding Warkworth, 42 Kaipara Flats Road, Warkworth
Scenic farm and forest rides. Bookings essential for 1 hour of 2 hour rides.
Cost: $45 for one hour of $80 for two hours.
Tasman Horse Rides School Holiday Day or Overnight Camps
Fordyce Road, RD1, Helensville, Auckland
Kids and teenagers learn riding skills in the morning, adventure out to enjoy trail riding over the farm in the afternoon, play team games on horseback, learn to trot, canter and gallop (if they want) all on a horse assigned to them for the camp.
Suitable for kids aged 6 to 16 years old.
Cost: $135 for one day; $220 for two days (overnight option $280); $330 for 3 days (overnight option $420); $430 for 4 days (overnight option $560; $550 for 5 days (overnight option $680).
Horse riding lessons
Hunters Ridge, 35 Whitford Park Road, Manukau, 2016
Choose which days you wish to come and how many. Students learn riding as well as horsemanship skills. It is a full day and they bring their lunch and refreshments. Gumboots and long pants plus a long-sleeved top is recommended.Transport is available from Botany McDonald's and Ellerslie Racecourse.
Prices $90 per day plus $5 transport
Pony Rides School Holiday Programme
Horse Riding Auckland, 371 Woodcocks Road, Warkworth, Auckland
Your child will learn all about horses and how to care for them.
Plenty of time grooming, hanging out with the ponies and getting professional riding instruction.
Cost: $85 half day or $138 full day.
Pets, Police Dogs and Exotic Animals!
Albany Community House, Albany Highway, Auckland
Spend the day with all the animals from Oracle Animal Care Workshops and Pet Parties and some amazing canine crime fighters. With loads of hands on learning and practical animal activities this will be the best day ever for animal lovers.
Make plaster casts of exotic little paws to take home with you, set up a huge habitat for the guinea pigs, and design your own underwater worlds for the fire bellied newts. All the reptiles will be there; bearded dragons, blue tongue skinks, water dragon, leopard geckos, tortoises and the bizarre looking snake neck turtles. For the fluffy animal fans there will be gorgeous bunnies, chinchillas, mice, guineas and the clever Pomeranian pups.
A highlight of the day will be a visit from the head of the Auckland Police Dog section to tell us about his work training these hard working canines, followed by an exciting police dog demonstration. Bookings required as places are limited.
Arobridge Equine First
114 Ness Valley Road, Clevedon, Auckland
Bannockburn Riding Academy.
56A Avon Road, Pokeno
This is a fantastic day for kids of all ages to come to during the school holidays and own a pony for a day. The get to catch, brush and saddle the pony, when they ride they do a basic lesson before they play games on horse back, go for a short farm or road ride, learn some basic jumping skills and if they do an afternoon or full day programme they dress up or paint the pony.
Cost: 10am to Noon $60, 1:00pm to 4:00pm $70 or 10:00am to 4:00pm $85