22 of the Best things to do in the April school holidays
The top 22 things to do in the 2019 April school holidays with your kids and family in Auckland, New Zealand
1. Head into SKYCITY for the day as Kids Go Free* for the holidays
SKYCITY, Victoria Street & Federal Street, Auckland
Daily from 13 April to 28 April 2019
SKYCITY has plenty of FREE things to do for the kids while you’re at SKYCITY these school holidays:
– One child goes FREE up Sky Tower with each paying adult.
– Kids and Adults go FREE to watch a MOVIE in the SkyCity Theatre upon showing their Sky Tower tickets. If you don’t want to go up Sky Tower, but want to see the movie. Then for each paying adult, one child goes free to the movie.
– One FREE kids meal at Gusto at the Grand with a paying adult for lunch or dinner
– FREE Easter Egg Hunt to find five giant eggs in SKYCITY
– Parking is only $10 for the day if you go up the SKY Tower too.
Full terms and conditions are here
2. Go for a boogie at the DiscoVERY at Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner of Wellesley Street and Kitchener Street.
Daily in the April school holidays from 10am to 5pm
The DiscoVERY space is set up for dancing at Auckland Art Gallery. A music video encourages you to take to the floor and join in. You can either wear what you have on, or try on something different from a selection of fun garments made by the artists. Your dance moves will be transformed in a live video feed using echo effects chosen by the artists. While the video feed is not archived, you are welcome to record yourself and your friends and family.
3. Take the kids for a FREE swim
Auckland indoor heated pools
Central Auckland, North Auckland, South Auckland, East Auckland, West Auckland
April school holidays. (Please check the pools operating hours before you go.)
Enjoy one of Auckland Council operated indoor pools where children and teenagers aged 16 years or younger get to swim for FREE.
4. Go on a family treasure hunt at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Road, Western Springs, Central Auckland
April 2019 school holidays
There’s plenty of fun activities to occupy the whole family for a day out at MOTAT throughout the school holidays!
- Go on a Treasure Hunt to solve five trails. Each trail has a new theme and is a little tougher than the last;
- MOTAT’s monthly LIVE day is on Easter Sunday and sees the Historic Village come to life as it might have been for New Zealanders in the late 1800s;
- Take a tram ride between MOTAT’s two museum sites and visit the Aviation Display Hall at Meola Road; and
Don’t miss the blockbuster exhibition Above & Beyond which finishes on Sunday 28 April.
5. Check out VR Voom's time machine, speeder and VR games
VR Voom, 393 Kyhber Pass Road, Newmarket, Auckland
Open in the school holidays from Noon to 10pm.
Try something new with the kids and watch a VR movie in the 2 seater 4D motion platform time machine cinema. Or ride the Speeder motorcycle which is on a 4D motion platform paired to produce a realistic VR motor racing experience. Plus there are the VR games for kids like Fruit Ninja, Job simulator and more. Children need to be 5 years+ to take part in the virtual reality entertainment.
6. Explore the Weird, Wild and Wonderful at Auckland Libraries
Local Auckland Libraries
Central Auckland, North Auckland, South Auckland, East Auckland, West Auckland
April school holidays
Explore the weird, wild and wonderful world in the April school holidays at your local library. Join in the fun learning activities and events for kids.
Cost: FREE activities
7. Show off your moves at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Meola Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 13 to Sunday 28 April 2019: 9:30am to 4:30pm each day
Learn all about animal movement at Auckland Zoo these school holidays. Upon arrival, kids can pick up their activity book and journey through the Zoo to learn more about how animals move. Compare how different animals walk, run and jump, and follow the clues to identify them by their tracks and traces.
In the undercover Domes join in the silent disco and ‘move it, move it’ with your family and friends to some of your favourite animal tunes. There will also be a host of indoor interactive activities for all ages to enjoy – from colouring in your own animal headband to building an animal home.
8. Go on an Easter Hunt and meet the Easter Bunny
Easter eggs are traditionally given out to children on Easter Sunday. Make your own Easter Egg Hunt at home for the kids.
Or you can attend one of the Easter Hunts on the long Easter weekend:
- Amazing Maze ‘N Maize Gaint Easter Eggstravaganza event info
- Easter Egg Hunt at Howick Historical Village event info
- I Love Takapuna Easter Carnival Egg Hunt event info
- Easter Celebrations at West City event info
- Easter Egg Hunt at Bounce & Beyond event info
- Highwic Easter Holiday Fun Peter Rabbit Trail event info
- Meet the Easter Bunny at Milford Shopping centre event info
9. Go to the theatre to see a live family show
Choose one of these fun shows to go with the kids in the Autumn school holidays:
- La View Dans Une Marionette – The Life of a Puppet at the Herald Theatre in the Aotea Centre from 17 April 20 April. Central Auckland
- The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate at The Pumphouse Theatre in Takapuna until Sunday 28 April. North Auckland
- The Sound of Music at The Harlequin Musical Theatre in Pakuranga until Saturday 13 April. East Auckland
10. Attend the Dawn Parade with your family on Anzac Day
The Court of Honour in front of the Auckland Museum in the Auckland Domain
Thursday 26 April 2019: 6:00am
Honour the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and other conflicts in which New Zealand has been involved in Anzac Day. Entry to the Museum is free to everyone on Anzac Day. The Museum will open immediately following the Dawn Service. Find out more about Anzac Day at Auckland Museum here.
11. Go on an Alien Pursuit at Stardome
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, 670 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland
Monday 15 April to Thursday 18 April, Tuesday 23 April, Wednesday 24 April and Friday 26 April 2019: 10am, Noon and 1pm sessions
Closed on Good Friday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day.
Join in the space room fun, rocket launching and We Are Aliens planetarium show at Stardome’s autumn school holiday activities. Find out what is an alien and how do astronomers search for life on foreign worlds. Bookings are recommended.
12. Take a ferry and walk to the top of Rangitoto, Te Rani-i-totonga-a-Tama-te-kapu
Fullers 360 Ferries go to Rangitoto each day in the holidays.
Check out their timetable here before you go: https://www.fullers.co.nz/
Rangitoto is just a 25 minute ferry ride from the city centre. You can walk to the top of Rangitoto on foot, or if the kids are tired then there is a 4WD train tour to the top that travells through the lava crops and pohutakawa forest. Then the kids just need to walk part of the way to the top of the summit. At the top you get a superb view of the Hauraki Gulf, Waitakere Ranges and Hunua Ranges.
Tips: There are no places to buy food on the island so remember to bring your lunch from home. You are best to bring a backpack or baby carrier for young children and leave strollers at home.
13. Have dinner at one of Auckland Night Markets
Various Auckland locations
Take the family out for dinner at a night market. The Night Markets are in different Auckland suburbs each night. You can find them at:
Sylvia Park, Under PK Furniture on a Monday night from 5pm to 11pm
Mt Wellington (under Countdown) on a Tuesday from 5pm to 11pm
Botany Town Centre on a Wednesday from 5pm to 11pm
Henderson (under Kmart) on a Thursday night from 5:30pm to 11:30pm
Papatoetoe (under Kmart) on a Friday from 5:30pm to Midnight
Shortland Street, Auckland CBD on Friday from 5pm to 11pm
Pakuranga under the Warehouse on Saturday from 5:30pm to Midnight
Glenfield Mall on Sunday from 5:30pm to 11pm
14. Go horse riding on one of Auckland's beaches
Both horse treks cater for all levels of experience and have friendly guides who help your children gain confidence on a horse. Plus both rides go through stunning scenery and along the beaches.
15. Take your family to the Night Rides Carnival at Rainbow's End
Rainbow’s End, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 13 April, Saturday 20 April and Saturday 27 April
Rainbow’s End is always fun and one of the top things on the list for our kids to do. If you have never been before at night then the school holidays are a perfect time to let the kids stay up late and experience the rides in the dark.
16. Go on a bug hunt
Your backyard and local neighbourhood
Anytime in the holidays
Give the kids a challenge to see what bugs they can find in your garden. If you don’t have a garden head to your closest reserve to see what you can find. Remember if they catch their insect to keep as pet, return them to the wild later that day so they will survive.
17. Go climbing with the kids
Where to go rock climbing on a wet day?
Extreme Edge, 40 Morrin Road, St Johns, Panmure, Central Auckland
New Zealand’s largest indoor climbing centre has climbing area for kids aged 2 years plus, an adults climbing area and Adventureland play zone.
Where to go on a high ropes adventure in South Auckland?
Rocket Ropes, 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, South Auckland
High ropes adventure course for all ages from preschoolers aged 2 years plus to adults. Bookings are essential at Rocket ropes.
18. Go on an urban playground crawl
Take the kids to discover playgrounds across Auckland for the day.
Cost: FREE apart from your petrol.
19. Dancing fun at Dance-O-Mat in Aotea Square
Aotea Square, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
Daily in the school holidays from Saturday 13 April to Sunday 27 April 2019
Join in the free family fun at Dance-O-Mat in Aotea Square. Plug in your phone or music device, pick your favourite song, push the red button and cut loose to the beat – bring the whānau for a fun day out in the city.
20. Climb to the top of one of Auckland's mountains and take in the view
Choose from Mount Eden, Mount Roskill, Mount Wellington, Mount Albert, One Tree Hill, North Head, Mount Victoria,
Open during daylight everyday in the school holidays
Pack a picnic and take the family for a walk to the top of one of Auckland’s mountains. Or if the kids have lots of energy, then you could always try climbing a few of them in one day.
21. Take a tour of the Chelsea Sugar Factory
Chelsea Sugar Factory, 100 Colonial Road, Birkenhead
Tours run from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday and are one hour long, bookings are required.
Take a tour of the sugar factory, then enjoy the free interactive kids zone. then afterwards you can enjoy coffee in the cafe while watching the kids play in the playground outside.
22. Go on a bike ride
Try out some new places to ride the bike with the kids in the school holidays.
Our favourite places for young kids are: Western Springs Park, Tole Reserve Ponsonby, Onepoto Domain in Northcote, Avondale learn to ride track and Greville Reserve Forest Hill. For all ages we like Westhaven Boardwalk, Waterview Shared Path and Tamaki Drive.