18 BEST Magazine Subscriptions for New Zealand Kids
A magazine gift subscription is a great idea for a Birthday or Christmas present for aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents for your children. Kids will find subscription magazines entertaining and they are often educational. Choose from one of our 18 favourite kids magazines to keep your kids entertained throughout the year. When a new magazine arrives each month (or quarter), it is like a new part of the gift arriving and it makes their birthday magical all over again.
1. National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids is an exciting monthly read for boys and girls that makes learning fun. From wildlife to space, geography to the environment, it has stories and stunning images to inspire children to project our beautiful plant.
2. NZ Rugby World Kids
New Zealand Rugby World Kids is a fun bi-monthly magazine for primary school aged children who like rugby. Rugby players and All Black heroes offer advice, encouragement and guidance on topics like getting fit, eating well, being safe yet determined to succeed. There are puzzles, quizzes, fast facts, posts and lots of other content perfect for any child who likes rugby.
3. Wild Things
Forest & Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club Hakuturi Toa has been connecting Kiwi kids to New Zealand’s amazing wildlife and wild places. When children become a member they will receive the quarterly magazine Wild Things which is aimed at ages 5 to 13 years. The magazine has articles, stories, games and activities about wild rivers, marine reserves, worms and New Zealand nature. Each issue is presented in an understandable, engaging and fun way with calls-to-action, so that kids and families can use their make a real difference to New Zealand’s nature.
4. Wacky... but true
The kids monthly magazine Wacky …. but true has NO ADS and lots of articles on history, nature, archaeology that is written in a fun and entertaining way for kids to enjoy. There are loads o activity pages such as this wacky world of ours, wacky people, wacky places and more. The Australian magazine is aimed at 8 to 14 year olds for boys and girls to enjoy.
5. Kookie magazine
Kookie is an Australian quarterly magazine filled with girl-led content that is completely advertisement free for girls aged 7 to 12 years old. There are articles on a wide range of topics such as: adventure, activism, science, sleepovers, craft, debate, books, problems and pets. The magazine has orginal fiction and comics too.
6. Upstart magazine
Upstart magazine is a bi-monthly kiwi kids mag with lots of fun articles, interview, kids’ letters and opinions for children aged 7 to 13 years old. As it’s a New Zealand magazine your children will be able to enter the competitions too.
7. OKIDO magazine
OKIDO monthly magazine is a British arts and science monthly read for children aged 3 to 7 years. Each issue is jam-packed with stories, experiments, fun activities, games, doodles and much more. OKIDO magazine makes science fun, exciting and accessible for kids. Designed to encourage curiosity, creativity and critical thinking, this magazine aims to inspire your child’s imagination for a life-long love for science and art.
8. The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag
A Jacqueline Wilson magazine subscription is a great gift for girls who love to read, write and create. With top tips from Jacqueline herself on writing short stories, novels and poems and drawing tips from Nick Sharatt as well. There are activities for fun crafts to do at home or with friends and helpful hints on being kind, brave, smart and having fun!
9. Minecraft World Magazine
Minecraft World Magazine is the perfect magazine for Minecraft gamers under 10 years old filled with tips on creating a world that is their own. The magazine is good both for kids that are new to Minecraft and just getting started as well as those that have been playing Minecraft for a while and are looking to create more challenging worlds with mazes and unique buildings. Minecraft World features incredible projects and worlds from other readers around the world. From replicating incredible real-life world heritage sites like Machu Picchu or building rollercoasters, there’s plenty of great tips, tricks and tutorials to keep your kids or grandchildren busy for hours.
The science focused monthly magazine Aquila has lots of fact based articles, puzzles and knowledge enhancing activities for children aged 8 to 12 years old.
11. Eco Kids Planet magazine
Animal loving children will enjoy the Eco Kids Planet magazine that is filled with animals from all over the world. Children can learn about the habitats, habits and fun facts about different animals in each issue.
12. Poppy for Real
Poppy for Real is an Australian magazine for tweens in the 8 to 11 age group with no advertisements. It’s great to see a magazine that is pitched just for tweens and the editor says “lets them be girls for a while longer”.
13. Science + Nature
The monthly magazine Science + Nature filled with content ranging from superhumans and the secrets of forensic science to NASA solar missions.
Anorak magazine is a quarterly “happy mag for kids” for boys and girls aged between 6 and 12 years old published by Studio Anorak in London. Filled with puzzles, project and imaginative work the magazine for kids to use their creativity to learn.
15. Double Helix
Double Helix is a science magazine from CSIRO for kids and early teens aged 8 to 14 years. With fun, exciting and quality articles, Double Helix promotes critical thinking and strengthens literacy skills while sparking an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. There are eight issues in an annual subscription and plenty to enjoy inside every magazine.
16. Just Kidding Junior
Just Kidding Junior is Australia’s highest circulating pre-school magazine dedicated to children aged 3 to 6 years. The magazine has a mix or educational, fun and interactive content and includes leading worldwide brands such as Bluey, The Wiggles, Thomas & Friends, Barbie, Peppa Pig, PJ Masks and more. Interaction between parents and children is encouraged by the magazine with puzzles and activities. There are 8 magazines in an annual subscription.
For young kids who can read and learning to read the Storytime magazine has NO ADS and is packed with traditional tales, folk tales, fables, myths, legends, poetry and book extract that you can read with your child. The monthly magazine is aimed at 3 to 8 years old and will enhance your child’s literacy skills such as spelling and increased vocabulary. You can also purchase an online edition of Storytime.
18. Story Box | Adventure Box | Discovery Box magazines
These three different magazines are aimed at different age groups: Story Box is aimed at 3 to 6 year olds, Adventure Box for 6 to 9 year olds and Discovery Box for children aged 9 to 12 years old. Each issue has lots of stories, fun facts, riddles and experiments. The three magazines are published 10 times a year.
Auckland for Kids is supported by you, our readers. When you buy through the links on our website we may earn a commission. All prices and product availability were correct at the time of publication.