Family Day Out in
Northcote, Birkenhead & Chatswood Day Out
Discover 18 of the best things to do on a fun family day out in Birkenhead, Northcote and Chatswood on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand
Neigbourhood Parks, Reserves and Playgrounds
1. Onewa Domain
Sylvan Avenue, Northcote, Auckland map
This is one of our favourite Auckland playgrounds. Fun bike track for the kids, flying foxes, swings, board walks and more.
2. Birkenhead War Memorial Park
Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead, Auckland map
3. Le Roys Bush and LIttle Shoal Bay Reserves
Access off 210-212 Onewa Road, Hinemoa and Enterprise Streets, Birkenhead
Beautiful reserves for walking with your family on the tracks that connect local roads to the raupo wetlands, streams running from Birkenhead Village to Little Shoal Bay beach. See tall kauri, manuka and totara trees, tuis, kereru and tiwakawaka. If you go in the evening you may even be lucky enough to see the riverbank glowworms. Le Roys Bush Track Map
4. Cecil Eady Bush
Access off Tui Glen Road, Kauri Glen Road, Woodside Avenue, Lake Road, Holdaway Avenue, James Evans Drive, and Raymond Terrace, Birkenhead
Enjoy walking on the boardwalk
5. Kauri Glen Reserve
Entry points at: Kauri Glen Road, Gladstone Road, Paruru Avenue, Mahuta Grove, Woodside Avenue, Raymond Terrace and Tui Glen Road. Northcote
One and half hour loop tract that goes through beautiful bush with Kauri, Totara, Taraire, Tawa, Rewarewa, Maire and other native trees and plants. There is a board walk in parts. If you are luck you might spot the eels, fish and crayfish that live in the stream.
6. Kauri Point Centennial Park, Chatswood
Access off Onetaunga Road, Chatswood
Beautiful kauri park that goes down to Kendall Bay. Enjoy the views back to Auckland City across the harbour. Kendall Bay is a lovely spot for your family to swim.
7. Kauri Park
Entry points at Rangitira Road and Hebe Place, Birkenhead
Forest with Kauri trees up to 400 years old, with a large stream the goes into Soldier Bay. As the walk is quite steep this is more suitable for older children.
8. Birkenhead Pool and Leisure Centre
46 Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead, Auckland map
Rock climbing, swimming in the all year outdoor Osborne pool and recreational activities.
Art Galleries to explore
Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote, Auckland map
The gallery provides an accessible and community focussed programme of exhibitions by emerging and established, local and national artists. There are regular art classes for under 5’s, children and teens.
Libraries to visit
10. Birkenhead Library
Nell Fisher Reserve, Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead map
Northcote events include: Lego Club, Rhymetime, Storytime, Wriggle & Rhyme and Makerlab events. For details read more here.
11. Northcote Library
Northcote events include: Rhytime, eBook digital drop-in, Chinese Rhymetime, Family Fun time and Wriggle and Rhyme events. For details read more here.
12. Northcote Toy Library
5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland
13. Go fishing off the rocks
Chelsea Sugar Refinery, Colonial Road, Beach Haven map
Kid friendly cafes, restaurants and ice cream
14. Northcote Tavern
37 Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland
Family friendly Victorian pub with space for the kids to play outside.
15. Gelato Workshop
77 Birkenhead Avenue, Birkenhead
Superb gelato, push you can watch how they make the gelato.
16. Bloom Cupcakes
219 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, Auckland
Closed on Sunday and Monday
Watch a movie
17. Bridgeway Cinema
Explore local history
18. Chelsea Heritage Park and Chelsea Sugar Factory
100 Colonial Road, Birkenhead, Auckland
Go on the Original Sugar Workers Walk around the historic spots of the Chelsea Refinery.
From April 2018 you will be able to take a factory tour of New Zealand’s only sugar factory which was constructed from hand-made bricks back in 1884. Or you will be able to attend a baking class, visit the interactive exhibits and a cafe.