The BEST family attractions to visit in Auckland, New Zealand for a fun day out with the kids.
UPDATE: While New Zealand is at Alert Level 2, many family attractions have reduced operating hours and require online booking before you visit. Please check for the most up-to-date information by clicking on the link for the family attraction you wish to visit before going with your family.
FEATURED FAMILY ATTRACTIONS
91 Small Road, Silverdale, North Shore, Auckland
Snowplanet reopened on 14 May 2020 with reduced opening hours
Open week days from 10:00am and weekends from 9:00am.
Make new memories at Snowplanet with all of the family. Grab your beanies and warm jackets for a fantastic day on Auckland’s indoor ski slope. Only 30 minutes north of the city you and the family can go skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing then relax in the restaurant afterwards.
Call 09 427 0044 | 0800 SNOWPLANET
VR Voom is Auckland’s biggest and most family-friendly virtual reality amusement centre. They have a lot of multiplayer games that can accommodate up to 4 players at one time. From 4D cinema experiences and survival games to motorbike racing and player versus player shooting games. They also have a kid’s section for kids under 6 years old to keep your young ones entertained. VR Voom have different pricing options and packages for everyone.
A fun day out for the whole family. There are kiwis, otters, eels,crocodiles, alligators, monkeys, butterflies, farm animals, dinosaurs, cafe, functions, shop, playground and a train.
2 Clist Crescent, Manukau City, South Auckland
Rainbow’s End reopened on 15 May 2020 with reduced opening hours.
Open every day except Christmas Day, with Night Rides on selected dates during the year.
Rainbow’s End is the perfect place for those special family moments of magic! You never forget your first roller coaster or conquering your fears on a new ride. Kidz Kingdom is also at Rainbow’s End with lots of rides especially for kids 8 under and is fully covered.
If you love technology check out Rainbow Playlab, the state-of-the-art entertainment centre with Virtual Reality, Virtual Sword Fighting, E-Sports and Escape Room! Entry is free to the Playlab and charges apply for each game.
Motions Road, Western Springs, Central Auckland map
Auckland Zoo has two large car parks providing free off-street parking.
Auckland Zoo reopened on 27 May 2020
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 5:00pm (last entry at 4:15pm)
Open every day except Christmas.
Auckland Zoo is home to 135 different species, over 1400 animals and has the largest diversity of wildlife in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Set in 17 hectares of lush parkland There’s lots to see and do all year round at Auckland Zoo, including keeper talks, behind-the-scenes experiences, safari nights, junior keeper holiday experiences and more.
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Dive into an amazing underwater world by visiting SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium in Auckland! Get closer than ever to fascinating sea creatures and marine life such as sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, octopuses and an array of colourful tropical fish. See the Southern Hemisphere’s largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display, the world’s biggest species of stingray and New Zealand’s only Turtle Rescue Centre facility. Journey through a unique Southern Ocean experience and marvel at the amazing jellyfish display and the magical Seahorse Kingdom where you’ll find the world’s only display of Spiny Sea Dragons. There are great mid-week specials and make sure you visit the indoor playground!
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
309 Broadway, Westfield, Newmarket, Auckland
Archie Brothers will reopen in Level 2
Open daily expect public holidays
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Think Cirque du Soleil meets Glastonbury. Mind-blowing decorations will lead you through to an extensive range of activities for fun-loving Kiwi families to partake in from dodgem cars to carousels, bowling, mini-rides and arcade games.
Once the kids have worked up an appetite, head to the American-style diner to indulge in colourful burgers, hotdogs, loaded fries and more.
Rocket Ropes is currently CLOSED
12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, South Auckland
Opening hours during weekends, school and public holidays: Summer 9:00am to 5:00pm and Winter 10:00am to 5:00pm
Rocket Ropes has an adventure high ropes course for kids aged 6 years plus and adults. Plus there is a Rocketter course for kids aged 2 to 6 years old, to experience a climbing course using carabiners. They can scale the pirate ship, delve into the tunnels, bounce on the spring steps and more to give them a climbing adventure like no other. Bookings are essential.
Tree Adventures is reopening at Alert Level 2
Boundary Road, Woodhill Forest, Auckland
Monkeys, prepare for the ultimate high ropes adventure. With 10 unique courses ranging from 3 to 14 meters above the ground, there is something for everyone – young baboons and professional primates alike.
Age suitability: 5 years plus
Sky Tower reopens on 14 May 2020
86 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Central Auckland
At 328 metres, the Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Every School Holiday period the Sky Towers puts on an exciting theme for families at no additional cost to the normal admission price, keep a watch on the Sky Tower promotions page.
Glenbrook Vintage Railway
Glenbrook Vintage Railway is currently closed.
Glenbrook Station, 24 Farm Park Road, Waiuku, South Auckland
Open on Sundays from late October to early June
Experience the golden era of “steam age” train travel at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, near Waiuku, south-west of Auckland. With a journey of 15 kilometres through beautiful rolling countryside to the historic harbour town of Waiuku, a unique and nostalgic experience for the whole family.
AUCKLAND FAMILY ATTRACTIONS
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19
150 Trig Hill Road, Onetangi, Waiheke Island, Auckland
EcoZip offers 3 unique flying fox ziplines and a native forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island! EcoZip adventures are fun for all ages. Complimentary pick-up & drop-off shuttle from the ferry terminal. To participate children must weigh more than 30kg and adults less than 125kg.
Around the World Mini Golf
Sylvia Park, 286 Mount Wellington Highway, Mount Wellington, Auckland
See the world in 18 holes mini golf experience. Prepare for a fun journey to different countries of the world with the kids. Sight see around the Arc De Triomphe or Leaning Tower of Pisa but beware, as around the corner is the hungry king of all the beasts in Africa.
Treasure Island Adventure Golf
Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, South Auckland
Ahoy! Treasure Island is a pirate themed fun and adventurous mini golf park. Putt around two courses which include features such as a pirate ship, cave, waterfall and more!
Kiwi Valley Farm Park
308 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson Valley, West Auckland, New Zealand
Kiwi Valley Farm Park is a great place for the whole family to spend time together in a relaxed country fresh environment. Kids can interact with animals found on a classic kiwi farm.
324 State Highway One, Warkworth, New Zealand.
Sheepworld is just 45 minutes north of the Auckland CBD.
Sheepworld provides a unique insight into how sheep are farmed in New Zealand, then harvested and how their wool is used. Daily live shows with the dogs rounding up and bringing in the sheep, which are then sorted and shorn. Kids will enjoy seeing the wide variety of friendly farmyard animals, and the informative eco-trail through native bush.