The BEST family attractions and activities to visit in Auckland, New Zealand for a fun day out with the kids. Opening hours may differ as a result of COVID so please check before heading out to visit any of these family attractions with your family.
FEATURED FAMILY ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
91 Small Road, Silverdale, North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand
Open: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12pm – 9pm; Wed: 12pm – 5pm; Friday: 10am – Midnight; Sat-Sun: 10am – 10pm
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
Less than an hour’s drive from Auckland, a creative playground awaits! Designed to surprise and delight, works of art fill galleries and gardens bursting with colour and creativity.
The perfect place to inspire young minds, the gardens extend over 1.5km with sculptures, pre-historic rocks, reflective quotes and colourful plantings kids will love.
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
Auckland cruise departs: Viaduct Harbour, 175 Quay Street, Auckland City Centre
Set off on a Hauraki Gulf safari, direct from downtown Auckland, for amazing encounters with whales, dolphins, seals, seabirds and more! Seeing dolphins and whales up close in their natural environment is an unforgettable adventure, and one that’s simply magic to experience with your kids.
During the interactive 4.5-hour eco-cruise, kids can help the crew with research projects and learn fascinating facts about marine life. And if you don’t see marine mammals, you can cruise again for FREE.
2 Clist Crescent, Manukau City, South Auckland
Open Mon and Fri 10am to 4pm, weekends 10am to 5pm, school holidays and public holidays 10am to 5pm. Night Rides on selected dates during the year.
Note the park is closed on Tue, Wed and Thu during Term 2 and Term 3.
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.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
309 Broadway, Westfield, Newmarket, Auckland
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.
389 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Central Auckland
Open 7 days a week:10am to 7pm
VR Voom is one of Auckland’s biggest and most family-friendly Virtual Reality (VR) centres. They have a lot of VR experiences and content to try out, from 4D cinema experiences and survival games to motorbike racing and player versus player games that can accommodate up to 6 players at one time. They even have an Escape Room in VR challenge too. There are some options for kids under 6 years old to keep young ones included and entertained. VR Voom have different pricing options and packages for everyone.
10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, South Auckland
Experience a fun day out for the whole family. Travel back in time and see roaring and moving Dinosaurs in Dinosaur Kingdom. See Mermaids, unicorns and dragons in Mythic Creatures. See kiwis, otters, eels, crocodiles, alligators, monkeys, butterflies, farm animals and more. Book a train ride, grab a coffee and play in the free playground.
For full price and planning information for your visit to Butterfly Creek click here.
All Black's Experience
Level 4, 88 Federal Street, Sky City Precinct, Auckland
Discover the legacy, feel the passion and experience the All Blacks legend like never before. The All Blacks Experience is a guided, interactive journey through the Aotearoa New Zealand rugby story. Hear personal, exclusive revelations from New Zealand’s greatest players in black, steel yourself to face the mighty haka and step up to test your skills. Have you got what it takes to wear the black jersey?
Auckland locations: Avondale, Botany and pop-up locations
Enjoy fun activities with the kids on a family day out at Paradice Entertainment. Go Ice Skating on the rink, play a game of high-tech Laser Tag, challenge the family to an Escape Room adventure, or tee off for a round of mini golf at Putters Paradice.
Auckland locations: Takapuna and Auckland CBD
Thrillzone offers the perfect family fun day out, with plenty of options to choose from there is something for the whole family. Immerse yourself into a Virtual World with either the Omni or Hologate VR and use your body to control your virtual self.
Why not explore Takapuna as you race against the clock to solve challenges in the Escape Adventure, a scavenger hunt-styled mission. Thrillzone Takapuna’s KidsClub means fun for everyone, kids get free to roam the activities while parents can relax.
JUMP indoor trampoline park
Auckland locations: Avondale, North Shore and Takanini
Trampolines have been a part of kiwi culture for years and JUMP NZ is bringing back that joy on an extreme scale. As New Zealands premiere indoor trampoline park JUMP offers thousands of square metres of individual, interlocking trampolines, a foam pit, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops and more! As New Zealands only safety certified trampoline park, the staff at JUMP can make sure all members of the family are safe and looked after while at the park.
JUMP NZ is fun for the whole family! Book now to avoid missing out on a space.
Rixen NZ Cable Wakeboarding Park
Onehunga Bay Lagoon, Beachcroft Avenue, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
Fun for the whole family. Learn to wakeboard on Auckland’s only Cable Wakepark. From the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. All equipment and expert tuition is provided for a fun filled family experience.
Also available on site are gazebos, BBQ, Fridge and paddle boards to cruise the safe shallow lagoon. An adrenaline filled family adventure!
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Central Auckland
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 5:00pm (last entry at 4:00pm)
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!
12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, South Auckland
Open on weekends & during the school holidays Wed to Sun
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.
MOTAT - Museum of Transport & Technology
805 Great North Road & Meola Road, Western Springs, Central Auckland
MOTAT is New Zealand’s largest Museum of Transport and Technology. There are hands-on exhibitions and activities for kids of all ages to engage with and a multi-sensory play area for Under 5s. There is also a parent’s room with change table, a café, picnic tables and a play area.
Boundary Road, Woodhill Forest, North-West 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
New Zealand Maritime Museum
NZ Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is a place of stories, ambition, courage and exploration. It’s a place of amazing journeys where you can discover how our relationship with the sea has shaped the New Zealand identity. Through seven different galleries, find out how the first Polynesian people made the epic migration to Aotearoa, the early European exploration and settlement of New Zealand, right through to our modern-day yachting success.
Motions Road, Western Springs, Central Auckland
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.
The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Central Auckland, NZ
Housed in one of New Zealand’s finest heritage buildings, the Museum’s three floors tell the story of New Zealand. There is a Weird and Wonderful Discovery Centre that is great for the kids. Family events are regularly held on weekends and during the school holidays. All galleries are accessible by pushchairs and there is a parenting room for feeding young babies.
AJ Hackett Auckland SkyJump and SkyWalk
Sylvia Park, 286 Mount Wellington Highway, Mount Wellington, Auckland
Experience the thrill of Skywalking around the edge of the Sky Tower, 192 metres above Auckland. With no handrails to separate you from the drop, this challenge will get your heart racing while you take in the stunning 360-degree views of the City of Sails.
Jump from Sky Tower, New Zealand’s highest building with nothing but a wire between you and the ground 192m down.
Children must be a minimum of 10 years old and weigh at least 30kg to 45kg to partake in the SkyJump or SkyWalk.
86 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand
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.
AUCKLAND FAMILY ATTRACTIONS
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.
Arataki Visitor Centre
Scenic Drive, Waitakere Ranges, West Auckland
The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park. Experience the forest, harbours and city from this Scenic Drive location. Enjoy the breath-taking panorama from the viewing decks. Discover the plants, animals, landscapes and histories of the Waitākere Ranges in the discovery centre exhibitions and nature activities.
324 State Highway One, Warkworth, New Zealand
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.
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.
Lilliputt Mini Golf
Lilliput Mini Golf Auckland Courses:
– Around the World – Sylvia Park, Mount Wellington
– Safari & T-Rex Alley – 3 Tamaki Drive
– Dragon Quest – Lynnmall, New Lynn
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!