What is open at Level 2 in Auckland for Kids?

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What is open at Level 2 in Auckland for Kids?

Find out what family attractions, galleries, museums and cinemas will be open in Auckland for Kids when we move down to Alert Level 2.

Auckland playgrounds and parks

You can take the kids to enjoy playing at the playgrounds, skate parks, basketball courts, pumptracks and parks in Auckland at Level 2 from Thursday 14 May. 

You should ideally stay 2 metres away from strangers and take care if you interact with people you don’t know as contract tracing won’t be easy.

Rainbow's End

Rainbow’s End reopens on Friday 15 May.  Rainbow’s End will be open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays during Level 2.  You must book your ticket online before you get to the gate.  The big park rides are all open, but Kidz Kingdom will remain closed.  Only riding passes will be sold, to reduce spectator clusters.


Snowplanet will reopen on Thursday 14 May at 5pm with additional measures to keep your family safe while visiting. Snowplanet will be open for 4 days a week (Thursdays to Sundays) to begin with. Each session is 2 hours with a 1 hour break between sessions to clean and sanitise the facility. Sessions times are: Thursdays and Fridays at 5pm and 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. 

Sky Tower

The Sky Tower will open on Thursday 14 May 2020, however the Sky Deck (Level 60) will remain closed to ensure the safety of customers and staff. When visiting the Sky Tower in Alert Level 2, you will be able to visit the Main Observation Level (Level 51), Sky Cafe (Level 50) and the gift shop on the ground floor.

Butterfly Creek

Butterfly Creek will reopen on Thursday 14 May. New opening times during Alert Level 2 are Wednesdays through to Sundays and School Holidays from 9:30am to 4pm (extended to 5pm on weekends and school holidays). The cafe will also be open.  Unfortunately during Alert Level 2 Butterfly Creek will be unable to run their animal encounters. 

Extreme Edge

New Zealand’s largest indoor climbing centre, Extreme Edge in Panmure will be reopening at Level 2 from 2pm on Thursday 14 May.  They have implemented safety and health procedures to ensure that Extreme Edge will be a safe environment for both customers and staff.

Uptown Bounce

Uptown Bounce reopens on Thursday 14 May. To ensure a safer bouncing experience you will need to book online before you visit.

Wallace Arts Trust at the Pah Homestead

The Pah Homestead will reopen at Level 2 on Thursday 14 May. All gallery spaces will be open from Thursday, following strict hygiene and physical distancing protocols.

The Homestead Cafe will also reopen on Thursday with seated service only and tables 2 metres apart. No more than 10 people in one group will be permitted.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium will reopen on Thursday 14 May with stringent health and safety measures in place. Visitors must pre-book their tickets online for entry and session times will be implemented.  

JUMP indoor trampline parks

JUMP will reopening at it’s 3 Auckland locations in Avondale, North Shore and Takanini on Thursday 14 May. Bookings need to be made online in advance.  Each of the venues will have a reduced capacity of 50 people on the trampolines in any given session, and trampoline distancing of 2.2m from each other. There will be regular sanitising of all touched surface areas every half hour and more. Everyone who enters the park must sanitise hands at entry. The foam pits, ninja courses and walking stick areas will be closed during Level 2. Learn more about JUMP’s safety procedures here.

Parakai Springs

Parakai Springs hot pools will be open from 10am on Thursday 14 May for a fun day out in their naturally heated pools. During Level 2 they will limit the pool complex to 100 people and groups must be 10 people or less and keep 2 metres away from other people. They will required contact tracing details when you enter. On weekends they will be running entry sessions from 10am to 3pm and from 3:30pm to closing.

Parakai Springs


Northart gallery in Northcote will reopen to the public on Thursday 14 May.

Te Uru Contemporary Gallery

Te Uru will reopen on Friday 15 May. Te Uru is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm on Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) and is FREE to visit. 

VR Voom virtual reality centre

VR Voom‘s 400 square meter virtual reality centre in Newmarket will be reopening on Friday 15 May.

Rocket Ropes

Rocket Ropes will be reopening on Saturday 16 May. Rocket ropes will be open on Saturdays and Sundays with booked session times. 

To celebrate opening again they are giving you 20% off any adult or child climb in May with the promo code OPEN20 when you book your climb online

Auckland Regional Parks

Auckand Regional Parks will reopen from Saturday 16 May.

Aotea Centre

Auckland’s Aotea Centre and the BOX Cafe and Lisa Reihana’s digital artwork in the foyer will be open to the public from 18 May 2020.  Concerts, shows and other activity will resume when possible.

Auckland Council Community Centres

The following 12 community and art venues will be opening from 19 May 2020: Ellen Melville Centre, New Lynn Community Centre, Onehunga Community Centre, Oranga Community Centre, Riverside Community Centre, Roskill Youth Zone, Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, Te Puke o Tara Community Centre, Wesley Community Centre, Hawkings Theatre, Mangere Arts Centre, Te Oro.

Auckland Libraries

The following 32 Auckland libraries will be reopening from 20 May 2020 under Alert Level 2: Mt Albert Library, Aotea Great Barrier Library, Takapuna Library, Pukekohe Library, Henderson Library, Te Atatu Peninsula Library, Te Manawa Library, East Coast Bays Library, Orewa Library Library, Botany Library, Highland Park Library, Northcote Library, Mangere Town Centre Library, Otahuhu Library, Te Matariki Clendon Library, Pamure Library, St Heliers Library, Manukau Library, Patatoetoe Library, Tupu Library, Papakura Library, Mt Roskill Library, Helensville Library, Warkworth Library, Albany Library, Waiheke Library, Glen Eden Library, Central City Library, Leys Institute Little Library, Blockhouse Bay and New Lynn Libraries.

The remaining Auckland Libraries will reopen after Queen’s Birthday weekend on Tuesday 2 June.

When you visit the library you will need to provide your contact details and you can borrow books and return books. All physical events in libraries are on hold, such as Storytime, Wriggle and Rhyme and book clubs. 

Auckland Council Fitness Centres and Gyms

Indoor Swimming PoolsAuckland Council owned and operated fitness centres and gyms will open from Thursday 21 May 2020. Selected group fitness classes will resumed onTuesday 2 June 2020. 

Certain swimming pools have re-opened now and from Wednesday 3 June all swimming pools will have reopened except for Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool and Leisure Centre which reopens on 6 June and Birkenhead and Otara pools which will remain closed. Find out the details about each indoor swimming pool here

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport is reopening on Monday 25 May. The new photographic exhibition ” Courage of the Everyday” featuring images by Tudor Collins will be on during this time. The new Level 2 opening hours are 10am to 3pm on Mondays to Fridays. The Torpedo Bay Cafe will also be reopening.

Auckland Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira will open its doors to the public on Monday 25 May. Visitors will again be able explore the Museum’s galleries and experience its new exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year from the Natural History Museum in London, which has been extended for a limited time. 

On reopening, to ensure the safety of the Museum’s visitors and staff, measures such as contactless, controlled entry limiting the numbers of people inside the Museum in at one time and one-way traffic flows through the building will be implemented. A digital entry system will provide contact tracing as required by government. Strict hygiene precautions and physical distancing of at least two metres between visitors not known to each other will be monitored and applied.

The Kai Room, Weird and Wonderful and Volcanoes galleries will not open at Level 2 due to the high touch interactive nature of these spaces. All school visits, public programmes and onsite events will continue to be suspended until further notice to ensure the safety of Museum visitors, people and communities.


MOTAT is reopened on Tuesday 26 May to welcome you and your  back on-site to enjoy the inspiring spaces, collections and exhibitions.  MOTAT’s spacious sites are a great help for maintaining safe distancing. However, the village cottages, MOTOT’s Under 5 Play areas, model railway space and tram interiors, and the tram service between M1 and M2 will not be operating/open at Alert Level 2. 

Opening hours during Alert Level 2 are 10am to 4pm 6 days a week (closed on Monday’s except for Queens Birthday).

General admission to MOTAT will be half price during Level 2

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo reopened on Wednesday 27 May when they are “Zoo Ready” so you and your family can visit safely. Normal operating hours of 9:30am to 5pm apply. You must pre-book your ticket before visiting the Zoo, and can book your arrival time into one of three sessions: 9:30am to 11am, 11am to 12:30pm and 12:30pm to 4:15pm, but you can stay as long as you want however.

Some indoor spaces will be closed where space as limited which includes the kiwi habitat, Kidzone, Vet hospital gallery, High Country hut and Meerkat tunnels. Prams will not be available to hire at the Zoo during Alert Level 2.

New Zealand Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum reopened on Wednesday 27th May. 


Stardome will be reopening on Wednesday 3rd June 2020 to the public on limited Tuesday to Sunday evenings from 6pm to 9.30pm for Planetarium shows.  Bookings will be essential during Alert Level 2. Unfortunately, Stardome will not be able to offer telescope viewing as part of your visit and some of our high-touch interactive displays may be unavailable. Stardome will be closed to public visitors during the day. 

Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery will reopen in late June 2020. Until then explore their collections online here.

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