What’s open at Step 2 of Alert Level 3 in Auckland?

What’s open at Step 2 of Alert Level 3 in Auckland?

Magic Bikes at Kidz Kingdom in Rainbow's End theme park | Auckland for Kids
Magic Bikes Ride in Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow's End

Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau will move to Step 2 of Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 9 November at 11:59pm.

Find out below which of your favourite places will be opening to visit in Auckland when we move to Alert Level 3, Step 2.

The good news is that lots of Family Attractions, Zoos, Museums, Libraries and Shops will be reopening in Auckland at Step 2. 

Remember to keep scanning QR codes, or keep another record of where you and your family go. Each venue has it’s own specific rules for visiting, so check their websites (which are linked in the article below) to find out their visiting procedures  and if there are any recent changes before you visit with your family.


Retail shops can reopen on Wednesday 10 November 2021. 

Customers need to keep 2 metres apart and both staff and customers are required to wear face masks or face coverings.

Find out more at: covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/alert-level-3/alert-level-3-steps-1-to-3/


Butterfly Creek

Butterfly Creek reopens on Wednesday 10 November 2021. 

Butterfly Creek will be operating term time hours from Wednesday to Sundays.  Online bookings are recommended to help Butterfly Creek manage capacity.

Butterfly Creek are doing everything they can to ensure your visit  is safe and enjoyable. The exhibit & movement spaces are spread over a large area of around 18,000 square metres, with around 1 km of pathways. All staff are double vaccinated and they ask that you only visit if you are vaccinated (if eligible) and stay home if you are unwell.

Due to difficulties in planning pupae shipments we have only a very limited number of butterflies in the butterfly house at present. We have urgent shipments arriving in the next week and aim to have butterflies flying by 20th November.  However, there are heaps of fun animals to see at Butterfly Creek including the giant crocs, otters, cotton top monkeys and cute baby farm animals. Plus you can see the roaring dinosaurs, mythical mermaids and unicorns during your family visit. Train Rides and animal encounters are unable to operate under the current restrictions. 

For the latest information about visiting see:  www.butterflycreek.co.nz/level3reopening

Tamarins at Butterfly Creek
Cotton Top Monkeys at Butterfly Creek

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo will allow Zoo members to visit the zoo from Thursday 11 November in very limited numbers.
Auckland Zoo is not reopening for the general public until Friday 3 December 2021.

Under Level 3, Step 2, only current annual pass members with a confirmed booking slot – made in advance through the Zoo website – will be able to visit the Zoo.  Anyone visiting at Alert Level 3, Step 2 will not be required to show proof of vaccination.

Unfortunately, there will be no general admission tickets or new membership sales available at this stage. Auckland Zoo plans to reopen to general visitors in late November.

Find out more at: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/covid-19-response

Flamingo at Auckland Zoo
Pink Flamingo at the Auckland Zoo | Photo: Auckland Zoo

Sealife Kelly Tarltons, Auckland

Kelly Tarltons reopens on Thursday 11 November 2021.

Due to capacity restrictions and enhanced social distancing measures, all guests (including infants) MUST pre-book for your visit and you are required to enter at your pre-booked timeslot. Once inside, you can stay for as long as you wish.


Rainbow's End

Rainbow’s End reopens on Friday 12 November 2021 with select rides and limited sessions.
Open Friday’s Saturday’s and Mondays with sessions start at 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm

Rainbow’s End are keeping things exciting by offering you two options to visit at Level 3, Step 2.

Choose from a Rainbow Pass for the under 8’s that allows 2 hours of playtime in Kidz Kingdom (outdoor only) for $25! Under 2’s are FREE. Rides open include Magic Bikes, Jumpin Star, Surf N Swing, The Carousel, Space Shuttles and the Car Wash Convoy. Spectators can ride with their children under 9 and cost $8 each.

Or choose a Fast Fun Pass with unlimited rides on 4 rides: The Goldrush Coaster, Bumper Boats, Skoropin Karts and Family Karts for 2 hours for only $29. Spectator passes are $5.

All staff will be fully vaccinated. Visitors over the age of 12 are required to wear a mask and need to have at least 1 vaccination to enter Rainbow’s End.  When Rainbow’s End moves to the traffic light system then double vaccination will be required.  If you are medically exempt from being vaccinated, you cannot visit at this alert level. 

Find our more and buy your passes at: rainbowsend.co.nz/fast-fun-passes-level-3

Bumper Boats at Rainbow's End
Bumper Boats at Rainbow's End


Sculptureum in Matakana re-opens from Wednesday 10th November. 

The Gardens and Galleries will be open 7 days a week and Rothko-to-Go takeout is available from Thursdays to Saturdays.

Pre-bookings are essential at: www.sculptureum.nz

Sculptureum Snails
Giant Pink Snail Sculpture at Sculptureum in Matakana

Brick Bay Scupture Trail

The Brick Bay Sculpture Trail opens on Wednesday 10 November 2021.
Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Enjoy the sculpture trail at Brick Bay in Warkworth with the family.  There is no need to pre-book tickets for the Sculpture Trail. Tickets can be purchased on arrival at Brick Bay.

Masks, scanning in and keeping a 2 metre distance are mandatory requirements when visiting. No groups with over 25 people are allowed.

Although you can’t dine in at the Glass House Restaurant, but there is  an extensive new take-away menu so that you can still enjoy a wide range of our offering with contact-less pickup. 

Find out more at: www.brickbaysculpture.co.nz

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail
Brick Bay Sculpture Trail


Auckland Museum

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Musem reopens on Monday 15 November 2021
Opens at 10am Monday to Friday, and 9am on weekends

Visitors will again be able explore the Museum’s galleries including the free exhibitions: SHELF-LIFE by international award-winning British photographer Mandy Barker and Love & Loss which explores expressions of love, loss, hope and longing shared between lovers, friends, and families. 

The museum will have managed entry during Level 3, Step 2 and have a maximum capacity of 500 people at any given time of the day. Due to confined spaces, the Pou Maumahara desk, Volcano House, Colours and Holocaust Galleries, and Haumanu within the Te Whiwhinga Imaginarium education suite will not be open. Families, please note that all interactivies will be deactivated at the museum including Under the Tanoa and Weird & Wonderful.

Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Musem

However, visiting the Museum will be a slightly different experience as Auckland Museum works to keep its people and visitors safe while they explore our galleries and taonga. The Museum will continue to follow all the workplace health and safety measures and Ministry of Health guidelines required in a COVID-19 environment, including contact tracing, face coverings, social distancing and hygiene measures in accordance with government alert levels.

At Level 3, Step 2 scanning the COVID-19 Government QR Code is compulsory to visit Auckland Museum. For visitors without access to a mobile phone, a manual register will be provided. Also, in keeping with government requirements, all visitors over 12 years of age and older will be required to wear a face mask at all times within the building. Strict hygiene precautions, and physical distancing of at least two metres between visitors not known to each other will be monitored and applied. 

Food and drink will be unable to be consumed in the Museum, as masks must remain on at all times. Water fountains will not be operating, and the Kai Room will not be open for use. Both the 1929 Espresso Bar and Tuitui Bistro and Café will operate for takeaway service only and any purchase must be consumed outside the Museum. Throughout this period the Museum will remain cashless accepting Paywave only and no cash. The Museum Store will also be open for cashless purchases, with physical distancing of at least two metres between visitors.

The Museum will be closed to the public on dates where the Domain may be used as a site of mass demonstration.

Find out more at: www.aucklandmuseum.com

Museum of Transport and Technology

MOTAT will reopen to the public on Wednesday 10 November 2021. 
Opening hours will be 10:00am – 4:00pm, 7 days per week.

MOTAT has large exhibition and outdoor spaces that can be explored, and their friendly Visitor Hosts are available to answer any questions you have and assist you with enjoying your visit safely.   

MOTAT Aviation Hall
MOTAT's Aviation Display Hall

MOTAT is committed to keeping your whānau and the community safe. You may notice a few changes around the site on your next visit as they follow  Ministry of Health guidelines to help reduce the possible spread of COVID-19. 

At Level 3.2, MOTAT will only have 100 visitors onsite at any one time.  Smaller places that will be closed include: The Print Shop, Model Railways and Station Waiting Room, some MOTAT Village spaces, Scooter exhibition and MOTOT’s. The trams will not be operating at Level 3.2. Tickets are discounted at Level 3.2 by 50%, as some of MOTAT”s facilities are unable to open under the current alert level.

All adults and children over the age of 12yrs are asked to wear a mask while onsite, unless medically exempt.

All of MOTAT’s staff onsite will be fully vaccinated for the protection of your whānau and their team. A weekly deep clean and regular cleaning of the interactives will ensure the site is safe for you and your whānau. Their onsite café ‘Steamed’ will be operating a takeout only menu, so you can still get a coffee to enjoy outside.

Find out more about visiting at: www.motat.nz/visit/visiting-motat-during-covid-19-alert-levels

Howick Historical Village

Howick Historical Village re-opens on Wednesday 17 November.

With lots of outdoor spaces and beautiful gardens the Village is a lovely option for families with children.  Measures will be in place for distancing (mostly a one bubble/household per building will apply). Step back in time and learn the history of Auckland’s earliest settlers. Picnickers are welcome!

Find out more at: www.historicalvillage.org.nz

Howick Historical Village Villagers Day
Howick Historical Village in Pakuranga, Auckland

New Zealand Maritime Museum

The NZ Maritime Museum is re-opening on Friday 12 November 2021.
Opening daily from 10am to 4pm, with the last entry at 3pm.

Visit the spacious indoor galleries, watch the midday cannon fire, and see the new family-friendly exhibition I am Island and Sea.

Visiting protocols include mandatory sign-in, wearing a mask or face covering and physical distancing. 

The heritage sailings and tours will not be operating and the cloakroom will be closed during the current alert level.

Visitors are not required to disclose their vaccination status.

Find out more at: www.maritimemuseum.co.nz/covid-19-update


Te Uru Art Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery

Te Uru reopens on Wednesday 10 November 2021. 

Entry is via the front entrance and contract tracing is mandatory via the the NZ COVID tracer app or a private drop box if you do not have the app. Visitors over the age of 12 are requested to wear a mask. Maintain physical distancing while in the gallery of two meters from anyone you do not know.  Find out more at: www.teuru.org.nz

Auckland for Kids visits Te Uru in Titirangi
Auckland for Kids visits Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Auckland Art Gallery reopens to Gallery Members on Mon 15 and Tues16 November and to the public daily from Wednesday 17 November from 10am to 5pm.

At Alert Level 3 Step 2, all visitors to the Gallery are required to sign-in, wear a mask or face covering and comply with increased 2 metre physical distancing and hygiene measures. The Creative Learning Centre, cafe, members lounge and cloakroom are closed at Step 2.


Rocket ropes will reopen from Saturday 13 November 2021 at Level 3.2.

Get the kids out for some outdoor exercise fun. Rocket Ropes  is well spaced out and climbers have plenty of room to and move around.

Prebooking are essential and strict health and safety measures: extra cleaning regime, maximum group sizes of 20 people (including spectators) will be in place. 

Find out more here: www.rocketropes.co.nz

Girl climbing at Rocket Ropes
Having fun at Rocket Ropes


Auckland Public Libraries can reopen on Wednesday 10 November 2021 at Step 2 according to the government. However Auckland Council has not stated what date the public libraries will be re-opening which we know will be disappointing to many families and children.

From Wednesday 10 November 2021, all libraries will offer a daily contactless click and collect service, excluding Sundays  from 10am to 4pm. When you visit the library a face mask or covering must be worn, you need to sign-in and keep two metres apart.

Find out more at: www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/covid-19-update.aspx

New Lynn War Memorial Library
New Lynn Public Library


Outdoor exercise classes can have up to 25 people (including instructors).

People must keep 2 meters apart during the classes.

Find out more at: sportnz.org.nz/resources/play-active-recreation-and-sport-at-alert-level-3-step-2/


Professional coaching can begin again for sports that can be conducted within the Step 2 rules. For example: tennis, golf or horse riding coaching provided it is on an individual or small group basis and physical distancing of 2 metres is maintained (e.g. total numbers must be kept under 25).

At Step 2 you cannot play contact sports (e.g. football, rugby, basketball) or sports that involve sharing equipment (e.g. netball or basketball). Gyms and indoor recreation facilities such as swimming pools and sports halls cannot open at Step 2.

Find out more at: sportnz.org.nz/resources/play-active-recreation-and-sport-at-alert-level-3-step-2/


Playgrounds, skate parks, pump tracks and basketball courts are open. 

Auckland Regional Parks and open for exercise and recreation.


Beaches are open but you must stay close to the shore if you are swimming, paddle boarding surfing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing or windsurfing. 


Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 can go to school.

Students in Years 9 and 10 should continue learning from home.


Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people can go ahead, with the removal of the 2-household restriction. You cannot meet family and friends indoors.

Physical distancing is strongly encouraged to help prevent the virus spreading between households.


Public places that have decided NOT to re-open at Alert Level 3 – Step 2 include:

  • UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture in Howick will remain closed until 2022.

  • Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport remains closed at Step 2 of Level 3 and will not open until Level 2.

  • The Pah Homestead in Hillsborough will be closed at Step 2 of Level 3.

  • Stardome observatory and planetarium in Epsom will remain closed. No planned re-opening date has been announced.

  • Warkworth Museum is not re-opening at Step 2. They are working towards a possible opening date in December with the safety of their volunteers and visitors being a key priority.

Swimming pools cannot open at Step 2. 

You cannot eat in at restaurants, cafes, or food courts at Step 2. Cafes and restaurants will only be open for takeaways, delivery or drive through. 

Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons must remain closed until we moved to Step 3.  

Cinemas and theatres remain closed and will not reopen until Auckland moves to Step 3. 

You cannot stay stay overnight away from your home. This means you cannot stay at an Airbnb, go camping or hire a campervan in Auckland.

You should continue to work from home if you can.

Primary and intermediate schools remained closed. Years 9 and 10 should continue learning from home.To