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What’s on Sat 7 and Sun 8 July 2018

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018

Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand

Saturday Events

Tirotiro Whetū — Predawn Stargazing Matariki event

Picture - Stargazing at Arataki Visitor Centre, Auckland, NZ

Arataki Vistor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi
Saturday 7 July 2018: 6:00am to 8:00am

Join the Auckland Astronomical Society and maramataka expert, Rereata Makiha, for a very special stargazing event. Observe the Matariki cluster and other celestial objects which are an integral part of traditional navigation techiques. Learn the legend of Puanga, the star that heralds the New Year for Te Kawerau a Maki.


Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge


Auckland Harbour Bridge
Saturday 7 July 2018:  From 6pm-midnight every hour on the hour
Also on Friday 13, Saturday 14, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July 2018

Te Kawerau a Maki collaborate with the Vector Lights Project to tell the story of their ancestor, Maki, through the lighting of Auckland Harbour Bridge.


Cost: FREE

The Kids Only Market

Picture; The Kids Only Market in Auckland, New Zealand

Pt Chev Community Centre in cahoots with The Creative Kids Collective
Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland map

Saturday 7 July 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
The Creative Kids Collective

Come along to the market where kids run the stalls for other kids and adults! Kids can sell, swap, barter and free cycle their old stuff or make and create to showcase their own talents and skills. Busking children are encouraged! Coffee for adults is a essential element for a fun market so we promise to have it on tap. 


Saturday and Sunday Events

Night at Auckland Museum – Secrets….shhh!

Picture: Night at Auckland Museum in the July school holidays 2018

Auckland Museum, Atrium Entrance, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018: 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Things are going bump in the night at Auckland Museum. Voices are heard. Shadows are moving. The objects are coming to life! Grab a torch, wander the darkened galleries and come face to face with a multitude of characters with stories to tell. You may meet a dinosaur, a Pacific navigator, a suffragette, an ancient Egyptian servant, a warrior princess, a statue with attitude, a nurse, some soldiers and a whole lot more. Who knows what you might discover!Rosie the Head Night Custodian and her team will sneak you in and give you the lowdown. Rumour has it that Bob Tickbox, the Health & Safety Manager, is on the prowl ensuring that nosey visitors don’t get inside. You may want to come disguised as a security guard, cleaner or even a Museum object in case you bump into him…

Tickets: Earlybird (until Sat 16 June) $25; Standard online $30; Door sales if available $35


Turama Matariki Light Trail


Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Auckland
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018: 6:0pm to 8:00pm
Facebook: aratakivisitorcentre

Starting at the ancestral pou, explore the walkways and experience beautiful bush canopies as they are lit up to represent the nine stars of Matariki. Visit the pou whenua light box exhibition “Mai i te pouriuri – From out of the darkness” while being greeted by native sounds and sculptures.Bring your torch and conclude your hīkoi (walk) by following the ponga trail up to the lookout, where you will be greeted by ngā whetū (the stars). From here cast your eye across to the expansive lights of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). If you are lucky glow worms may even light your path.

Bookings essential, call: 09 892 4789 to book and pay.

Tickets: Children $5; Adults $10


Kahurangiariki Smith: MāoriGrl

Picture: Kahurangiariki Smith: MāoriGrl

Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport map 
Saturday 7 July 2018: 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday 8 July 2018: 11am – 3pm

MāoriGrl combines installation of a whare (house) and a video game to reinvent the story of Hine-tītama /Hine-nui-te-pō, the woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology. The game MāoriGrl serves as a contrasting visual reference to this story, with bright colours, a nostalgic wide-screen format, and abstract landscapes to create a naïve atmosphere in the gaming world.

Cost: FREE


BODY WORLDS Vital  Last weekend

Picture: Body Worlds Vital

Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand  map
Saturday 7 July  to Friday 13 July 2018

BODY WORLDS is the Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies – seen by 45 million visitors globally.  Vital explores the wonders of human health and wellbeing.


Cost: Children (0 to 4 years) FREE; Children 5 to 15 years $15; Student $25; Adults and Seniors $28; Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children).


Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide & Ice Bar

Picture - Aotea Square Ice Rink - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 10:00pm 

Tickets available at the rink

Your winter wonderland in Aotea Square Ice Rink is back with a series of fun events. Skate or slide against the backdrop of downtown Auckland and experience the magic. For the first time, an Ice Bar will be open to all ages offering cocktails and mocktails.

Aotea Square Ice Rink Tickets*: Children (under 12 years) $16; Adults; $21; Family pass (1 adult + 2 children) $49; Family pass (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) $55.

Aotea Square Ice Slide Tickets: 3x rides – $7.50; 5x rides $9; 5x rides after 6pm  $5

Aotea Square Ice Bar Tickets: Child entry and mocktail $15; Adult entry and mocktail (age 13+) $23; Adult entry and cocktail $30; Adult entry and two cocktails  $35; Family 1 adult + 2 children and a mocktail each $49; Family 1 adult + 3 children and a mocktail each $69; Family 2 adults + 2 children and a mocktail each $69.


Pou Rama

Picture - Pou Rama

Aotea Square, 50 Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: Lit from 5:00pm nightly

Pou Rama will illuminate the lower grass terrace of Aotea Square.  Pou Rama (Light Posts), features a series of free-standing light structures. Designed by Storybox, in collaboration with visual artist Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera). These are inspired by pouwhenua (land symbols of support) and represent creative wairua (inspiration), which is generated from te taiao (the environment). The whakairo designs express cycles of creativity and connections to place.


Cost: FREE


Amaze your Senses! at Auckland Zoo

Picture - July school holidays at Auckland Zoo, New Zealand - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 7  to Sunday 22 July 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm (Last entry at 4:15pm)

School holidays is the perfect time to tune in to nature and Amaze Your Senses! at Auckland Zoo.  Grab your activity sheet before heading off on a sensory adventure, where you’ll not only learn about the zoos animals and their senses.

Visit KidZone to collect your ‘scratch and sniff’ sticker and explore the sensory zone – you’ll be amazed by what you hear, see, touch, taste and smell at the zoo these holidays.

Online Tickets: Infants under 4 are FREE; Child $12; Adult $28; Family pass (1 adult and 2 children) $47; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $72
Tickets at Zoo: Infants under 4 are FREE; Child $14; Adult $28.50; Family pass (1 adult and 2 children) $51; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $76

Saturday and Sunday Events

Eastern viaduct free pump track


Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour Auckland
Saturday 7 July and Sunday 22 July 2018

Bring your bikes and scooters to have fun on the free community pumptrack at the Eastern Viaduct in the school holidays.

Cost: FREE


Journey back millions of years up the Sky Tower

Picture - DINO QUEST up Sky Tower, Auckland, NZ

Sky Tower, Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Go on a quest to become a ‘DINO ranger’, uncover bones and be immersed in dinosaur activities!
·       See where the dinosaur foot prints lead you
·       Save the baby dinosaurs from the lava flowing volcano
·       Be brave – don’t get ‘eaten’ by the lift
·       Uncover bones in the pit of sand
·       Complete huge dinosaur puzzles
Plus, look ‘out’ there might be someone watching you… Then accept the coveted DINO Ranger badge for bravery. Have a roaring good time these school holidays!

Cost:  Usual Sky Tower admission fees apply. Children under 6 are FREE;
Children aged 6 to 14 years $12; Adults $29


School Holidays at Rainbow’s End

Picture: School holiday fun at Rainbow's End - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Rainbow’s End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 7 to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily

School holidays is all about creating fantastic memories with your family and friends and what better place to do this than Rainbow’s End. There’s something for everyone these holidays with live entertainment everyday, a brand new show in the Motion Master and of course all the rides!

Child Superpass $49, Adult Superpass $59, Kidz Kingdom Pass: $32. Family discounts available – please see Rainbow’s End website


Butterfly Creek school holiday fun


Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport 
Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm

Keep the kids entertained these School Holidays at Butterfly Creek and Save 10% when booking online!  Butterfly Creek is the perfect place to hang out these holidays. There’s heaps to do regardless of the weather as they are mostly under cover.  There is an amazing array of animals to see – plus fun Arts & Crafts, the roaming dinosaur and special entertainment including Epic Entertainers (Spiderman & Spidergirl) & Monty the Monkey!

Cost: Usual admission charges apply. Book online to save 10% off an all attractions pass


Science Roadshow @ MOTAT

Picture: Science Roadshow at MOTAT

MOTAT, 806 Great North Road, Western Springs, Aucklandmap
Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Celebrating 30 years of science on the roads of New Zealand, the Science Roadshow is making a stop at MOTAT for the July school holidays. There are hands-on science experiments, activities and live demonstrations including some brain-stretching, stomach-churning, and mind-blowing learning.

Cost: Normal MOTAT admission fees apply


Auckland Metro Bird Club’s 109th Annual Show

Picture - Auckland Metro Bird Club

Ormiston Senior College, 275 Ormiston Road
Saturday 7 July 2018 onwards: Noon to 5:00pm
Sunday 8 July 2018: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Auckland Metro Bird Club

Bird show and fish display. There will be lots of Canaries, Budgies, Parrots, Finches and even Fish on display. Colour, song & fun for everyone!

Cost: Children $3; Adults $5


Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 7 July to  Sunday 26 August 2018

Don’t miss the blockbuster science exhibition from Te Papa and Weta Workshop at Auckland Zoo.  Featuring massive 3-D bug models within four magical chambers, Bug Lab is a spectacularly immersive and interactive experience for all ages that offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn from the genius of bugs.

Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Bug Lab here

Tickets to Bug Lab: Kids under 4 go FREE; Children $13, Student $16.50; Adult $18.50; Family Pass  – 1 adult and 2 children $36; Family pass 2 adults and 2 children $50


Secret World of Butterflies

Picture: Secret World of Butterflies at Auckland Museum, NZ

Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 7 July 2018 onwards

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns as new exhibition Secret World of Butterflies takes flight. View thousands of butterflies from the Shannon Collection, on display for the first time. Be amazed by these stunning insects in this family-friendly exhibition that reveals unbelievable butterfly facts and is packed full of interactive activities. Zoom in on nature’s designs or create your own butterfly and unleash it into a magical digital garden.


Cost: FREE for Aucklanders


Sunday Events

Manu Aute Kite Day

Sunday 8 July 2018
10am to 4pmTakaparawhau Reserve / Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, 19 Hapimana Street, Orakei map AND
11am to 4pm: Pukewīwī / Winstone Park, 1129 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill map AND
Noon to 4pm: Manu Tukutuku / Randwick Park  137 Shifnal Drive, Manurewa map

Manu Aute Kite Day celebrates the universal tradition of kite flying across Tāmaki Makaurau, with events happening simultaneously in Ōrākei, Puketāpapa (Mt Roskill) and Manurewa. Watch the sky fill with kites of all shapes and sizes, symbolically connecting heaven and earth. There are plenty of opportunities for kite flyers of all ages to send their messages to the heavens.

Cost: FREE event


Robotics at Onehunga Library 10 to 15 years


Onehunga Library, 85 Church Street, Onehunga
Sunday 8 July 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm

If you like designing, building and driving robotic vehicles then Robotics is what you should sign up for! Onehunga High School’s expert robotics team will be at Onehunga Library to host the Robot Olympics. All kids are welcome, but places are limited so bookings are essential.

Cost: Gold coin donation