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What’s on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018 in Auckland for Kids and Families

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2018

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

Saturday Events

Maori Language Celebration Day at Auckland Museum


Auckland Museum 
Saturday 15 September 2018:  10:00am to 1:00pm

He Taonga Māori – the Māori Gallery, will reverberate with Te Reo through music and dance. There will be a great free public line-up of performances with Te Whānau Āwhina (Clendon Park School), Kahurangi ki Uta (Papakura High School) and featuring one of Aotearoa’s top recording artists, Ria Hall!

Cost: FREE event


Mauku Country Life Day


Mauku School, 389 Union Road, Mauku, Pukekohe
Saturday 15 September2018: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Country Life Day at this Cool Rural School.   There is animal juding, stalls and more.

Cost: FREE entry


Disney’s Moana Reo Māori


Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, Waitakere, Auckland
Saturday 15 September 2018 11:00am to 1:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Arataki Visitor Centre

Don’t miss these free screenings of the Māori language version of Disney’s Moana, in celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Māori media company, Matewa Trust produced the very first reo Maori version of a full-length Disney animation film, using the talents of Māori artists including Jaedyn Randall and Te Kaea host, Piripi Taylor.
Rated: PG. Please note: No English subtitles. No booking required, limited space.

Cost: FREE


Rhymetime at Waitakere Central Library


Waitakere Central Library, 3 Ratanui Street, Henderson
Saturday 15 September 2018: 10:30am to 11:00am

Rhymetime is a fun, free session that encourages children aged 18 months to 5 years to sing, move and practise co-ordination. Join in the songs, rhymes and stories each Saturday.

Cost: FREE event.


Plunket’s New and Nearly New Sale


Takapuna Primary School, 23 Auburn Street, Auckland
Saturday 15 September 2018: 10:00am
East Coast Bays Plunket

New and nearly new sale, bake sale, live entertainment, face painting, sausage sizzle and more.

Cost: Gold coin entry.


Half Day Sail aboard Spirit of New Zealand


Princes Wharf, Auckland
Saturday 15 September 2018: 9:00am to Noon

Join a Half Day Sail aboard Spirit of New Zealand for children aged 10 years plus and adults. Enjoy the unique sailing experience of sailing an iconic tall ship around Waitemata Auckland Harbour. Children aged 10 to 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 

Book online or phone 0800 472 454.

Cost: Children 10 to 15 yrs: $35, Students:$40, Adults: $80


Muriwai guided ranger walk


Maukatia Bay carpark, Muriwai Regional Park, Muriwai
Saturday 15 September 2018: 10am to Noon
Arataki Visitor Centre

Join park ranger Van Haresnape as he shares his knowledge and stories about caring for Muriwai. Each year during spring the gannets come home to Muriwai to nest and raise their young. After months spent at sea, they return to rekindle their relationships. Immersed in the beautiful surrounds of Muriwai, watch these sea birds soar, dive and build their nests.Suitable for all ages interested in conservation. Wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing for coastal environment – weather changeable. Booking mandatory or for more information call the team at Arataki Visitor Centre: (09) 892-4777.

Cost: FREE


Auckland Hobbies Fair

Freemans Bay Community Central, 52 Hepburn Street, Auckland City
Saturday 15 September 2018: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Facebook: Auckland Hobbies Fair

The Auckland  Hobbies fair is New Zealand’s largest collectors fair for diecast models, model trains, collectable toys, model train layouts, working models, sci-fi collectables, and much more.  Including: Dinky, Corgi, Lledo, Matchbox, Solido, Minichamps, Spot-On, Fun-Ho, Hot-Wheels, Ixo, Diecast Models, Old Tin Plate Toys, Meccano, Model Trains and accessories, Model Boats, Toy Soldiers, Meccano, kitsets, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Batman, TV Themes, McDonalds Toys, Dolls & Bears, Miniatures, Postcards, DVDs, Books, Magazines, Records, Plastic Models, Planes, Vintage Tools, Military Memorabilia, Motor Racing, and more.


Entry: $5 per person (primary school children free if accompanied by adult), FREE ENTRY AFTER  2 PM


Good as new Spring Pre Loved Kids Market


Orewa Community Centre, 368 Hibiscs Coat Highway, Orewa
Saturday 15 September 2018: 9:00am

Good as New Pre Loved Kids Markets

50 stalls over 3 indoor halls. Quality Pre Loved Kids Clothes, Toys, Books, Games, Buggies, Nursery Furniture and Accessories. Great Coffee, Face Painting for the kids. 

Saturday and Sunday Events

Magical September


Ellerslie Village Town Centre, Ellerslie
Saturday 15 September to Sunday 30 September 2018: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Facebook event page

Enjoy Magical September at Ellerslie Village. Join in the Fairy Door Trail & Pirate Treasure Hunt, Fairy & Pirate Morning Tea, Fairy Mail Box and Colouring Competition.

Cost: FREE event 


Secret World of Butterflies


Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 15 September 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


Conservation Week at Butterfly Creek


Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pear Drive, Auckland Airport
Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 September 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm


Enjoy two daily conservatiion talks about Wētāpunga & Butterflies at Butterfly Creek.Conservation Week Wētā Encounter at 11:30am includes:
– Butterfly Creek’s role in the Wētāpunga breeding programme
– Ideas to increase the Tree Wētā population in your garden (including shelter design and food sources)
– General information about Wētāpunga and Tree Wētā
– This talk will include an encounter with a live WētāpungaConservation Week Butterfly Encounter  at 3pm includes:
– Information about New Zealand butterflies
– How to enhance your garden to encourage NZ butterflies
– This talk will also include an encounter with the tropical butterflies.

Sunday Events

Battle of Britain Parade


Court of Honour, in front of the Auckland Museum, Auckland
Sunday 16 September 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Join Auckland Museum and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Association to commemorate the Battle of Britain and all those who have fallen in the Air Forces. A parade and service accompanied by a flyover by the Warbirds will take place on the Court of Honour.

Cost: FREE event


Ellerslie Village Magical September – Union Post Little Pirate Kids Zone


Ellerslie Village Town Centre, Ellerslie
Sunday 16 September 2018: Noon to 3:00pm
Facebook event page

Enjoy lunch at Union Post while your kids are looked after by the Captain, with entertainment from the Friendly Pirate.

Cost: Regular menu prices apply, kids babysitting while you at the Union Post is FREE.

Meet the Villagers


Howick Historical Village, Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, Auckland
Sunday 16 September 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Howick Historical Village

Today the living museum bursts to life with costumed villagers going about their day to day tasks as if they were living in the 19th century. Join in the many activities on offer including attending a victorian school lesson (this will make you laugh out loud), making butter, sampling food cooked on a coal range, watching demonstrations by the 65th Regiment Soldiers and much more.


Conservation week guided ranger walk – Arataki Nursery

Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, Waitakere, Auckland
Sunday 16 September 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Arataki Visitor Centre

Join the Park Ranger Brendan Mackie as he shares his knowledge about the plants in the Waitakere Ranges, what makes them unique and why planting native trees is important for conservation.Suitable for all ages interested in conservation. Wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing for coastal environment – weather changeable. Booking mandatory or for more information call the team at Arataki Visitor Centre: (09) 892-4777.

Cost: FREE


Mitre 10 Cup:  QBE North Harbour vs Bay of Plenty


QBE Stadium, Stadium Drive, Albany
Sunday 16 September 2018: 7:35pm to 9;30pm


Tickets:  Children 4 years and under are FREE; Children aged 5 to 14 years $5 to $10; Adults $25 to $35