Zoos, Museums & Art Galleries
The BEST Zoos, Museums and Art Galleries to take the family for a fun day out in Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Art Gallery
There is a cafe on site, cloakroom, drinking fountains and change tables.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00am to 5:00pm (except for Christmas Day)
Cost: FREE (Charges may apply to special exhibitions)
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.
Opening House: 10:am to 5:00pm
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders; Donation for NZ residents; Kids $10; Adults $25; Families $60.
Explore 17 hectares of naturally inspiring and award winning habitats, home to New Zealand’s largest collection of native and exotic speciies.
The Auckland Zoo has for food/cafe facilities, two playgrounds, nappy change stations and lots of drinking fountains.
Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5:30pm (Summer)
Monday to Sunday 9:30am to 5:00pm (Winter)
Cost: Kids under 4 years old: free; Kids 4 to 14 years: $13; Students $19; Adults: $24; Senior citizens $23; Family pass ( one adult and 2 children) $45.
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MOTAT is a museum of Transport and Technology and is New Zealand’s largest transport and technology museum of its kind, over 40 acres on two sites. MOTAT has an under 5 gallery. There is also a parent’s room with change table, picnic tables and a cafe.
Cost: Kids under 5 are FREE; Kids aged 5 to 16 years and students $8; Adults $16; Senior Citizens: FREE; Family Pass $40
New Zealand 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.
Cost: FREE for Auckanders
Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre
The Arts Centre hosts a changing programme of exhibitions curated from the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection of over 7000 works as well as regional touring exhibitions. There is a cafe onsite where you can have coffee on a covered veranda overlooking the sculpture garden.
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday and Sundays: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: Entry is by donation
Stardome Observatory and Planetarium
670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland
Observatory Planetarium with planetarium shows, telescope viewing and gallery & exhibits.
Stardome’s gallery and exhibits are open every day and night, except Monday night. Please be aware that Monday to Friday during school hours, Stardome has no public planetarium shows.
Monday: 10:am to 5pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 10am to 5pm and 6pm to 9:30pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm and 6pm to 11pm
Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 10pm
Cost: Space Gallery & Exhibits – FREE
Planetarium Shows – Kids aged 3 to 15 years $10 to $12; Adults $12 to $15; Senior citizens $10 to $12; Family pass $40 (2 adults & 3 children)
420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, West Auckland
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery is a regional gallery locally rooted in West Auckland but globally minded. The gallery has a distinctive West Auckland focus but a national and international perspective. Te Uru presents a diverse programme of contemporary exhibitions, events and activities, including art, craft and design, to reflect and strengthen the full diversity of cultural identities, interests and potential of our community.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00am to 4:30pm
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
The museum tells the story of the Navy’s contribution to the development of New Zealand’s identity through the lens of the Navy’s values – commitment, courage and comradeship.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00am to 5:00pm
Silverdale Pioneer Village Museum and Gardens
Time Trail of buildings from the 1860s to the 1930s.
Saturday and Sundays: 10:00am to 3:00pm
(Also opens from Tuesday to Friday in summer)