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
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the home of the visual arts in New Zealand. Explore their collection of more than 15,000 artworks. There is a Creative Learning Centre for the kids and drop in family sessions on Saturday afternoons.
There is a cafe on site, cloakroom, drinking fountains and change tables.
Daily 10am to 5pm (except for Christmas Day)
FREE for New Zealand residents (Charges may apply to special exhibitions)
Children 12 and under are FREE
International adults $20; International students and seniors are $17
The Auckland Domain, Parnell
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 hours: 10am to 5pm
Cost: FREE for Auckland residents kids and adults; Donation invited for NZ residents;
International visitors: Kids $10; Adults $25; Families $60.
Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
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. Last entry at 4:15pm (Summer)
Monday to Sunday 9:30am to 5pm (Winter)
Prices: Infants 0 to 3 years old are FREE; Kids 4 to 14 years: $13; Students $19; Adults: $24; Senior citizens $19; Family pass for one adult and 2 children $45.
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805 Great North Road & Meola Road, Western Springs, Auckland
MOTAT is New Zealand’s largest Museum of Transport and Technology. There are hands-on exhibitions and activities for kids of all ages to engage with and a multi-sensory play area for Under 5s. There is also a parent’s room with change table, a café, picnic tables and a play area.
Daily from 10am to 5pm
Kids under 5 are FREE; Kids aged 5 to 16 years $10; Students $10; Adults $19; Super Gold Card Holders with ID FREE; Overseas senior citizens $10; Family Pass (2 adults and up to 4 children) $45
New Zealand Maritime Museum
Cnr Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
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.
Daily from 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day). Final admissions are at 4pm each day.
Auckland residents are FREE;
Visitors to Auckland: Children $10; Adults $20; Seniors $17, Family Pass $40
Sailing charges are additional for Aucklanders and visitors to Auckland.
Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre
72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
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: 10am to 3pm
Saturday and Sundays: 8am to 5pm
Cost: Entry is by koha (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: 10am 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
Last entry is 15 minutes before closing time.
Prices: Space Gallery & Exhibits – $2 per adult and $1 per child.
Planetarium Shows – Kids aged 3 to 15 years $10 to $12; Adults $12 to $15; Senior citizens $10 to $12; Family pass $40 to $50 (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 10am to 4:30pm
Cost: FREE entry
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
64 King Edward Parade, Torpedo Bay, Devonport, Auckland
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 10am to 5pm (except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Silverdale Pioneer Village Museum and Gardens
15 Wainui Road, Silverdale, Auckland
Time Trail of buildings from the 1860s to the 1930s.
Opening hours: Saturday and Sundays: 10am to 3pm
Cost: FREE entry. Gold coin donation is appreciate.