Zoos, Museums & Art Galleries

Zoos, Museums & Art Galleries

The BEST Zoos, Museums and Art Galleries to take the kids for a fun family day out in Auckland, New Zealand.  Due to COVID some of the Zoos, museums and art galleries may have reduced operating hours please check with the venue before heading out.

Tigers at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo

Motions Road, Western Springs, Central Auckland, New Zealand

Explore 17 hectares of naturally inspiring and award winning habitats, home to New Zealand’s largest collection of native and exotic species.

The Auckland Zoo has venues serving food and drink, two children’s playgrounds, nappy change stations and lots of drinking fountains.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5:30pm. Last entry at 4:30pm. Plan your day.
Day Pass prices: Infants under 4 are FREE; Children 4 to 14 years $13; Students $19; Adults $24; Senior citizens $19; Family passes: 1 adult + 2 children $45; 2 adults + 2 children $65. Book here.

Pah Homestead

Wallace Arts Trust at the Pah Homestead

72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Central Auckland, New Zealand

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.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 3pm, Saturday and Sundays: 8am to 5pm. Closed on Mondays and public holidays. Plan your visit .
Entry fee: Entry is by koha (donation).

Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum

The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland, NZ

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 daily
Cost: FREE for Auckland residents kids and adults; Donation invited for NZ residents;

Child holding a butterfly at Butterfly Creek

Butterfly Creek

10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport 2022, South Auckland

Immerse yourself in the tropical butterfly house. See New Zealand’s only salt water crocodiles, kiwis farm animals, alligators, otters, eels, reptiles and a beautiful bird aviary. Ride the train,  relax in the free playground or enjoy the cafe.

Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 4pm on weekdays and to 5pm on weekends and public holidays


MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology

Two sites: M1 at 805 Great North Road & M2 at Meola Road, Western Springs, Central Auckland with unlimited return tram rides between the sites included in the admission.

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.

Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
Admission:  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. Plan your visit to MOTAT.

Howick Historical Village Villagers Day

Howick Historical Village

Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, East Auckland

Explore the early settlement of Howick as it was in the mid to late 1800s. Open the doors of real homes and experience living history for yourself. See how the early settlers would have lived as they went about their daily activities.

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm daily (last admission at 3pm). Closed on Christmas Day.
Cost: Under 5’s are FREE; Children (5 to 14 years) $8; Adults $16; Family (2 adults + 2 children) $40. Plan your visit. 

Auckland for Kids visits Te Uru in Titrangi

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery

420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Waitakere, 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: Seven days a week 10am to 4:30pm
Cost: FREE entry. Pan your visit to Te Uru

Torpedo Bay Cafe at the Navy Museum in Devonport

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

64 King Edward Parade, Torpedo Bay, Devonport, North Shore, 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. Relax by the sea at the Torpedo Bay Cafe with stunning habour views , while you can watch the kids playing on the Navy themed playground.

Opening hours: 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Admission: FREE

NZ Maritime Museum

New Zealand Maritime Museum

Cnr Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland City Centre, New Zealand

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. 

Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm (final entry at 4pm)  Closed on Christmas Day.
Admission: Auckland residents are FREE with proof of address;
Visitors to Auckland: Children $10; Adults $20; Seniors $17, Family Pass 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children $40
Sailing charges are additional for Aucklanders and visitors to Auckland.

Auckland for Kids visits Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery

Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland City Centre

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 an onsite cafe, cloakroom, drinking fountains and change tables.

Opening hours:
Daily 10am to 5pm. Except 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.
All you need to know to plan your visit.

Night sky at Stardome in Auckland, New Zealand

Stardome Observatory and Planetarium

670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland

Observatory Planetarium with planetarium shows, telescope viewing and gallery & exhibits.

Opening hours:
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 to Stardome 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 and 3 children).

Waiheke Community Art Gallery

Waiheke Community Art Gallery

2 Korora Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Opening hours: Daily 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: FREE

Former TVNZ premises - Gus Fisher Gallery

Gus Fisher Gallery

The Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland City Centre

Nestled in the heart of Auckland’s central business district, Gus Fisher Gallery is The University of Auckland’s flagship contemporary art space presenting group exhibitions of local and international contemporary art.

Opening hours:  Wednesdays to Fridays: 10am to 5pm and Saturdays: 10am to 4pm.
The gallery is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. 
Cost: FREE entry.

Polish Heritage Trust Museum

125 Elliot Street, Howick, East Auckland

A small community museum sharing the stories of Poland and the Polish communities in New Zealand. The museum often runs kid-friendly and family-friendly events throughout the year.

Opening hours:  Tuesdays to Fridays: 10am to 4pm and Sundays 12pm to 5pm.
The museum is closed on Mondays and Saturdays.
Cost: FREE entry, although donations gratefully received.

Papakura Museum

Papakura Museum

209 Great South Road, Papakura, South Auckland

A small, community-focused museum connecting visitors with Papakura’s cultural and natural history. The permanent display focuses on the rich and diverse history of Papakura, Drury and districts and tells its story through text, image and artefact and The Military Gallery focuses on local military history. Each year the museum also curates four feature exhibitions that encompass a variety of topics and themes.

Opening hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesday: 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm and closed on Sundays.
Cost: FREE entry, although donations gratefully received.

Crown Lynn Swan Vases

Te Toi Uku

8 Ambrico Place, New Lynn, West Auckland

Te Toi Uku is a small museum housing the  Portage Ceramics Trust Crown Lynncollections. The museum tells the stories of the West Auckland clay industry, from the early clay pipe-making days to the Crown Lynn era.

Opening hours:  Wednesdays to Fridays: 10am to 4pm and Saturdays: 10am to 3pm
Cost: FREE entry. Donations are appreciated

Silverdale Pioneer Village

Silverdale Pioneer Village Museum and Gardens

15 Wainui Road, Silverdale,  North Auckland

Wander through a time trail of local buildings from the 1860s to the 1930s set in park like surrounds at the Silverdale Pioneer Village. 

Opening hours:  Saturday and Sundays: 10am to 3pm 
Cost: FREE entry. Gold coin donation is appreciated.

Warkworth District Museum

Warkworth Museum

Parry Kauri Park, Tudor Collins Drive, Warkworth, North Auckland

You can image being back in the early pioneer days of the late 1800’s at Warkworth Museum. Plus there are some great short forest walks for families on well maintained board walks, even on wet days it seems like another world.

Opening hours:  Daily: 10am to 3pm.
Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Cost: Children (6 to 16 years) $3, Adults $7, Family (2 adults + children) $15

NZ Fashion Museum

New Zealand Fashion Museum


The New Zealand Fashion Museum is an online museum for anyone with a love of fashion, heritage, innovation and creativity. The online museum curates New Zealand’s rich fashion story, making what we wear an essential part of the cultural conversation in the present and for the future.

Opening hours:  Saturday and Sundays: 10am to 3pm 
Cost: FREE entry. Gold coin donation is appreciated.