40 Best Things to do in Auckland with Kids

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    From top attractions to Indoor/Outdoor activities, spend quality time with your kids while enjoying these fun activities in Auckland with kids:

    Top 15 Attractions in Auckland

    Top 10 Indoor Family Activities in Auckland

    Top 15 Outdoor Family Activities in Auckland

     

    TOP 15 Attractions in Auckland

     
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    Observe from Above at Sky Tower Deck

    “Auckland’s most impressive landmark is the Sky Tower. At Level 60, Sky Deck offers breathtaking views of the whole city.

    Children under 5 go free.”

    Victoria St W, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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    See Amazing Animals at Auckland Zoo

    “See your favourite animals at Auckland Zoo. Lots of activities available include safari nights, keeper talks and the opportunity to be a junior zookeeper for the day.

    Children 3 years and below go free.

    Motions Rd, Auckland 1022, New Zealand

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    Window Shop at Queen Street Auckland

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll down Queen Street, a major commercial thoroughfare in the heart of Auckland CBD. It’s a pleasant walk which leads directly to the harbour.

    Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

     

     
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    Dock out at Waitematā Harbour

    Here you can see why Auckland has donned the name ‘City of Sails’. Waitematā Harbour a.k.a. Auckland Harbour means ‘sparkling harbour’. Many cruises and ferries to the North Shore and islands in the Hauraki Gulf depart from the Downtown Ferry Terminal. Check out which tour to take.

    Quay St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

     

     
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    Family-Friendly Rides at Rainbow’s End

    Rainbow’s End is a family entertainment attraction in Manukau, Auckland. Check out Kidz Kingdom where kids under 8 years old will enjoy.

    Under 2s go free.

    2 Clist Cres, Manukau, Auckland 2104, New Zealand

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    Discover Indigenous Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

    Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has a very extensive collection of national and international artwork in New Zealand. See local treasures from New Zealand’s indigenous people.

    Wellesley St E, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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    Explore the Gardens at Auckland Botanic Gardens

    Explore all of Auckland’s beautiful 64-hectare botanical garden with its many flower gardens and native forest areas.

    102 Hill Rd, The Gardens, Auckland 2105, New Zealand

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    Learn About Maritime History at New Zealand Maritime Museum

    Auckland being the ‘City of Sails’ has The New Zealand Maritime Museum (Hui Te Anaui A Tangaroa), a maritime museum located in Hobson Wharf. Check out how Auckland became the famour harbour city that it is with its gallery of vessels.

    Corner of Quay and, Hobson St, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1140, New Zealand

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    Hang and Check out Events at Aotea Square and Aotea Centre

    Aotea Square is a large paved public area and on occasions, markets and political rallies are set up at the open-spaced square. There is also a modern art centre, Aotea Centre, that holds concerts and events.

    50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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    Learn about Science and Technology at Museum of Transport and Technology

    The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is a science and technology museum and holds regular exciting events and exhibits that sparks kids’ imagination.

    Under 5’s go for free.”

    805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand

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    Observe the Night Sky at Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

    The best time of course to observe the night sky is in the evening. Sit back and relax on the reclined-seats inside a 360-degree theatre as the presenter takes you on a virtual tour of the stars above.

    670 Manukau Rd, Epsom, Auckland 1345, New Zealand

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    Dress Up From the Past at Howick Historical Village

    Step back in time to New Zealand’s colonial past at Howick-Historical Village. Take a tour and meet the villages dressed in their period costumes going about their daily chores. You can get involved and play along in the roleplay too!

    Lloyd Elsmore Park, Bells Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland 2010, New Zealand

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    Admire the Flowers at Parnell Rose Gardens

    Check out this beautiful rose garden at Parnell Rose Gardens which blooms best during New Zealand spring (October onwards).

    85-87 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand

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    Walk Around The Auckland Domain

    Beautiful inner city park surrounded by native forest and a park trail of outdoor sculptures.

    Park Rd, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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    See Australia’s Main Attractions with Auckland Free Walking Tours

    Get a free walking tour throughout Aucklan’s central hub. The 3 hour walk leaves from the Queens Wharf Village at 10am and 2pm every day, come rain or shine. Look out for the guide who will be holding a bright blue Auckland Free Walking Tours umbrella.

    89 Quay Street | Entrance to the Queens Wharf Village, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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    Winter Wonderland at Snowplanet

    Enjoy Snowplanet’s indoor recreational winter wonderland. Dress warm and experience skiing, snowboarding, tubing under one big dome. Toddlers will love its snow play pen and the chance to give tobogganing a go down their ‘beginner’s slope’.

    91 Small Rd, Silverdale, Auckland 0992, New Zealand

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    Indoor Swimming at Mount Albert Aquatic Centre

    Premier indoor aquatic centre for kids and families who want to dip into the water.

    38 Alberton Ave, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025, New Zealand

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    Indoor Trampolining at Flippin’Fun

    Indoor trampoline fun. Bounce all day in the main trampoline area. Dive into the foam pit, slam a basketball into the hoop or play extreme dodgeball whilst flipping and jumping on trampolines.

    19 Fernhill Dr, Massey, Auckland 0614, New Zealand

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    Solve the Mystery at Escape Rooms New Zealand

    Play through an immersive story and escape the challenging room. Games are inspired by Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Leonardo Da Vinci.

    9 Anzac St, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand

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    Immersive Gaming at VR Club NZ

    Hang out at the VR Club lounge for an immersive single and multiplayer VR gaming experience for all ages.

    6A/33 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand

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    Multiplayer Virtual Gaming at VR Voom

    With hundreds of VR games to choose from, VR Voom boasts NZ’s first PvP multiplayer shooting game that really puts you directly in the explosive action.

    393 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand

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    Hit a Bowling Strike at Metrolanes

    A great family activity setting: bowling, pizza and a pool table.

    Upper, 291 Queen Street, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

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    Sherlock Holmes Style Escape Room with Escape Hunt

    Can you use your detective skills to solve the clues and escape the room? Challenge yourself with an Escape Hunt game, a global escape room brand.

    495 Lake Rd, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand

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    Play And Bond With Your Child at Children’s Science Play Room

    An intercative space that encourages play and learning. Parents are encouraged to participate through kinesthetic activities.

    406 Great North Rd, Henderson, Auckland 0612, Henderson, Auckland 0612, New Zealand

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    Fun Indoor Play Centre at Chipmunks Playland & Cafe

    Play all day in this fun indoor play centre with the kid’s favourite chipmunk mascot.

    6B Carr Rd, Three Kings, Auckland, Mount Roskill, Auckland 1042, New Zealand

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    Dip Into the Water at Kitekite Falls

    Kitekite Falls is a scenic 3-tiered waterfall in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Find a tour company which takes you to this amazing destination.

    Piha 0772, New Zealand

     
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    Sightsee from One Tree Hill at Cornwall Park

    Cornwall Park is an expansive parkland in Epsom near the heart of Auckland, New Zealand, surrounding the park containing Maungakiekie Pa or the hill of One Tree Hill.

    Green Ln W, Epsom, Auckland 1051, New Zealand

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    Reach the Volcanic Summit of Mount Victoria

    For a postcard perfect view of Auckland and other islands, drive up this 87m volcano where there is an observation deck.

    Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand

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    Enjoy a Coastal Walk at Muriwai Regional Park

    Take a pleasant coastal stroll along Muriwai Regional Park. Check out the map for the sites for fishing, birdwatching and barbecue stations.

    428 Motutara Rd, Waitakere, Muriwai 0881, New Zealand

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    See the Butterflies at Butterfly Creek

    See the beautiful butterflies in their butterfly house as well as crocodiles, creepy crawlies and other critters. Toddlers can have fun playing in the dinosaur play area.

    10 Tom Pearce Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

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    Day Out at the Quiet Beach at Whatipu Beach

    A remote beach on the west coast of Auckland. The dirt gravel road can make driving there quite a treck but it is utterly peaceful and bliss once you’re there. A great location for hiking and even camping.

    Auckland, New Zealand

     
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    Pack a Picnic Basket for Long Bay Regional Park

    When it’s a great day for a picnic, take advantage of Long Bay Regional Park. It’s a great place for other outdoor family activities.

    Beach Rd, Long Bay, Auckland 0792, New Zealand

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    Outdoor Paintball with World Challenge Tag

    Experience the dynamic game of paintball in an outdoor setting with trenches and woods to take cover.

    Opp, 465 Old N Rd, Riverhead 0892, New Zealand

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    Rent a Fishing Boat with Megabites Fishing Charter Ltd

    Take the family out and charter a boat for fishing around the Hauraki Gulf and catch your trophy fish.

    Westhaven Drive Westhaven Marina, Z Pier, Berth Z-27, Auckland Central, Auckland 1011 New Zealand

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    Hop on Board with Kaipara Cruises

    Departing from Parakai, Helensville, enjoy many cruise destinations such as Shelly Beach and meandering through Kaipara River Valley.

    Parakai Landing, Springs Rd, Parakai 0830, New Zealand

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    Bridge Climb and Bungee at Auckland Harbour Bridge

    “For those wanting a more adventurous view of Auckland, climb the Harbour Bridge organised by Auckland Bridge Climb and Bungy. That’s right, you can also try bungee climbing off this New Zealand landmark.

    Children must be at least 7 years old for bridge climb and 10 years old for bungee jumping.”

    105 Curran St, Westhaven, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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    Sky Walk and Sky Jump at SkyTower

    “The ultimate leap of faith. Dare you jump this impressive 192 feet height or walk above this towering skyscraper?

    Children must be at least 10 years old.”

    72 Victoria St W, Auckland, 1141, New Zealand

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    Play a Pirate Themed Course at Treasure Island Mini Golf

    Pirate themed outdoor mini golf with 18 courses, including a cave and a pirate shitp.

    1 Uenuku Way, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

    Lollipops Playland and Cafe (Forest Hill)

     
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    Paintball With Your Mates with Asylum Paintball

    Paintball matches catered to kids and teens. Perfect for a birthday set up.

    Villa 10 & 16, 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka, Auckland 2580, New Zealand

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    Visit the Beaches at Waiheke Island

    Only a 40 minute ferry ride, you will be at Waiheke Island which is the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. Explore vineyards, olive groves and Oneroa and Onetangi beaches .

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