Top Toddler Activities in Auckland

By Hart  |  Posted: August 2, 2018

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    Not a lot of public places in cities are toddler-friendly. So we compiled this list of the top toddler activities in Auckland you can visit with your kid.

    It’s safe to say that most cafes, restaurants, and attractions are baby-friendly. Apart from the occasional crying, they are cute, relatively easy to manage, and have certain services that could accommodate them. But when they grow up a bit to be rambunctious toddlers do the troubles start! Not only will they be hyper-active and noisy, but they might cause accidents. 

    As much as possible, we would want our kids to explore the world on their own two feet. Yet we also want to watch out for their safety. This should not stop you from exploring the city and finding something worthwhile to do with your kids. To make things easier for you, we have compiled here the top toddler activities in Auckland

    Included in this list are public parks with playgrounds perfect for active tikes, indoor play centres with the highest safety standards, and even some well-loved museums!

    Indoor Play Centres

    Chipmunks Playland and Cafe at Mount Roskill

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    6B Mount Roskill Road, Mount Roskill, 1041 Auckland, New Zealand

    Opening Hours:

    During School Term:

    Tuesdays to Fridays: 10 am – 5:30 pm

    Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am – 5 pm

    Closed on Mondays

    During School Holidays:

    Everyday, 10 am – 5 pm

    One of the best play centres in the country, your toddler will get to spend hours of fun in Chipmunks Playland! He can hang around and swim through the ball pits, or he can also climb and slide through the play structures while making new friends. There is even a train ride he can hitch on that goes around the centre on regular intervals! The toys and different attractions will certainly him your kid busy, so you can relax and have something to eat in the cafe.


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    Your little one can freely paint, create, and enjoy arts and crafts in the Playcentre. There are a host of different activities kids can try out here; learning and a supportive environment are the key hallmarks of the centre. Always playing a key role, parents can sign up with their kids to participate in learning sessions, similar to supplementary classes for kindergarten. Other factors promoted by the centre include active play, developing social skills through participation, and positive guidance from responsible teachers and family members.


    2 Hapua Street, Remuera, 1050 Auckland, New Zealand

    Opening Hours:

    Everyday: 9:15 am – 11:45 am


    16 Recreation Drive, Birkenhead, 626 Auckland,  New Zealand

    Opening Hours:

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9:15 am – 11:45 am

    Wednesdays: 9:30 am – 12 noon

    Parks and Beaches

    St. Heliers Bay and Beach

    355 Tamaki Drive, St. Heliers, Auckland Central, New Zealand

    Its easy to see why St. Heliers is an amazing spot for some play time with your toddler. Just a drive away from Mission Bay and near some upscale restaurants and cafes, there’s a partially fenced playground on the beachfront. Make sure to pass by when the tide is low, as you will be able wade through some of the best rock pools on this side of the Pacific. If you and your kid are up for it, walk further on Cliff Road to reach a viewing deck with a breathtaking view of Hauraki Gulf.

    Matakana Country Park

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    1151 Leigh Road, Matakana, 0985 Auckland, New Zealand

    Just take a ride north of Auckland, and you will be greeted by rustic Matakana Country Park in the Rodney district. Privately owned, the 50 acre estate is full of great activities for toddlers. Get your kid on a pony where he can tour parts of the estate, or hop on the roving mini train for the much more scenic route. Your child might also like to pet the many different farm animals and run around in the Adventure Playground. Either way, prepare well as your toddler will be able to spread his ‘wings’ more around this park!

    Cornwall Park


    Puriri Drive, Epsom, 1051 Auckland,  New Zealand

    With a wide landscape dotted by trees and a central volcanic cone called One Tree Hill, Cornwall Park is a public park known for its simple but refreshing beauty. This park is perfect for some quality time with your toddler and family- take a moment to relax and take in the tall oaks and olive groves, and bring a picnic basket and lots of food with you. Barbecue areas are also open to cook up a feast. Before leaving, make sure to pass by Acacia Cottage, a home built in 1841 by John Logan Campbell and John Brown.


    Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

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

    Opening Hours:

    Everyday: 10 am – 5 pm

    Make sure to always check the website for the latest exhibits and events

    Welcome to the largest complex dedicated to the science and history of wings, wheels, and rides in New Zealand! The MOTAT is composed of two giant sites, aptly named MOTAT Great North Road and MOTAT Meola Road. To travel between sites, you can take the Western Springs Tram service for hassle-free, enjoyable travel. Many of the exhibits and attractions feature the very best in past aviation technology (planes!), the history of road-going vehicles in the country, and even a model railway your kids can take for a ride.

    Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

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    64 King Edward Parade, Devonport, 624 Auckland, New Zealand

    Opening Hours:

    Everyday: 10 am – 5 pm

    Make sure to always check the website for the latest exhibits and events

    Presenting what used to be part of Her Majesty’s Navy, Torpedo Bay Navy Museum forms the official historical display of New Zealand’s sea-faring history. Free to visit and open to the public, your kid will get to discover many historical combat ships from WWII, including the HMNZS Gambia, the last ship known to have fired shots during the war. There is also a cafe to rest and dine, plus a playground and beach to share special moments with your child.

    Auckland War Memorial Museum

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    The Auckland Domain, Parnell, 1010 Auckland, New Zealand

    Opening Hours:

    Everyday: 10 am – 5 pm

    Make sure to always check the website for the latest exhibits and events

    This national museum is not just all displays and exhibits of past events. Being one of the first museums in the country, it tells the national story of the country’s people and culture, as well as serving as a war memorial for Auckland. Your young one will get to learn more of the Maori tribes and their important history, what natural resources do the islands have, and the most important pictures in New Zealand’s history. Drop by the the museum as soon as you can; you wouldn’t know what amazing exhibits await if you don’t see them for yourselves!

    For more amazing things to do with your kids in Auckland and around Australia, head on over to Fun Kids Guide!

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