Auckland, Family Activities

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  • Ages 7+

    Escape HQ

    Prepare for an exhilarating hour of fun and entertainment! Choose your game and then expect to be challenged, as you find clues and solve puzzles using logic and problem-solving sk... read more

  • Ages 10+

    AJ Hackett Auckland Combo

    Combine the Auckland Bungy, Bridge Climb, SkyJump & SkyWalk in this action-packed adventure!  Choose your own combo to include just one or two, or all of these adventures.

    The bridge bungy is a 40 metre jump over the ocean, offering the only ocean touch in New Zealand.  As well as jumping off it, you can choose to climb to the highest point of the bridge.

    Experience SkyJump from Auckland's Sky Tower and finally take a walk around the Sky Tower along a 1.2 metre wide platform, 192 metres from the ground!

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  • Ages 5+

    VR Studio

    VR Studio is New Zealand's first virtual reality public experience. Here you will enter a world beyond the imagination and step into another dimension. You can take full advantage ... read more

  • Ages 6+

    Waiheke Island Zipline Auckland

    EcoZip Adventures is built on the stunning sub tropical island of Waiheke, just a 35 minute ferry from downtown Auckland. EcoZip Adventures gives you the opportunity to view the island from a spectacular vantage point as you fly through the sky at speeds of up to 60kmph on 200 metre long zip lines.

    Minimum weight 30kg

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  • Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Day Tour

    This day tour is an absolutely perfect way to experience the amazing beauty of New Zealand. Departing from Auckland and travelling north, you will view the impressive scenery, including native forests, subtropical bush land and the beautiful foreshore of the Bay of Islands.

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  • Ages 14+

    Kayaking - Rangitoto Island

    With golden beaches, volcanic islands, bushland at the water’s edge and all of this teeming with unique and beautiful wildlife – there’s no better way to explore this region of gorgeous natural beauty than by paddling gently along in a kayak.
    Waitemata Harbour is a naturally sheltered area that is absolutely ideal for kayaking and close by, Rangitoto Island offers kayaking opportunities that are suitable for all skill levels.
    After a quick safety and paddling briefing, you will begin your journey by paddling across the Waitemata harbour, which translates to ‘sparkling waters’ in Maori.

    Next up is Rangitoto Island, the largest and youngest of Auckland’s many inactive volcanoes. A one-hour walk to the summit allows you to take in the breathtaking views of the NZ Christmas trees (pohutukawa), the volcanic scoria rocks and the amazing 360° views.

    Before you jump back on your kayak for your ride home, you will be treated to a full Kiwi lunch and hot or cold beverages. You may even like to jump in for a swim before your return trip (time permitting)!

    Your friendly, experienced guide will help you determine if the conditions allow for the use of a sail for your southern return trip to St Heliers Bay. Regardless, you will be positively beaming from your day on the water.

    Minimum age is 14 years.

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  • Auckland Zoo

    Auckland Zoo is home to 135 different species with over 1400 animals and the largest most diverse group of wildlife in Aotearoa. All this at just minutes from Aucklands city centre! With over 17 hectares of parkland the zoo features a variety of animals from elephants, rhinos and giraffes to lions, tigers and red pandas as well as exotic birds and stunning flora and fauna. With something for everyone the whole family is guaranteed to have a great day out at Auckland Zoo!

    Explore the Australia enclosure with wallabies, emus and peacocks or visit the rainforest and discover primates including lemurs and orangutans or wander through the African pridelands and discover giraffes, lions, rhinos, flamingos and hippos. 

    With numerous Keeper Talks throughout the day you will leave with a wealth of knowledge from the Zoos passionate team.

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  • Ages 10+

    Sail NZ America's Cup Yacht

    Grab the amazing chance to participate in the thrilling feeling of being a fully-fledged crew member of the America's Cup yacht. Operate the grinders, take the helm or just sit back and enjoy the magical atmosphere that is Waitemata Harbour.

    With the America's Cup being one of the worlds oldest and most sought after titles, the opportunity for us 'commoners' to be aboard is certainly a thrilling occurrence.  This unique opportunity for anyone to step aboard a purpose built sea machine, capable of blistering speeds, will replicate the glory of the America’s Cup and leave you in awe of the speed and agility of these amazing vessels.

    Departing daily, the glorious two hour adventure will have you mesmerised for the entire trip and is suitable for all sailing novices, with no experience necessary (minimum age 10 years).

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  • GLOPUTT Mini Golf

    GLOPUTT - a whole new world of mini golf!  This is Auckland's first amazing and bizarre new world of glow in the dark minigolf.   A 16 hole course consisting of buildings, foliage,... read more

  • Harbour Sailing Cruise

    Experience a glorious daytime or evening's sailing aboard one of Auckland’s most impressive yachts, floating along one of New Zealand’s most beautiful settings – the world renowned Waitemata Harbour.  This exquisite outing onboard The Pride of Auckland includes an exquisite picnic lunch during the day or un incredible dinner menu ~ fit for royalty, without the price tag, and containing some of the freshest, most delicious New Zealand fare available. The super impressive, purpose built yachts – from within The Pride of Auckland fleet – glide along the calm waters of Waitemata Harbour, giving you spectacular panoramic views of this stunning area.

    Child prices available and under 5s are FREE.

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  • Thrillzone - CBD

    Brand-new at Thrillzone: Virtuix Omni Stations. A state-of-the-art multiplayer virtual gaming adventure that completely immerses you into different dimensions. One moment you are l... read more

  • Bounce & Beyond - Indoor Playground

    Bounce & Beyond is Auckland’s largest indoor inflatable bounce centre dedicated for everyday fun!  Offering a 1800 sqm facility that features 18 of the coolest inflatables - kids w... read more

  • Snowplanet

    Level 1 at SnowplanetSnowplanet is now at Level 1. Prices, products and opening hours have all changed as a result of Covid-19. This is not a move back to pre-COVID, the impact has... read more

  • Ages 10+

    Auckland Bridge Bungy Jump

    The ‘Bach’ Bungy centre, located in beautiful Westhaven Marina, Auckland, is home to the world’s first Harbour Bridge Bungy jump. AJ Hackett Bungy (famed for being the Bungy originals) have engineered a modern marvel – a special launch platform called the Bungy pod – which is suspended underneath the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
    Choose from a variety of Bungy jumps, including tandem Bungy and the ever-popular water-touch!  Minimum height 120cm, minimum weight 35kg.

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  • Ages 7+

    Adrenalin Forest

    Test your mental and physical abilities at Adrenalin Forest Auckland. The aerial obstacle course includes 100 features with 6 levels of difficulty to work through.  With a number of ways to tackle each obstacle your brain will also be put to the test as you swing, climb and jump your way through the course with a maximum of three hours to complete it. 

    The course is a great group activity making it ideal for kids parties as well as a family day out.  Minimum height 140cm.

     

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  • Ages 8+

    Blastacars

    Blastacars is the ultimate drift-karting experience and the perfect place for children to experience action-packed drift karting in a safe and controlled environment. Our exciting,... read more

  • Gravity NZ Trampoline Park

    Gravity NZ Trampoline Park in St Johns, Auckland is the best place to come and play!  We run Jumping sessions for all ages on the hour every hour. There is 600sqm of connected tram... read more

  • Scenic Plane Flights ~ Air Auckland

    Your adventure begins with spectacular sights of Waiheke Island as you fly out of Ardmore Airport. Enjoy the views of Hauraki Gulf's islands - Motuihe, Motutapu and Browns Island - as you make your way up the East Coast. Marvel at the defence forts and tunnels that protrude from the landscape of North Head, then journey on to the stunning scenery that is Waitemata Harbour. Look on in awe at the glorious glistening waters and the panoramic views of the renowned Harbour Bridge & Sky Tower.

    Planes are 4 and 6 seater Cessnas.  Child prices available, under 4s are free.

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  • Ages 8+

    Spookers Haunted Attractions

    Spookers Haunted Attractions - with a great range of family fun (R8 years and above) - will have you enjoying 'Terror Tours' where a tour guide dressed in character gives you a beh... read more

  • Auckland Adventure Jet

    Auckland Adventure Jet are adrenaline masters. Hop aboard the twin V8 500HP engine powered New Zealand jet boat and hold on! For up to 40 minutes, you will experience the G-force with super speeds, unbelievable acceleration and crazy manoeuvrability. The striking sights of the beautiful Waitemata harbour will be a bit of a blur, but still, you will have the opportunity to see Auckland's skyline and the infamous Sky Tower as you splash past. The Hauraki Gulf Volcanoes, Shoal Bay, the Chelsea sugar refinery and the iconic Harbour Bridge will probably also look like something out of a Vincent van Gogh painting as you fly by, but that won't detract much from their beauty.

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  • Waiheke Explorer Tour

    The amazing Waiheke Explorer Tour combines your ferry journey to Waiheke Island with a scenic tour of this beautiful Island and unlimited bus travel (on the Island) for the remainder of the day. What a fantastic way to see this amazing area!

    Boarding at the Auckland Ferry Terminal, you will enjoy a 40 minute scenic cruise through the gorgeous Hauraki Gulf, as you make your way to Waiheke Island. Once there, you will be greeted by your friendly and experienced driver as you board your comfortable tour bus.  Introducing you to Waiheke island’s best locations; hop on and off as much as you like at any of its 17 convenient stops which include vineyards, beaches and restaurants. If you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a 1½ hour scenic tour of the island. The double decker buses stop at some of the island’s iconic spots including Oneroa Village, Onetangi Beach, Batch Winery, the new Tantalus winery/brewery, Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay Vineyard, Matiatia Wharf and more.

    When the tour concludes, you can take advantage of the free day bus travel in order to explore every nook and cranny of the Island or visit some of the destinations you saw on the tour. Otherwise, you can return to Auckland, with more stunning scenery along the way.

    Child rates, and under 5s go free.

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  • Butterfly Creek

    A fantastic day out year round, Butterfly Creek is home to NZ’s only giant saltwater crocodiles, Scar and Goldie, plus the Tropical Butterfly House which features over 750 free-fly... read more

  • Rangitoto Island Volcanic Explorer

    Experience all the marvels of Rangitoto Island on the Volcanic Explorer Tour!  Experience the exciting combination of a picturesque ferry trip to Rangitoto Island and a guided tour of the island on a 4WD road-train, which is capable off extreme off road adventuring. The friendly and knowledgeable ranger will guide you through the fascinating history of Rangitoto’s unique and fiery past, which included a massive, land-changing eruption. The tour will reach the base of the summit, where you will encounter a sturdy, wooden boardwalk – and from there, it's only a short stroll to the mountain top. The stunning 360 degree views of the Hauraki Gulf and back towards the city skyline will have you absolutely mesmerised.

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  • Ages 2+

    Rocket Ropes

    Rocket Ropes offers adrenalin-charged action for kids (aged 2 and over) and adults alike. This is a great day out for the family that encompasses over 50 challenging and creative a... read more

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.