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  • Social Nature Movement

    Outdoor Education and Adventure for Schools, Clubs and Groups We are passionate about sharing the amazing outdoor experiences to be had in the natural playground of New Zealand.  W... read more

  • Ages 5+

    Thrillzone Takapuna

    State of the art multiplayer virtual gaming adventures and escape adventures! A state-of-the-art multiplayer virtual gaming adventure that completely immerses you into different di... read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Thrillzone Kidz Club

    Kids only entertainment – everyone wins! Everyone wins when you treat your kids to Takapuna's Kidz Club! Leave them with us for fun and entertainment while you enjoy the city at yo... read more

  • All Blacks Experience

    Learn the story, feel the passion and experience the All Blacks story close and personal! Come behind the scenes of one of the world’s most successful teams and see if you have... read more

  • Wētā Workshop Unleashed

    Wētā Workshop Unleashed is a wildly imaginative and immersive experience that invites guests of all ages into a fantastical film effects facility, inspired and built by New Zealand... read more

  • Ages 7+

    Escape Quest

    Choose from our Award-Winning Escape Rooms.  Escape Quest features exciting, time-travelling, crime-solving escape rooms or fantastical, larger-than-life, mind-blowing VR Escape Ad... read more

  • Sea Life: Kelly Tarltons Aquarium and Auckland Zoo combo package

    Combine and save with this incredible Auckland combo pass to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium and Auckland Zoo! Book online here and gain entry to each attraction at one low price! SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium is one of the world's best aquariums featuring the largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony, the largest stingrays and the only display in the world of Spiny Sea Dragons. Bring the family along for an aquatic themed day out and come face to face with sharks in the underwater tunnel and learn all about the oceans and the species that live there.

    This combo pass also includes entry to Auckland Zoo where you can see a host of exotic and native New Zealand animals on display. Witness giant elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes and of course the Kiwi here. Watch shows and experience free animal encounters with Tigers, Tasmanian Devils, Kea, Elephant, Cheetahs, Orangutans and much more here. With over 17 hectares of natural habitat and 875 animals, you do not want miss out on visit to Auckland Zoo.

    With this combo pass, there is no better way to experience two great Auckland attractions with one convenient pass. Book online here and receive your ticket instantly!

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  • Snowplanet

    Snowplanet features real powder snow, three lifts, a terrain park, a magical Winter Wonderland and a separate beginner’s area. Enjoy the panoramic views into the snow dome from Sno... read more

  • Auckland City Discovery

    Looking for an unforgettable Auckland sightseeing tour? Look no further! Auckland and Beyond offers an exceptional half-day tour that will take you on a journey through the vibrant city of Auckland, New Zealand. Hop on a premium Mercedes city tour bus with a maximum of 19 passengers and get ready to explore the best of what this stunning city has to offer.

    A small group Auckland sightseeing tour is the perfect way to discover the hidden gems and iconic landmarks that make this city so special. From the bustling waterfront to the charming historic districts, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into Auckland's rich history and culture.

    During this Auckland half day tour, you will capture panoramic views of the city's most iconic attractions from various vantage points. Visit Bastion Point at MJ Savage Memorial Park for spectacular photo opportunities of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Waitemata Harbour and, of course, the famous Auckland City Skyline.

    Next up, get back to nature as your Auckland sightseeing tour guide shows you incredible views of Rangitoto Island from Achilles Point. Learn all about the history and geology of the youngest volcano in Auckland region, before visiting two volcano summits yourself on the next part of your Auckland half day tour. One Tree Hill, Maungakiekie, has an elevation of 182 metres, while Mount Eden Summit, Maungawhau, rises to 196 metres tall. Both offer 360 degree views of Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf.

    Not your average Auckland city tour bus, Auckland and Beyond Tours provide premium Mercedes vans that are designed for your comfort and convenience, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience. With small group sizes, you'll have the chance to ask questions and engage with the friendly Auckland sightseeing tour guides, who are passionate about showcasing the best of Auckland.

    Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore Auckland's highlights in just a few hours. Book your Auckland sightseeing tour today and create memories that will last a lifetime.

    Inclusions

    • Half day Auckland sightseeing tour
    • Small groups with a maximum of 19 guests on tour
    • Premium Mercedes vans for ultimate comfort
    • Friendly and knowledgeable guides
    • Complimentary pick up and drop off at your central Auckland accommodation
    • Complimentary bottled water and snacks

     

    Child rates for 3-12 year olds, under 3s are FREE

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  • Thrillzone - CBD

    Enter our Escape Adventure and immerse yourself into a challenging next-level combination of the scavenger hunt, escape room, and augmented reality (AR) around beautiful Auckland C... read more

  • Waiheke Island Ferry from Auckland

    Hop on board the Waiheke Island Ferry from Auckland for a beautiful 40 minute cruise (or a across the Tamaki Strait to arrive at Matiatia on Waiheke Island. Departing between 6am and 7pm with additional late departures thereafter, this comfortable, relaxing ferry transfer makes for not just a great way to get from point A to B, but also serves as a scenic tour across one of New Zealand's most beautiful waterways in itself! The ferry also boasts multiple modern on board services and facilities, including a cafe and full bar facilities serving a range of local NZ beers & wines along with hot and cold snack food for you to enjoy on the journey over.

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  • Ages 10+

    Auckland Sky Tower Sky Walk

    Live life on the edge—brave the SkyWalk around the iconic Auckland Sky Tower! At 192 metres above the ground, traverse a narrow walkway - with no railings or handles - around the exterior of the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere! Place one foot in front of the other on the 1.2 metre wide platform and walk 360 degrees around the famous tower with nothing but air on either side of you! In addition to making for an exhilarating experience, the open air provides uninhibited views of the beautiful City of Sails and beyond—you will be able to see 80 kilometres in every direction!

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  • Muriwai Beach Gannet Colony Eco Tour

    Looking for one of the best day trips from Auckland for wildlife lovers? Look no further than the Muriwai Beach Gannet Eco Tour offered by Auckland and Beyond. This exciting day tour takes you on a six hour adventure to Muriwai Beach, where you can witness the incredible gannet colony in their natural habitat.

    The Muriwai Beach Gannet Eco Tour is not only an educational day tour from Auckland, but also a chance to immerse yourself in the natural landscapes of New Zealand. Take in the panoramic views, breathe in the fresh ocean air and capture stunning photographs of the gannets and the surrounding scenery. Top off the day with a wine tasting at one of the oldest wineries in Kumeu on your return drive back to Auckland.

    Don't miss out on this unforgettable day trip from Auckland. Book your Muriwai Beach Gannet Eco Tour today and discover the beauty of Auckland's West Coast beaches and wildlife.

    Inclusions

    • 6 hour day tour to Muriwai Beach from Auckland
    • 1 hour scenic drive from Auckland to Muriwai Beach
    • Scenic lookout points for gannet colony viewing
    • Wine tasting at one of Kumeu's oldest wineries
    • Small groups with a maximum of 19 guests on tour
    • Premium Mercedes vans for ultimate comfort
    • Friendly and knowledgeable guides
    • Complimentary pick up and drop off at your central Auckland accommodation
    • Complimentary bottled water and snacks
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  • Auckland Museum

    One of Aotearoa New Zealand’s first museums, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. 

    Auckland Museum is housed in an historical building within a tranquil park which has beautiful views of the harbour.

    Auckland Museum aims to engage children in educational experiences through innovation and excellence in exhibitions, activity programmes, and use of its collection. The Museum encourages children to confidently develop an understanding of the world around them by exploring cultures, the arts, science and the environment.

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  • Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer Tour

    Visit Auckland's essential attractions at your own pace while exploring the city as a whole thanks to this hop-on hop-off explorer bus pass. With stops at some of the most popular sightseeing points around Auckland, you'll be able to build an itinerary that suits your interests without locking you into any fixed schedule. Stops on this hop-on hop-off bus tour include just about every kind of attraction you can think of, from museums and aquariums to zoos and shopping centres and more - the route is designed to provide great variety and give you the best chance to get an overall balanced view of what Auckland has to offer.

    Ideal if you're visiting Auckland or New Zealand in general for the first time, your time on the bus will also see you take in insightful, entertaining local commentary on all of the highlights that you will pass by. In fact, this tour has everything you need to take your first steps toward exploring the best of Auckland!

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  • Bay of Islands Day Tour

    Looking for an unforgettable day trip from Auckland? The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand's most picturesque destinations, just a three hour drive from Auckland City Centre. This small group day tour from Auckland offers a perfect escape into nature, including spectacular scenery, a Hole in the Rock cruise, wildlife spotting and a visit to Urupukapuka Island.

    The Bay of Islands is a collection of 144 islands known for their pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and abundance of marine life. Departing from Auckland, your expert guides will take you on a scenic three hour drive through rolling hills and lush countryside, providing fascinating commentary along the way. You will travel in style on board a premium Mercedes van, with complimentary bottled water and snacks provided.

    Once you arrive in Bay of Islands, get ready to be amazed by its beauty. Embark on a four hour cruise through sparkling blue waters to the famous Hole in the Rock, passing by secluded bays and towering cliffs along the way. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and other marine creatures that call this area home. The cruise includes a stopover at Urupukapuka Island, a beautiful island sanctuary where you can relax on the beach, take a dip or explore the walking trails. So don't forget to bring your swimwear and towels with you on this Bay of Islands Day Trip from Auckland!

    During the tour, you'll also have the opportunity to visit the famous Whangārei Falls, a magnificent 26 metre waterfall that can be viewed after an easy 30 minute hike. Immerse yourself in New Zealand's natural beauty and learn about the history of the Bay of Islands from your knowledgeable tour guide.

    Don't miss out on this incredible Bay of Islands trip from Auckland. Book your tour today and create memories that will last a lifetime.

    Inclusions

    • Full day Bay of Islands sightseeing tour from Auckland
    • Small groups with a maximum of 19 guests on tour
    • Premium Mercedes vans for ultimate comfort
    • 4 hour Hole in the Rock cruise
    • Possible dolphin and wildlife sightings
    • Stop off at Urupukapuka Island
    • Visit the famous Whangarei Waterfalls
    • Friendly and knowledgeable guides
    • Complimentary pick up and drop off at your central Auckland accommodation
    • Complimentary bottled water and snacks
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  • Ages 10+

    Sky Tower Sky Jump

    Take the leap—dive off the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere on the SkyJump and experience a rush like none other! While attached to a wire, base jump from a platform on the exterior of the famous Auckland Sky Tower—192 metres up—and plunge toward the ground at about 85kph! While you are falling fast, the drop from high on the tower down to the Sky City plaza lasts over 10 seconds!

    As you have to first sign in a Mission Control, gear up in your superhero-esque suit and make your way to the platform, however, the entire experience takes approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Once suited in you custom SkyJump flying suit and body harness, you head to the jump launch platform, where, from 192 metres, you can enjoy far-reaching views of Auckland, the beautiful City of Sails, and beyond.

    But don’t get too comfortable: your next move is to leap right off of NZ’s tallest manmade structure. For extreme thrills and an unforgettable experience, take the SkyJump, NZ’s highest jump! Invite your friends and family to watch your act of bravery! Even after taking the plunge and safely landing, the Auckland Sky Tower SkyJump is a high you won’t easily come down from!

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  • Kelly Tarltons Sealife Aquarium

    SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium is one of Auckland’s best attractions. Situated on the stunning Auckland Waterfront on Okahu Bay, Kelly Tarlton’s offers the ultimate underwater adventure! SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s is home to Southern Hemisphere’s largest Antarctic penguin colony, is the only place in the world to see Spiny Sea Dragons and gives you an up close and personal encounter of the shark kind! With over than 30 live animal exhibits in amazing habitat displays including sharks, penguins, turtles, stingrays, seahorses, fish and much, much more no trip to Auckland is complete without visiting SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s.

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  • Ages 10+

    Delta Force Extreme Paintball

    Get ready to enjoy the ultimate paintball experience at Delta Force Paintball in Auckland. Immerse yourself in incredible movie-set quality game zones, including the Wild West, Military Check-Point, and the iconic Tomb Raider scenario with its Giant Stone Pyramid. You'll be issued with full protection including headgear, anti-fog goggles, and full body armour, not to mention a 0.68 calibre paintball machine gun to unleash your excitement.

    Our guns are the latest USA-spec rapid-fire semi-automatic machine guns with hip-mounted 400-shot capacity ammo magazines for your paintballs, so you should have no issue hitting your targets. With the most exciting game zones and the best equipment available, you're sure to have an unforgettable half-day of high-adrenaline paintball action! Don't settle for the standard hay bales and wooden pallets - experience the thrill of themed arenas that will keep you coming back for more!

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  • Waiheke Buzz Scenic Flight

    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 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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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
  • Coromandel
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Queenstown
  • South Canterbury
  • Taranaki
  • Southland
  • Taupo
  • Wanaka
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • 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…

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.