There is so much fun to be had with the kids in Auckland ~ read on for what to do with the kids if it's a rainy day, or if you just want to stay indoors. All these are really good for birthday parties with kids too.
1. Explore 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-flying exotic butterflies, as well as tropical fish, bird and lizards. Be amazed at our brand new exhibit - Dinosaur Kingdom, featuring over 40 dinosaurs, some lifesize that roar and move!
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 Snowplanet’s family friendly 7Summits Restaurant & Bar. Private and group lessons are available for skiing and snowboarding. All this, just minutes drive from central Auckland! Have a winter fix anytime of year at Snowplanet!
3. Glo Putt 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, pathways and fairways illuminated with glowing technicolour! You'll have heaps of fun with your friends and family, plus they are a great option for hosting your next birthday party, that includes the use of a dedicated party area. The best thing is that its novel, its indoors, its completely entertaining for all ages and a whole lot of fun...what more could the family need!?
4. Odyssey Sensory Maze
Get lost in a world of A-MAZE-MENT! The whole family will LOVE our truly unique sensory experience of discovery and illusions that challenge and delight! Feel your way from one illusory room to another – with each zone offering something different, exciting and unexpected. Nothing is quite what it seems! So get ready for a fantastic family adventure together – as you weave through quirky obstacles, get lost in the Mirror Maze, transport yourself into Native NZ bush and much more!
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 of room scale game play with the choice of many premium VR games and experiences. Try your luck at multi-player 3D flying/combat games, test your bravery in a haunted house, get transported into an ocean and have a close encounter with the largest creatures, maybe play zombie shooter or enjoy walking the plank! There are many scenarios to choose from with options of 45 or 90 minute play. Fancy planning a birthday party? The team at VR Studio will customise options for you and your group. Also on site is The Retro Room - an 'all you can play' arcade with over 600 games to choose from.
6. Thrillzone - Takapuna or CBD
The activities are amazingly fun and perfect for all ages. Thrillzone has indoor Escape Rooms and amazing VR adventure experiences
7. Escape HQ
If you like puzzles, you will LOVE the adventurous escape rooms at Escape HQ! Choose from Jail Break, Mountain Blizzard or Udder Graziness ~ or jump onto their Outdoor Escape Adventure!
These are all so much fun and a great thing for everyone in the family to join in on.
8. Climb up Sky Tower
Okay, you can take a lift up this 328m distinctive hero of Auckland's sky line. And the views around the city and bays, and even the volcanoes out at sea, from the revolving restaurant at the top are amazing! There are school holiday activities availabe so ask what's on when you visit.
9. 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 trampolines, wall Tramps, foam pit, basketball hoop, an olympic tramp, under 6 area, dodgeball area and NZ's first indoor ninja obstacle course!
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, 220 metre long track specialises in wide corners where overtaking is a breeze and drifting the entire track is an exciting challenge!
11. Spookers Haunted Attractions
Spookers will have you enjoying 'Terror Tours' where a tour guide dressed in character gives you a behind the scenes look and invites you to learn the secrets of the Spookers experience. Note: ‘scariness’ will be tailored to suit the victims! Or try ‘Disturbia’ an unusual mind trip through an endless maze of fluorescent colours, floating and turning walls & floors. Around every turn is shocking 3D effects and scares that appear from nowhere!
12. Megazone Lasertag and Entertainment Centre
Megazone Silverdale is Auckland's brand new Laser Tag arena boasting the coolest laser tag equipment and the most fun games!
Step into our abandoned city arena amongst the theatrical smoke and laser lights and test your skills, wit and courage against an enemy team who are looking to take over your part of the city and destroy your base!
A place for an out-of-this-world adventure! Stardome Observatory & Planetarium will inspire a love of looking up and exploring our Universe. Full of entertainment for the whole family, there are planetarium shows, interactive games, activities and displays about space and the night sky. Learn how to navigate using the stars or look through the Zeiss telescope, one of the most powerful telescopes available for public viewing.
14. Sea Life - Kelly Tarlton's
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium showcases over 30 live animal exhibits in spectacular habitat displays, including the world's largest Sub-Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and amazing underwater viewing tunnels.