Here are 10 of the BEST things to do with kids in Auckland!
Auckland is one of the most attractive cities in the world ~ with countless beaches, fun harbour and city centre, islands to explore and LOTS of things to do with the kids. You and your whanau will never be bored with our selection of the best family things to do in Auckland!
1. Visit Parnell Baths
At 60 meters our salt water lane pool is the largest of its kind in New Zealand making it perfect for competitive and leisure swimmers alike. The fun continues for those who just want to splash and relax with an adult and family spa pool, interactive aqua playground, toddlers pool and heated lido pool!
2. 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!
3. Bespoke Adventure with Social Nature Movement
With a huge range of land and water-based Auckland activities ~ from kids' paddleboard lessons to tramping, climbing, caving or nature tours, our adventures include everything you ever thought possible! We offer one-day discoveries or extended expeditions and we help people of all ages and fitness levels, so you can discover more in the ultimate playground; Mother Nature.
4. 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 aerial activities. Incorporating two towers and four different height levels on high ropes. There is also a giant swing, multiple flying foxes and a big leap jump that’s 12m high! Be prepared to be tested, thrilled and excited all at the same time. Build confidence, enhance self-esteem and embrace your fears. Check out our exciting new Rocketeer Toddlers Course!
There are two separate courses comprising four levels of intense and demanding high ropes activities. Rocket Ropes consists of the Rocketeer, Rocket and Croc courses, the Ripper Zipper, Big Leap and the Giant Swing!
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!
6. Thrillzone Escape Adventure
Get to know the Auckland city centre while playing their Escape Adventure!
A super-fun way to explore where you immerse yourself into a challenging next-level combination of the scavenger hunt, escape room, and augmented reality (AR) around beautiful Auckland CBD!
This outdoor game makes you play incorporated puzzles and code-cracking elements while experiencing exciting AR features and geolocation technology, without the confines of a physical room.
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. Day trip to Waiheke Island
It's only a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland CBD to the sunny, beachy vibe of Waiheke Island.
You can take the car on a Sealink car ferry, that provides transport to both Waiheke and Great Barrier Island.
Or just grab the ferry ~ there are buses and taxis and on-island car or moped hire. It's only about 1.5km walk from the ferry to the main settlement of Oneroa. From there you can also hire ebikes for the family ~ a super fun way to get around and explore!
The family can jump on the local EcoZip line, jump on a boat and dive or snorkel, hang by the beach, browse seaside shops and cafes and of course check out the famous Waiheke vineyards.
9. 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.
10. 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.