Activity Category: Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery – Toi O Tamaki

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Depending on your child(ren)’s interests, this gallery will either captivate them for hours or just be somewhere that you hang out for a short time, perhaps to escape a rain shower or the heat of the sun. There are permanent displays of artwork and changing exhibitions some better suited to…

Orakei Domain, Auckland

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On the city side of Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, is this great expanse of grass with a good playground right in the middle. There’s a wooden boat that’s elevated and various options for climbing up and down. There’s a flying fix, swings that meet in the middle, a bucket…

Whoa! Studios, Henderson, West Auckland

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Whoa! Studios is all about fun, live performances. The resident puppet show is based on ‘Custards World’, a movie in production, written by Bob Baker who wrote the scripts for Wallace and Grommet. These live performances are aimed at 3-12 year olds although younger and older members can still enjoy…

Stadium Swimming Pool, Albany

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Opened at the end of January 2017, this brand new pool seems to have lots of interesting activities on offer for kids. Within the leisure pool there’s a climbing wall which kids can climb before falling off into the water. There are lily pads for kids to practice their balancing…

Giapo, Auckland

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Children and adults who are happy to forego the usual Tip Top flavours of ice-cream and instead test their tastebuds should experience Giapo for some ice-cream fun. Unlike a typical ice-cream shop or dairy, Giapo doesn’t have a display of their daily flavours for you to look at, instead you decide…

Snakes and Ladders Park, Farm Cove, Auckland

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This is a giant board game with a difference – this playground is a giant game of snakes and ladders where the kids are the moving counters, there are ladders for moving up and slides to represent snakes. Also at this playground are swings, picnic tables, grassy areas with trees…

Lake Town Green Fully Fenced Playground, Hauraki

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This is a fully fenced playground with lots for younger kids to do – both toddlers and crawlers. There’s a bucket swing, regular toddler swings, short slides and a sand pit. There’s also a xylophone, inground trampolines and a small cycle track. There’s a grassy area and plenty of seating.…

Sky Tower, Auckland City

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This is a big outlay for a large family but gives unprecedented views over Auckland and beyond, going up the tallest building in New Zealand (a grand 328 metres)! For some, their fear of heights might be challenged, whether it’s because the tower sways if it’s very windy or because…

Odyssey Sensory Maze, Auckland City

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This is an indoor maze with a difference – navigating through it, tests your senses. The first part is pitch black so you’ll need to use your hands to feel your way around each space. The floor is sometimes wobbly or there might be something hanging down that you have…

Marvel Grill, Auckland City

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If you’re on the waterfront in Auckland, looking for an early dinner with kids, this restaurant is a good option. Very friendly staff are happy to accommodate children and will swap the fizzy drink for diluted juice without your child realising, if required. The $15 kids’ meals are big (the cheese…