Activity Category: Auckland

Little Oneroa Beach, Waiheke Island

This is a wide, safe swimming beach for kids with showers, changing rooms and toilets. There’s also a shaded playground (sails and big trees) at Little Oneroa beach which is great for younger kids (perhaps up to around 6/7 years old). A big grassy area isn’t shaded but has free…

Delight Café, Waiheke Island

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Good cafe for breakfast, lunch or snacks with great views over the water and Oneroa Beach from most windows – you can play I spy while you wait for your food! For kids there’s pancakes or a mini cooked breakfast on offer (eggs, hash brown and bacon). The Middle Eastern influences…

Island Gelato icecream, Waiheke Island

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A small but stylish former shipping container is home to the island’s best ice-cream shop (in our families’ opinion!) Made on Waiheke with seasonal, local, ingredients wherever possible, the flavours are always changing. There are always some dairy free options. They also serve coffee and sell Al Brown’s Ugly Bagels.…

Mexico (restaurant), various locations Auckland

This is a chain restaurant with 4 branches in Auckland and another in each of Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. The one in Britomart and others around the country have been recommended and they offer the same menu and set up, so the other branches should be good too. Let me know…

Auckland Zoo

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This zoo is huge with a big selection of animals on show, some of which aren’t at any other New Zealand zoo. If you’re planning a visit, it’s worth showing your kid(s) a map of the zoo so you can try to have an idea about which animals they’re most…

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland

Kelly Tarlton’s is the biggest aquarium in New Zealand. It is well stocked with sea life of all kinds including a large penguin enclosure, sting ray, rock pool area that kids can put their hands into and a moving walkway through a glass tunnel with hundreds of fish in it…

Coyle Park, Point Chevalier, Auckland

This park is probably best known for its playground but there’s also beach access and a huge area of grass suitable for picnics, running around and ball games. The playground is wheelchair accessible and it also has a special area for preschoolers with a low level platform for kids to…

Victoria Park, Auckland City

This playground has a particularly good selection of equipment for school aged kids with some quite different pieces like the wobbly balance beam log. There’s lots of climbing opportunities, a high fireman’s pole and monkey bars. Preschoolers are only really catered for with things like climbing on a tuatara and eel sculpture,…

Myers Park, Auckland CBD

If you’re in the CBD looking for a playground this is one option. It’s easily accessible from upper Queen St (see address). The playground has monkey bars, a basket swing, a swinging bridge, regular swings, sculptural pieces for walking over and balancing on. There are small slides and swings suitable…

Western Park, Freemans Bay, Auckland

This playground was upgraded towards the end of 2016 with new equipment going in. Slides still feature with 3 reasonably long tunnel slides stretching down the side of the hill. But in addition to slides, there are also swings, including a bucket swing, a seasaw, ropes for climbing along, a flying fox…