Auckland has many activities to entertain children, including experiencing the magic of movie-making at Whoa! Studios, learning history at The Auckland War Memorial Museum and feeding a giraffe at Auckland Zoo. Here’s a list of the best things to do in the North Island city.
Catch a Fullers360 ferry from Auckland city or Gulf Harbour in Whangaparaoa for a day trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island. Enjoy a guided walk around the nature sanctuary and explore the lighthouse in this spectacular coastal environment. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and swimming gear as there is no food for sale on the island. The ferry runs from Wednesday to Sunday during the year, but over the peak summer season it runs every day.
Children can watch a live performance, scramble up a climbing net or run through an obstacle course at Whoa! Studios in West Auckland’s Studio District. This entertainment destination is all about fun for kids, with workshops on costume making, character performance and movement. Whoa! Studios are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Make sure you book for shows in advance online.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum in Parnell is home to several engaging exhibits on three different floors, all of which are suitable for children and are changed regularly, making it a great place to visit more than once. Kids will love to discover a world of dinosaur fossils, navigate through New Zealand’s unique natural history and learn about how volcanoes are formed. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm and entry is free to Auckland residents with proof of address, or by a small donation for other New Zealand residents. International visitors are required to purchase a general admission ticket which can be booked online.
Auckland Zoo, west of Downtown, is a wildlife conservation centre. It’s a great place to get close to wildlife and learn more about what is needed to protect future environments in which animals can survive and thrive. Children can go on a night safari, become a junior zookeeper and feed the zoo’s resident giraffe and red panda.
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