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Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, NZ | © Samuel Mann/Flickr
Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, NZ | © Samuel Mann/Flickr

The Best Things to do With Kids in Auckland, New Zealand

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Updated: 13 February 2017
Auckland is jam-packed with attractions that everyone can enjoy. If you’re travelling to New Zealand and want to keep the kids entertained, you can’t go wrong with this city’s awesome amusement parks and plethora of family-friendly activities. Here are some of the best places you can head to for a fun-filled family outing.

Butterfly Creek

You have to love a place that brings butterflies, dinosaurs, playgrounds and train sets into a single location. Butterfly Creek really takes things to a whole different level: along with the aforementioned attractions, visiting families will get a glimpse of crocodiles, alligators, monkeys, and various farm animals too.

Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 275 8880

Butterfly Creek Auckland - Lime Swallowtail | © Percita/Flickr

Lime Swallowtail at Butterfly Creek  | © Percita/Flickr

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium

Families and marine wildlife enthusiasts will absolutely adore the Sea Life Aquarium’s live animal exhibits. Auckland‘s aquatic paradise boasts 30 different species and habitat displays. Penguins, fish, sharks, tortoises, stingrays, and seahorses are among the incredible sea life you’ll get to see on a single visit.

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Dr, Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 531 5065

Shark Tunnel, Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium | © Les Williams/Flickr

Shark Tunnel at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium | © Les Williams/Flickr

Auckland Zoo

Thrills are guaranteed when exploring the incredibly diverse Auckland Zoo. With more than 875 animals, from 138 different species, the premises are sure to keep you entertained for hours on end. The zoo even has a regular timetable of animal encounters, plus other events and activities for visitors of all ages.

Auckland Zoo, Motions Rd, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 360 3805

An educational sign at Auckland Zoo | © Samuel Mann/Flickr

An educational sign at Auckland Zoo | © Samuel Mann/Flickr

Rainbow’s End

Auckland’s main amusement park, Rainbow’s End, packs a punch with its 20 rides and attractions. Little ones aged eight and under will have an epic time discovering the Kidz Kingdom. Older, more adventurous kids could try their hand at the thrilling Stratosfear, and the entire family will enjoy rocking along the Log Flume and Pirate Ship.

Rainbow’s End, 2 Clist Cres, Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 262 2030

My favourite ride at rainbows end!❤️

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For something with an educational flair, make sure to stop by the Museum of Transport and Technology (aka MOTAT). Most of their exhibitions and events are centred around engaging younger crowds, through their extensive collection of machinery and technologies, as well as special classes and activities. There’s also an interactive creative hub on site, designed to capture the imagination of kids both young and old.

Museum of Transport and Technology, 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 815 5800

Kiwi Valley Farm Park and Maze

Who doesn’t like a good petting zoo? True to its name, the Kiwi Valley Farm Park and Maze adds a distinctly local flavour to the standard conventions. The whole family will be able to revel in the fresh countryside environment as they interact with sheep, horses, ducks, goats, piglets, and many other animals you’d find on a typical Kiwi farm.

Kiwi Valley Farm Park and Maze, 308 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson Valley, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 837 2952

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Parnell Baths

Want to chill out by the pool? There are various indoor and outdoor swimming facilities around Auckland, but the Parnell Baths are truly unique. A 60-metre (196-foot) salt-water pool is the area’s main attraction. Families can also take a plunge into the surrounding hot-water pools, or simply settle down at one of the adjoining grassy areas for a scenic picnic.

Parnell Baths, 25 Judges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 373 3561

Outdoor Saltwater Pool, Parnell Baths | © russellstreet/Flickr

Outdoor Saltwater Pool at Parnell Baths | © russellstreet/Flickr

Tree Adventures

Here’s something unique for nature-lovers and adrenaline junkies. Tree Adventures comprises 10 high rope courses, for children aged five and up. Heights range from three to 14 metres (10 to 45 feet), so even the least experienced little monkeys can take part in this cool rope-climbing and swinging adventure.

Tree Adventures, Boundary Rd, Woodhill Forest, Waimauku, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 800 827 926

Fantastic day with family

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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The Auckland Art Gallery seamlessly caters to all members of the family. Art-loving adults will marvel at the interesting exhibitions and expansive artwork collection, while the kids will be greatly entertained by the Creative Family Centre. There are also regular, free events running year-round – so do keep an eye out for something that might pique everyone’s interest.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland, New Zealand, +64 9 379 1349

Auckland Art Gallery | © Christopher John SSF/Flickr

Auckland Art Gallery | © Christopher John SSF/Flickr