With a wide range of attractions and activities to appeal to children of all ages, there are just no limits to the amount of family fun you can have in Auckland!
Aucklands volcanic landscape provides plenty of landmarks with spectacular summit views, like Mt Eden, just a short drive from the CBD.
Start your day of family fun by viewing the citys sights from its summit - you can even walk down into the volcanic crater!
If you want to get up close and personal with sea creatures and other animals, check out the following...
At Kelly Tarltons Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, explore the wild landscape of Antarctica and see colonies of King and Gentoo Penguins. Watch them play in real ice and snow, swim and plunge beneath the ice cap - there is no closer encounter. Travel deep beneath the ocean, see giant stingray, moray eels and come face to face with the awesome predators of the deep - sharks - only centimetres away. Ph: (09) 528 0603 www.kellytarltons.co.nz
Auckland Zoo is The Zoo as in the top rated TV show. Home to New Zealands largest collection of native and exotic animals.
Explore McDonalds Rainforest, Hippo River, Pridelands and the Ribena Primate Trail. Discover the unique coastal habitat at Bluebird Sealion & Penguin Shores and watch the spectacular antics of sealions through an underwater viewing window. Open daily: 9.30am - 5.30pm (5pm June - August). Motions Road, Western Springs.
Ph: (09) 360 3800 www.aucklandzoo.co.nz
Kiwi Valley, the home of Old MacDonalds Travelling Farmyard, is nestled in the tranquil Waitakere foothills. Kiwi Valleys 18-acre property enables visitors to enjoy a hands-on rural experience.
Get close to your favourite animals, ride a horse, explore the maze and refuel at the Last Straw licensed café. Open 10am - 4pm - daily during school holidays, Wednesday - Sunday all other times.
Ph: (09) 837 2952 www.kiwivalley.co.nz
When the kids start getting hungry, visit Victoria Park Market - the food and shopping will keep everyone entertained!
Victoria Park Market offers a unique shopping experience just minutes from Downtown Auckland. There is an amazing array of products for sale - many not available in other parts of New Zealand. Eat at licensed restaurants, or visit the international food court that offers delicacies from around the world, accompanied by live entertainment. Open seven days a week from 9am - 6pm.
Ph: (09) 309 6911 www.victoria-park-market.co.nz
For an experience that is both entertaining and educational Auckland Museum is the place to go.
From the award-winning natural history galleries, to the hands-on discovery centres, Auckland Museum is a place of education and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Check out live tarantulas, handle a fossil, play on the drums or dress-up for fun! Open daily from 10am - 5pm. Admission by donation ($5 is suggested).
Children are free.
Ph: (09) 309 0443 www.akmuseum.org.nz
For an exhilarating experience, set your sights on the Harbour Bridge.
Come and experience the exhilarating new Auckland Bridge Climb adventure, suitable for everyone aged 10 and above. Join us for a fun two and a half hour experience filled with colourful commentary surrounding this dynamic icon. Climb Leaders take you on, around, up and over the bridge to view Auckland from the best spot in town, spectacular by day or night. Ph: 0800 000 808 www.aucklandbridgeclimb.co.nz
For some fun in the water, why not head to Waiwera Thermal Resort.
Waiwera Thermal Resort is nestled in a bush-clad valley by a sandy beach. Thrill yourself with the 26 pools and eight waterslides. Spoil yourself - lie back amidst soothing hot water and cascading waterfalls, catch a movie in the pool or indulge in beauty treatments. A wide range of food is available including wood-fired pizzas and rotisseries at the licensed cafés. Open daily 9am - 10pm.
Ph: (09) 426 5369 www.waiwera.co.nz
Escape to Waiheke
Just a 35-minute cruise from Auckland, Waiheke Island has beautiful beaches, native bush, vineyards, olive groves and laidback seaside villages. There are no limits to the great memories youll come away with!
Subritzky operates a passenger and vehicular ferry service to Waiheke Island, just 45 minutes from Half Moon Bay. Sailings depart two-hourly, seven days a week. Walk on passengers dont need to book (free onshore parking), vehicle bookings essential. Go for the day, stay for the weekend - or a week! Timetables and driving directions to our Half Moon Bay terminal can be found on our website.
Ph: (09) 534 5663 www.subritzky.co.nz
Fullers offers up to 19 sailings a day. With 20 years experience, let them show you Waiheke Island - try the Explorer bus tour and visit coastal and scenic sites; or the Fullers Vineyard tour of the islands award winning wineries. With a Fullers All Day Bus Pass, you set the pace - relax in a restaurant or pick a beach and pack a picnic. Visit Fullers Cruise Centre, Ferry Building, Quay Street, Downtown Auckland.
The climate of Waiheke Island, usually several degrees warmer than Auckland city, is ideal for wine production. After spending the morning exploring some of the island, visit one of the vineyards for lunch.
Stonyridge Vineyard is situated in a sheltered north-facing valley of shimmering olive trees, colourful vines and the aromas of the South of France. It is not only the vineyard site of one of the most sought after red wines in the country, but also one of the most romantic and exotic venues for café dining, private functions and weddings.
Ph: (09) 372 8822 www.stonyridge.co.nz
Aotea Square Markets
Occupying the largest open-air inner city space, Aotea Square Market with its trademark blue and white tents is one of Auckland's favourite markets.
Humming with all the vibrancy and diversity that is Auckland, the market reflects city's earthy, urban and creative spirit. On offer are some of the best examples of Pacific arts and crafts, traditional Maori carvings and contemporary jewellery as well as funky New Zealand fashion, delicious ethnic cuisine and live entertainment.
If you want to get a taste of Auckland life and New Zealand culture, come and discover the Aotea Square Market, open every Friday and Saturday, 10 am till 6 pm, rain or shine. Physical Address: Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland City
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
View early portraits of Maori and early New Zealand landscapes, alongside contemporary New Zealand art.
The Auckland Art Gallery also exhibits international exhibitions.
Open 10am till 5pm daily. Physical Address: Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Auckland Museum is the cultural and spiritual touchstone for the many races that inhabit this beautiful land, and the first stop for anyone wishing to gain an insight into New Zealand and its peoples.
Priceless Maori treasures, amazing natural history, daily Maori cultural performances.
Open daily 10am 5pm. Admission by donation, $5 per adult is suggested, children are free. Physical Address: The Domain, Auckland
Daily Keeper Encounters allow you to come eye to eye with some awesome native and exotic animals.
You can also experience the expanse of the African plains with Pridelands. Watch the graceful movement of the giraffe and see zebra, rhino and springbok quietly grazing. And why not journey through New Zealand's unique coastal habitat. Experience the fragile eco-system of New Zealand coast complete with little blue penguins, sealions and shore birds.
Physical Address: Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Situated between the tranquil Manukau Harbour, and the rugged wild west coast, the Awhitu Markets are a must-see before exploring the Awhitu Peninsula.
The markets are held on the last Sunday of the month (or Sunday of a long weekend).
Physical Address: Matakawau Hall, Awhitu Road
Historic Bastion Point offers visitors a range of outdoor experiences, from expansive views of the Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island, to large open spaces perfect for flying a kite, kicking around a ball with friends or just lazing in the sunshine.
Bastion Point is also home to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial dedicated to New Zealands first Labour Prime Minister. The memorial obelisk is surrounded by a sunken garden and a reflective pool marked off by hedges and flower-beds. It is built on the site of a former gun emplacement dating from the Russian Scare of the 1880s.
Bastion Point is open from 6.30am-9pm daily and is accessible from Hapimana Street off Tamaki Drive.
Auckland's hottest new attraction one minute from Auckland Airport hosts Australasia's premier Tropical Butterfly house with over 700 free flying butterflies from Asia and South America. The Butterfly House is temperature controlled to 28 degrees C with 80% humidity, streams, waterfalls and tropical vegetation.
Butterfly Creek also includes a walk through exhibit with some of New Zealand's largest tropical aquaria and colourful bird aviaries, Buttermilk Farm, the Red Admiral Express Train, Curly's Playground, Flutterbuy's gift shop and Papillon Bar & Cafe.
Physical Address: Tom Pearce Drive, Mangere, Auckland Airport
Adventure Trek New Zealand
For travellers wanting to experience New Zealand !
Small group soft adventure vacations from 3-17 days covering the best New Zealand has to offer. From glacier hikes, dolphin swimming, tandem skydiving, sea kayaking and native Maori feasts, through to 7-hours of hiking across a volcano on the Tongariro National Park Crossing.
Postal Address: P O Box 6032 Wellesley Street, Auckland 1036.Phone: + 64 9 3695751
AJ Hackett Bungy
This state of the art personal challenge experience is situated directly under the bridge at Pier 2, where jumpers leap over the Waitemata Harbour.
The operation uses the very latest in adventure technology with a purpose built jump pod and jumper retrieval system to ensure maximum safety and comfort for jumpers.
Operating 7 days a week, anybody aged 10 years or over can participate.
Physical Address: Curran Street, The Westhaven Reserve, Auckland
Auckland Botanic Gardens
Auckland's largest outdoor garden features more than 10,000 different plant types and is a showcase of flora from around the world and native plants such as New Zealand's Nikau. See trees that existed on the ancient Gondwana supercontinent, as well as a magnificent display of roses, camellias and magnolias.
Opening Hours: Dawn to dusk daily Location:
102 Hill Road, Manurewa
Contact Details: (09) 267 4728
Situated in gently rolling countryside 40 minutes east of Auckland City, Ayrlies is one of New Zealand's best known gardens, characterised by sweeping lawns, native plantings, ponds and waterways. In addition, old roses, clematis and perennials combine in romantic profusion.
Opening Hours: Appointment only, 9.00am - 5.00pm daily
Location: 125 Potts Road, Whitford
Connells Bay Sculpture Park
This breathtaking coastal property offers the opportunity to experience a unique collection of contemporary New Zealand sculptures within natural park surrounds. Visitors can enjoy a guided walk of the park while viewing the outdoor art works. Accommodation is available in a self-contained beach cottage.
Opening Hours: Appointment only, mid-October to mid-April
Location: Cowes Bay Road, Waiheke Island
An award-winning garden created in an abandoned quarry on the slopes of volcanic Mount Eden, with magnificent views over the city and Hauraki Gulf at the garden's highest point. Visit the onsite cafe before exploring one of the largest collections of camellias in the Southern Hemisphere.
Adults $5.00 and seniors $3.50
Opening Hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm daily
Location: 24 Omana Avenue, EpsomTe Whau Garden
Enjoy the coastal views, plantings and outdoor art at Te Whau Garden. The property is comprised of three different types of gardens - The Rainforest, The Wetlands and The House Garden - with collections of New Zealand ceramics and sculptures placed throughout.
Adults and seniors $7.00
Opening Hours: 10.00am - 5.00pm daily
Location: 31 Vintage Lane, Waiheke Island
An all-season country garden centered on an expansive . ve acre lake. Re. ections of the garden are mirrored from the waterlilly-filled lake, showcasing the many interesting plantings including perennials and bog plants as well as ornamental garden borders.
Adults and seniors $5.00
Opening Hours: Viewing by prior arrangement
Location: 83 Sunnyside Road, Coatesville
Whitford Bird Garden
Whitford Bird Garden is a sub-tropical paradise for pheasants, finches, ducks, turtles and Amazon fish. Experience the original concepts in design, art and wildlife, including sculpture and paintings by artist Blake Twigden.
Opening Hours: Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm or by appointment
Location: 100 Trig Road, Whitford
This country garden is comprised of 10 acres of immaculate lawns and carefully planned gardens. There are many interesting features including a formal vegetable potager, croquet lawn, summer house and feature hedges of lavender, box and perfectly manicured silver 'Blue Ice'.
Adults from $8.00, discounts for groups
Opening Hours: Appointment only, 9.00am - 5.00pm daily
Location: 36 Glenmore Road, Coatesville
Seven acres of unique watergardens transform an old quarry surrounding the Mauku Waterfall and stream into a tranquil oasis in the dormant months and a kalaidescope of colour during the growing months. Gift and nursery open daily.
Opening Hours: 10am - 4.30pm
Location: Mauku Road, Patumahoe
Is only minutes walk from the hotel.
The Edge/Civic/ST James
Across the hotel
SkyCity Convention Centre
Is across the hotel