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Guide to Auckland for Families

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With educational exhibitions, adventure activities, and outdoor spaces perfect for a bit of peaceful family time, Auckland offers something for the whole family. Here’s my pick of top spots for family fun in Auckland.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter

13 Places

3 City Tips

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13 Places

Sky Tower

Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Ballets, Aquariums

Auckland Museum

Military Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums

Auckland Zoo

Zoos

Viaduct Harbour

Marinas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mission Bay

Destinations

Auckland Bridge Climb

Climbing Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Devonport

Bodies of Water

One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)

Volcanoes, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts

Butterfly Creek

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Museum of Transport and Technology

History Museums, Speciality Museums

EcoZip Adventures

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Eco Tours, Other Outdoor Activities

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Art Museums

Passport_Liz's City Tips

  • Auckland's weather can be very changeable due to its isthmus location. Be prepared for all weather types.
  • No tipping or gratuities are required anywhere in New Zealand.
  • Traffic in Auckland is notoriously bad, especially in peak hours (7am-10am and 5pm-7pm). Try to avoid major roads at these times.
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    Sky Tower
    Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    The Sky Tower is perfect for the whole family. You’ll have fun playing ‘I Spy’ looking out into the stunning views, and then stand bravely for a photo on the glass panels in the floor. For the extra adventurous kids, there’s also the option to do the Sky Jump or Sky Walk, and for foodie families, there’s a revolving restaurant at the top as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Look online for height and weight restrictions for the adventure activities here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent views all around 22/06/2017
    • Great view 22/06/2017
    • Sky Tower
    Address:
    Corner Victoria and Federal Sts
    Auckland 1010
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +6493636084
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Ballets, Aquariums
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Say hello to the penguins at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium — a great experience for young children, older kids, and adults. There are hands-on exhibits where you can meet small creatures, and you can walk right beneath an aquarium to watch both fish and sharks swim right above you! It's really well laid-out and is a world-class aquarium.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book online to skip long weekend lines.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not as good as it was previously 21/06/2017
    • An awsome experience 21/06/2017
    • Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium
    Address:
    23 Tamaki Dr
    Orakei
    Auckland
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-528 0603
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Auckland Museum
    Military Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    The Auckland Museum is an informative yet fun, experience for everyone — with an impressive hilltop location. There is a funky, creative science area especially for kids that’s completely hands-on, to help them learn. There are also Maori performances daily, which the whole family can enjoy.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you have time afterwards, check out the Wintergardens in Auckland Domain, just a short walk from the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really worth visiting 21/06/2017
    • Best museum in auckland 21/06/2017
    • Auckland Museum
    Address:
    Domain Dr
    The Auckland Domain, Parnell
    Auckland 1010
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-309 0443
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Auckland Zoo
    Zoos
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    It would be hard to have a family guide without mentioning Auckland Zoo. A great day out for the whole family, the Zoo holds animals native to New Zealand and from all around the world. See a kiw or watch feeding time at the seal enclosure — it's all there!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a packed lunch to save money.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Decent zoo for a complete day out with kids 22/06/2017
    • Auckland zoo 21/06/2017
    • Auckland Zoo
    Address:
    Motions Road
    Western Springs
    Auckland 1022
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-360 3800
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Viaduct Harbour
    Marinas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    If you’re looking for a nice place to grab an ice cream and walk around to admire some extremely impressive yachts, then head down to the Viaduct Basin. With ample restaurants and cafes, and plenty of things to look at, it’s a great spot for a relaxed afternoon right in the heart of Auckland.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you head over the moveable bridge into Wynyard Quarter, there's a large children's playground at the end.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely harbour 22/06/2017
    • Interesting 21/06/2017
    • Viaduct Harbour
    Address:
    Viaduct Harbour Ave
    Auckland 1010
    New Zealand
    Other:
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    Mission Bay
    Destinations
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Another great place for a lazy afternoon, Mission Bay is Auckland’s busiest inner-city beach. Grab an ice cream to eat in the park, then head off for a walk around the bays — or try your luck on a tandem bike.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking can be difficult — watch out for time limits.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Mission Bay
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    Auckland Bridge Climb
    Climbing Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    For a family photo with a truly incredible backdrop, why not give this a go! Climb up Auckland’s biggest bridge over busy motorway traffic, to get a truly unique view of the city and your adrenaline pumping! The climb is not strenuous, and should be fine for most able-walkers.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Weight and height restrictions apply, look online for details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 130 Outdoor Activities in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Misinformation but generally a good experience 01/06/2017
    • You need to be fit to really enjoy this... 29/05/2017
    • Auckland Bridge Climb
    Address:
    Westhaven Reserve
    105 Curran St
    Auckland
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-360 7748
    Other:
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    Devonport
    Bodies of Water
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    For a lovely day out, catch the ferry over to Devonport, which has some gorgeous old streets, full of quaint shops and cafes. Try some delicious artisan foods at the food boutiques, or take a picnic to enjoy on the beach, while you admire the view of the city across the harbor.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Remember to take a blanket if you're going for a picnic!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely Little town 21/06/2017
    • Short Enjoyable Journey 21/06/2017
    • Devonport
    Phone:
    +64 9-445 5186
    Other:
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    One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)
    Volcanoes, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    As one of Auckland’s most iconic hills, this extinct volcano offers a view like no other. Climb up past the ancient trees and wandering sheep, and then work your way down and right around the park. There’s a large playground on the far side, and it’s also the home of the Star Observatory. (I say 'climb' — but there's a road, so it's really a leisurely walk — or even drive if you want to!)

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On a nice day, pack a picnic and make a day of it!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Tree has gone but the Hill Remains 17/06/2017
    • Great spot 14/06/2017
    • One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)
    Address:
    670 Manukau Road
    Epsom
    Auckland 1023
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-379 2020
    Other:
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    Butterfly Creek
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    Take the kids to this butterfly wonderland, where exotic butterflies are free to roam around the room as they please. Take photos as they land on your hands and heads, and then head out to spy on crocodiles and turtles in the outdoor enclosures. It's a truly magical experience that's great for young or school age kids.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Located close to the airport, Butterfly Creek is a great filler between or before flights — they even offer airport transfers — and you can book online.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hot 15/06/2017
    • Good day out with my grandson 11/06/2017
    • Butterfly Creek
    Address:
    10 Tom Pearce Drive
    Auckland 2150
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-275 8880
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Museum of Transport and Technology
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    As New Zealand's largest transport and technology museum, MOTAT offers a fun and exciting learning experience for visitors of all ages. Check out old cars, trams, trains, and planes, from New Zealand’s history, and see for yourself how much technology has changed over the last few centuries. Then get lost in the house of mirrors, and head into the interactive science area — where learning is fun for everyone!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Family passes available, book online for discounts.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Improving as time goes by. 17/06/2017
    • High quality museum of aviation and transport 05/06/2017
    • Museum of Transport and Technology
    Address:
    805 Great North Road
    Western Springs
    Auckland 1022
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-815 5800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    EcoZip Adventures
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Eco Tours, Other Outdoor Activities
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    For a wild full day out, head over to Waiheke Island and zoom over vineyards and valleys on a zip line! Great for older kids, who crave a bit of adrenaline, while the more placid family members enjoy some of Waiheke’s famous wine and food. There’s also a great bush walk on site, suitable for all ages.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stay in Waiheke for a few days if you have the time — it's well worth it!
    • Auckland transfers available — look online.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Onetangi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent experience 13/06/2017
    • Awesome 08/06/2017
    • EcoZip Adventures
    Address:
    150 Trig Hill Road
    Onetangi, Waiheke Island 1081
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-372 5646
    Price range:
    US$62 - US$62
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
    Art Museums
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    Passport_Liz Says:

    The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, holds the country's most extensive and distinguished collection of New Zealand and international art. While it’s probably not the best place for young kids, it’s new and contemporary enough for older children and adults alike, with exhibits to please all. Worth a nosey!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Enjoy a walk down nearby Queen Street afterwards, and stop for food in Vulcan Lane.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 267 things to do in Auckland
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant way to while away an afternoon 22/06/2017
    • A fantastic gallery - a truly diverse collection in a stunning building 20/06/2017
    • Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
    Address:
    Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
    Auckland 1010
    New Zealand
    Phone:
    +64 9-307 7700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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