Lives in auckland
Since Nov 2007
25-34 year old female
Ex Auckland PR girl, travelling the world and blogging from a young kiwi perspective. See more at http://www.passportpacked.com @passport_liz
Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Ballets, Aquariums
Military Museums, History Museums, Speciality Museums
Marinas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Climbing Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Bodies of Water
Volcanoes, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
Nature & Wildlife Areas
History Museums, Speciality Museums
Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Eco Tours, Other Outdoor Activities
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
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!