Auckland family activities
Auckland family activities include the following.
Auckland’s 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. So if you’re looking for Auckland family activities that are educational and can be done on a rainy day this is well worth considering.
Address: The Domain, Ak
Phone: 64 9 306 7067
Auckland Stardome Observatory
Ak’s Observatory and Planetarium better known as Stardome, is New Zealand’s leading astronomical attraction for Auckland family activities.
Address: One Tree Hill Domain,
Entry is from 670 Manukau Road., Royal Oak, Ak.
Phone: +64 9 624 1246
Includes a -Kiwi house where the nocturnal kiwi can observed during the day, in semi darkness. With an award-winning Native Fauna Encounter (2pm daily) at the Native Fauna Encounter Centre,
this is a unique opportunity to see native fauna species, including a kiwi, up close.
-Tuatara our ancient lizard.
-Other native birds including,Morepork (owl),Kereru,(wood pigeon).
-Watch the sea lions underwater viewing window provides a breathtaking view of the sea lions, Scuttle, Keel, Kipper, Rosey and Codie cavorting in their wonderful deep-water home.
Encounters take place daily at the Sea lion and Penguin Shores.
African Grasslands with lions, giraffe, zebra, rhino and springbok.
-Hippo River, Tarantulas, Cotton-Topped Tamarins, Spider Monkeys, Chameleons, elephants, Bornean orangutangs, lemurs, chimpanzees and more.
Address: Motions Road, Western Springs, Ak
Phone: 64 9 360 3800
Ak’s hottest new attraction one minute from Ak’s 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 & café.
Address: Tom Pearce Drive, Mangere, Ak Airport
Phone: +64 9 275 8880
Fax: +64 9 275 1110
This purpose built gallery, houses New Zealand ’s largest selection of Crystals and Minerals from around the world.Many rare and beautiful specimens are available both on exhibit and for sale.
Set on several acres, in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges it is a peaceful oasis just 20 km from Ak’s C.B.D.
Includes a miniature farm with pony rides (weather permitting) and various other activities.
Address : 80 Candia Road, Swanson, West Ak.
Phone : 64 9 833 5033
Fax: 64 9 833 5044
Hire a kayak from one of our sporting personalities Ian Ferguson (Ferg)’s business and paddle around the waterfront or hire in line roller skates and enjoy the waterfront scenery, where there’s a suitable footpath wide enough to accommodate skaters. Auckland family activities like this one would not suit all ages and abilities, so a parent or guardian would have to make a responsible decision, if this suits their children, as there are some risks of injury involved.
P.O. Box 55006, Mission Bay,
12 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay,
Phone: 09.529 2230
fax. 09.529 2236
Open 9am – 6pm weekdays and 8am – 6pm weekends
Glenbrook Vintage Railway.
Experience the thrill of travelling on a genuine restored steam train through the senic Franklin countryside.
Also jigger rides, refreshments and Farm Park.
Address: Follow the Drury-Waiuku route and turn into Glenbrook Station Road (signposted)
Phone: 64 9 236 3546
Howick Historic Villiage.
Step back in time to experience the recreation of a Fencible settlement of the period between 1840 to 1880. It includes over thirty original buildings. brought together mainly from the Fencible settlements of Howick, Panmure, Otahuhu and Onehunga and lovingly restored by the Howick and Districts Historical Society members.
The friendly staff wear period costumes.
Includes a cafe and shop.
Address: The village is located within Lloyd Elsmore Park,
PO Box 38-105
Ph: (64-9) 576 9506
Fax: (64-9) 576 9708
Kelly Tarltons Underwater World.
For a different view of Southern Hemisphere sea life, the tour
begins at Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World.
Check out real snow and ice, and see the cute King and Gentoo
penguins on your snow cat ride through the Antarctic Encounter.
The Underwater World has a level conveyor walk where you get up close views through perspex at marine life, including large stingrays, schools of fish, moray eels and big sharks!
And a whole lot more.
Address: 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Ak
Phone: 64 9 528 0603 or freephone 0800 80 50 50
Farm Park with over 7 hectares of interactive and educational activities to create memories. Focussing on rural New Zealand, it’s a hands-on experience with nursery animals, feed the farm animals, horse and pony rides.
Get lost in the maze and discover the hidden caves.
Riding School – horse riding lessons from 3 year old to adult.
Address:308 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Ak.
Phone: 09 837 2952
In the Viaduct Basin. With many restaurants and bars close by.
The displays are original from boats to life size exhibits and
include an amazing collection of models and artefacts
Address: Corner Hobson Street and Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour, Ak.
Phone: +64 9 373 0800
Models and vintage cars. Includes Model Trains,and railway tracks. A 12 inch gauge train, running around the periphery of the complex, allows a different view of the displays. The train ride is included in the entry ticket to Model World display of many models of boats and ships in many different scales many different models of New Zealand buildings and typical Kiwi locations.
The Vintage and Classic Car museum features many rare and beautifully restored cars, bikes and displays documents of their history and/or their many owners.
Address:Monterey Park, Upper Harbour Drive, Hobsonville.
Phone 0-9-416 9282
Fax 0-9-416 7606
Museum Of Transport And Technology. ( MOTAT ).
MOTAT is New Zealand’s largest and leading transport and technology museum. Within 40 acres, MOTAT will take you on an interactive journey through many of the technological
achievements that have helped shape New Zealand.
Address: Great North Road, Western Springs, Ak.
Phone: 64 9 815 5800
Paradice Ice Skating Rink
They have learners lessons, ice hockey figure, skating and
a number of other activities check out their website for more info.
There are two different locations.
1st Address:Cnr Botany Road & Tirakau Drive, Botany Downs.
Phone: 09 273 2999
FAX:09 274 5551
2nd Address:150 Lansford Crescent, Avondale 0600, Ak.
Phone: 09 828 3800
Fax 09 828 4048
Puhoi River Canoe Hire Ltd
Address 84 Puhoi Valley Rd, Puhoi Village, Puhoi
Phone work +64 9 422 0891
Fax fax +64 9 422 0891
Rainbow’s End Theme Park Theme Park Rides:
Power Surge – You’ll be seated with your feet dangling below you as this intense thrill ride whirls you around in the air, spinning you in many different directions, flipping and twisting you as well as giving you the ultimate sense of freefalling!
Scorpion Karts – New Scorpion Karts. Pure single-seater racing fun!
Dodgems Under shelter.
Cadbury Land Castle – For our young children.
Corkscrew Roller Coaster – New Zealand’s only corkscrew coaster. Goes up more than 90 feet in the air, then down towards the ground into a complete loop, round a corner then into a double corkscrew.
Goldrush – An roller coaster like ride through an abandoned goldmine.
Log Flumes – The log flume takes you on a water ride through a waterfall and into the heart of a mountain. With a plunge at the end of your ride.
Fear Fall – Goes 18 stories high, with two cars of four seated riders, ascending to the top of the tower, pausing for a few seconds and then drops, reaching speeds of 80 kilometres per hour before a magnetic braking system brings you gently to the ground.
Family Karts – Drive through a specially designed course full of twists and turns in two seater karts.
Pirate Ship – Ride a model galleon, swinging up and down leaving your stomach at the top.
Bumper Boats – Good on a hot day if you don’t mind getting slightly wet.
Motion Master – A virtual theatre experience. It has two rows of 12 seated riders, watching a large screen. The chairs are hydraulically controlled and move in time to the on-screen 3D action.
Address:Cnr Great South and Wiri Station Roads,Manukau
Phone: 64 9 262-2030
Fax: 64 9 262-1958
Sheep World Farm & Nature Park.
Learn about New Zealand’s wool industry and sheep farming.
With live sheep-shearing, live action sheepdog show, bottle feeding lambs and more.
Shows are held 11 am and 2 pm every day in our indoor Show Barn, which seats up to 100.
Address: SheepWorld is located on State Highway One, 65km north of Ak, 4km north of Warkworth. Less than one hours drive from Ak. Free parking on-site.
State Highway 1,Warkworth.
Phone: (09) 425 7444
Just south of Ak in the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital is a haunted theme house.
There are three attractions. ,br.First – The former nurses’ quarters have been transformed into the haunted house, which has 28
themed rooms such as the Autopsy Room and Butcher’s Room. Actors jump out when you least expect it — scary stuff!
Second – is the Freaky Forest, a gravel walkway through close forest filled with actors and props.You’ll encounter characters such as Freddy Kruger and Chucky.
The latest is a 3-D maze. It is made up of walls of graffiti and when you wear special glasses, the paint seems to come out of the walls and you have to work your way around, figuring out what is real and what isn’t.
If anyone becomes too spooked, they throw their hands up and say “stop”. The actor will then reveal himself and lead the visitor out of the forest or haunted house.
Little Spookers is a lights-on, spook-free attraction for children. Visitors to other attractions must be over 16 years of age and ID is required before entry is granted.
Address: 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka RD1.
Phone: 64 9 291 9002
Fax: 64 9 291 9008
The Rain Forest Express.
Just 40 minutes from central Ak, a wilderness adventure aboard Watercare’s Rain Forest Express, a narrow-gauge railway located in the heart of the Waitakere Ranges. You will be taken over wooden bridges that span valleys lined with ancient forest, and pass through tunnels lit at night with a multitude of glowworms (and housing the odd cave weta!). culminating in a visit to one of Ak’s hidden treasures, the Upper Nihotupu Dam.
The train driver will tell the story of the Rain Forest Express from its role in building the dams which now help to sustain Ak, through to its use today.
After visiting the dam, you can walk to Seaver’s Camp, overlooking the Nihotupu Valley and Manukau Harbour.The train will collect you from the Camp and give you a ride back to the Depot.
Address:Departs Jacobson’s Depot, 280 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Waitakere
Phone:09 302 8028
FAX:09 539 7334