Auckland, the “City of Sails”, is a bustling metropolis that has so many things to see and do. If you are travelling with kids then this place is sure to please! There is something to cater for all ages, budgets, interests and even weather conditions. If you want to earn some big brownie points with them, then read on!
Who doesn’t love going to the zoo? Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. There is a heap to see and do throughout the year, including events, animal encounters, school holiday programmes, and more. The zoo is only a few minutes away from Central Auckland too so you won’t constantly have the back seat calling out “are we there yet?!
What better way to Auckland than from 220 metres above street level? With breathtaking views, of up to 80 kilometres in every direction, the Sky Tower stands above all other high rise buildings in Central Auckland. You can spot key landmarks, a number of volcanoes and historical locations or if you are feeling really brave you can take in those views while walking around the 1.2 metre wide platform outside or leap off and fall 192 metres straight down!
KELLY TARLTONS SEA LIFE AQUARIUM
This is one of Auckland’s top attractions! Set on the waterfront in Mission Bay, a short drive from central Auckland, just moments from a gorgeous beach, Kelly Tarlton’s has amazing underwater viewing tunnels. See giant stingrays, tropical fish, dive with sharks, head out on the ice with the penguins or see one of the 30+ live animal exhibits.
Head to Wynyard Quarter, Auckland’s most recently developed waterfront precinct. There are great markets, live music, ride on the 1920’s heritage trams that ride the Wynyard Loop and there is an outdoor cinema in the summer. Take the kids to play at the funky maritime themed playspace, enjoy a great selection of cuisine, fro
m fancy to casual, visit the Auckland Fish Market and enjoy delicious “fush n chups” in the open-air courtyard.
Hop on the ferry and Rangitoto Island is just a 25-minute trip across the harbour from downtown Auckland. This dormant volcano offers spectacular views from the summit. You can either take the guided tour option on the 4WD if you’ve got smaller children, or walk up to the summit on foot. While it’s not for the faint hearted, it is family friendly. If going up is not your thing, then you can go underground and explore the lava tunnels and caves.
RAINBOW’S END THEME PARK
Not far from Auckland’s CBD or from Auckland Airport is Rainbow’s End Theme Park. If you haven’t been for a while it’s time to come and see all the changes. With the adrenaline pumping STRATOSFEAR which is not for the faint hearted to the all weather KIDZ KINGDOM for the thrill seekers in training aged 8 years and under. There truly is something to suit the entire family. Visit Rainbow’s End for a full day of serious fun!
If you’ve had your fill of the hustle and bustle of the big city then you can to head to Miranda Holiday Park, “an Oasis in the Middle of everywhere!” With a hot mineral pool on-site to soak and relax in, it’s a great get away for the whole family to enjoy. Award winning Miranda Holiday Park offers a choice of first class, self-catering accommodation to suit all budgets and needs, and is only a short 50 minute drive from Auckland Airport. The team at Miranda look forward to seeing you soon!
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