Sitting on an isthmus with harbors on either side, Auckland has any number of beautiful beaches. With over 50 volcanic cones, there are hills to climb.The Waitemata Harbor and Hauraki Gulf are dotted with islands to visit. Beautiful parks offer wide open spaces and our magnificent bush clad hills are interwoven with bush walking tracks..
There is a great selection of Museums, Fun Parks, and Novelty activities that are often both educational and exciting for the whole family.
Many holiday activities are either totally free, or very cheap activities that children will thoroughly enjoy. Others will cost a little more, but if you use family concessions and vouchers from tourism booklets you can
get the price down. Supplement a few paid attractions with days where you do a free activity, for an enjoyable, yet very affordable family holiday .
5 Exciting Activities for your Auckland Family Holiday
Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World – The South Antarctic Display tells of the adventures of Robert Scott with a very authentic replica hut as it was in 1911, and Shackleton’s expeditions, a display of Scott Base 2000, and a ride in a snow cat where you will see beautiful little penguins strutting their stuff. You then get to the aquarium and walk through a perspex tunnel of water. Here you can see colourful fish including sharks, stingray and all kinds of marine life, while the Changing Room has some hands on interactive experiences for children.
Rainbow’s End is Auckland’s Fun Park – This park is certainly not on the scale of Disneyland or some of the International parks, but of entertainment for a day that will keep the whole family thrilled. Rainbow’s End has all the usual fun park features including a
castle land for young children
Gold Rush and much more.
Walk from Milford Beach to Takapuna Beach – or the reverse. This is a lovely walk for children. Part sandy beach, much is wide paved walkway or wooden ramps .With rocky pools and a huge stone chair below a castle…it is not a difficult walk. There is plenty of variety for children to enjoy…swimming, playing on the beach and exploring as they go.
Auckland War Memorial Museum – is a traditional museum with wonderful displays…especially the Maori section where you see full sized, authenticwhare – houses, a waka…carved canoe, and a wonderful Meeting House. There are many artifacts and items of interest covering all the Polynesian cultures, marine and wild life, early New Zealand, and a military section. The museum often has special displays to look out for. There is also a thirty minute Maori Cultural Show three times daily for those not visiting Rotorua. but keen to see a sample of traditional Maori culture.
Rangitoto Island – For a unique experience take a boat trip to Auckland’s iconic Rangitoto island. Depending on the age of your children, you can either walk the track to the top or take the little train. This island is mainly volcanic rock and pohutakawa trees…no one lives here permanently, although a few beach homes still exist.