If you’re thinking about visiting New Zealand, Auckland is a great place to start. With endless family activities and an abundance of affordable accommodation, this city has so much to offer.
The great thing about Auckland is no matter what time of year you go, there is always something fun to do with the kids.
Our visit was the start of a two-week road trip around the North Island so we only had three days to explore the city’s sights. I think our choices were perfect for our family and kids’ ages (2 & 8). I’ve put together a short guide on our favourite places.
Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s
Now this place is awesome! Kelly Tarlton’s was definitely one of our highlights. The aquarium was full of fun with interactive activities around every corner.
We were first greeted by a pen of playful penguins. We had so much fun communicating with these funny little creatures. The penguins are fed daily at 11.30 – definitely worth checking out. Charlie would’ve happily stayed all day.
The travelator underwater shark tunnel was also a big hit. You can travel around as many times as you like and you’re guaranteed to discover something new each time.
Right when we needed refuelling, we came across a cafe and cute little playground called Shipwreck Shores, where the kids played for a good 45 mins while we sat down (winning!). The Amazing Creations area was so cool! The kids could create their own exciting creatures of the sea.
Such a fun-filled day for all.
At 328 metres, Auckland’s Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. It has been an icon of the city’s skyline for 20 years.
It offers plenty of adrenaline activities for teens and adults as well as family-friendly dining and breathtaking views.
The Tower has a number of upper levels open to the public. The upper portion contains a cafe and two restaurants (including New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant).
The main observation deck provides 360 degree views of the city and has thick glass sections you can stand on, giving a view straight to ground.
The Auckland Museum is a fantastic cultural experience for all ages. The kids loved the hands-on exhibitions that covered culture, the arts, science and the environment. Definitely worth a visit.