Kid Friendly Attractions in Auckland

There are plenty of cool things to do for families who are visting Auckland with the kiddies in tow. We have wonderful beaches with unique features like rock pools, caves and black sand. And the best thing is that there is often ice cream available nearby. Try the Hokey Pokey flavour. It's a local favourite that is unique to New Zealand.

And do check out the parks. Cornwall Park has sheep runnning around in it, which is very New Zealand, and you can also climb the volcanic cone for a great view and opportunity to teach the next generation all about plate tectonics from this very lively landscape.

You can take a fun ferry ride out to Rangitoto to climb around on the volcano or to Devonport for some fun on the beach playground with great Kiwi cafes nearby for Mum and Dad to get their flat white (NZ speak for cafe au lait). There are also interactive museums and a zoo. Be sure to find the kiwi house at the zoo where day has been changed to night just so you can view kiwi birds while they are active.

Whatever you do, if you are going to be out in the sun, be sure and slather your kids in sunscreen and a hat. The burn time can be fewer than 10 minutes down here. They can copy little Kiwis who wear "rash suits" which are like T-shirts for swimming in that provide extra cover. Your kids will blend right in.

As far as safety is concerned in general with kids, New Zealand is not a place parents have to worry too much about. Yes, we have our natural dangers such as the sun and dangerous rip tides in the sea on some beaches, but other child-related crimes are not very common and many Kiwis come home after long stints living abroad just to raise their families in this environment. So enjoy our family friendly destination.

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Auckland Zoo

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Motions Road
Western Springs

Up close and personal with the animals... read more

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MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology)

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1002 Great North Road
Western Springs

Technology and social history... read more

Rainbow's End

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2 Clist Crescent
Manukau City

Theme park located in South Auckland... read more

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Mission Bay

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Tamaki Drive
Mission Bay

Easily accesible city beach with cafes and ice cream shops... read more

Cornwall Park

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Green Lane
Maungakiekie

Beautiful park surrounding One Tree Hill... read more

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Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World

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23 Tamaki Drive
42-021 Orakei

Tunnel through an aquarium and see the sharks hand-fed by divers... read more

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Rangitoto Island

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Hauraki Gulf

Youngest volcano in Auckland... read more

Devonport Ferry

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Quay Street
Pier 2

See the cityscape from the water... read more

Arataki Visitor Centre

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Scenic Drive
Waitakere

Educational introduction to the Waitakere Ranges...
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Auckland War Memorial Museum

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Domain Drive
The Auckland Domain

National treasures... read more
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