Exploring New Zealand’s North Island with children can be a wonderful experience, as you go “down under” with the entire family. Enjoy some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and breathtaking views as you explore a unique community with your kids. Experience this day of learning and natural beauty.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium is home to exquisite native and exotic marine animals. This aquarium houses the world’s largest display of Antarctic and Sub Antarctic Penguin colonies. The Antarctic Ice Adventure is a walk through exhibit, offering extremely up close views of the playful penguins. See New Zealand’s only live jellyfish display at the Niva Southern Oceans Discovery exhibit, which also is home to a massive Giant Squid. Stingray Bay offers an incredible look at giant stingrays in an open top tank. Children will enjoy petting these amazing animals in the Rock Pool. The curved underwater viewing tunnel, Shark Tunnel, provides spectacular views of a variety of sharks from all angles. For an extra fee, visitors can get a behind-the-scenes encounter with the animals at Shark Dive Xtreme, Shark Cage and Penguin Discovery.
Address: 102 Hill Rd, Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Auckland Botanic Gardens displays over 10,000 plants from around the world. Auckland’s mild, moist climate provides optimal growing conditions for a wide variety of plants. Plants from temperate to tropical regions can be seen in the wide selection of plant collections. The Native Collection showcases the diverse range of unique New Zealand flora, including 2,357 different plant species, 80% of them only found in New Zealand. The Edible Garden is a large collection of fruits, vegetables, nuts and edible flowers. The Palm Garden displays New Zealand’s largest public collection of palms. Children will enjoy discovering and learning at The Potter Children’s Garden, where self-discovery is encouraged through several interactive activities. Explore many other unique gardens at this beautiful facility.
Address: Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $17, Children – $8.50
Explore New Zealand’s maritime history, from the first Polynesian explorers to modern day triumphs, at the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum. Learn how New Zealand’s relationship with the sea has shaped its identity. The Landfalls gallery features a world-class display of replica voyaging canoes from Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. Re-live the stories of immigrants from the 1850s through the 1960s at the New Beginnings gallery, where you can enter an actual wheelhouse and take control of a steam ferry. This museum is the only museum in the world that has a working fleet of three heritage vessels. Enjoy the thrilling experience of sailing the Waitemata Harbor in one of these magnificent ships. Choose from a scow, a brigantine or a steam launch and set sail for however long you choose. Trips range from 15 minutes to a few hours.