It’s not hard to see why Auckland is regarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Auckland is centred around its waterfront. Viaduct Harbour, Built for the hosting of the America’s Cup, is an area that is now home to museums, bars, restaurants, walking and cycling paths, plenty of maritime history (including a giant yacht suspended above the entranceway) as well as a kid’s playground and accommodation. There is so many things to do and see!
In this precinct, The Voyager NZ Maritime Museum celebrates New Zealanders’ love for the sea, from the migration of early Polynesian voyagers, to modern day yachting.
Standing at 328 metres tall, on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets, the Sky Tower offers crystal clear views of Auckland for 80 kilometres in every direction. The tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and among the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy dinner with a view in one of the tower’s sleek restaurants including the Sugar Club and Orbit Dining. They always have a range of school holiday activities running, so be sure to check it out for something different for the kids.
The North Shore city region covers 120km of coastline and includes more than 30 sandy swimming beaches. Part of the North Shore’s appeal is that it is just a short drive from the city lights and downtown lifestyle of central Auckland, yet it has a real community feel and beachside character and provides a range of things to do for families with kids.
Newmarket is Auckland’s premier fashion, shopping and entertainment precinct.
Visit the historic seaside village of Devonport. Discover small sandy beaches, a compact village centre bustling with cafes, shops and galleries, and two volcanic cones offering spectacular views. All this just a few minutes across the water from downtown Auckland. Explore Takapuna. This vibrant seaside suburb is home to stylish shops, swanky cafes and a bustling Sunday Market. Visit the stunning white sand beach and enjoy the unspoiled views of Rangitoto and other Hauraki Gulf Islands.
The city hosts markets at Parnell and “K” Rd on Saturdays. Browse for a bargain or grab something fresh and tasty for lunch.
If you are looking for a fun activity, great value, that both kids and grown-ups will be able to participate in and enjoy – then the Enchanted Forest Mini Golf in Ohehunga is the perfect place for a great value family day out!
Manukau is the heart of Auckland’s south, is home to New Zealand’s largest theme park Rainbow’s End.
Western Springs is a wildlife sanctuary surrounding a natural spring-fed lake, one of Auckland’s early water supplies.
The park is surrounded by a cluster of major nearby attractions including the Auckland Zoo, Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), the Chamberlain Park Golf Course and the Western Springs stadium.
Ponsonby includes an area called Three Lamps which is located at the north end of the street. This name is derived from a 19th-century Lamppost.
Most businesses within Auckland have awesome school holiday activities to help keep the kids entertained. There is always something happening in Auckland!