INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to MOTAT NZ. No matter how hard he tried, Ned could not work out how to spin the dial correctly on the old telephone. His most successful try was with an upside down thumb! Watching him struggle brought my mum and I to tears of laughter. It’s not that long ago […]
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Destination: Auckland with Kids
Most people fly into Auckland to start their NZ North Island adventure but don't take the time to explore much of the city, despite it being one of the most family-friendly, safe destinations on the planet.
We love Auckland, even on a rainy day. It's cosmopolitan AND quaint, often at the same time.
We recommend catching the SkyBus from the airport into town.
And how's this for family friendly? Up to four kids can travel FREE with one adult on the Family 1 and 2 Skybus fares!
Auckland is a small city, so you can pretty much walk anywhere from most central accommodation.
WORD OF WARNING though: The city rises on a sharp incline from the harbour up the hill, so be prepared to puff the whole walk home.
This is one time we'd recommend catching a bus up the hill, or an UBER. We guarantee the investment will pay off as there will be no grumpy children or husbands to contend with.
Where to stay in Auckland
- We stayed in this budget-friendly accommodation right in the heart of Auckland. Check latest prices. Read full review.
Eating in Auckland with Kids
- We love to eat these Soft Pretzels in Auckland City for a budget breakfast or lunch.
- Enjoy lunch or morning tea at MOTAT Areroa Tearooms
- This sweet shop is filled with the best London lollies (and a few Kiwi favourites too)
Getting around Auckland
- You can hire these cars with a DEBIT card as security (not credit card)
- You will LOVE this tip to reduce the cost of fuel in NZ. Fuel cost is outrageous!
SUPER DOOPER FUN Things to Do in Auckland with Kids
- THIS indoor maze experience in Auckland is not cheap, but it's a one-of-a-kind adventure. We LOVED it!
- Play amongst the DINOSAURS at this indoor mini golf course!
- This giant-sized indoor games parlour is one of the best rainy day activities in Auckland
Kids Playgrounds in Auckland
Auckland Museums for Kids
- Tonnes of Fun for Kids at the Auckland Maritime Museum
- The Ultimate Guide to MOTAT in Auckland
- There's MONSTER-SIZED planes at MOTAT Aviation Hall next door!
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INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to MOTAT Aviation Hall. Be wowed by the giant planes inside the MOTAT Aviation Hall – the MONSTER SIZED SHORT SUNDERLAND aircraft is the biggest one of all. It’s a sight to be seen! It’s one of four left in the world, and the only complete example in New Zealand. The […]
INSIDE: Motat Cafe – Araroa Tearooms. MOTAT, the Museum of Transport and Technology, is a full day out in Auckland with kids. You’ll need to refuel at least once. Visit the MOTAT Cafe to enjoy lunch or traditional kiwi fare in delightful heritage building surrounds. MOTAT Cafe in Auckland The Araroa Tearooms at MOTAT Auckland […]
INSIDE: Check out the hands-on Kids Activities at Auckland Maritime Museum If there’s a Maritime Museum in town, we don’t miss it. It wasn’t always this way. We used to avoid them. Maritime Museums sound boring, BUT they are not. If you are looking for things to do in Auckland with kids, put the Auckland […]
INSIDE: There’s Dinosaurs at this Indoor Mini Golf Auckland! Play among the Dinosaurs at Lost in Time Mini Golf Auckland by Liliputt. Who doesn’t love a fake dinosaur? They never grow old. Best Mini Golf Auckland City? Worldschool your kids as they play. The Lost in Time mini golf course takes kids on a journey […]
INSIDE: The best sweets are at London Lolly Shop Auckland. Take a sneak peek! The quickest way back to the golden days of childhood is to suck on a favourite childhood sweet. If you grew up in England, or have a soft spot for London sweets, this lolly shop is for you. Race you to […]
INSIDE: Fun Activities in Auckland for Families and Teens. The kids will spot it first. The Giant Claw Game at Time Out Game Zone Arcade can’t be missed. Try your luck to win a life-size doll or toy. Come prepared. This game may just empty your pockets. Fun Activities in Auckland for Big Kids! Auckland’s […]
INSIDE: The In’s and Out’s of the Waldorf Apartments Auckland. A clean and tidy, budget-priced, family-friendly hotel just 5 minutes walk to Auckland’s best playground for kids? This is every family travel lover’s dream accommodation. Book us in now. Waldorf Apartments Auckland The Waldorf Tetra Apartments sit high up on Wakefield Street, between the two […]