If you are visiting Auckland with children it is unlikely you will get away without ascending to the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower. New Zealand’s tallest building, the views from the top are incredible, and its clear fronted lifts and glass floored observation deck will thrill young and old. www.skytower.co.nz
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
Don't miss out on one of the best places to visit in Auckland! SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s takes you on an underwater journey through the Pacific and Antarctica’s unique freshwater and marine environments. Situated overlooking the stunning Ōrākei near Mission Bay, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium houses over 10,000 marine animals from including sharks, turtles, stingrays, penguins, tropical fish and much, much more! A world first when the aquarium opened in 1985, the aquarium is the only place in New Zealand that rehabilitates rescued turtles and releases to the wild. Home to NZ’s only colony of Sub-Antarctic penguins, explore the Antarctic Ice Adventure or into new exhibition “Amazing Creations”, a magical play area for children where they can draw their own sea creature, scan it into the multimedia installation and watch it swim in the digital aquarium.www.kellytarltons.co.nz
Located in the central city suburb of Western Springs, the Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. Set in 17 hectares of parkland, the zoo’s enclosures are large, modern and open, with scarcely a cage in sight. www.aucklandzoo.co.nz
Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Situated amongst the picturesque setting of Te Wai Orea (Western Springs Park) near the Auckland Zoo, MOTAT’s two locations make up New Zealand’s largest transport and technology museum of its kind. With interactive programmes, exhibitions, and events, MOTAT delivers a unique visitor experience. Travel between the two sites on one of the vintage trams, and if you’re lucky, see the historic Beam Engine of 1877 in operation. Discover why Kiwis are known for their innovation and ingenuity and be inspired by the possibilities the future may hold. Whether you are a history buff, tech wiz, or simply looking for a fun day out, add MOTAT to your itinerary as a ‘must see’ attraction during your stay in Auckland. www.motat.org.nz
Located in Silverdale, just 20 minutes north of Auckland, Snowplanet is New Zealand’s only indoor snow resort where guests can ski, snowboard, tube, and dine in a world-class facility. The slope is 200m long, and includes a Terrain Park with jumps & rails and a beginner’s area. If you love snow sports, or want to learn, Snowplanet is the place for you!
Giapo’s is arguably the home of the most innovative and incredible ice cream in the world. From his one and only location, on 12 Gore Street, Gianpaolo Grazioli is proposing a new model for ice cream – a collision of cuisine, art and science with a very strong focus on the customer experience. Expand your concept of ice cream by trying Giapo’s ice cream takes on Māori fried bread, Yorkshire pudding or even hot chips in a cone. Or let Giapo pull out all the stops when you order one of their intricate creations, like the chocolate-tentacled cone inspired by the colossal squid on display at Te Papa, the national museum - a sculpt like cone as incredible as it can be. To visit Giapo is to experience something new, authentic, exciting, and ultimately delicious. www.giapo.com
Half an hour’s drive from Auckland’s CBD, in Manukau Central, Rainbows End is New Zealand’s largest and only full-scale amusement park, with a corkscrew rollercoaster, log flume ride, go-carts and the truly terrifying Stratosfear ride. There's something for kids of all ages – including adults who are young at heart, so bring the whole family out for an exciting day to remember. www.rainbowsend.co.nz
Header image: Rainbow's End.