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15+ school holidays activities Auckland 2020

Your guide to entertaining the kids during the spring school holidays with our top picks of things to do in Auckland.

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While the spring holidays are a good time for kids to relax and unwind, at some point they’ll likely want to get out and about.

Thankfully there are tons of things to do in and around Auckland to fill their time while you count down the days until school starts again. Not only are there options for parents and carers on a budget, but many activities are actually fun for the whole family to enjoy together.

Check out our list of things to do in Auckland these school holidays.

Top things to do during school holidays in Auckland

Less than $50 | School holidays activities in Auckland

Odyssey Sensory Maze

Odyssey Sensory Maze from RedBalloon NZ

Your children will love trying to find their way out of the Odyssey Sensory maze. With 13 sensory rooms, illusions, challenging obstacles, tight spaces and interesting effects, this is a unique experience that all ages can enjoy.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Lower Basement Metro Centre, 291-297 Queen Street, Auckland CBD
  • Ages: 5 years and up
  • Price: $17 (5-12 years), $20 (13-18 years)
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Waiheke Island Explorer Hop On Hop Off Tour

Waiheke Island Explorer Hop On Hop Off Tour from RedBalloon NZ

Have a family day out and discover all that Waiheke Island has to offer. The Hop On Hop Off bus will take you right around the island, stopping at places of interest. You can get on and off to explore at your own pace.

  • Duration: All day
  • Location: Waiheke Island
  • Ages: 5 years and up
  • Price: $35 (5-15 years), $68 (16 years+)
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Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo from Klook

With over 1,400 types of animals and both exotic and local fauna, Auckland Zoo is a great place for your child to learn more about the natural world. There are regular talks from zookeepers and you can observe animals being treated at the Vet Hospital.

  • Duration: Half a day
  • Location: Western Springs
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $13 (ages 4-14), $24 (15+), $67.00 (2 adults and 2 children)
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Hologate Virtual Reality Experience

Hologate Virtual Reality Experience from RedBalloon NZ

Step into a new world with a virtual reality experience. Choose from a wide range of gaming scenarios including a snowball fight and zombie attack for this immersive experience.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Takapuna
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $45
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Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium from Klook

With the largest penguin colony this side of the equator and hundreds of marine species, there’s a lot for your child to discover and learn at Kelly Tarlton’s.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Tamaki Drive, Orakei
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $23.20 (4-15 years), $32.80 (16+)
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Auckland Sky Tower

Auckland Sky Tower from Klook

Take in the best view of Auckland with this exciting trip up the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Auckland CBD
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $13 (child), $32 (adult)
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More than $50 | School holidays activities in Auckland

Full-Day Paintball Experience

Full-Day Paintball Experience from RedBalloon NZ

Armed with 500 paintballs, teenagers can enjoy a day of playing on movie-set game zones. Full body armour, headgear and goggles are included as well as a compulsory safety briefing.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Location: Lookout Road, Muriwai 0881
  • Ages: 10 years and older
  • Price: $90
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Waiheke Island Zipline and Native Forest 3-Hour Tour

Waiheke Island Zipline and Native Forest 3-Hour Tour from Klook

If your kids love adrenaline, they will love zipping through the forest on Waiheke Island. A quick island tour and woodland walk are also included in this adventure.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Waiheke Island
  • Ages: No age restriction, but participants need to weigh between 30kg and 125kg
  • Price: $79 (child), $129 (adult)
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Jet Boat Adventure on Auckland Harbour

Jet Boat Adventure on Auckland Harbour from RedBalloon NZ

Jet boating is the ultimate thrilling activity that is sure to be a hit with your children. You'll experience spins, fishtails and power break stops during the adventure on the Waitemata Harbour.

  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Location: Auckland
  • Ages: 5+
  • Price: $58 (child), $98 (adult)
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Free things to do in Auckland during the school holidays

  1. Grab a torch and explore the military tunnels at North Head, Devonport. Pack a picnic lunch for when you’re done and sit on the grassy hill to enjoy spectacular views of Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf.
  2. Visit the award-winning Potter Children’s Garden inside Auckland Botanical Gardens for an educational yet fun experience for kids. They can learn more about plants and animals, get lost in a maze and discover a dry desert and stinky bog.
  3. Stroll through Auckland Botanic Gardens. There are 64 hectares to explore and the kids will be entertained for hours in the open space.
  4. Spend an afternoon at Wynyard Quarter where kids can play on the maritime-themed playground and discover the Sounds of Sea interactive artworks. Find a spot to sit and watch the boats coming in and out.
  5. Enjoy the country environment of Kelmarna Gardens in Ponsonby where children can get up close and personal with worm farms, beehives, chickens and a pony. You can purchase fresh produce and take a guided walking tour to learn more about growing food.

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Things to do in Auckland from $22

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