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It’s time to plan your family holiday fun

The end of Term 3 2023 is on the horizon! The last day of the school term is 22 September and school starts again on 9 October 2023.

Whether you are out and about exploring the motu, or planning a staycation, we have you covered!

Check out our great range of holiday activities and destinations – there’s something for every family.

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What’s on screens these holidays

What’s on the small home screen, and the big movie screen? Whether you are heading out to the local movie theatre, or relaxing at home, there are some great new movies out.

Elemental movie

On Disney+ from September 13th

Haunted Mansion

Playing in a cinema near you now

Dragon Rescue Riders

Season 1 streaming on TVNZ

ruby gillman teenage kraken

Playing in a cinema near you from 21st September

Check out what’s on near you 

There’s so much fun to be had these holidays – check out what’s on offer around the motu. (See company websites for T&Cs)

Kelly Tarlton's School Holidays
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PAW Patrol’s Aquarium Adventure

Location:  SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland

When: 23 September – 8 October 2023

Dive in and join a Mighty Adventure with PAW PATROL: THE MIGHTY MOVIE at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium these September school holidays! 

Join Adventure City’s Heroes on an interactive trail through the Aquarium, whilst learning about our sea creatures and their amazing powers!  

MOTAT school holidays
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Become an expert navigator at MOTAT

Location: MOTAT, Great North Road

When: 23rd September – 8th October | 10am – 4pm

Stars, maps, compasses and GPS are all ways that people have navigated their way around the world (and beyond!). There are lots of different types of navigation that have been used in history, many of which we still use today.

This September, uncover the different ways navigation technology has helped people of the past and present discover new places and spaces and how this tech has been built in to our daily lives. Become an expert navigator and learn how to make a compass, or follow our map trail.

Auckland Live
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Auckland Live Presents 360 ALLSTARS

Location: The Civic, Auckland

When: 27th of September – 30th of September

BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming and more, the international smash hit returns!

A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. Boasting a stellar cast of World Champion and World Record-holding artists and athletes, 360 ALLSTARS is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture.

Sky City school holidays Trolls
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TROLLS are back at the Sky Tower

Location: Sky Tower, Auckland

When: Daily, 23 September – 8 October

Boogie your way to the Sky Tower these school holidays, to celebrate the release of TROLLS BAND TOGETHER in cinemas 30 November.

Come and enjoy TROLLS BAND TOGETHER activity books and colouring-in. Put your dance moves to the test in the Just Dance disco zone and get your face painted daily from 10.30am – 2.30pm. View the city from 220m above street level and spot Auckland’s landmarks like the Harbour Bridge, Mt Eden and Rangitoto.

Don’t forget to grab a photo with Scotty Sky Tower weekends from 11am – 2pm.

Sylvia Park
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Discover plenty of family fun at Sylvia Park

Location: Sylvia Park Shopping Centre, 286 Mt Wellington Highway, Auckland

What: Find more family fun at Sylvia Park these school holidays and discover:

  • Your next escape at Hoyts Cinema
  • A whole new world with virtual reality at Live Wire
  • Your softer side at Build-a-Bear
  • Uncover your putt style at Lilliputt Minigolf
  • Even more Flavours to savour

There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained at Sylvia Park – so make a day of it!

Auckland Zoo
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Celebrate 100 years of Auckland Zoo

Location: Motions Road, Western Springs

When: 9.30am to 4.30pm daily.

By visiting Auckland Zoo, you make a real and tangible contribution to the zoo’s conservation work here and in the wild. Over the last 100 years since opening its doors to Tāmaki Makaurau, they have evolved to become an active conservation organisation and have welcomed over 28 million visitors to connect with nature, community, and wildlife.

Join in the celebrations and give a gift to wildlife.

Joylab Goode Brothers
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Goode Brothers Family Fun

There’s something goode for the whole family at Goode Brothers this school holidays. From our kids pizza making classes to our Kids Day Out, we do (most) of the looking after and all of the cleaning up. We’ll make sure the two weeks fly by with ease!

At Goode Brothers, we’re all about family and fun – so we’re serving up a range of tasty activities all school holidays

  • Kick it all off with our Kids Day Out on Sunday 1 October with complimentary kids activities throughout the day!
  • Our kid’s pizza classes are running on weekdays at 10:30am
  • Goode Brothers Botany & New Lynn are running family quiz nights
Harold Giraffe Disco
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Harold’s Safari Roller Disco

Location: Melville Skate Rink, Hamilton

When: 29th September, 7-9pm

The Life Education Trust Hamilton is excited to bring to you a Groovy fundraising event! Come join Harold and the team for a fun filled evening – Harold’s Safari Roller Disco!

Tickets are $5 per person & Includes Skate Hire! (Limited – FIFS). (Under 1s and accompanying adults FREE).

Theme is Safari – so feel free to get dressed up! SPOT PRIZES TO BE WON FOR BEST DRESSED!

  • We will have a sausage sizzle – so bring cash for this!
  • Doors to the skate arena will open at 7pm till 9pm!

This is a fundraiser for Life Education Trust Hamilton – supporting tamariki and rangatahi in our community to make positive healthy decisions.

Meet harold the giraffe
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Meet Harold the Giraffe!

Location: Hamilton Gardens

When: 3rd October, 10.30am – 2pm

Life Education Trust and the Hamilton Gardens have collaborated once again to bring you exciting events these school Holidays!

We will be at the Hamilton Gardens offering a fun, FREE community event for all Whanau and Friends!

Life Education Trust Hamilton team will be at the Hamilton Gardens – Jade Dragon Theatre – Gate 2, Interactive story time with Enchanted Entertainment, Sausage sizzle ($2) and Harold will be about too… So come say hi!

This is a treat for the whole family. A great FREE community event!

More school holiday fun

Crafts, baking, colouring and more…

Make the most of the indoor weather to enjoy some fun activities.

Support local

Spend these school holidays supporting Kiwi companies

Local businesses need our support now more than ever, so these school holidays we’re encouraging our families and each other to get out and back Kiwi’s. See some of our favourite family activities and school holiday programmes below + search for options in your area in our wider directory.