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It’s time to plan your family holiday fun

The end of the term one is here! The autumn school holidays are the perfect time to make some wonderful family memories. Whether you’re 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.

The Tiger's Apprentice

Playing in cinemas from 11 April

Kung Fu Panda 4

In cinemas now

Wish movie

Streaming now on Disney+

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour

Streaming now on Disney+

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)

MOTAT - Into the Lab
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Into the Lab at MOTAT

Location: MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & 98 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland

When: 10am to 4pm, 13 to 28 April 2024

Cost: Included in general admission

What:  Grab your lab coat, goggles, and gloves and make your way into MOTAT these school holidays as they uncover the magic of science with “Into the Lab.”

Get hands-on with exhibitions and interactive displays showcasing the body, energy, and scientific discovery. Catch a live show each hour and learn about the power of physical and chemical changes. At the Aviation Hall engage with microscopes, telescopes, and infrared cameras. With two locations joined by free heritage tram rides, daily activities, and live shows – holidays at MOTAT have never been so much fun.

SKy Tower
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Dragon Warrior trainees assemble at the Sky Tower!

Location: SkyCity, Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland

When: 13 -28 April, daily

What: This April, the Sky Tower sees some kung-fu-tas-tic action. Upon entry, every child receives a Dragon Warrior activity booklet to kick-start their epic adventure. Let your little ones test their ninja skills with a game of Fruit Ninja, enjoy all the Kung Fu Panda activities, and head down to the bamboo forest for Dragon Warrior martial arts training available daily, 11am-2pm. Keep an eye out for a roaming panda on the weekends and after your visit, enter to win a Kung Fu Panda 4 Prize Pack of pure-awesomeness!

Dinosaur FX Workshop at Wētā Workshop Experience
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Dinosaur FX Workshop at Wētā Workshop in Wellington!

Location: Wētā Workshop, 129 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington

When: Dates available during the April school holidays, 13 to 28 April 2024

What: Calling all budding creators! Transform the ordinary into the extra-roar-dinary these school holidays with the magic of movie prosthetics. The expert Wētā Workshop Experience crew will guide you through this hands-on workshop, suitable for children and young people aged 5-17 years.

One hour workshops available during the school holidays for $49.

Wētā Workshop Unleashed
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Create your own characters at Wētā Workshop Unleashed!

Location: Wētā Workshop Unleashed, Level 5, 88 Federal Street, Auckland 1010.

Get free parking at SkyCity when you book a tour!

When: Open every day during the school holidays – 13 to 28 April 2024

What: Unleash your imagination at the free Auckland Wētā Workshop Unleashed activity stations these school holidays!

You can take a tour then head to the cool creative space where young hands will be inspired to create their own out-of-this-world, wacky characters. With the help of the expert crew, children of all ages are invited to explore their creativity with activities designed to inspire, engage and entertain.

Family quiz night
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Family Quiz Night is back these school holidays!

Location: 9 venues in Auckland or Hamilton

When: Click the Book now link for full dates, times, and venues between 15 and 24 April 2024

What: Get ready for some kid-friendly quizzes that the whole family can enjoy. It’s a win-win with you getting to visit your favourite local dinner spot and the kids getting in some general knowledge fun. Plus, there are great prizes up for grabs. Gather the whānau and book now at one of nine venues.

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Step inside ARBORIALIS Luminarium these school holidays!

Location: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
When: Sat 13 – Sun 28 April (Thu-Sun 9am-5pm, Mon-Wed 11am-5pm).
What: Step inside a fantastical world of colour and light with ARBORIALIS Luminarium, the perfect way to spend the school holidays. Inspired by the natural world, ARBORIALIS Luminarium is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and find an oasis of tranquillity and, of course, keep the little ones entertained!

Click the button above and join the adventure.d a wee gift for the kids post-tour!

Ecozip Kaikōura
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Ecozip Kaikōura
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Location: 11 West End, Kaikōura

When: This is valid for all bookings for now up until the end of October 2024.

What: Experience Kaikōura like you’ve never seen it before with newly opened EcoZip Kaikōura. To celebrate the team at EcoZip Kaikōura has a special code for readers to unlock a massive 15% discount when you join with them. Just add DK2024 (case sensitive) when making your booking.

Dolphin Encounter
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Dolphin Encounter Family Special
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Location: 96 Esplanade, Kaikōura

When: 13 to 28 April 2024

What: Book the Dolphin Encounter Family Special during the April School Holidays and get a 15% discount.

Kaikōura is one of the best places in the world to encounter dolphins in their natural environment. It’s just you, the open ocean … and Kaikōura’s wild Dusky Dolphins.

Use promo code “SCHOOLSOUT24” when booking to receive the discount and a wee gift for the kids post-tour!

More school holiday fun

Crafts, baking, games, and more …

Make the most of the holidays to enjoy some fun activities.

Support local

Spend these school holidays supporting Kiwi businesses

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