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Sometimes it feels like they only just went BACK to school, yet here we are again, getting ready for a new set of school holidays.

No matter the weather, we’ve gathered some of our tried and tested family favourite crafts and activities to keep the kids busy in-and-out of the house, please you’ll also be able to see what is happening around the nation these holidays and find more fun ideas in our Parenting Directory.

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Party at Highbury Shopping Centre

Location: Auckland

When: 8 – 19 July

Cost: FREE

Join the party at Highbury!  We’ve got two great shows lined up – Week 1’s a Bubble Bonanza – giant bubbles, coloured bubbles, kids in a bubble, everything bubble; and Week 2 there’s music, dance, lights and games in a Magic Disco Show!  It’ll be great fun.  Shows are weekdays 11:30am & 12:30pm at the Mokoia Rd entrance.  See you there!

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Visit Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow’s End

Location: Auckland

When: 1 – 31 July

Cost: See prices at Rainbow’s End

With over 11 rides and attractions, Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow’s End is the perfect school holiday treat for under 8’s.

Kidz kingdom passes can enjoy plenty of entertainment too, with Crayola Party Time and  the brand-new Rai and bow Show on Rainbow’s End Centre Stage.

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Catch a FREE movie at SKYCITY Theatre

Location: Auckland

When: 6 – 21 July

Cost: FREE

Bring the kids to watch Happy Feet, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ice Age 2 and Mr Popper’s Penguins on the big screen at SKYCITY Theatre these school holidays (6-21 July).

Present your Sky Tower or SkyWalk tickets and get a free adult/child ticket, or you can buy your own tickets separately (kids go free with a paying adult).

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Secret Life of Pets 2 activity zone

Location: St Lukes, Auckland

When: 8 – 19 July

Cost: FREE

Head to St Lukes Westfield  for some fur-tastic fun these School Holidays. Their The Secret Life of Pets 2 activity zone is the purr-fect reason to come out of the cold. They will be running 20 minute sessions which can be booked on the day at the activity zone on Centre Court.

  • Make your own cat ears to take home in our celebration of our feline friends.
  • Unleash your creativity by decorating a bandana for you or your pet.
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Location: Auckland

When: 1 – 31 July

Cost: FREE

Kids Go Free at SKYCITY Auckland this July, with a huge range of activities and special offers for the whole family. Offers include:

  • Sky Tower
  • Movies in the Theatre
  • Snow Globe Experience
  • Sky Walk
  • Sky Cafe
  • Gusto at the Grand
  • Andy’s Burgers & Bar
  • Orbit 360 Dining

T&Cs apply.

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Location: Warkworth

When: N/A

Cost: See ticket prices online

Discover rural New Zealand with Sheepworld, 45 minutes north of Auckland.

  • Entertaining fun for all the family.
  • See the dog and sheep shows, explore the eco trail, and get up close to lots of farmyard animals.
  • Café on site.

SPECIAL: Visit in July and come for the rest of the year for free!* (*T&Cs apply – see our Savings & Specials page for more information).

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Ice Rink

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Location: Auckland

When: 21 Jun – 28 July

Cost: See ticket prices online

Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide takes its place in the heart of the Auckland for the eighth year in a row.

A magical winter playground for kids and grownups, skate amongst the city lights, dress up and come to a themed party, or head along to a skating lesson so you can impress your mates!


  • Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 10am – 11pm
  • Sunday 28 July: 10am – 9pm
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Mt Ruapehu

Join the Holiday Crew!

Location: Whakapapa or Tūroa Ski Areas

When: 8-12 July & 15-19 July

Cost: $499 (Ages: 4-17 yrs)

The ultimate school holiday programme. Spend an amazing 5 days hanging with your own instructor & crew of snow buddies for heaps of fun in the snow.

  • Full day supervision, lessons & lunch
  • Same instructor & group all week
  • Lift line priority
  • Alternative supervised activities in Ohakune on closed days
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Ferrymead Golf

Location: Christchurch

When: N/A

Cost: See ticket prices online

Ferrymead Golf has golf – outdoor and indoor mini golf courses, a 9 hole golf course, a driving range and golf lessons. Come for a game or some coaching PLUS they now have a fantastic new paint ball arena!

WINTER FAMILY SPECIAL: Pay only $49 for one mini putt game, 100+ balls on the driving range, a large pizza and a bowl of fries!

See our Savings & Specials page for deal dates and times.

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Roll up! Roll up to Cirque du Play at Capital E!

Location: Wellington

When: 27 May – 14 November

Cost: Free

Experience spectacle, shadow play, kinetic mobiles and sculptures to play with in this new installation, inspired by artist Alexander Calder. Contemporary, fun and bold, Cirque du Play lets your child be the Ringleader of their own curious circus!

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Black Cat Cruises

Take the kids out for the trip of a life time!

Location: Akaroa Harbour

When: until 20 July 2019

Cost: One child cruises FREE with every paying adult

Take your kids to see the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins these school holidays. Board the big Black Cat catamaran and explore Akaroa Harbour. See dolphins, penguins and seals in majestic surroundings.

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Ready set holiday fun!

Have fun and make Memories these School Holidays by having a FAMILY GAME NIGHT.

Hasbro games

Hasbro’s line up of classic and new board games will keep everyone amused for hours while enjoying quality face to face time together.

Cost: RRP for the Gift Box is $89.99

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Family Holidays and Travel Directory

Planning a family getaway? Find online family friendly travel options, accommodation, things to do, where to dine and travel products, so you can make the most of your trip.
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School Holidays Directory

School holiday classes activities are organised during each term break. School holiday camps and programs are offered by local city councils, art and dance studios, sport organisations.
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Family Activities Directory

Family fun can be the best part of childhood! Whether it’s free and on the local playground or requires a bit more investment check out all these options covering all ages, stages and weathers.
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