Family Fun In Auckland This Summer

Auckland is bursting with fun family activities and experiences, so no matter if you’re visiting or having a staycation, Auckland is the place to be this summer!

With a huge coastline, stunning beaches, volcanic cones and lush hinterland, as well as an urban vibe, the variety of experiences on offer in Auckland is stunning! Join us as we take a look at some of the best things to do, places to go, and experiences to have in Tāmaki Makaurau this summer.

Please note: Venue information was correct at the time of publication. Please check with individual venues for the latest opening dates, times, prices, etc, before making plans

Auckland Adventure Park

Auckland Adventure Park

From Wednesday to Sunday all summer long, you can feel the thrill of an adventure with the whole family!

The Kids Playzone is perfect for the littlies and features amusement rides and a Playzone.  The Shooting Star Vertical Bungy will shoot you up, not down but the Luge sure gets you down! Zoom head first on the 260 metre zipline then pop into the 4D cinema with its built in simulator for some immersive fun.

Refuel at the onsite Area 51 cafe and then head out to make the most of all the adventures on offer.

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Dinosaurs at Auckland Museum

Peter the T. Rex

Get up close to one of the rarest, most complete T. rex skeletons ever found. At 11m in length and nearly 3m high, the T. rex skeleton, named ‘Peter’, is an awesome sight, posed in what would have been its hunting position. This free, world premiere is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed!

While you’re there keep an eye out for the Augmented Reality (AR) Dinos. Scan the codes with your phone to see six prehistoric giants come to life right before your eyes, then have your photo taken with them.

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Ngā Mirumiru Bubbles
MOTAT, Western Springs

Ngā Mirumiru Bubble

Waitangi weekend will be bubbling over with fun as bubbles return to MOTAT from 10am to 4pm, 4 to 6 February 2023.

Ngā Mirumiru Bubbles is a great way to engage young kids with science through hands-on play. Come down to MOTAT to catch a bubble, paint with bubbles, get inside a giant bubble, or watch a bubble show.

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Aotearoa Surf Junior Surfers Club After School Programme
Mangawhai or Orewa

Aotearoa Surf

6 or 8 week After School progressive surf program is designed with clear achievements (bronze, silver, gold & platinum) that allows children to progress through our broad variety of beach and surfing skills from start to finish running in both Mangawhai Beach and Orewa Beach.

Runs from 4pm – 5.15pm (ages: 7 – 11) and 5.15pm – 6.30pm (ages 11+) on various weekdays until end March 2023.


Auckland Live Circus in the Square
17-18 February 2023,  Aotea Square

Auckland Live - Circus in the square

Get ready to be on the edge of your seat and challenge your perception of all the things circus can be!

Featuring an exciting fusion of performance, join us for bucketloads of fun at this sensational smorgasbord of acrobatics, circus theatre, live music, contemporary dance and comedy clowning that goes outside the box of a traditional red nose. Take in wow-factor performances full of all sorts of flips and tricks, join in workshops and classes with the whole whānau, or pull up a beanbag and enjoy outdoor films with crowd favourite, The Greatest Showman and 1928 Charlie Chaplin classic, The Circus.

Featuring some of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s finest and favourite talent (The Dust Palace, Manubrium Circus, Flip n Fly, Circability), this wonderfully wacky weekend is not to be missed. So, pack a bag, round up your friends both young and old, and come run away with the circus!

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