New Zealand is now at Alert Level 2 and this means that many businesses are open, or opening soon, and are looking forward to seeing you and your family.
After weeks in lockdown at home, now is a great time to get out and about, #shoplocal, rediscover old favourite places, and find new ones. The next school holidays starting on 3 July is a great opportunity to get out and explore New Zealand without the thousands of international travellers that we usually host. But if you can, get out with the family now and support New Zealand businesses.
In order to keep you safe, businesses have worked hard to ensure you can visit them safely and so may have booking systems in place, one way routes, or reduced opening hours/access, so click on the links below to get their latest information and booking details.
And remember to keep your distance from others, stay at home if you are sick, and wash hands regularly.
1. Getting into the action
For those action lovers, or if you are feeling the need to blow away the cobwebs, there are no shortage of options. In Auckland, Snowplanet, Rainbow’s End, Sky Tower, Crystal Mountain, Tree Adventures, Paradice Ice Skating (Botany), and Gravity NZ Trampoline Park are open.
2. Animal therapy
There’s something therapeutic and calming about seeing and connecting with animals and wildlife. In Auckland, Kelly Tarlton’s and Clevedon Animal Farm are open but prebooking is essential. Auckland Zoo will reopen on 27 May. In Christchurch visit Orana Wildlife Park and Arion Farm Park plus Black Cat Cruises are operating their Akaroa Harbour Cruises on a limited schedule.
3. Relax and refresh
If you are looking for a relaxing time, Eden Garden in Auckland’s Mt Eden is a haven of tranquility. For some retail therapy, Parnell Farmers Market is open again on Saturdays while North Canterbury’s Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort will reopen on 26 May for some fresh alpine air and a soak in mineral-filled waters.
The Clay Centre in Auckland is open and the perfect place to get creative with clay either by hand or on a pottery wheel.
4. Engaging with history
4. Scratch the competitive itch
If your family loves to compete, or just test yourself, there are some fun options open and ready to welcome you. Lock yourselves away again – and then escape – at Break Out Auckland. Also in Auckland get into ten pin bowling at Metrolanes . For those wanting to get hitting the small white ball again, Aucklanders can pop down to Enchanted Forest Mini Golf in Onehunga or Gloputt Mini Golf on the North Shore. Christchurch players can visit Ferrymead Golf or Caddyshack City.
Written by Robyn
Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments.
Favourite motto to live by: “It’s just a phase.”