What’s On For Families In Auckland At Step 2 (Level 3)

Last updated 15 November 2021

After 85 days of Alert Levels 4 and 3, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has moved to Step 2 of Alert Level 3. Find the key things you need to know about Step 2, and also which family favourites are open.

Step 2 of Level 3 means some restrictions have been relaxed allowing businesses and public facilities to open with customers keeping two metres apart, and staff and customers required to wear face coverings. Don’t forget to keep scanning in (or keeping a record).

There are many Auckland family destinations open again – and they can’t wait to see you! In order to comply with the 2-metre rules, they each have put together their own specific rules to keep you and their staff safe, so click on the links if you want to find out specific details before you go.

In addition to businesses that are open now, or opening soon, all Auckland Regional Parks and playgrounds, skate parks, pump tracks and outdoor basketball courts will be open along with the beaches but you need to stay close to shore. You can meet up with friends at outdoor locations in groups of up to 25, but you are encouraged to continue with physical distancing.

We will update this page regularly, so keep an eye on here to keep up to date!

Aotearoa Surf

Book your surf lesson now in either Te Arai, Mangawhai, Orewa, or the Matakana Coast! Available at any step of Level 3, Aotearoa Surf has a range of services to suit any age or experience level. Book now for a summer camp or family getaway. All equipment provided. Find out more

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Opening from 10am, Monday 15th November, you’ll be able to explore most of their galleries although as a precaution the Weird & Wonderful gallery is closed. Sadly, they’ve not been able to reopen the popular Sea Monsters exhibition but have some amazing new galleries, a new photography display, and an exhibition to explore. Find out more

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo now allows annual pass holders back on site in very limited numbers so you will need to book in advance. The Zoo intends to reopen to general visitors from late November. Find out more

Crystal Mountain

Open now! The Gallery Retail Shop will be open to public along with the Museum and Park, with Café on the Rock open for contactless service. Sadly animal feeding and Pony rides are unable to be operated at the current level . Find out more


Open now, all staff onsite will be fully vaccinated. Because some facilities will not be open, MOTAT has discounted the entry price – but be assured there is still plenty to enjoy including takeout coffee! They have new entry and exit gates to manage traffic flow. Find out more

New Zealand Maritime Museum

Open now! Explore Aotearoa’s maritime history across two levels of spacious galleries. Be the first to explore their new exhibition I am Island and Sea, ideal for the whole whānau. You can also watch the midday cannon fire, browse the shop or enjoy a takeaway coffee or treat from café Koel. Visit their COVID-19 page for more details about your visit. Find out more

Rainbow’s End

Rainbow's End

All staff will be fully vaccinated and excited to welcome you back! Now open, they have two options for your visit – a Rainbow Pass for the under 8’s or a Fast Fun Pass where you can enjoy four contactless attractions available in 2-hour sessions. Book online, and check out their other conditions of entry here.

Sealife Kelly Tarlton’s

Open now. Because they’re an indoor facility, Kelly Tarlton’s has a booking system in place to ensure social distancing guidelines can be met. Book now because they can’t wait to ‘sea’ you! Find out more

If you won’t be visiting in person, check out their Virtual Aquarium for free activities you can do at home.

Social Nature Movement

If you are looking for fun family activities that are 100% nature based and comply with all the Level 3 Step 2 requirements SNM have got you covered. They can design a fun family day out where they take care of all the planning and equipment – you all just turn up and enjoy the freedom. Contact them to design your family day out in some of Auckland’s 40+ locations they love to visit – will you SUP, kayak, climb, or walk (or a combination) ? Find out more or call Chris on 027 5011639 and have a chat.

Waiting for Level 2

There are some businesses that are waiting for Level 2 in order to be able to offer you and their staff a safe, fun experience. Check them out and put them on your ‘to do’ list!

  • Auckland City Libraries – but you can still get your reading fix because they are running a click and collect service. Find out more
  • Paint the Earth – but you can still pick up have delivered one of their fun Paint From Home packs
  • Sky Tower
  • Snowplanet
  • Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

In addition, all cinemas, theatres, and swimming pools remain closed until Level 2.

author robynWritten by Robyn Cody

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: “This too will pass”

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