• Pip Davidson

Summer Fun in Auckland

4 days of fun for Kids in Auckland. Our goal was to Discover Fun and explore some of what Auckland has to offer families.

Day one: Weta Workshop Unleashed at Sky City, Federal Street, $145.00 for Miss 8, Master 10, Miss 14 and 2 adults to visit this world of fantasy. From the warm welcome when we first arrived to when we left 90 minutes later we were entertained, enthralled and captivated by the creativity and attention to detail throughout the show. Our host Liam was exceptional -he made the experience positive and willingly answered all our questions. We highly recommend this -a great way to escape the summer heat (or summer rain). It is worth noting parts of the show maybe a little scary for some however you are kept informed throughout and provided alternatives.

Day two: A Saturday morning walk from Auckland Viaduct to the Harbour Bridge through the America’s Cup Race Village and along the new, improved Westhaven Promenade. We were able to view the Luna Rossa Team boat being prepared for a day on the water, we discussed the many different types of boats in and around the marina and stopped for a play on the Wynyard Quarter Playground on the way back. This is a 6km round trip, for those not wanting to walk a scooter or bike may be an easier option.

Master 10 requested to visit Sealife, Kelly Tarlton’s, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei. $99 for 1 adult and 2 children. We were a little disappointed with the number of fish in the large tanks but we still had fun. The penguins were our highlight with young “Bonnie” being the most interactive, cheeky, wee one there.

Day three: Auckland Museum to see Brickman Awesome: Epic LEGO® Brick Creations. $65 (Family of four) or FREE for Auckland Museum Members. A brilliant experience and we recommend it to all -adults were in awe of the design, time and work put into the creations. This is definitely an exhibit you need to see for yourselves to appreciate the work involved. Master 10 then wanted to explore the remainder of the museum and there is so much to see. We ran out of time to finish the whole museum so would suggest going early in the day and packing snacks or lunch so you can take your time and relax. Entry to the museum is free for Auckland Residents and a donation is welcomed for those from other regions across New Zealand.

Lunch at Wynyard Pavilion, 17 Jellicoe Street, Auckland CBD was a great choice -all Kids Meals are only $5 on a Sunday (as at 10/01/2021). A choice of Hawaiian Pizza, Cheese Burger & Fries, Fish and Chips, Kids Sundae. Following a very late lunch we continued to enjoy Wynyard Quarter and on our way back to Princes Wharf we stopped into the AC75 Simulator at the America’s Cup Race Village -Miss 14 was fortunate to have a ride up front and experience this free activity. You do need to book a place but if you are in the area try popping in to see if there is a spare seat -there are 4 seats allocated every 30 minutes.

Day Four: Dropped Miss 14 off to Auckland Airport before Master 10 and I visited Waterview Reserve -he was super impressed and excited by the Skate Park and Pump Track. The splash pad was being well utilised by the kids to cool off, families were using the basketball and volleyball courts and the large playground means there is plenty of equipment to share and caters for all ages and abilities.

We ended our adventures visiting Western Park, Freemans Bay. The flying fox was in full swing and it was a great spot for an older child to burn some energy.

Back to Auckland Airport for Master 10 to make his way home. Thank you Air New Zealand for making the unaccompanied minor experience simple and your friendly customer service.

Master 10 has created a list of places to visit next time he visits Auckland including more Central Auckland Playgrounds, Butterfly Creek, Treasure Island Adventure Mini Golf, Whoa Studios, New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland Zoo, MOTAT, Chelsea Sugar Factory, Rocket Ropes and Rainbows End -looks like I need to get more prepared!

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