The top 5 things to do in the July 2019 school holidays with your kids and family in Auckland, New Zealand
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1. Let the kids stay up late to see the FREE Stellar Festival of Lights
Smales Farm, Teheroto Road, North Shore, North Auckland
Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 2019: 5:00pm to 10:00pm each evening
Enjoy the interactive and engaging light installations at Smales Farm. There will be workshops and entertainment for the whole whānau to enjoy. Plus learn about Matariki, the Māori New Year.
2. Try out the experiments at The Science Roadshow at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Road, Western Springs, Central Auckland
There’s plenty of fun activities to occupy the whole family for a day out at MOTAT throughout the school holidays!
- Try out more than 60 hands-on science experiments, activities and live demonstrations in The Science Roadshow holiday experience;
- MOTAT’s monthly LIVE Print day is on Sunday 21 July;
- Take a tram ride between MOTAT’s two museum site; and
Don’t miss the exhibition Mighty Small Mighty Bright.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply and include all school holiday activities.
3. Take the family snow tubing
Snowplanet, 91 Small Road, Silverdale, Auckland, North Auckland
Saturday 6 July to Sunday 21 July 2019
Have fun together as a family snow tubing at Snowplanet. Its the perfect winter family activity that everyone in your family will be able to do. Snow tubing fun for all ages and requires no skill. Or if you are up for something more challenging you could try skiing or snowboarding at Auckland’s only indoor ski slope Snowplanet.
Cost for 1 hr snow tubing: Children $26; Adults $31; Add on an extra hour for $5 per person.
4. Learn about the special New Zealand animals at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Meola Road, Western Springs, Auckland, Central Auckland
Saturday 6 July to Sunday 21 July 2019: 9:30pm to 4:30pm each day.
These school holidays, Auckland Zoo has a special Matariki themed programme. Kids will learn the story of Matariki and discover the stunning nocturnal creatures that come alive at night. With a special activity sheet, families will explore Te Wao Nui (the Aotearoa precinct) to learn all about our New Zealand animals and what makes them so special to us. After journeying through the Zoo, check out the Domes and marvel at the fantastic Matariki digital installation and enjoy fun family activities while you’re there.
5. Take a ferry and walk to the top of Rangitoto, Te Rani-i-totonga-a-Tama-te-kapu
Fullers 360 Ferries go to Rangitoto each day in the holidays.
Rangitoto is just a 25-minute ferry ride from the city centre. You can walk to the top of Rangitoto on foot, or if the kids are tired then there is a 4WD train tour to the top that travels through the lava crops and pohutakawa forest. Then the kids just need to walk part of the way to the top of the summit. At the top, you get a superb view of the Hauraki Gulf, Waitakere Ranges and Hunua Ranges.
Price for Rangitoto Return Ferry Ticket: Kids under 5 years old are FREE; Children $18; Adults $36: Family (2 adults and 2 children) $97
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