Goat Island Marine Reserve reviewed by Kylie B.
One of my favourite long weekend getaways, Goat Island is tops for snorkelling, swimming and just generally a whole lotta beach'ing and relaxing. There's a wicked little local campground that I reckon is one of the best in New Zealand and I also like to enjoy a pizza and a glass of wine at the Leigh Sawmill after a long day of swimming in the reserve's pristine salty waters. My friends' with kids also love holidaying up here or just enjoying a school holiday day trip because there are so many kids' activities they will love. If you want to get back to nature with lots of awesome outdoor adventures, Goat Island is a great place to get the sand between your toes, the sun on your face and be up close and personal with New Zealand's beautiful marine life.
Crystal Mountain reviewed by Sharon D.
I love the peace and quiet of looking around all of the Crystals and gems and sitting down watching the peacocks and other animals they have there. The place is very enjoyable and in a nice setting. Even if it's raining you can sit inside and enjoy a nice coffee and something to eat under cover. Great places to take children as they can go through to the farm they have for children to see and touch the animals.
Spring into the school holidays with one of the coolest adventures you'll ever experience with the family. Jump is a revolutionary trampoline park that's all about taking this classic Kiwi backyard activity and making it safe and exciting for everyone - whether you are a kid or, like me, a big kid at heart. I recommend taking a group of adventurous adults and children along for a school holiday outing to remember and, because you can book online and in advance, it's a great way to plan an excellent day out, no matter the weather. The brainchild of a couple of clever Kiwis who got the idea while travelling around the US, indoor trampoline parks are a hot trend taking the world and now New Zealand by storm. Kids will love the multiple trampolines and safety padding around the walls that lets them test their acrobatic skills and limits without the same dangers of a garden trampoline. Jumping on a trampoline is also proving to be a bit of fitness craze and Jump hold special Jump Fit classes at this park. So popular is the concept that there are now two other parks open in Auckland's North Shore and in Hamilton in the Waikato with plans to create many more around New Zealand. Now that makes me want to jump for joy!
Action World Auckland reviewed by Kylie B.
Action World is Kiwi ingenuity at its best. This New Zealand first - an amazing blow-up park in the West Auckland suburb of Henderson - was set up by a former professional trapeze artist, who had a vision of letting kids fly through the air with the greatest of ease. With no harnesses or safety lines necessary, tots, children and teens love flipping and flopping onto the comfortable safe surfaces below as they negotiate the high wire and shoot from trapeze to trapeze. There's also huge blow-up, colourful slides that the littlies love, an inflatable rock climbing wall and a jousting bridge, which is a hit with the boys. Not only is it a great idea for a school holiday outing but it's also a wonderful way to build confidence and self-esteem. You can just bowl up on the day but space is limited and it gets packed in the school holidays so it pays to make a plan and book online.
Butterfly Creek reviewed by Karen L.
The little train trip around the creek. The farm animals that the kids get to see, pet & feed. The ice cream parlour as a treat for well behaved little ones. The dinosaurs enclosure. The trampoline for the little ones to play and make friends. And of course, the butterfly enclosure where if you stand still for long enough they land on you!
Gloputt Mini Golf reviewed by Kylie B.
This is an awesome night out for teenagers and an activity kids will love. Gloputt Mini Golf is so much fun, no matter what age you are because you will whoop and holla your way around the glow-in-the-dark course. TIP: Wear something bright white or some UV paint so that you light up like a disco ball, making the whole experience all the more enjoyable. And you don't need to worry about your golf swing. This is all about putting your way to a better place.
Snowplanet reviewed by Suzanne K.
Great chance to get your kids on the snow and try it out. For kids who can already ski it is a fun time. Dress up really warm as it is very very cold. They have morning and afternoon sessions in the school holidays. They take all school age kids and then 5-16 years to learn and progress in the separated into groups depending on their age, skill level and choice of skiing (from 5 years old) or snowboarding (from 8 years old) and then offer them tuition.
Rangitoto Island reviewed by Kylie B.
If you want to get your teens into nature, try a day trip and climb the majestic volcano that is Rangitoto Island. This isn't an activity for toddlers with little legs (unless you plan to carry them up on your back!) but it's a must-do for anyone who lives in Auckland because it's such a unique way to see the city. Autumn is the perfect time to climb, and the only season in the year that I choose to make the trek, because otherwise it can be hot, thirsty and uncomfortable work if you are determined to get to the summit. Another great option is to charter a boat and take the kids out on the water to get up close and personal with one of Auckland's most iconic cones.