Whangaparaoa RailwayStanmore BayWe were looking to for something to do with our toddler on a quiet Saturday. Found the Whangaparaoa Railway online and decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised. For just $8 per person (free for under 2s) you get a trip on their miniature train, along with entry to the park. There are a number of farm animals including donkeys, chickens and rabbits, along with two fabulous playgrounds. Kids can climb into a small plane and fire engine, or check out one of three playhouses which have a number of toys inside. There is also a bush walk to enjoy, but watch out for the mosquitos!
Butterfly CreekAuckland AirportGreat place for kids, a room full of magnificent butterflies, a miniature train, dinosaur park and friendly farm animals to feed!
Kiwi Valley Farm ParkHendersonWe went here on a Saturday morning and were pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Kids get the opportunity to hold some of the smaller animals before heading out to the farm where they can get up close to and feed a variety of friendly farm animals including goats, pigs, cows, chickens and lamas. Included in the prices are unlimited pony rides and the chance to view the farm and breathe in some fresh country air on the back of a tractor. There is also a small cafe and quirky gift shop located onsite. A must-do for families with young children!
Manukau Live SteamersMangereManukau Live Steamers run miniature trains in Centre Park Mangere. Although there was only one train running when we went due to lack of staff, it was great fun and my little girl really enjoyed it. For just $2 a ride and discounts available if you buy multiple tickets, you get a thrilling trip around the park which includes a tunnel section. This is one that can be enjoyed by both children and their parents!
Crystal MountainSwansonAnother great one for the kids, with a miniature train, pony rides, farm animals to feed, a small roller coaster and more!