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Attractions for Kids

New Zealand: Up in the Sky Tower in Auckland

As any parents know, the way to keep kids engaged is to have something interesting for them to do, see or ride. Your best bet is to keep it short, sharp and fun.

New Zealand is blessed with a myriad of outdoor adventures, but there’s also a lot going on in terms of less active attractions.

Hobbiton is a favourite with little kids and big kids (adults!) alike, while caves and glow worms, as in Waitomo and Te Anau, are always good fun.

In Auckland, a ride up the Sky Tower is enthralling, while you’ll find SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium along Tamaki Drive. A ferry ride to Devonport or Waiheke Island is also good fun.

Animals always capture attention. Auckland Zoo is popular, as are the Agrodome, near Rotorua, and the steamship TSS Earnslaw cruise with Walter Peak farm show in Queenstown.

Skyline’s aerial gondola operations in Rotorua and Queenstown offer a number of family friendly activities as well as the gondola.

Don’t miss Puzzling World if you’re in Wanaka.

Lord of the Rings & Hobbit

Agrodome

Learn about Kiwi agriculture

Auckland Museum & Domain

Huge park & iconic museum

Baldwin St

Steepest street in the world!

Canterbury Museum

Time for some history

Christchurch Tramway

See the CBD sights by tram

Devonport

Short ferry trip from Downtown

Elephant Rocks

Massive boulders in a farm paddock

Hobbiton

Movie set tours

International Antarctic Centre

Learn about the 'white continent'

Moeraki Boulders

Perfectly rounded boulders on the beach

Patagonia Ice Creamery & Chocolaterie

Tough to get past with your wallet in your pocket ($)

Polynesian Spa

Therapeutic hot pools

Rainbow Springs Nature Park

Meet kiwi & other native birds

Sky Tower

Views, Skyjump, Skywalk, Food & Entertainment

Skyline Queenstown

Views & activities galore

Skyline Rotorua

Plenty of action atop the gondola

Tamaki Drive

Waterfront drive, cycle path, aquarium & beaches

Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

See a living takahe!

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Great adventure for the family

Te Papa

NZ's national museum

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Predator-free bird sanctuary

Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara)

Predator-free paradise for birds

Waitomo Caves

Spot the glow worms

Whale Watch Kaikoura

Near-guaranteed whale sightings

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Eli Duke