The best activities to do in Auckland these school holidays

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Jun 29, 2023

Looking for fun, local, and affordable school holiday activities for your tamariki? We’ve hunted out some of the best activities happening in Auckland these holidays. Whether you’re looking to fill a few hours or a whole day, you’ll find something to keep the family busy!

Māori cultural performance at Auckland Museum

Experience Māori culture with an engaging performance at the Auckland Museum. This performance takes you on a journey through the story of Aotearoa New Zealand and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland You’ll hear beautiful song, see the poi dance, and learn about Māori weapons.

With two performances daily at 11.15am and 1.45pm, find a day and time that suits you, and head along to immerse yourself in Māori culture.

Find tickets online at the Auckland Museum website.

School holidays at your local library

Auckland Libraries have a range of Matariki activities for tamariki of all ages these holidays – and best of all, they’re absolutely FREE!

Whether you’re looking for games, arts and crafts, or music, you’ll find plenty to do at your local library, while learning about and celebrating Matariki.

Visit the Auckland Libraries website to find activities near you.   

Matariki at Auckland Zoo

Celebrate Matariki and create amazing memories with your whānau at Auckland Zoo these holidays.

Pack a picnic, gather your family, and head along to the zoo. You can take part in self-directed Matariki activities while learning about New Zealand’s precious wildlife and connecting with nature.

Find out more at the Auckland Zoo website.

Auckland Council School Holiday Programmes

Sign your kids up for a school holiday programme at one of Auckland Council’s leisure centres. You can relax knowing your kids are in a safe and happy environment, and having fun! These school holiday programmes are packed with active adventures, sports, games, cooking, and arts and crafts.

All sites are Ministry of Social Development approved and IWNZ subsidies are available.

Find a school holiday programme near you. 

Robogals visit Leys Institute Little Library

Robogals are a group of Auckland University students who promote STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math!)

The group are visiting Leys Institute Little Library Ponsonby and holding a Morse Code Workshop with M-bots. This is a fun and interactive learning workshop for kids aged 8-12 years.

Find out more online.

LEGO Bricktastic Sunday

Lego lovers, you won’t want to miss this fun, interactive and hands-on LEGO building event in Birkenhead these holidays.

Kids will get a chance to explore and learn about some historical stories and participate in various LEGO building challenges and activities.

Find out more online.

Clevedon School Holiday Event

Clevedon Community Hall is holding a FREE school holiday event on Monday 3 July. Celebrate Matariki with Franklin Community Hub, Waiuku Zero Waste and Friends of Te Wairoa. This is a fun-filled session of crafts, art and native seed planting for tamariki.

Find out more online.

Splash Water Safety programme

Drowning Prevention Auckland is delivering a One Day Splash Water Safety programme at various locations during the 2023 July school holidays.

Splash provides opportunities for kids to have-a-go in aquatic activities to improve their water safety competence and knowledge while enhancing their swimming ability.

Find a Splash location and time that suits you.

There’s so much happening in Auckland these holidays to keep your whānau busy! Visit the Auckland Council website to find more school holiday fun near you.

Need extra space at your place these holidays?

Do you have extras staying at your place these holidays? Renting a portable cabin from RoomMate Cabins is a simple and affordable way to create extra space at your place.

Here are some of the top reasons to rent a cabin in Auckland:

  • Hiring a rental cabin doesn’t need a permit
  • Hiring a rental cabin is fast
  • Hiring a rental cabin is cost-effective
  • Hiring a rental cabin is flexible

Find your local RoomMate Cabins supplier to rent a cabin!