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Indoor Activities

Paint & Create on Ceramic

Paint & Create on Ceramic

This is the perfect place for some creative time out! They will show you how - no artistic skill is necessary! Great for children, teenagers, family or come on your own - just make sure you book in advance. It usually takes about 2 hours to paint your own ceramic delight that you can use and keep forever. Choose from a wide selection of plates, bowls, mugs and platters. They provide everything and will glaze and fire them for you - you only pay for what you paint.

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Monterey Park

Monterey Park

Monterey Park (Restaurant, Motor Museum and Model World and Conference Centre) in Auckland, New Zealand, is a wonderful world of miniature with a display of many model trains, boats and buildings, featuring a vintage car museum and offering a beautiful facility for conferences and wedding celebrations.

Monterey Park Attraction is now closed

Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

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MOTAT tells the story of the people who built and used New Zealand’s early technology, complete with exhibition halls full of buses, cars, fire engines, trains and aircraft. There’s also an activity centre with a range of interactive, hands-on exhibits which are entertaining, informative and fun for children of all ages. Taking a tram ride is an essential part of the visit and they run regularly throughout the day. There's also a cafe at the museum.

Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter

Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter

Kelly Tarlton’s is a wonderland of snow, ice and water. Every sea creature imaginable is on show, from sharks and giant eels through to stingrays and penguins. There's also a replica of South Pole explorer Captain Scott’s hut, not to mention a snowcat ride to see the sub-Antarctic Penguins. The Auckland Multipass combines entry to Kelly Tarlton’s, Sky Tower, Rainbows End and a Fullers Cruise to Rangitoto all for one great price.

Bruce Mason Centre

Bruce Mason Centre

Ideally located in the heart of Takapuna, the Bruce Mason Centre caters for all performing arts, conferences, exhibitions, banquets, meetings and weddings. The Centre, which includes a licensed café, monthly art exhibitions and a Ticketek Box Office, is a hub of activity situated close to the vibrant restaurants, cafes and shops of Takapuna Beach. A wide range of shows from orchestral concerts to musicals, ballet, dance, children’s shows, theatrical, comedy and popular performers are regularly hosted at the Centre.

Storytime At Borders

Storytime At Borders

Every Sunday afternoon at 2pm, Borders Bookshop on Queen Street has children's story time, generally suited to children aged from 3 to 6 years. Not only that, there's also an excellent children's book section and cafe on the same floor. This is a perfect way to spend a couple of hours on a cold or wet afternoon.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland War Memorial Museum has all sorts of things for children to see and do - what's more it's free. They've certainly thought about parents with children here, with different exhibits and activities taking place regularly. Keep an eye on our EVENTS section for details.

There are two Discovery Centres especially designed for children - 'weird and wonderful’ and ‘treasures and tales’. There's an assortment of live animals, artifacts, musical instruments, games, computers and fun activities.

Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery

At First Glance, these two artworks from Auckland Art Gallery’s New Zealand collection don’t seem to have much in common, but take a closer look and you’ll discover a fascinating exchange of views and a story of cross-cultural encounter.