Auckland City's top 5 school holiday activities

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 by

At Kiwi International Hotel we are all about making life simple and we do that each and every day by offering a variety of affordable accommodation options from singles, doubles with ensuite through to one bedroom apartments perfect for families.

And in the spirit of expanding our approach to the philosophy of "making life simple", we want to help-out Auckland bound or currently living parents, these winter school holidays. So we have compiled a list of some of what we think are the top school holiday offerings/events/programmes these school holidays.

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The aim of the programmes is to keep the kids entertained. The aim of our compiled list is to simplify the options on offer.

So here are our top 5 choices these school holidays:

1. Aotea Square gets frozen these school holidays

Aotea Square is transformed into a winter ice skating wonderland, set to delight even the biggest of avid Frozen fans. This time round the ice slide is doubled the size and set to deliver an epic tube ride. Fully covered, the rink allows ice skating fun, no matter what mother nature throws at it and with a designated Penguins Kids Zone, for the younger and possible less prolific skaters to get their confidence up and sign up for lessons to get them skating like a pro in no time.

So get your woolly bests on, get the young ones Frozen fabulous for chilly fun that's only here for a limited time. 

2. Elephant celebration at the Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo celebrates the beauty and majesty of elephants these holidays. From 27 June to 19 July and over four weekends there'll be special elephant-themed activities for the whole family, including (during the first weekends: 27 and 28 June and 4 and 5 July) ASB sponsored bouncy castles, colouring comps and money box stacking. Over the four weekend celebration will be face painting, puzzles and elephant story-time. Zoo entry costs apply. Visit their website for further details.

3. Astro-Adventure at Stardome

So far we have a winter wonderland treat of ice skating and exotic animal celebrations at the zoo so next it only rightfully follows that we head upwards. Way, way up into the stratosphere with two planetarium shows and rocket-themed craft activities.

The Auckland Stardome has brand-new show Accidental Astronauts for the little ones (up to six years of age) and Astronaut for the older kids. And after the show create your very own rocket to take home.

Visit Stardome for dates, screening times and cost

4. Spy Tower at the Sky Tower

The Spy Tower, I mean Sky Tower, will this school holidays, host Spy Tower activities for kids. The scene is set: All agents are needed on the case as the Blue Diamond has been stolen - the mission includes multiple interactive stages including a laser maze 165m above ground level and New Zealand's highest game of I-Spy ever.

Located just down from Kiwi International Hotel, Spy Tower is a great, handy and super fun option this school holidays. Sky Tower admission fees apply. Visit Spy Tower - Sky Tower School Holidays for further details

5.  Free Boat Tour of the Ports of Auckland

Let's start off with the best thing about this offering - it's FREE. Indulge these school holidays in a free public boat tour on Waitematā Harbour that allows you to take in the great views of our port from the sea.

The tour is an hour long and takes you alongside the container terminals, where you can see the big cranes and other machinery at work - perfect for the budding engineers and mechanically minded young ones in your family. And it weaves in and out of the commercial wharves, while (thankfully) an informative commentary explains how each area operates.

Bookings are essential - phone 360 Discovery on 09 307 8005 or visit the 360discovery website

Whether you're looking for great free school holiday options, something fun for the whole family or a special outing Auckland city has what you're looking for. If your considering bringing the kids to Auckland for a few days this school holidays, why not make Kiwi International Hotel your first choice. Located in the heart of the city we are close to all that's happening and close to all major transport options. Why not make a train ride from Britomart part of your holiday fun, because who doesn't love a train ride, then get off explore and head home.

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To secure your accommodation booking sorted or to discuss the room options and sizes, simply give one of our team a call. Were here to help and make life that little bit simpler.





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