New Zealanders will be celebrating with pride today. Celebrations will be held all the over the country, as kiwis commemorate the signing of the Waitangi Treaty in 1840. Many people will gather for the Waitangi Day Festival in Auckland with some of New Zealand’s finest musicians, whilst Christchurch will celebrate with a combined farmers and artisan market. Others will head to the Bay of Islands, where the original treaty was signed for a dawn service and flag raising ceremony.
Once the formalities have concluded it’s time to have some fun with the kids. We thought we’d spotlight the top 5 activities for kids in Auckland.
Considered New Zealand’s premier theme park, Rainbow’s End will make for an action packed family day out. Complete with New Zealand’s only corkscrew roller coaster, thrill seekers will be excited with so many rides to get the adrenaline pumping including the Invader, Pirate Ship, Log Flume and Power Surge. Kids will love the Centre of the Earth 3D Motion Master Experience and don’t forget to check out the Go Karts and Bouncy Castle. Kidz Kingdom is also now open with special rides, playgrounds and activities for kids aged 8 and under. Wave to the park characters ‘Rai’ n ‘Bow’ and stop for a bite to eat at the café or enjoy lunch at one of the picnic spots around the park.
The Amazing Maze ‘n’ Maize
A real life maze is created every year in November at the Amazing Maze ‘n’ Maize. Open from December to early May, this adventure begins as kids use their problem solving skills to make it from one end of the maze to the other. Set on a 7 hectare paddock with up to 8kms of paths, it takes around 45 minutes to complete. With plenty of activities and puzzles along the way, it’s a fun adventure for kids of all ages. The entrance to the maze also has great barbeque facilities with playgrounds and picnic tables.
Auckland’s Zoo is teeming with exotic, native and unusual animals. See rare mammals including Zebras and Chimpanzees as well as an African Lion, Sumatran Tiger, Cheetah and California Sea Lion. See a real live North Island brown kiwi, the flightless bird that is a national icon of New Zealand. Kids aged between 6 and 13 can even have the opportunity to be a junior keeper for a day. Auckland Zoo also offers Safari Nights where you can sleep over, have a BBQ and explore the surrounds on a guided night walk.
Stardome Observatory and Cosmic Kids
Reach for the stars at one of New Zealand’s most popular attractions, the Stardome Observatory and Cosmic Kids centre. Offering a unique and fun learning experience, the Observatory has planetarium shows, games and activities, puzzles and displays about space and the stars. Your kids will also be able to look through the Zeiss telescope, which is one of the largest telescopes available for public viewing.
Clip N Climb
Kids love to climb and at Clip N Climb, they can climb, tumble, jump and fall safely. Clip N Climb is an adventure centre that will have your kids entertained for hours. Using the latest technology, your kids will be fearless as they abseil down a rock wall and take a leap of faith from up high. Race against your friends and enjoy challenging rock climbing walls, giant slides, ropes and trapeze. Using colourful climbing apparatus, Clip N Climb is an endless adventure that will keep your kids active and safe.