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There's nothing better than seeing your kid smile. That's why so many of us pile up the presents when holidays come around. But there are plenty of great gifts that will get your kids grinning without leaving the rubbish bin filled with packaging. This years hot toy will eventually go out of style, but these memories will last forever.

Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Penguin Passport

A unique penguin experience. Go behind the scenes and learn how they take care of their King and Gentoo Penguins. Suit up in snow gear and go on the ice with the colony in their habitat. Bonus: an all day admission to explore SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's is included!

https://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/tickets/penguin-passport/

Skyline Luge Rotorua

Night Luge!Enjoy the colourful lights as you twist and turn your way down the track under the stars. Definitely a top 5 on kids bucket list ideas. Add-on a Hotdog or Loaded Fries for dinner.

https://www.skyline.co.nz/en/rotorua/things-to-do/skyline-luge-rotorua/

Black Cat Cruises

Swim with dolphins! With Black Cat Cruises you will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, supported by experienced local crew with world class facilities. Their dedication to the local environment delivers a New Zealand must-do activity in Akaroa. It’s the ultimate dolphin experience as you will be swimming with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin.

https://blackcat.co.nz/swimming-with-dolphins/

Snowplanet

With great "Snowplay" parent & child activities, you have the opportunity to enjoy the snow and the chance to give tobogganing a go on their ‘beginner’s slope.

.https://snowplanet.co.nz/experiences/play-in-the-snow/

The French Circus School

Why not tick this one off the bucket list? With highly interactive, fun and educational circus arts workshops, both children and adults can learn circus skills, from beginner to advanced. This includes how to juggle very different and fun gear (balls, diabolos, clubs, devil sticks, spinning plates, rings etc.), how to be a French mime, clown improvisation and confidence exercises, fun teamwork exercises, magician techniques, acrobatics, making advanced balloon animals and riding a unicycle.

https://lecirquedejp.co.nz/french-circus/