New Zealand's best family activities in the North Island.
1. Agroventures Adventure Park – Rotorua
This is a great place to spend the day as there is a bit of something for everyone. Agroventures Adventure Park has bungy, super swing, jet boating, freefall and the unique shweeb. Agroventures Adventure Park is also an exclusive GO Play partner so you will get a 10% discount when you rent your car with GO Rentals.
2. Te Papa Museum – Wellington
Te Papa is the museum of New Zealand. Located on the waterfront in Wellington, a trip to Te Papa is a must on a visit to the capital city for any family. There are heaps of exhibits all year round, many of which are family friendly. Te Papa is another exclusive GO Play partner and you can save 10% off the Introducing Te Papa Tour.
Te Papa is not the only family friendly museum in New Zealand. We have some pretty cool museums located all throughout the country so make sure you check out our Top 10 Museums blog to learn more about our other museums.
3. Surfing – Raglan
If you have never tried surfing before, it’s a really cool, family friendly activity that you can all try for the first time. Raglan is one of the best places in New Zealand for beginners – there is a long left hand break that provides regular waves which surfers can cruise for up to 2kms! There are also some great surf schools based in Raglan so it’s a great place for families to learn.
4. Luge – Rotorua and Queenstown
Luging is one of our favourite family activities and is definitely fun for the adults and kids alike. There are a couple of places you can give luging a whirl – in the North Island, Rotorua is the spot. Take the gondola up the Skyline and strap yourself in for the ride back down. There are a couple of tracks to try and the ride up in the gondola is pretty cool too.
5. Kelly Tarlton’s – Auckland
As one of the top attractions in New Zealand, Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s is one you won’t want to miss. It’s a great place to visit for people of all ages and one that you’ll come out of with a greater appreciation for our friends that live in the sea. Sealife Centres are always popular with youngsters and the abundance of sea life including turtles, stingrays, penguins and sharks makes it a fascinating afternoon out for the whole family.
6. Hot Water Beach – Coromandel
Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula is one of our favourite places at any time of the year. There aren’t many places in the world where you can literally dig your own hot tub in the beach and we’re lucky enough to have a couple of them (more of that below). At low tide, simply follow the crowd and grab a spade and dig your very own hot tub.
Whilst Hot Water Beach is the most famous place to dig your own geothermal hot tub, you can also get digging at Kawhia Springs just outside of Waitomo and enjoy the same stunning views as the sun sets on your own personal hot tub.