Bring a change of underpants. Spookers haunted theme park will literally scare the shit out of your teenagers. They’ll sleep with the light on for weeks after this. It’s R16 so best for older teenagers. It’s housed in an old mental asylum adding a slightly more realistic edge to the fear.
Snowplanet is an indoor ski slope in Silverdale 20 minutes drive from downtown Auckland. Try skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing and enjoy the 7Summits Restaurant and bar. Great fun for the whole family. The terrain park offers a challenge to riders of all levels making it one of Auckland’s best activities.
Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari
Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf has a year round population of bryde’s whales (a close relative of humpback whales). There are also bottlenose and common dolphins year round. Migrating humpback whales, pygmy blue whales and the occasional sperm whale. There are also frequent visits from Orca pods. Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari is not cheap but it is totally worth the money and more. If you’ve never seen a whale before it is an unforgettable experience. Do not miss this activity. Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari leaves from Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour daily.
Rainbows End is a Theme Park with over 20 rides and attractions. Teenagers will love the big 5 thrill rides.
Wero White Water Park
Wero White Water Park is man made whitewater rafting and kayaking at it’s best. This is an awesome activity. With rafting activities suited to young children and adults alike with a optional 10m waterfall, Wero has something for everyone. You’re going to get wet if you come here so be prepared.
EcoZip Adventures (Waiheke Island)
EcoZip Adventures is great fun for families with older kids or teenagers. You’ll need to have a head for heights or be looking to challenge yourself, it’s really high. This is actually pretty scary for adults as well as kids but it is great fun. Take the ferry to Waiheke and EcoZip can pick you up from the wharf. A great day out.
Lilliput Mini Golf
This is the best located mini golf course in Auckland. Lilliput have several courses scattered around Auckland. If you are nearby and want to play they are all fine. However if your a visitor to Auckland the only one we recommend is located on Tamaki Drive between Mission Bay and the City. It’s right on the waterfront, combine a game or two with lunch in Mission Bay for a great family day out.
Blastacars Drift Karts
What teenager doesn’t want to go drifting. Better one of these carts than the family car. This is an awesome activity for Dad’s as well. Up to 12 people race at once so it’s great for groups.
Victoria Street Skatepark
This may sound irresponsible but why not just leave your teenagers at the skatepark for the day. What could possibly go wrong. Victoria Street skatepark is the best in Auckland. Your teens can meet older kids, learn to skate, smoke, and swear. Pro tip – take a swim off the steps at Wynyard Quarter if it gets to hot in summer.
Parakai Hot Springs
Old school waterpark. These hot pools are a little run down but still awesome fun. They have two great waterslides and haven’t yet discovered health and safety so they’ll still let you make a chain and slide down together. Watch out for nudie night on the first and third thursday of every month. No shit they really do have nudie night, in fact it runs all day. They call them Naturist Swim Days. Don’t worry if nudie day clashes with the school holiday everyone has to keep their pants on. This place is seriously a great time, and good exercise too if you’re running up the slide tower over and over all day.
Sylvia Park Mall
You can take a train here from Britomart, or there’s plenty of car parking if you’re driving. It’s New Zealand’s largest mall, it has all of NZ’s chain stores plus a few international ones that aren’t available elsewhere in NZ. There’s a movie theatre complex, a food court and plenty of bars and restaurants. This is great for adults to if your staying in one of the nearby 4 star hotels.