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Our most recommended Auckland Family-friendly Activities

Auckland Harbour: 35-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

1. Auckland Harbour: 35-Minute Extreme Jet Boat Ride

Experience one of the best and most extreme adventures on Waitemata Harbour as you buckle up and get ready for the jet boat ride of your life! Climb aboard the original fastest jet boat in Auckland and go for an exciting 35 to 40-minute spin. Feel your heart rate rise and blood pump as you take quick turns and experience sweeping fishtails and spins. Travel in excess of 50 knots as the skipper shows you a different side of the iconic harbor. Stop to catch your breath at famous landmarks to take in the sights and hear local stories.  Venture under the harbor bridge or past Rangitoto Island, and spin down the harbor to catch a glimpse of the iconic pink Chelsea Sugar refinery at Birkenhead. Go to Shoal Bay and see the skyline of Auckland from another perspective. You will be provided with a life jacket, full-length waterproof poncho and sunglasses to keep the salt spray out of your eyes. Tours depart every hour on the hour (09:00 to 17:00, depending on availability) and provide some of the best thrills you can have!

Auckland: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entrance Ticket

2. Auckland: Odyssey Sensory Maze Entrance Ticket

Embark on an otherworldly adventure and explore a maze of different rooms, each creatively designed to test your senses. Navigate quirky obstacles, feel your way through dark spaces, and be surprised by unusual sound and lighting effects and mind-bending illusions. Dive into a truly immersive sensory experience and make your way through Odyssey at your own pace. Undertake a journey like no other as you get hands-and-feet-on with this unique, labyrinthine world.

From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Half-Day Trip with Tour

3. From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Half-Day Trip with Tour

Travel in comfort in a luxury Mercedes van from Auckland to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Your trip begins with a pick-up at your preferred location in Auckland. Enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive into Waikato with stops for photos en route.  On arrival, spend 30-45 minutes at the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and have a chance to grab a drink or a bite at the famous Shire's Rest Café. Next, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then lead the way through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbit Holes, the Old Mill and the Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. At the end of the Hobbiton Movie Set visit, head back to Auckland along the scenic roads of Waikato, arriving at approximately 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM.

Auckland: Virtual Reality Gaming Experience

4. Auckland: Virtual Reality Gaming Experience

Get lost in the world of virtual reality with this futuristic Hologate virtual reality gaming experience. Choose from a huge selection of games. Live the adventure of your game with Hologate virtual reality. Pick your simulation, from finding yourself in the middle of a massive snowball fight to trying to survive a zombie attack together with your friends. Enjoy discovering something for everyone with this state-of-the-art VR technology that allows you to play together in a new way.

Takapuna: Omni VR - Multiplayer Virtual Reality

5. Takapuna: Omni VR - Multiplayer Virtual Reality

Discover Omni VR, a state-of-the-art multiplayer virtual gaming adventure, and be completely immersed in different worlds. Equipped with special shoes, physically run in Omni VR, the only virtual reality experience where this is possible. Run through the virtual dimensions and explore, and get lost while visiting another world. Experience a single- or multiplayer gaming adventure like no other. Decide between playing as a team or compete against friends. Try surviving in the middle of a massive zombie apocalypse, a tactical shooting mission against evil robots, or walking through a creepy haunted house… Choose from endless options that will make the heart of any gaming enthusiast beat faster.

Takapuna: Race Car Simulator Experience Entry Ticket

6. Takapuna: Race Car Simulator Experience Entry Ticket

New at Thrillzone: Our DX Race Simulator! Ever wanted to experience the thrill and excitement of driving a race car? Wait no more! Our Simulator will transport you right into adrenaline and drama of real track racing! Hold tight for one of our many different tracks and discover the fun of accurate and true-to-life sudden traction loss, triple strip effect, oversteer, rise and rolls, shunts, bumps and more. With a powerful dual-motor force-feedback mechanism and helical gearing, our G29 steering wheels provide you with a smooth simulation, weight shift and drifting to help you feel every turn in the road. You need to be quick, you need to be fierce and you need to respond with precision as you tear up the tracks! Challenge yourself and your friends to find out who is the fastest and beat the track record! Don’t live life in the passenger seat! Come along and put your skills to the test!!!

360° VR - Single Player Virtual Reality - Takapuna

7. 360° VR - Single Player Virtual Reality - Takapuna

Try 360° Virtual Reality, awesome and fun virtual entertainment perfect for all ages and interests at Takapuna, Auckland. Experience something far more exciting than watching a movie or playing a game. Be the hero in countless immersive worlds while fighting intergalactic wars on alien planets, skiing down huge mountains, riding a horse through the forest while shooting zombies, or defending your castle against angry trolls. Put on a headset and become immersed in a world beyond imagination.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Chris (driver/quide with Auckland and Beyond) was great! Got us there and back again in a timely manner with humor and care. Got to Hobbiton and it seemed everyone working there knew and liked him, from the other drivers to the guides showing us around the movie set. Highly recommend you continuing working with A&B in the future.

Touring Hobbiton was a unique experience. Despite the 2.5 hour transit each way, the tour was well worth the expenditure of time. The attention to detail of the setting and dwellings was impressive. Highly recommended for any fan of the LOTR series.

The Hobbiton experience tied all of the Tolkien movies and books together and put us into the movie itself. It allowed visualization of the book.

Absolutely love this place brings out the inner child and I have so much fun with my children and partner is a must do activity

great experience, Simon is a nice person and a good driver