The school holidays are here and if you’re planning a Wilderness motorhome holiday with your family, then it can be handy to have some entertainment options up your sleeve! For those visiting New Zealand, here are some highlights of what’s on during the next school holidays which for most schools, run for two weeks from Monday 16 April to Friday 27 April 2018.
Tower Champs at the Sky Tower
Combine a visit to Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower with fun sporting activities for the kids. Tower Champs runs every day throughout the school holidays and every child who takes part receives a collector’s wrist band. Marvel at the panoramic views of Auckland from the Tower’s viewing deck and let the kids burn off their extra energy.
More at skycityauckland.co.nz
The Lego® Treasure Hunt
Some of the bricks from the blockbuster LEGO exhibition Brickman®: Wonders of the World at Auckland Museum have escaped and hidden themselves amongst the taonga (treasures)! Kids can collect a free trail map and follow the clues around the Museum to discover LEGO masquerading as Museum objects. Every completed hunt goes in the draw to win a LEGO prize pack. (Entry to Brickman®: Wonders of the World is additional)
More at aucklandmuseum.com
Paw Patrol at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s
Auckland’s hugely popular aquarium experience is home to the team from PAW Patrol SEA Patrol these school holidays. An interactive sticker adventure map will lead children on a journey to find all the PAW Patrol Pups hidden throughout Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s. (The PAW Patrol experience is included in regular admission). You’ll also discover some of the world’s most amazing underwater creatures, including massive sharks, rescued turtles and Gentoo and King penguins.
More at kellytarltons.co.nz
Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo
School-age kids will love Bug Lab, a blockbuster science exhibition developed by New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, with the Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop. Featuring massive 3D bug models, it’s a spectacular immersive and interactive experience. Tickets can be purchased separately or in combination with Auckland Zoo entry.
More at aucklandzoo.co.nz
Hitches and Harbours
There are activities aplenty at the Maritime Museum on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour throughout the holidays. From knot craft to live storytelling and heritage sailings on the historic Ted Ashby, it’s a fun glimpse into Auckland’s seafaring history.
More at maritimemuseum.co.nz
For more ideas around Auckland visit aucklandnz.com
ROTORUA & BAY OF PLENTY
Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt
Take part in one (or all) of six special Scavenger Hunts in the natural parks and reserves around the Bay of Plenty. Virtually on Track (VOT) is a collaboration between the local Department of Conservation (DOC) office, Sport Bay of Plenty and Sport NZ to encourage people to get out and explore the region’s unique spots. The VOT team has created hunts that require you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions. Download the Scavenger Hunt maps and instructions from the website, get exploring between April 14 and April 29 and be in to win some great prizes!
More at virtuallyontrack.co.nz
Harcourts Outdoor Ice Rink
The Rotorua Village Green gets an icy makeover for the school holidays, transforming into an outdoor skate rink. The event programme includes a foam party, Mexican night, laser party and DJs. Heaps of family fun.
More at rotoruanz.com
The Extravaganza Fair
This extraordinary travelling fair comes to Rotorua’s Village Green for the weekend of April 21-22. Performers, arts and crafts and market stalls, henna tattoos, herbal remedies, lots of fun activities for the kids and even a working blacksmith!
More at extravaganza.co.nz
For more ideas on what to do in Rotorua visit Rotoruanz.com
The Jim Henson Retrospectacle
Calling all Jim Henson fans! New Zealand’s Bret McKenzie joins the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and characters from Sesame Street, The Muppets and Fraggle Rock for a heartfelt and hilarious tribute to Jim Henson’s musical legacy. Exclusive to Wellington and for four shows only April 27-28.
More at thejimhensonretrospectacle.co.nz
The Messy Magic Adventure: Kitchen Chaos!
Treat the kids to the thrill of live theatre with this children’s show at Wellington’s famous Circa Theatre. It follows the adventures of characters Spray and Wipe when magic is accidentally let loose in the kitchen. Suitable for children 5+.
More at circa.co.nz
Super Rugby – Hurricanes vs Sunwolves
Get a taste of New Zealand’s national sport with a night of rugby at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium (known locally as ‘The Cake Tin’ due to its circular design). Local team the Hurricanes take on Japan’s Sunwolves in a Super Rugby clash on April 27.
More at westpacstadium.co.nz
Kids’ Night Walks at Zealandia
A fun and adventurous way for children aged five years plus to experience the sights and sounds of eco-sanctuary Zealandia at night, seeing the nocturnal species that only come out after dusk. There’s a chance to see a range of native New Zealand wildlife including wētā, glow-worms, little spotted kiwi, takahē, tuatara, kereru (wood pigeon) and New Zealand’s native owl the ruru (morepork).
More at visitzealandia.com
For more ideas on what to do in Wellington visit Wellingtonnz.com
This is the untold story of the Witches of Oz, brought to magical musical life on stage at Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal. Wicked,one of the most successful shows of all time on Broadway, will delight the whole family. It runs until Saturday April 21.
More at premier.ticketek.co.nz
Holiday fun at Imagination Station
This fantastic charitable enterprise specialises in creative play and creative education by offering a space where kids can go and build with LEGO, LEGO Technic and DUPLO, seven days a week. Over the holidays they have a great programme of activities including robotics, race car making, and stop go animation.
More at imagination-station.org.nz
Super Weekend of Motorsport
Kids who love fast cars won’t want to miss the racing from the Canterbury Car Clubs calendar on April 21-22. The feature class for the event is the South Island Porsche Series and will include SI Porsche Series, Continental Rennsport, 2K Cup SI, SS Cup, RX7 SI, Pre 65, Mini 7, NZ6, Formula Libre and Open Saloons.
More at premier.ticketek.co.nz
Ride a model train
Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine (or any kind of train!) will love the miniature trains that are available to ride in the Halswell Domain every Sunday from 1-4pm. The rides are operated by the Christchurch Society of Model and Experimental Engineers and will fascinate kids and parents alike.
More at csmee.org.nz
For more ideas on what to do in Christchurch visit christhurchnz.com
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Children can get a taste of early pioneer life with heritage-themed crafts, dress-ups and activities on offer every day of the school holidays. The Museum gives a fascinating glimpse into life in Dunedin from pre-European settlement to the present day.
More at toitusm.com
Kids go free at Larnach Castle
New Zealand’s only castle is offering free entry for children (0-14 years) during the school holidays. Explore beautiful Larnach Castle with its sweeping views of Otago Peninsula, award-winning gardens, and historic buildings, then stop for a delicious bite to eat at the Ballroom Café.
More at larnachcastle.co.nz
For more ideas on what to do in Dunedin visit Dunedinnz.com