Who doesn’t miss the carefree days of childhood? It can be fun to take a break from adult responsibilities and relive those days of innocence. Whether you’re visiting Auckland for the first time or looking for ways to enjoy your hometown, here are seven activities that will bring back memories of yesteryear and ignite your inner child. From outdoor adventures to indoor escapes, there is something for everyone. So get ready to explore your childish side!
1. Warner Bros Candlelight Concert
This 2023, Warner Bros. celebrates 100 years of storytelling. And to celebrate they have joined forces with Fever to bring to life some of its most iconic songs from its most beloved series and films.
“Candlelight: 100 Years of Warner Bros.” will reinterpret songs from series like Friends and films like The Wizard Of Oz and Lord Of The Rings in 100 concerts in 100 cities around the world. Relive the joy of all of your favourite childhood movies as you hear their music played live. Auckland is one of the first 50 cities (out of 100) selected to experience this event firsthand in honour of the long-standing legacy of these mythical film studios.
2. Rainbows End Theme Park
Rainbows End Theme Park is the perfect place to ignite your childhood nostalgia. The park has over 20 rides and attractions, that will keep you entertained for a good few hours. If you’re an adrenaline junkie then the 5 Big Thrill Rides should definitely be on your list. Those who enjoy a more relaxed type of ride will also not be disappointed and can enjoy the gentle sway of the carousel or try out some of the games at the sideshow.
3. The Magical Music of Harry Potter
If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter films, then you’ll love this event. Actors, star soloists, a choir and an orchestra bring the boy wizard’s world to life in the Magical Music of Harry Potter!
It includes soundtracks by four-time Academy Award winner John Williams, Nicholas Hooper, Patrick Doyle and Golden Globe winner Alexander Desplat. With illusions from Rob Lake, featured on America’s Got Talent and Disney Cruise Line, the evening becomes truly spellbinding.
It’s the perfect way to relive your childhood (or introduce your kids to the wizarding world).
4. Auckland’s Best Rated Escape Rooms
Looking for something fun and exciting to do in Auckland that will make you feel like a kid again? Then look no further than one of the city’s best-rated escape rooms!
Whether you’re looking for a thrilling challenge to test your wits and problem-solving skills, or just want to enjoy some harmless fun with friends or family, an escape room is the perfect activity. Play games and solve riddles to find your way out one of the many different escape rooms on offer.
5. Hans Zimmer Candlelight Concert
Music is a huge part of what makes movies so magical, and the composer responsible for the soundtracks of so many of our favourites is Hans Zimmer. Movies like The Lion King and Spirit would just not be the same without the incredible music featured in the films. This Candlelight event showcases Hans Zimmer’s incredible work, allowing us to relive some of our most treasured childhood film moments as his compositions ring out played by a live string quartet.
6. Archie Brothers Arcade Center
Archie Brothers Arcade Center is a great childhood throwback, with classic arcade games, pinball machines and a variety of other retro games. They also have a selection of console games if you’re looking for something more modern. So dust off your pac-man skills and lets get going!
7. Aqualand Water Park
Aqualand Water Park is Auckland’s premier water park, and it’s the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. With plenty of slides and pools, you can let your inner child run wild. Grab some friends and have a race through the floating obstacle course, or just have some fun going down the slides.