Because nothing makes the cold months better than some winter activities!
Does anyone else just love winter? There is something about the temperature plummeting and being able to cosy up on the couch, on a winter night, that is somewhat delightful. Nevertheless, when the boredom kicks in, it is nice to get out of the house and take part in some winter fun. Hence why we tracked down the 10 best winter attractions you can visit in Auckland this year.
Opt to head to Waiheke Island for the day and take part in an epic horse riding tour on Woodside Bay. Let loose and ride along the beaches while embracing the stunning scenery the island has to offer. It makes a great weekend family activity or friends getaway. For more information or bookings, visit the Waiheke Island Tours website.
📍 Waiheke Island, Auckland
Why not splash some extra cash on a ski trip to one of the best spots in New Zealand. Check out our recent article on where you could go on the North Island this winter.
If you would rather stay in Auckland this winter, why not check out this winter wonderland for some great recreational activities and of course, indoor snowboarding and skiing. It offers a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard for beginners too. Be sure to wear layers of warm clothes.
📍 91 Small Road, Silverdale 0932, New Zealand
Explore the tropical butterfly house, dinosaur kingdom and get up close and personal with some wildlife like New Zealand’s only salt water crocodiles, Scar and Goldie. Animal enthusiasts will adore this spot for a day of fun. It also makes one of the best educational winter activities for all ages to enjoy.
📍 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand
In July, this spectacular dance event returns to Auckland for one night only. It combines immersive electronic dance music with an incredible light and laser show as well as a full orchestra to create an iconic dance party. Party-lovers will adore this new type of dance experience. There is no specific date announced yet but it will be in July so keep your eyes peeled for information.
📍 Spark Arena, Auckland
6. Hot Springs
Another classic winter activity is warming your body by attending one of the many hot pools around Auckland. A favourite is hoping on the ferry and hiking the track to visit Kaitoke Hot Springs in Great Barrier Island. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy taking a ferry, there are plenty of other options closer to home.
Karting is a great winter activity and it just so happens this spot boasts New Zealand’s only two level indoor karting track. It provides an array of entertainment, especially for groups and you can poke fun at the friends that come paddy last in the race. For bookings, visit the Extreme Indoor Karts website.
📍 82B Kerwyn Avenue, East Tāmaki, Auckland 2013, New Zealand
8. Pinot Palooza 2021
Indulge in this magnificent wine festival for some winter fun. Read about it below.
This unique theme park experience is just what you need this winter to get your adrenaline pumping. With plenty of rides, you could spend the day here and never get bored. For those afraid of heights, you could opt to do the bumper boats or laser tag play zone for some excitement.
📍 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau City Centre, Auckland 2104, New Zealand
Check out some incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans at this place. Opt to take on the Animal Adventure jump which involves going snorkeling in a shark tank with massive sharks. Otherwise, you could get up close and personal with cute penguins, if sharks are just too much. For bookings, visit the Sea Life website.
📍 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand