Travel with Children

All of the east-coast beaches (St Heliers, Kohimarama, Mission Bay, Okahu Bay, Cheltenham, Narrow Neck, Takapuna, Milford, Long Bay) are safe for supervised kids, while sights such as Rainbow’s End, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland Museum and Auckland Zoo are all firm favourites. Parnell Baths has a children’s pool, but on wintry days, head to the thermal pools at Parakai or Waiwera.

For a spot of kid-oriented theatre, and a great family restaurant and children's playground, check out what's scheduled at Whoa! Studios, an easy train journey west of the city in Henderson.

Baby-changing facilities are widespread, often in shopping malls and integrated within public toilets. City buses, trains and ferries offer convenient access for prams, and pavements are generally in good condition.