5 ways to have an EPIC Auckland Airport layover this Summer

With the summer holidays shortly approaching, there is a high chance you will be jumping on a plane off to your next destination. Whether you are heading off to an exotic overseas holiday or travelling domestically to visiting family and friends, rest assured, the fun doesn’t have to stop at layover. Maximise your vacay, with a number of fun activities to keep you occupied around the South Auckland area. Here’s our TOP 5 recommendations to make your layover at Auckland Airport an EPIC one.


Villa Maria

There’s no better time of the year to visit the Villa Maria Winery. With the vines in bloom, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of vino or two with a lovely meal at the Villa Maria Vineyard Cafe. The Villa Maria café offers incredible food and fantastic New Zealand wines to match. Alternatively, if you are short of time for a long lunch, there’s always the option for a tasting at the cellar door.


Best of New Zealand Auckland South

Rainbows End

If you are a thrill-seeker you’ll find fun and excitement at Rainbows End Theme Park, New Zealand’s largest theme park. Adventurous riders won’t want to miss out trying the Top 5 Big Thrill Rides for the most adventurous of riders. Not to worry, if you are not are so keen on the high thrill rides, there are rides to suit all ages and tolerances of thrill.


Rocket Ropes Holiday Inn Auckland Airport VIK

5# Rocket Ropes

Are you looking for some heat-pumping activity before you hit the flight lounge? Rocket Ropes provides a great physical challenge for all ages, and don’t it’s not just for the kids (the adults want be missing out on the fun. There’s the Rocketeer Course low rope course for the little ones ages 2-6 years and the Croc Tower offering courses 1.5m, 3m and 6m in height with over 40 activities and 7 flying foxes. With our exclusive VIK (Very Important Kids) programme, one teen climb can climb FREE when another teen climb (13-18) is purchased.


Butterfly Creek- Holiday Inn Auckland Airport VIK

Butterfly Creek

Be enchanted by free-flying exotic butterflies, tropical creatures and travel back to the ages of the dinosaurs with life size moving dinosaurs. Butterfly Creek offers a blend of zoo exhibits and interactive attractions, providing a fun and education experience for the whole family. Enjoy 20% off all adult and child passes with our exclusive VIK (Very Important Kids) programme.



Treasure Island Mini Golf

Whatever your age, or putting ability, Treasure Island Mini Golf provides a whole lot of fun for the whole family. Putt your way around this fun themed mini golf, from pirate ships to waterfalls, and shark-infested waters and choose between two 18 hole pirate-y courses. With our exclusive VIK (Very Important Kids) programme, receive one child entry FREE with any full paying adult.


The Joy of Travel Starts Here at Holiday Inn Auckland Airport

The season of kiwi road trips, family holidays & exotic overseas escapes is shortly approaching. As the weather warms up, pōhutukawa trees begin to bloom and jandals become your wardrobe staple, there’s no doubt that summer is officially here.