South Auckland Spring Guide

The Joy of Spring

To help you plan your next escape we have put together a spring guide with some of our favourite things to do in South Auckland.

Smile, it’s spring. There’s nothing more joyful than the arrival of spring. As the grass is getting greener and the flowers are starting to bloom, that spring feeling is becoming more and more alive. We’re excited for the promises of the many sunny spring days ahead, and the adventure the season will bring.

With the days becoming longer, and the weather getting warmer, it’s time to start enjoying more of the great outdoors and what South Auckland has to offer.

Whether it be a short family day-trip or couples weekend escape, you will find an abundance of things to do in South Auckland. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start creating those joyful moments with family, friends, and the people that put a smile on your face.

We know how hard it can be to search for inspiration to make the most of your weekends and downtime. To make things easier, we have created the ultimate South Auckland spring guide to help point you in the right direction.

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Top 5 Family Fun activities in South Auckland

From the first time you conquered a fear, to trying something new or taking thrill to new heights, these moments we share with family become memories to smile about.

Family time is one of those precious moments you can’t put a monetary value on. Spending a weekend away in a new city can be just as exciting as discovering a new perspective of fun in your own city.

Whether you are staying in South Auckland for the short-haul, or are here to explore the local area, there are lots of fun and activities for the whole family. Choose your own family adventure and check out some of the fun family-friendly attractions in the South Auckland area.

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1# Butterfly Creek

Enjoy free-flying exotic butterflies and tropical creatures or travel back to the age of dinosaurs. Butterfly Creek is a fascinating attraction for all ages

3# Treasure Island Golf

Ahoy Matey! Putt your way around this fun themed mini golf, from pirate ships to waterfalls, and shark-infested waters.  Choose between two 18 hole pirate-y courses, it’s a whole lot of fun for the whole family at Treasure Island Golf.

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2# Rainbow’s End

Experience fun, thrill and excitement at Rainbow’s End Theme Park, New Zealand’s largest theme park. Rides include the Fear Fall, Corkscrew Rollercoaster, Forest Log Flume, Pirate Ship, Mini Golf and more.

4# Rocket Ropes

Kids, are you up for a challenge? Rocket Ropes offers a mix of heart-pumping high ropes challenges, including two high courses with over 90 fun aerial activities for ages 6+. There’s even a low ropes course for the littlies aged 2-6.

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5# Lock N Load Adventures

Experience fun at one of Auckland’s best multi-activity adventure parks. Lock N Load Adventures is perfect for those sibling rivalries with paintball, archery and arrow tag and combat laser tag available.

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Enjoy some fun Family time with more savings

At Holiday Inn Auckland Airport having a fun time with your family and saving on local attractions is now possible! How? With our VIK (Very Important Kids) programme, you could save more in many of these featured attractions are partners.

And the best part?  It’s a free programme! So next time you stay at Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, make sure you collect your free kids’ wristband and prepare to unlock great savings at some of Auckland’s top family-friendly attractions in South Auckland.

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Plan your next couple getaway in South Auckland

Whether it’s an anniversary, or just because, your escape with your significant other doesn’t have to be anything other than extraordinary. There is lot’s to do in the South Auckland area, so be inspired and make your trip a special moment to remember.

Escape from Auckland city and the busy lifestyle and plan a couples getaway to reconnect with your other half. After a day out in South Auckland, you could come back to the hotel, grab a drink and relax by the pool. The best thing? We have a daily happy hour of  local crafted beers at Rumpus Bar.


Villa Maria Winery Estate

Enjoy a vino or two at Villa Maria, a national and international award-winning winery.  Taste some exception kiwi wine at the cellar door or enjoy a lovely meal at the Villa Maria Vineyard Cafe overlooking the vines. The Villa Maria café offers incredible food and fantastic New Zealand wines to match.

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Auckland Botanic Gardens

See the flowers in full bloom, as the Botanic Garden comes alive during the months of spring.  With collections of natives and exotics flowers, enjoy the 64 hectares of beautiful gardens and native forest, outdoor sculptures, and pristine lakes.

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Eden Garden

Located on the slope side of Mount Eden, this is one of Auckland’s best-kept secret and a charming place to visit on a lovely spring day. Take a wander through 5.5 acres of beautiful garden, spot native resident birds, see New Zealand’s glorious native plants and beautiful plant collections featuring perennials, vireyas, camellias, and bromeliads.

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Cornwall Park/ One Tree Hill

During the months of spring, this inner-city oasis certainly puts on a specular display with cherry blossoms tree in bloom, daffodils, and spring lambs frocking in the paddocks. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in Cornwall Park, while you’re in the area enjoy a hike up the neighbouring One Tree Hill for some spectacular panoramic views of Auckland.

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If you’re looking to indulge in some retail therapy, the South Auckland has some great shopping outlets. Spend the day out in Onehunga at the Dressmart Outlet and save up to 70% off the regular retail prices. Or shop ’til you drop at Sylvia Park, Auckland’s biggest shopping mall, featuring international brands such as Zara and H&M.

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We would love to see how you are spending your South Auckland escape this spring.

Share your spring moments with us on social media using the hashtag #myihgmoment