Birthday parties are a joyous occasion that kids look forward to all year. Auckland is bursting with party venues, whether you’ve got an adventurous explorer who loves burning energy or a sophisticated dreamer who loves tea parties, there’s sure to be somewhere on our list that ticks all your boxes.
1. Auckland Zoo
Where? Motions Rd, Auckland
We're all going to the Auckland Zoo, zoo, zoo for a party! Every child loves the zoo, so make it an all day experience, where you can have some party time in your own venue with dedicated hosts, face painting, games and a free soft toy for all. Then keep the fun going for your guests with all day access to the zoo, where they can run around, see the animals and play on the Dino inspired technicolour slides. There's priority parking for party guests as well (whoop whoop!).
2. Inflatable World
Where? Auckland Central, Manukau & Glenfield
Home to the country's largest indoor inflatable fun, look no further for an action-packed day your kids will love. This colourful world hosts countless inflatable slides, ball pits, running challenges, obstacle courses and more. It’s suitable for the whole family, however children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian so you can be sure they are safe. Rooms are available for hosting parties and are free for you to decorate as you please, just make sure all your guests bring socks as they are a must to enter Inflatable World. We suspect the Dads might enjoy it even more than the kids. Found at three locations over Auckland, there’s sure to be one in your hood.
3. The beach
Where? All over Auckland
Not all parties have to cost. We think some of the best fun can happen outside in Auckland’s beautiful natural spaces, and the beach is top of the list. Wherever you are located around the city, you are sure to only be a drive away from a beach. We recommend flat safe beaches such as Takapuna or St Heliers. Head on down with picnic blankets, food, balls to kick around, and enjoy the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
4. The Fairy Shop
Where? 286 Ponsonby Road
Let your child’s dreams come true at The Fairy Shop. They offer the ultimate experience for gorgeous fairies or frightful pirates. Let the partygoers choose their outfits and roam the store, admiring all the little gems around them (everything is available to purchase, so watch out for the puppy dog eyes we’re sure will be talking parents into buying something special). Kids can also sit like royalty and indulge in the delicious treats on offer.
5. Kiwi Valley Farm Park
Where? 308 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson Valley
Kiwi Valley Farm Park will enrich your family’s life with a touch of rural New Zealand. This gorgeous rustic venue is ideal for animal-loving, nature-loving kids. Inside, enjoy the vibe of the barn and outside, enjoy horse riding, maze navigating, trailer rides, bunny cuddling and the farmyard. This is a party no-one will forget, and the kids will be begging to go back. Escape the city life and relax into an awesome celebration.
6. My Science Playroom (photograph at top)
Where? 406 Great North Road, Henderson
My Science Playroom is an unmissable opportunity for young children to explore the world of science. It’s a great idea for a birthday party with the perfect mix of fun and learning. Children can learn a variety of valuable skills including Maori nouns, sensory play, and parents can get involved as well. Divided into separate areas, My Garden Area supports the learning of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and focuses on nature, gardens and free play. The Science Playroom has technology, maths and science equipment, and problems for more advanced children to learn from; and the Imagine and Create areas are free for parents and children to draw and innovate.
7. Clevedon Animal Farm
Where? 271 Clevedon-Kawakawa Road, Papakura
Clevedon Animal Farm is another one for the animal lovers. Nothing beats a birthday party filled with riding ponies and donkeys. Children’s ponies and animal parties are extremely popular, and involve hand-feeding small animals on the farm, leading the ponies around the track, and even helping to groom them with brushes. Make your pony-loving child’s dreams come true and treat them for a special day they will remember forever!
8. Party Kingdom
Where? 16 Karepiro Drive, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa
Party Kingdom is home to a pirate playground, bouncy castles, and private party rooms available to hire to complete the birthday experience. They have a great range of party themes to choose from, including princess, dinosaur, superhero and Moana. Depending on what party package you choose, children will be given a lunch box, personalised invitations for your little one to enjoy giving out to guests, and more.
Where? 77B Morrin Road, St Johns
Gravity is the city’s coolest trampoline park, bursting with colour and endless amounts of fun. Birthday parties offer an hour of activities, jumping, foam pit, a game of dodgeball, excitement on the tramp wall and shooting hoops into the basketball net. They have great deals for partygoers and you can be sure the little ones will sleep well after a session of bouncing.
10. Tree Adventures
Where? Boundary Road, Woodhill Forest
Tree Adventures lets your kids unleash their inner monkey; nestled amongst the nature of Woodhill Forest, the different courses cater to all ages of party guests. For jungle juniors, they recommend courses such as Tree Huggin' or Branching out, and for more experienced climbers, Tarzan's Test or High Flyer. All courses have three hours of fun to be had, and the day is sure to provide loads of character-building challenges and swinging fun. Picnic tables and BBQ are available to refuel your little adventurers.
11. Whoa! Studios
Where? 14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson
Whoa! Studios is the coolest place out west to celebrate a birthday. It showcases the world of film creation to the littlies. Custard’s World Adventure Show is a must-see for the whole gang, and both kids and parents will love it. Even better news is that the restaurant on site provides food that is both yummy and healthy. You can rest assured that your kids are getting the right.
Where? Multiple locations over Auckland
Your local YMCA is the perfect place to hire out a room and hold a sports party for your sport-loving kid. The parties are full of games, and your kids can run free and play on all the YMCA.
13. Silverdale Adventure Park
Where? 2104 E Coast Road, Silverdale
The Silverdale Adventure Park is jam-packed full of fun for your kids! There’s a downhill luge, race cars, big swing, cosmic playground, tube slide, 3D cinema … their heads will be spinning with where to start. There is not only those rides but also a lot of space to run around and play games. The park has three great party options available to book for your child’s next celebration: Cosmic Party for ages 0-5, Junior Party for ages 5-7 and an Adventurer Party for ages 8-15. The price of a party also includes a lunchbox for the kids, and a special gift for the birthday child.
14. Crystal Mountain
Where? 80 Candia Road, Swanson
Crystal Mountain has so much on offer, from train rides to animal encounters; you can even explore the land for hidden crystals. This promises to be an epic birthday party that will last the whole afternoon. They have great birthday packages available that include food, drink, animal feed, and entry to all events at the park. Suitable for children of all ages, especially if you have an animal lover on your hands.
15. The park
Where? All over Auckland
Just as beaches provide hours of free fun, so do Auckland’s amazing parks. Nothing beats a large open green space to ignite the imagination and offer hours of running and playing freely. Our favourites are described in our Family Parks story below, check them out - they include Western Springs and the Botanic Gardens.
16. Aquatic Centres
Where? All over Auckland
Water fun can be some of the best. If you’re not keen on waves, or like that you can keep a watchful eye on the little ones in an enclosed space, then visiting an aquatic centre this year for a birthday is the option for you. Auckland is home to countless indoor and outdoor swimming centres that offer bucket loads of fun for kids of all ages. Perfect for a mixed age party, the older kids can be a bit more adventurous on inflatables, and the little ones can splash around and enjoy getting their hair wet or floating on noodles and boards. Even better, parents can get in the water too and join in the fun.
17. Butterfly Creek
Where? 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport
Butterfly Creek is a magical experience for your kids and their friends. Jam-packed full of wonder, butterflies, a dinosaur kingdom, a private train ride for the guests and a selection of yummy food, this is a party no one will want to miss! They have a great range of party deals on their website for you to choose from. You can even choose what room the fun takes place in, if you ask us the Boneyard Room sounds totally awesome.