School Holidays Fun in Takapuna

Takapuna is the place to be during the School Holidays. Bring the whole family along and check out these fun events and activities, there's something to keep everyone entertained!


Owltastic fun at Shore City

16 April 2018 - 27 April 2018

Join us for FREE school holiday fun at Shore City!


For ages 4+

From the 16th to 20th of April, 10am to 2pm Shore City will have heaps of owltastic fun including cookie decorating, paper crafts and plaster painting. Each activity in Week One is for 30 minutes with the last workshop starting at 1.30pm. 

Why owls you may ask? Shore City is currently hosting one big owl called Flight by Byron Romer and eight owlets decorated by local schools as part of The Child Cancer Foundation's The Big Hoot.

Check out the list of activities HERE.


For ages 5+

Shore City's popular Lego parties are back! On Mon 23rd, Tues 24th, Thurs 26th and Fri 27th from 10am to 2pm Lego parties will be held in Centre Court. Each Lego party will begin on the hour at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm.   

There are no school holiday activities on ANZAC Day Wed 25th April.

Booking in advance is suggested to avoid disappointment. Click HERE and scroll down to find out how to reserve your space. Terms and Conditions apply.


Staycation at The Spencer on Byron Hotel with their April School Holidays Package

Enjoy a break away these School Holidays with The Spencer on Byron Hotel's April School Holidays Package.  

For $199 in a Studio for two guests, $229 in a One-Bedroom Suite for two guests, or $249 in a One-Bedroom Suite for three guests, book this package and receive:

  • One night's accommodation in a room on a high floor with a view
  • WIFI
  • One takeaway gourmet pizza
  • One complimentary Cocktail of the Month (per adult staying onsite)

If you book more than one night, you'll get wifi, pizza and cocktails every night you stay! 

With a swimming pool, spa pool and tennis courts onsite, and Takapuna at your doorstep, there's plenty to keep the kids entertained!

PLUS if you book direct they'll throw in one $25 Thyme Restaurant credit per reservation to be used during your stay!

Click HERE for more info and to reserve your room.


Treat yourself to Bluff Oysters and GH Mumm Champagne at Regatta Bar & Eatery

Mums and dads, treat yourself because you deserve it for being awesome! Enjoy a dozen complimentary Bluff Oysters with every bottle of GH Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne for only $99 at Regatta Bar & Eatery.

It's the perfect date night away from the kids. Click HERE for more information and to book your table.


Unleash your kid's creativity with the Lake House Arts Centre's April School Holiday Program

Check out the Lake House Arts Centre's Holiday Program running from 16-27 April.

From cupcake decorating, monster painting, acting Shakespeare, cartoon illustration and character design, to learning about movie making, making digital masterpieces, having fun with clay, and discovering the art and dreamtime of Aboriginal artists: it's the perfect holiday activity for your kids with a wide variety of programmes available depending on your child's interest!

Check out the schedule below. Click HERE for a full list of classes and more information.


Gather the family and try an Escape Hunt challenge

Looking for something more exciting to do? Escape Hunt Auckland in Takapuna is offering 20% off Escape Hunt these School Holidays.

If you are looking for something fun and exciting for the whole family these holidays, then Escape Hunt Auckland is just what you’re after! Elaborately themed escape rooms appropriate for all ages with a wide range of difficulties.

The team at Escape Hunt Auckland is giving you 20% off if you book online using code HOLIDAYFUN. Must have at least 1 adult per room. Valid Mon to Fri during school holidays (Monday 14th April to Friday 27th April) for bookings taking place before 5pm. Ts & Cs apply. Click HERE to visit Escape Hunt Auckland's website, see the different rooms you can try and book your space!


Free fluffy for the kiddies at Zomer Café

Zomer Café, located at 4 The Strand, is offering free fluffy for the kiddies during the school holidays. Take the whole family and start your day with the sweet delights of their warm Blueberry Muffins or their mouth watering Eggs Benedict. Lunch on the refined flavours in their Catch of the Day Risotto or their Chicken, Mango and Coconut Salad and to top it off try their smooth Iced Chocolate Frappe’. Complement your lunch with a glass of wine on their sunny ocean-view terrace or cosy up inside during the colder days with your favourite barista-made coffee or a beautiful Organic tea.

Click HERE to check out Zomer's website.


Make your own lollipop at The Old Lolly Shop

For those with a sweet tooth, head on over to The Old Lolly Shop and try your hand at making your own lollipop!

Bookings are essential for this one due to how popular it is so check out the schedules below and get in touch with the team through phone at (09) 486 6706 or email them at

  • Tuesday, 17th April 10am

  • Wednesday, 18th April 10am

  • Thursday, 19th April 10.40am

  • Friday, 20th April 11.20am

  • Sunday, 22nd April 10am

  • Monday, 23rd April 10am

  • Tuesday, 24th April 10am

  • Thursday 26th April 10.40am

Lollipop making sessions take about 30 minutes to watch the demonstration and then make your own lollipop. You can book just for one or two people, or book a group for a birthday party or group field trip. A fun, cheap activity for all the family - fine for most ages from around 3 years. Click HERE to check out the Facebook event page.


Schedule your next family vacation at House of Travel Takapuna

If you are looking to spend some quality time with the family somewhere farther away, take away the stress of planning and talk to the team at House of Travel Takapuna about their upcoming cruise packages tailored to ensure maximum fun for the whole family. They have several special deals available only when you book during the school holidays, so don't miss out!

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If you prefer something different to a cruise, pop in-store at House of Travel Takapuna located in 20 Hurstmere Road and talk to one of their team members about your dream family vacation. Click HERE to visit their website or you call them at 09 486 0995 or flick them an email at


Catch Pippi Longstocking at The PumpHouse Theatre

Tim Bray’s production of Pippi Longstocking is running at The PumpHouse Theatre until 28 April. Don't miss this enduring favourite of boys and girls around the world and join the irrepressible Pippi, and her friends, Tommy and Annika, as she outsmarts the bullies, has fun with her monkey, Mr Nelson, and is reunited with her father, the Cannibal King. A topsy-turvy world of fun and hi-jinks.

Whilst you make your booking you may also like to donate to their ‘Gift a Seat’ programme. Tim Bray Productions offers a free seat to a child from a low decile school, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ) or Make-A-Wish (NZ). Buy gifting a seat, you can make a difference to children by letting them experience the joys of live theatre.

Click HERE to check out show schedules and buy your ticket.