The area in and around Auckland airport (including South Auckland) is jam-packed with great activities, excursions, and sights to see. On this page you’re going to discover some of the best things to do near Auckland airport, which will keep the whole family entertained.
Located just down the road from the airport, Butterfly Creek is one of the best things to do in the Auckland Airport area with the whole family.
Kids especially will love the colourful, vibrant exhibitions with farm animals, creepy crawlies, butterflies (in a purpose-built butterfly house) lizards, tropical fish, and more.
If you or your family is in the mood for some adrenalin-pumping action, then you’ll love the great collection of rides on offer at Rainbows End in South Auckland, near the Auckland Airport.
As New Zealand’s premier theme park, Rainbows End offers a wide selection of rides that cater to all ages and preferences. From gentle log flumes through to jaw-dropping vertical plummets, there’s a lot to experience at Rainbows End.
This high ropes adventure park is located in the same complex as Butterfly Creek, just down the road from Auckland Airport. If you’re in the mood for some physical (and mental) challenge, then you’ll love what’s on offer at Rocket Ropes.
From scaling commando nets, to flying on speedy zip lines, to navigating the tricky suspended barrels, Rocket Ropes is a great place to spend a day … and only a stone’s throw from the airport.
One of the most relaxing and enjoyable things to do near Auckland Airport is visiting the Auckland Botanic Gardens. These culturally significant gardens feature over 8000 species of flora (and might even help provide you with some inspiration for your own garden!).
In particular, the native plant and rose gardens provide a fabulous experience that is not to be missed.
New Zealand is famed internationally for its quality wines, and even when you’re just down the road from Auckland Airport you will still be treated to world-class viticulture. Grab your Auckland rental car from NZ Rent A Car and head down to Villa Maria Estate, and enjoy the sights, tastes, and aromas of this award-winning complex that is nestled among 40 hectares of grape vines (just remember that drinking and driving is a big no-no!).
Open 7 days a week for tastings, wine sales, and winery tours, you are sure to enjoy your time at Villa Maria Estate. The on-site restaurant also has a children’s menu, ensuring that the whole family is catered for.