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Take a tour of the street art of local artist, Paul Walsh. A combination or graffiti and illustration, refer to his website to find out where he will pop up next. Be inspired by recent examples and take some time to explore some of the spectacular visual creations he has created around the city on the walls and utility boxes.
Just 20 minutes from the city, you will find the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Open during daylight hours, you and your family can feed ducks, picnic and enjoy a bushwalk among the native plants and bushes that surround.
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Enjoy a morning of roller blading at Mission Bay. Whether you bring your own or hire the skates, it's a great way to experience a lot of sights at lightning pace. If you have a bit more time, why not take an 18 kilometre bike ride along the Pohutukawa Coastline? With regional parks, sandy beaches and an array of local fauna along the way, this bike ride is sure to provide a fun and memorable family outing.
Start your day with fruit picking! For some interactive family fun, take your children on an exciting hunt on a fruit and berry farm where they can pick their own fruit and find out how food is grown. You can enjoy a picnic while there but be sure to check in advance for opening times. If you intend to head further afield, check out the cheaper than cars website for a great deal on a rental car.
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Hire a car and go to the Rotorua Geothermal Park and Mud spa at Hells Gate. The name suggests otherwise, but this volcanic sanctuary offers alluring baths and a sulphuric spa experience that will leave you erupting with energy! From adventure rivers to leisure and wildlife tours, spend the night in the area to make the most of your wild adventure.
Climb Rangitoto. Take a ferry trip and walk to the summit of this 600 year old volcano. Entry is free of charge, but if you have little ones in tow you might want to book one of the many guided tours and be prepared to carry extra weight in the form of a child on the way down!
And because you saved on your accommodation, why not do a once in a lifetime experience?
If you feel like delving further afield, jump aboard a dolphin cruise through the hole in the rock on the picturesque Bay of Islands. A catamaran will take you on a coastal tour to Cape Brett Peninsula, where you may be able to see seals, whales, penguins and a variety of other local fauna.
For a day trip, drive to the weird and wonderful Glowworm caves in Waitomo. The caves electrify the night sky and since you're on a holiday, consider staying overnight in Waitamo and enjoy some black water rafting or tubing while there.
Take a trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island to visit the bird sanctuary and see some of Auckland's rarest and most endangered bird species, or travel to Rotorua to visit the electric green sulphur lake known as Devil's Bath.
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