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Depending on how extensively you’ve travelled in Auckland, you may have heard mixed stories about the city’s famous ‘Westies’.

Generally they’re a friendly bunch, and the suburb of Western Springs offers two of Auckland’s top family destinations.

Auckland Zoo and the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) are both only a short drive from central Auckland and are within walking distance of each other, which makes them perfect attractions to visit with your car rental.

It is so easy to combine the two venues into a fun day trip for the kids. Here are some things to look out for at each location!

Auckland Zoo

Let’s face it – who doesn’t love a good day at the zoo? Auckland Zoo is one of the city’s most family-friendly attractions and offers a vast range of animals, both large and small.

Take a gander at the impressive African beasts in the lion and rhino enclosures, before taking in the blissful songs of the birds at the sanctuary.

There are also a variety of unique experiences throughout the week, such as the opportunity to hand-feed the magnificent giraffes, so keep an eye out on the day’s schedule when you visit!


After you’ve admired the animals at the zoo, it’s time to cross the road and head to MOTAT.

The museum is Auckland’s hub for all things transport and technology – you can take a look at some impressive trains and explore the history of innovations such as the telephone.

There is something for all ages, and if you’re brave enough, check out the earthquake simulator!

A short tram ride to the nearby aviation hall is the perfect way to cap the day.