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How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
All major shopping malls are equipped with parent and baby rooms. These have adequate facilities for feeding and changing. Most large restaurants also have highchairs for babies to use while parents are dining.
Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
The local Plunket group (a free advisory group for young mothers with qualified Plunket nurses),
Citizens' Advice Bureau or the local telephone book are all good resources.
Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Basically, exercise caution around traffic and be aware of children.
What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
- Hamilton Zoo/Free Flight Sanctuary
- Waterworld and Aquatic Center
- Indoor Rock Climbing
- Museum of Art and History
- Hamilton Gardens
- Waingaro Hot Springs
- Hamilton Lake - canoeing, sailing, walking, children's play area
What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Sports play a huge part in the lives of most New Zealanders and most children are involved in some sporting activity, either with their schools or with individual clubs. Rugby is the most popular sport in New Zealand, followed by netball, soccer and cricket. Often games and practices take place after school. Brownies, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and Boys' Brigade are also popular clubs for children. There is a wide range of cultural opportunities, such as music and dance lessons, available for children and teenagers.
What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Sports play a big part in young people's lives and most are on some sort of team. Teenagers are involved in many groups through their school. The city provides a range of activities for teenagers form shopping to museums etc. Central Auckland is a safe place for teenagers to visit.
Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
There are many clubs for teenagers to join, including a variety of sporting clubs, Girl Guides, Boy
Scouts, church groups and theatrical and dance organizations, to name a few. Lists are available from the local Citizens' Advice Bureau, your school or telephone book.
I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
A visit to the Hamilton Visitor Information Center can provide a list of things to do.
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