Activity Category: Free

Southern Walkway loop, with playground / skatepark stops, Wellington

Ostrich Southern Walkway

It’s not every day that you get to see some of the animals at Wellington Zoo for free but a section of the huge Southern Walkway allows you to do just this. Parking just off Russell Terrace, the walking track leads you up past a skatepark (previously Newtown Skating Rink),…

Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, Miranda

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Situated just over an hour south east of Auckland and about the same distance from Hamilton, the Miranda Shorebird Centre is a great place to explore and learn about the coastal birds that visit this area. The mudflats here are an important source of food for native birds as well as…

Besley Park playground, Acacia Bay, Taupo

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Away from the throngs of people that can crowd the centre of Taupo at certain times of the year, this playground was replaced in 2016 and has a pirate ship at its centre. With opportunities for climbing, sliding and lots of role play especially with the steering wheel. There’s a…

Maitai River Walk, Nelson

Maitai River walkway Nelson

The Maitai river runs so close to the city centre of Nelson that it’s a great alternative to pavements for getting around without the disturbance of cars. The path is suitable for buggies, bikes and scooters and there are lots of places to join and leave the track. If you’re going to…

Neale Park, Nelson

Skatepark Neale Park Nelson

This is a good sized skatepark for serious people on wheels! There are 2 bowls, rails, ledges and flat banks allowing kids to practise tricks and watch others. For those not into skateboarding, there are fields surrounding the skatepark that are marked out as football pitches during the season. Lots of space…

Walk to the Centre of New Zealand, Nelson

View from top of centre of NZ

Whether or not this hill is in the exact centre of NZ is certainly debatable but nevertheless, if you can encourage your kids to the top, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world! (for more on the reason for the centre of New Zealand name, look at this…

Havelock North Domain playground and skatepark

Havelock Playground water

Reopened in April 2017 after major renovations, this playground now has a big water course running through it. Great for kids who like water play! They can man wheels to control the flow, change the direction and use the shutters to manage the dams. Around the water course, there’s a mini…

Dannevirke Domain playground

Danniverke Playground Viking boat

The theme for this playground is a Viking ship, the ends of which sit between a huge structure of playground equipment including tunnels, climbing walls, bridges, and a double metal flying fox. In other parts of the playground there are swings, including a bucket swing and preschooler swings. There’s preschool equipment…

Fountaine Square playground, Woodville

Woodville Playground younger kids section

If you’re travelling through Woodville, on either SH3 or SH2, this large grassy area just off the highway makes a good place to stop if the weather allows. Even though the State highway is so close, the surrounding streets are quiet and there’s a toilet block at the Pollen &…