Activity Category: Free

Cycle or Walk to Pencarrow Lighthouse, near Eastbourne

There are actually 2 lighthouses at Pencarrow heads, one old and up high, the other one is new and still operating. Both have helped guide boats around the rocky outcrops at the entrance to Wellington harbour since 1859. It’s an almost 7km trip out to the new lighthouse, about a…

Kawau Island

Kawau Island, in the Hauraki Gulf to the North East of Auckland is only accessible by boat with ferries and water taxis going across from Sandspit. Kawau doesn’t have any roads or cars making it very peaceful but also problematic to get around if you don’t have your own water…

Matakana Country Park

Just outside of Matakana on the road to Leigh, this is a huge space with options for all weather although most attractions are better suited to days without rain. The playground is large with various wooden structures like a pink castle, fire truck, buzzy bee ship lighthouse and then more…

Cycle or Walk, Wainuiomata Recreation Area

With wide paths that are either sealed or shingle, the tracks in Wainuiomata Recreation Area are great for all ages and abilities of walkers and cyclists. If you park on Reservoir Road (see below for directions) there are a couple of different route options. The road to the lower dam…

Sliding, Harling Park, Wither Hills, Blenheim

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This is a great family activity if you go prepared with some old pieces of cardboard (one for everyone that wants a turn is preferable!) Head to the grassy hill to the west of Harling Park armed with your cardboard, trudge to the top of the hill and enjoy a…

Walk, cycle & explore the Karangahake Gorge

Right off SH2 en route between Auckland and Tauranga/The Mount, the Karangahake Gorge is a very accessible area to explore whether you’re having a holiday in the Coromandel or taking a break during a car journey. The gorge is the site of an old gold mine which began work in…

Trentham Memorial Park

Updated at the end of 2016, this playground has a huge amount of interesting equipment for lots of different ages, packed into a fairly small area. This makes it reasonably easy to keep a check on several kids that might be playing on different things. The playground is set to…

Playground, Warkworth

Warkworth is a popular service centre for the surrounding beach towns and SH1 passes just nearby and can be a good stopping place if you’re on a longer journey North of Auckland. This playground is a good place for younger children to run off some energy. This playground is right in the…

Walks and Overnight tramps in the Rimutaka Forest Park, Wainuiomata

The Orongorongo track is part of the Rimutaka Forest Park and compromises several different walks that are great for kids just starting out on their tramping adventures! The paths are really well maintained and apart from an initial climb up from the Catchpool car parking area, they’re relatively flat with…

Skatepark and Mini Road, Otaki

Set away from both the beach and town centre, this is a fully fenced, quiet skatepark and mini road system perfect for a range of ages that want to practice their wheel skills without going onto the ‘real’ road! The mini road system is a series of roads with a…