Activity Category: Free

Puzzling World, Wanaka

Puzzling World Ames Room

This is a great place for the whole family to enjoy – a place of illusions and problem solving that will leave all ages ‘puzzled’ at some point. Whether it’s trying to get out of the maze or wondering how a building can still be standing when it’s at such…

The Lake and Lakefront @ Lake Wanaka

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There’s lots to do along the waterfront in Wanaka! Hire a double Kayak or SUP so that kids can go with adults and get out on to the water. There’s more than one place to hire them from so check out which has the best deal on the day. Both Paddle…

Picnic Cafe and city end Botanic Garden, Wellington

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Set in the Rose Gardens which is one part of the Botanic Garden, this cafe has been serving up breakfast and lunch in beautiful surroundings for years! This is a great place for families to eat, whether it be for a snack or full meal as they are very child…

The Seaside Market, New Plymouth

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This family friendly market runs on the first Sunday of every month (check website for dates) and is the biggest market in Taranaki. A good atmosphere is created by local artists who come along and play music. There are stalls selling food and locally made produce including clothes, jewellery and home…

Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt

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A great playground within a lovely park with a lot to do for the whole family. There’s an area for bigger kids that allows climbing, sliding, balancing and swinging skills to be tested. There’s also a good long and reasonably fast flying fox. Just across a grassy area there a…

Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

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With 52 hectares of land, there is a lot to do in Pukekura Park! There’s a playground with some interesting equipment; a waterwheel and channel for controlling the water, tunnels through a little hill, a couple of slides, the rope structure for climbing on (as pictured above), mini trampolines, flying fox…

The Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth

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This is a 12km walkway along the coast from the port, through central New Plymouth, to Bell Block. It’s all fully paved and open to cyclists, so great for kids on bikes or scooters as well as being buggy friendly. It’s also god for walking dogs on leads. to check out dog…

Oakura River and Beach, Taranaki

Oakura river Swimming spot

There’s a swimming spot that is popular with those in the know just north of Oakura in the Oakura River. There are toilets nearby, picnic tables and places to park. The river opens out to the beach, which is one of the more kid friendly ones in the Taranaki area,…

Levin Adventure Park

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This is a great playgound for all ages with separate fenced toddlers section (which is under shade sails) but also areas that should challenge pre teens and an adult fitness section that teenagers might want to try. There are clean toilets, a coffee cart in the carpark and a room…

Memorial Park, Taihape

Memorial Park Taihape

There is space to run around and benches for taking a break. Good picnic spot on a nice day. Taihape Area School is also just next door and if it’s not school time (i.e. during the school holidays or at weekends) there’s concrete spaces to scoot on and a couple…