Activity Category: Free

Moeraki Boulders, near Oamaru

Moeraki Boulders

Around 60 million years ago, these huge stones were part of the sea floor. They are made up of fine silt, mud and clay. People can now marvel at the size and shape of these roughly 50 boulders and kids enjoy jumping between them. Good photo opportunities so don’t forget your…

Margaret Mahy Family Playground, Christchurch

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This is the largest playground in the Southern Hemisphere so there has to be something for everyone! Some areas are still being developed (as of May 2016) but there’s lots of different equipment – sliding, swinging, balancing, climbing, jumping – your kids will only be limited by their imaginations. There’s…

Feed the pigs, Coromandel

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Approximately 3km long the 309Rd, near The Waterworks, Stuart has over 100 wild pigs on his property that are happy to eat anything that you’ve got to give them, so take some food, pull over and the pigs will come and find you! If Stuart is around, he’ll usually come…

Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel

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Whangapoua Beach is a long, white-sand beach that is good for swimming but being on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsular, it’s also good for boogie boarding and surfing. There are no life guards on duty so you’ll need to look out for rips and supervise kids at all…

Waitete Bay, Coromandel

Waitete Bay

Long, white sand beach which is great for buckets and spades. The sea is relatively calm so great for swimming but there are no life guards on duty so you’ll need to look out for rips and supervise kids at all times. This beach is on the west coast of…

Walk up Conical Hill, Hanmer Springs

Conical Hill

This is a relatively easy walk to the local viewpoint which can be enjoyed even by relatively young kids, although it is a steady uphill climb. The summit sits at 550m and the most direct route zigzags up through open parkland, past ponds and then through forest, from Hanmer township. It…

Weekend Market, Hanmer Springs

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A weekend market runs every Saturday during the summer from Labour Day weekend to Anzac Day weekend. It’s a small market but with stalls that change frequently and that all sell homemade NZ products from the local community. There are lots of treasures for slightly older kids to look at…

Steampunk Playground, Oamaru

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This playground is like no other with art and sculpture being very central in the equipment, making it an awesome sight for kids and adults alike. A giant Penny Farthing that’s part of the frame for the swings; an elephant with a hut at the top. Other equipment includes a…

Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton

Queen Elizabeth Playground, Masterton

A huge area with something for everyone. The playground is big with a wide variety of interesting equipment to suit a range of ages. But this park offers a lot more than just a playground; other free activities include seeing the deer which like to be fed acorns (if you’re visiting…

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch

Air Force Museum

This is a little (or big) boys delight, although girls love it too! Filled with planes and helicopters to look at and get into, it makes for an excellent half day adventure. It has interesting exhibitions, that are usually geared to kids 5+, but that younger ones can also enjoy.…