Activity Category: Free

Esplanade Miniature Train & Playground, Palmerston North

The train ride here is a much longer than your average miniature train ride, covering 2.2km of track and taking approximately 20 minutes. The ride goes from one end of the Esplanade park to the other with 3 stops at the Cafe, the Playground and the Esplanade. Travellers can get off…

Wellington Museum

Formerly known as The Museum of City and Sea, this place had the first of several revamps in 2015 and now boasts a whole extra floor (called The Attic), continuing the story of the evolution of Wellington. Exhibits include a 3D map of Wellington and a ‘time machine’ showing the history of…

Walk up Mount Iron, near Wanaka

The view from the top of Mount Iron is definitely worth dragging the kids up for! When you’re at the top, on a clear day, you can see for miles with the Southern Alps in one direction, The Pisa Range in another direction and all of Wanaka spread out down below…

Walk to Miners’ Huts, Arrowtown

A walk along the river in Arrowtown brings you to a partially restored small settlement of huts that were occupied by Chinese Miners who were brought over to NZ during the gold rush. For more information on what life in the Chinese settlements might have been like, see the website link. The…

BMX jump park and learn to ride area, Cromwell

A brand new BMX jump park and circuit for kids and adults alike, was opened in late 2015, although it wasn’t officially opened until later 2016. The tracks are of varying difficulty, from a paved learn-to-ride area with street signs and intersections up to a jump loop, so something for all…

Puzzling World, Wanaka

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

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. Paddle…

Picnic Cafe and city end Botanic Garden, Wellington

Set in the Rose Garden, 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. They are very child friendly,…

The Seaside Market, New Plymouth

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

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…