Activity Category: Free

Waitangi Skate Park, Wellington

Waitangi Skate Park is home to lots of skate boarders, kids on scooters and even those on balance bikes at the weekends. It’s a great place for kids to hone their skills with older kids being very mindful of younger ones. But if your kids really lack confidence or no…

Battle Hill Farm, Porirua, North of Wellington

Steeped in history, this area is named because it holds the battle ground, that you can walk up to, of the last recorded battle between Maori and colonial forces in this region in 1846. Lots of options of things to do at Battle Hill Farm from camping to fire building…

Riverstone Kitchen and playground, near Oamaru

Riverstone is reasonably well known for Riverstone Kitchen which is a good family friendly restaurant to visit with a real focus on locally grown, seasonal ingredients. There’s a kids’ menu, highchairs, small play room and baby change facilities.   What you might not know though is that within this site, there are also…

St Anne’s Lagoon, North Canterbury

This is a great place to break a journey or to visit in its own right on a warm day. A large lagoon is set in 40 hectares of parkland and attracts all kinds of water birds including ducks, geese, swans and pukeko. Take binoculars for the kids and get…

Esplanade Playground and Skatepark, Kaikoura

There’s a small playground, skatepark and, if you have your own equipment, a tennis court just opposite the skatepark. Between the 3, there’s something for everyone to let off steam outside, whether you’re staying locally or just passing through. The playground has toilets just next to it and a small grassy…

Ohau Point Seal Colony, SH1 Marlborough

***Sadly this particular seal colony isn’t accessible for humans or seals, after the earthquake in the area November 2016. There are still seals along the coast to the north and south of Ohau Point** The best place to see seals is just south of Kaikoura from Point Kean car park. There are…

Soldiers Memorial Park, Greytown

This is a great playground in its own right, with lots of equipment and within the bush setting of the local camping ground. But if there’s an adult in your party who wants to look at the Greytown shops, this playground is close by for another adult to take the bored…

Carrington Park, Carterton

This park offers the best playground in the Wairarapa, south of Masterton. There’s a good range of playground equipment for different ages as well as a skatepark, a concrete basketball court and grass field with football posts for ball games, picnics and general running around. Around the outside of the field…

Moeraki Boulders, near Oamaru

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

This is the largest playground in the Southern Hemisphere so there has to be something for everyone! There’s lots of different equipment for all age groups – sliding, swinging, balancing, climbing, jumping – your kids will only be limited by their imaginations. There’s a separate toddler area as well as…