Activity Category: Free

Walk/cycle track through Foxton Beach

Walking and bike track Foxton

Although you can’t do a loop that’s all off road, this track is still great for all ages. You can take in 2 playgrounds, see wetland birds, go as far as you want and then turn around or complete a loop by using the pavements. It’s fine for bikes (including balance…

Playground & Skatepark, Foxton Beach

Foxton Beach Playground older kids

This playground lies right in the centre of Foxton Beach and is a real hub for families in the settlement. The playground itself has equipment for all ages. There are seesaws, swings, slides (including a smaller one for preschoolers), ropes for walking along, a very wobbly bridge, wooden posts for…

Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki

Auckland Art Gallery 2

Depending on your child(ren)’s interests, this gallery will either captivate them for hours or just be somewhere that you hang out for a short time, perhaps to escape a rain shower or the heat of the sun. There are permanent displays of artwork and changing exhibitions some better suited to…

Orakei Domain, Auckland

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On the city side of Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, is this great expanse of grass with a good playground right in the middle. There’s a wooden boat that’s elevated and various options for climbing up and down. There’s a flying fix, swings that meet in the middle, a bucket…

Playground Botanic Gardens, Wellington

Botanic Playground double slide

This playground is a great destination to walk to if you’re spending time in the Botanic Gardens and want to encourage your kids to have a walk. It’s not directly accessible by car and it’s uphill in one direction unless you’re doing a oneway walk! This playground has got an…

Breaker Bay, Kaiteriteri

Breaker Bay

If you’re looking for a beach other than the main beach or Little Kaiteriteri, Breaker Bay is small and beautiful. There’s no road access – you have to walk down stairs and a path from the main road meaning that this beach can be quieter than the other local options.…

Kaiteriteri – Lagoon, Beach & Playground

Kaiterteri

A well known destination for those seeking sun, sea and sand, Kaiteriteri is a popular place for families especially in the summer months. The main beach is busy with boats and other water based activities, making the lagoon area to the south side a more popular place for kids to…

The Taupo Market

Taupo Market bread

If you’re in or passing through Taupo on a Saturday this weekly market is worth checking out. Whether you’re stocking up on picnic ingredients, looking for a snack to eat there and then or the kids are have pocket money to spend, there are over 60 stalls to look at. Most…

Matairangi Nature Trail, Wellington

Matairangi beams

This is a sort of obstacle course spread out over half a kilometre, near the Mount Victoria lookout, which encourages both kids and adults to have a go and challenge themselves while taking in the wildlife facts as they go. This could be part of a longer walk through the town…

Te Araroa walk between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay

Escarpment track

This walk is not for everyone! If you suffer from vertigo and/or are really nervous around steep sided paths then this walk is probably not one that you should try. For good walkers, with a reasonable level of fitness and kids that are willing to hold an adult’s hand and…