Activity Category: Free

Fishing from the Wharf, Tokaanu

Between Turangi and Kuratau, just off SH41 is a long, old wharf dating back to the 1880s when goods were shipped across Lake Taupo rather than being transported by road. Today the wharf is 260m of walkway out onto Lake Taupo and a very peaceful place to spend a couple…

Tongariro Apline Crossing

This walk is not for all families. A good level of fitness is required and planning needs to happen. First off, this is a 19.4km walk that reaches 1,886m at the Red Crater summit so checking the weather forecast is a must and you will need to postpone your plans…

Maraetai (also known as Schoolhouse) Bay, Te Kaha

There are lots of bays that are great for swimming in along the Pacific Highway (SH35) east of Opotiki but this particular bay, most commonly known as Schoolhouse Bay has shallow, usually calm water that is great for kids wanting to paddle. The beach area sweeps round giving plenty of…

The Falcon’s Lookout Playground & Skatepark, Wairoa

Fully gated and right near SH2, this playground makes a good stopping point on a journey between Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. By the river with a path that is suitable for bikes, scooters and buggies, this playground can also be easily reached as part of a riverside walk/ride. There’s a…

Anderson Park, Greenmeadows near Napier

This playground was new in 2018 and has lots of equipment that should appeal to a variety of ages. The playground is also next to a skatepark and a half basketball court and also within the huge park with lots of flat grass (for picnics, kite flying and ball games),…

Marine Parade walkway, Napier

The walkway along the sea side of Napier’s Marine Parade is great for buggies, bikes, skate boards, scooters and rollerblades because it’s wide and mostly smooth concrete. Along the way there are plenty of things to stop and look at or play on making this an area you could easily…

Capital E, Wellington

Capital E is a great place to go if you’re in the city centre of Wellington and need to get out of the weather! The main PlayHQ in the TSB Arena building is an oasis of calm with plenty to keep a pre schooler occupied on a term time weekday.…

Middle Earth Adventure Park, Waitarere

This once secret playground is incredibly unique. Nestled among the trees in the private forest to the south of Waitarere, this is the most natural of playgrounds with most pieces of equipment being made out of rope and wood. The playground is also a lesson in up-cycling with an old…

Pukeiti Gardens, near New Plymouth

Pukeiti Gardens is roughly 30 minutes drive from New Plymouth but feels like it’s a whole world away! It went through a major redevelopment in 2017 which has totally transformed this place into a great family attraction with things to do no matter what the weather is like. Access is…

Walking/Cycling at West Winds Recreation Area, Makara

Being up close to a wind turbine isn’t an everyday experience for most people. The size of these machines is awe inspiring and it’s bound to prompt some interesting conversations! West Winds is home to 62 wind turbines that make use of Wellington’s famous wind to potentially power  all the…