Activity Category: Free

Forest Walk and Rope Swing, Otaki

If you need to escape the heat or just fancy a change from the beach while you’re in Otaki, the pine forest is a great place to go. It’s sheltered and peaceful and you might stumble across the huge rope swing (how did someone get it up so high??) or…

Giant Games and Playground, Kuratau

Set in a large grassy area, this playground stands out along the main road in Kuratau as it must be one of the few playgrounds in New Zealand to have a ‘giant game’ set up. Tucked into the custom made wooden seats, are all the giant sized pieces you’ll need…

Fishing at Ti Point, near Leigh

At the end of the road at Ti Point there’s a wharf that’s perfect for kids to fish off – plenty of little fish for kids to spot swimming around the wooden posts and enough space for several youngsters to each cast a line in. If you’re lucky you might…

Waipu Caves, near Waipu

It’s 12km along a mostly gravel road that at times twists and turns – not ideal for anyone who gets car sick but what awaits you at the end of the drive, is an amazing cave that’s easily accessible. Parking is just off the road next to a grassy reserve.…

Playground, Tirau

Tirau is a good place to stop if you’re travelling north or south from Auckland along SH1. There are lots of shops and cafes but if your focus is just getting out of the car and stretching your legs, park up at the back of the BP petrol station and there’s…

Playground at Haruatai Park, Otaki

Just off SH1 this is a good spot if you need a break from the car or are looking for an alternative to the beach in Otaki. The large fortress in the centre of the playground has ropes, a wooden bridge, twisting tunnel slide at one end and a preschooler…

Waitarere Domain

This central park and playground is a hub for the local community when time away from the beach is needed. There’s a large grassy area for running around, picnics, kite flying, ball games etc. There’s also lots of playground equipment, some aimed at preschoolers including swings, small slides, an abacus and others aimed…

Split Apple Rock, near Kaiteriteri

A short bush walk winds downhill ending in a beach from which you can see Split Apple Rock in all it’s glory! It’s a nice beach for sand play or paddling although you can’t actually get to the rock without a kayak or boat but you can admire it from…

Fort Balance Bunkers, Wellington

On the Miramar Penninsular, to the east of Wellington airport, there are a series of bunkers that were built to protect the city. Many of these date from the second world war but the bunkers at Fort Balance were used from 1885 as a defence against the Russians who were…

Maraetotara Falls, near Havelock North

This is an easy access reasonably spectacular set of waterfalls between Havelock North and the coast. In the summer, it’s a popular swimming spot as a fresh water alternative to the sea for cooling down. There are no life guards on duty here though so please take extra care to…