Activity Category: Free

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…

Tata Beach, Golden Bay

Tucked at the Eastern end of Golden Bay and roughly 15 minutes drive from Takaka, this is a quintessential golden sand beach. Waves for boogie boarding, course sand for playing in or take advantage of it’s length and go for a stroll, it’s worth bypassing the other beaches along the…

Carrot Park Playground and Bike park, Ohakune

The orange carrot is an icon of Ohakune and right next to the enlarged model at the entrance to the village, is a carrot (and other vegetable) themed playground! The equipment is more suited to kids up to around the age of 6 years with a seesaw, swings (1 bucket,…

Disc (Frisbee) Golf at Queenstown Gardens

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Around Queentstown Gardens a course is laid out for people to play frisbee (sometimes known as ‘disc’) golf. Rather like a golf course there are 18 tee off areas and 18 targets to aim for. These are all metal chain baskets. Also like golf there is a ‘par’ number for…

Southern Walkway loop, with playground / skatepark stops, Wellington

It’s not every day that you get to see some of the animals at Wellington Zoo for free but a section of the huge Southern Walkway allows you to do just this. Parking just off Russell Terrace, the walking track leads you up past a skatepark (previously Newtown Skating Rink),…

Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, Miranda

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Situated just over an hour south east of Auckland and about the same distance from Hamilton, the Miranda Shorebird Centre is a great place to explore and learn about the coastal birds that visit this area. The mudflats here are an important source of food for native birds as well as…

Besley Park playground, Acacia Bay, Taupo

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Away from the throngs of people that can crowd the centre of Taupo at certain times of the year, this playground was replaced in 2016 and has a pirate ship at its centre. With opportunities for climbing, sliding and lots of role play especially with the steering wheel. There’s a…