Activity Category: Free

Maitai River Walk, Nelson

The Maitai river runs so close to the city centre of Nelson that it’s a great alternative to pavements for getting around without the disturbance of cars. The path is suitable for buggies, bikes and scooters and there are lots of places to join and leave the track. If you’re going to…

Neale Park, Nelson

This is a good sized skatepark for serious people on wheels! There are 2 bowls, rails, ledges and flat banks allowing kids to practise tricks and watch others. For those not into skateboarding, there are fields surrounding the skatepark that are marked out as football pitches during the season. Lots of space…

Walk to the Centre of New Zealand, Nelson

Whether or not this hill is in the exact centre of NZ is certainly debatable but nevertheless, if you can encourage your kids to the top, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world! (for more on the reason for the centre of New Zealand name, look at this…

Havelock North Domain playground and skatepark

Reopened in April 2017 after major renovations, this playground now has a big water course running through it. Great for kids who like water play! They can man wheels to control the flow, change the direction and use the shutters to manage the dams. Around the water course, there’s a mini…

Dannevirke Domain playground

The theme for this playground is a Viking ship, the ends of which sit between a huge structure of playground equipment including tunnels, climbing walls, bridges, and a double metal flying fox. In other parts of the playground there are swings, including a bucket swing and preschooler swings. There’s preschool equipment…

Fountaine Square playground, Woodville

If you’re travelling through Woodville, on either SH3 or SH2, this large grassy area just off the highway makes a good place to stop if the weather allows. Even though the State highway is so close, the surrounding streets are quiet and there’s a toilet block at the Pollen &…

Walk/cycle track through Foxton Beach

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

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

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…