Activity Category: Free

MacLean Playground and Skatepark, Paraparaumu Beach

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This small playground is set just near the beach and right next to the skatepark so together they make a good destination for multiple ages.  You can’t see the beach from the playground or skatepark but you could keep your eye on a child at the skatepark and the playground…

Wharariki Beach, Puponga

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Wharariki Beach is featured in most New Zealand travel guides and has to be up there with one of the most visited tourist spots in New Zealand. It makes for a great family trip, especially if you can time your visit for low tide (a couple of hours either side…

Percy’s Scenic Reserve, Maungaraki

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One of the best things about this reserve is that it can be blowing a northerly/north-westerly gale in the rest of Wellington but you’d never know it here as it’s well sheltered. The other great thing is that there’s plenty of space with a few key things to do as…

Lake Tarawera, near Rotorua

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If you’re wanting to spend time at a lake near Rotorua, whether it be for a swim, beach time or fishing, Lake Tarawera is a lot quieter than the more famous Lake Tikitapu or Blue Lake. One of the largest lakes in the area, it is surprisingly uncommercial – if…

Gumboot throwing, Taihape

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Where else in the world can you go to throw a gumboot other than Taihape? Gumboot throwing began as a competition in 1985 but you don’t have to attend the annual event (the Tuesday after Easter) to have a go, as there’s a gumboot throwing lane just waiting for you!…

South Coast Kids’ Bike Track, Island Bay, Wellington

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Towards the south coast of Wellington, just north of the Island Bay shopping area, this bike track allows kids to test their skills on a dirt track without it being too difficult. If your child(ren) are used to BMX tracks, this one might be a bit easy for them, but for…

Lions Community Playground at Windsor Park, Hastings

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This fully fenced playground is right next to Splash Planet, in fact it shares a fence. Equipment includes a pirate ship for climbing on (reminiscent of the old Fantasyland that used to be where Splash Planet is now). There’s a slide coming down and a wobbly bridge going across to…

Russell Park playground and Splashpad, Waipukurau

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Within a bigger reserve, that’s underdevelopment with a skatepark and dirt cycle track going in, there’s a playground and new (end of 2016) mini splashpad. The splashpad makes for good cooling off on a hot day but it is quite small. It’s right next to the playground, so be prepared…

Memorial Park, Palmerston North

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While the local council are planning upgrades for this park, it is already popular among local families for the wide range of activities available here. There’s lots of open space for running around, ball games etc. Bring your skates and practise at the skating rink, bring togs and splash around in…

Playground in the centre of Hanmer Springs

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This playground in the centre of Hanmer Springs, has equipment that suits younger kids (preschoolers?) including swings, a little slide, tunnel and naughts and crosses. Shade sails cover the equipment. There’s also a small creek to fish around in and a duck pond with a track running round it that’s suitable…