Activity Category: Free

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…

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…