Activity Category: Hawke’s Bay

Maina Cafe, Havelock North

Maina sweets

Set in the centre of Havelock North this bright, airy cafe provides delicious food whether you want to sit and enjoy it at a table, or take away from the counter/bakery for a picnic elsewhere. Owned and run by parents to 5 kids, Maina will always be child-friendly. Food is…

Little Black Bird Cafe, Hastings

Blackbird Cafe

If you’re looking for deep fried or sugary stables, you’ll be disappointed but if you’re after a cafe serving home cooked, healthy and nutritious food this is the place for you! The menu changes with the seasons, they make their own bread every day and use herbs from their garden out…

Flip Out Indoor Trampoline Arena, Hastings

Flip Out foam pit

If you need to be inside burning some energy, this trampoline park is a good place to come. The space is split into an area for under 10s with trampolines, a box for climbing on and jumping off at a height smaller kids can manage and a mini foam pit.…

Havelock North Domain playground and skatepark

Havelock Playground water

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

Danniverke Playground Viking boat

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…

Rush Munro Ice Cream Shop, Hastings

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Rush Munro’s is available in various places as scoops or in tubs but somehow this 100% natural ice cream tastes even better at it’s shop in Hastings. It’s been made in Hawke’s Bay (originally by Mr Rush Munro) since 1926 so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect the recipe…

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…

Splash Planet, Hastings

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***Open weekends only till 26th March 2017*** Splash Planet is fairly well known by summer visitors to the Hawkes’ Bay region and is generally a firm favourite with locals. It’s most talked about for the slides and water features but there’s also a whole section of the park dedicated to ‘dry…

Bike Pump Track, Napier

Napier Bike Pump Track

This bike track says that it’s for BMX riders but people on all types of bikes and scooters were happily using it when we visited. The maze of tracks are all smooth concrete and cover 500m. There’s a steep downhill start before riders’ skills are tested with a series of…