Activity Category: Hawke’s Bay

Ocean Beach, near Havelock North

Ocean Beach

Most Hawkes’ Bay beaches are quite dangerous for kids due to the undercurrent but beaches both north and south of Napier sometimes have a lagoon at a river mouth which can be safer for family swimming. This is the case at Ocean Beach although kids will still need to be actively…

Waimarama Beach, near Havelock North

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Most Hawkes’ Bay beaches are quite dangerous for kids due to the undercurrent but beaches both north and south of Napier sometimes have a lagoon at a river mouth which can be safer for family swimming. This is the case at Waimarama beach although kids will still need to be…

Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, near Havelock North

bees Arataki

This is a great place for the whole family to come and learn about bees, why they’re important to the whole food chain and of course how honey is made. There are interactive displays including microscopes for looking at honeycomb and bees. There’s also a huge glass display of live…

Te Mata peak, near Havelock North

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Drive up one of the few substantial hills in Hawke’s Bay to admire the huge landscapes of farmland that make up the area. You can park near the peak and just walk up the last bit for the views or you can go for a longer walk around Redwood Forest.…

Off The Track, Havelock North

off-the-track-playground

This is a popular family friendly restaurant and it pays to book for weekend and public holiday tables.  The menu is full of favourite family-friendly staples, done well and there’s a good selection on the kids’ menu including some of the adult meals done as a kid-sized portion. The thing that…

William Nelson skatepark, Hastings

Skatepark hastings

This is a world class skatepark designed for multiple ages and levels of kids with skateboards, BMX bikes, or scooters. Some say it’s the best skate park in the country, but you can let your kids decide! The designers have thought about younger kids too by including a small playground with…

Cornwall Park, Hastings

Cornwall Aviary

There are various things to do in Cornwall park during cooler months, although the attractions are quite small so may not fill more than an hour. There’s an aviary, a Chinese garden and playground with a small but interesting selection of equipment (wobbly bridge, monkey bars and obstacle courses. Swings including…

Bay Espresso Cafe, Hastings

Bay Espresso outside

There are 4 branches of this cafe around Hawke’s Bay all serving Bay Espresso’s own locally roasted coffee but this recommendation is for the original cafe as it’s the only one the reviewer has been to. They do a great breakfast with a good selection of choices on the menu,…

Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market, Hastings

Hastings Farmers

There is a great family friendly atmosphere at the Sunday Farmers’ Market at the Show Grounds in Hastings. This is a weekly event held no matter what the weather is like. It’s inside during the winter and outside in the summer. The stalls are filled with food and drinks that are locally…

Napier Aquatic Centre Spray Park

Napier Aquatic splash pad

Formerly known as Onekawa pools, there is a year round indoor pool that has the only indoor hydroslides in Hawke’s Bay, but this recommendation is for the summer outdoor splash pad. There is no standing water here so it’s great for all ages with lots of fountains and spraying water…