Activity Category: Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market, Hastings

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

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…

National Aquarium of New Zealand, Napier

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Lots of families LOVE this aquarium. It’s small but much cheaper than Kelly Tarltons in Auckland, however, you can go round it again and again and for littlies it’s perhaps a little less daunting than Kelly Tarltons. It’s probably not a whole day trip but you could spend a couple…

Ocean Spa, Napier

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There have been hot salt water pools on this site since 1903 – thought to benefit lots of different illnesses! Today this is a complex made up of several different pools of varying temperatures. For families there’s a cold ‘active’ pool which starts off very shallow and gradually gets deeper. Despite…

Marine Parade Playground and Bike Track, Napier

This is a huge completely fenced playground with something for all ages with a separate but equally good, fenced, mini road system bike track next door. Both are right on the sea front, within walking distance from the city centre and there’s even a great ice cream stall and coffee…

Fantasy Cave, Dannevirke

This place comes highly recommended as a real gem if you’re needing a break on the road to or from Hawkes Bay! Run entirely by volunteers (known as The Cave Dwellers), the opening hours are unfortunately very restricted, so it pays to check out their Facebook page before you promise…