Activity Category: Manawatu-Whanganui

Middle Earth Adventure Park, Waitarere

This once secret playground is incredibly unique. Nestled among the trees in the private forest to the south of Waitarere, this is the most natural of playgrounds with most pieces of equipment being made out of rope and wood. The playground is also a lesson in up-cycling with an old…

Waitarere Domain

This central park and playground is a hub for the local community when time away from the beach is needed. There’s a large grassy area for running around, picnics, kite flying, ball games etc. There’s also lots of playground equipment, some aimed at preschoolers including swings, small slides, an abacus and others aimed…

Coffee HQ, Ohakune

Only open for the winter ski season, roughly July – October. Give them a call if you’re not sure. If you’re in need of a quick caffeine fix, check out the little coffee hut near TCB hire shop. Selling Revive coffee it is reputably the best coffee in town! You…

Johnny Nation’s Chocolate Eclair Shop, Ohakune

Only open in the winter season (roughly beginning of June to early November). Check their Facebook page to see if they’re open. Essentially a dairy with in store bakery and famous for its Chocolate Eclairs, as the name suggests! If you’re looking to fill a sweet gap, this is a…

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,…

Mizzoni Woodfire Pizza, Ohakune

If you’re wanting food on the go in winter or early spring, these woodfire pizzas are a great option. Their easy to spot cart makes pizza to order and cooked in around 10 mins, they’re the ultimate in tasty fast food, especially after a hard morning or even full day…

SLR Vertigo Climbing Centre, Ohakune

Set at the back of a ski hire shop, this small indoor climbing centre packs a lot of varied equipment in. One half has the more traditional rock faces with overhangs, cracks and lay backs for climbers with or without a belayer. The other half is more fun and might…

Dannevirke Domain playground

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…

Fountaine Square playground, Woodville

If you’re travelling through Woodville, on either SH3 or SH2, this large grassy area just off the highway makes a good place to stop if the weather allows. Even though the State highway is so close, the surrounding streets are quiet and there’s a toilet block at the Pollen &…

Walk/cycle track through Foxton Beach

Although you can’t do a loop that’s all off road, this track is still great for all ages. You can take in 2 playgrounds, see wetland birds, go as far as you want and then turn around or complete a loop by using the pavements. It’s fine for bikes (including balance…