Activity Category: Manawatu-Whanganui

Little White Rabbit Cafe, Foxton Beach

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This bright, friendly cafe seems to cater well for both locals and those visiting Foxton Beach. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (the latter from Thursday – Sunday only) the menu is short but should have something for most people. There’s often live music on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons…

Gumboot throwing, Taihape

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Where else in the world can you go to throw a gumboot other than Taihape? Gumboot throwing began as a competition in 1985 but you don’t have to attend the annual event (the Tuesday after Easter) to have a go, as there’s a gumboot throwing lane just waiting for you!…

The Lido Aquatic Centre, Palmerston North

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The indoor and outdoor facility means that there’s water action for all weather at the Lido. Inside there is a leisure pool, 25m lap pool, 2 hydroslides, toddlers’ pool and dedicated teaching pool. Outside there’s a 50m pool, separate leisure pool, 2 hydroslides and a dive well. There’s also an…

Memorial Park, Palmerston North

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While the local council are planning upgrades for this park, it is already popular among local families for the wide range of activities available here. There’s lots of open space for running around, ball games etc. Bring your skates and practise at the skating rink, bring togs and splash around in…

Kowhai Park, Whanganui

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This is a playground that, young or old, can’t fail to put a smile on your face. Whether you’re looking to break a journey or staying in the area, it has been around and much loved by kids for decades. The playground reopened in early 2016 after being damaged by flooding…

Cafe Cuba, Palmerston North

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This is a popular cafe for breakfast, lunch and treats for local families, although they’re also open for dinner. There’s a full menu with the usual breakfast meals like eggs benedict, a build your own breakfast with eggs and extras, granola, a breakfast burger etc. The kids’ menu covers the usual favourites; waffles,…

Te Manawa, Palmerston North

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This museum is a great find if you’re stuck for things to do inside in Palmerston North. The kids will be able to burn a little energy while engaged in numerous activities in the different sections of the museum. There’s an area dedicated to supervised kids under 8 years old…

Airplane Playground (Harvard Adventure Park), Pahiatua

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This playground is probably most famous for having a bright yellow airplane with a slide coming out of it, as one of the pieces of equipment! The sign says it’s for the use of kids under 14 years old. But there’s equipment suitable for all ages including a momentum swinging…

National Army Museum – Te Mata Toa, Waiouru

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The army museum makes a good stopping off point if you’re driving along the SH1 or SH49 around Waiouru, especially on a rainy day if the kids just need a break from the car. There’s a lot of information to take in, so it might pay to look at the website to select a…

Esplanade Miniature Train & Playground, Palmerston North

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The train ride here is a much longer than your average miniature train ride, covering 2.2km of track and taking approximately 20 minutes. The ride goes from one end of the Esplanade park to the other with 3 stops at the Cafe, the Playground and the Esplanade. Travellers can get off…