Activity Category: Outside

Te Araroa walk between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay

Escarpment track

This walk is not for everyone! If you suffer from vertigo and/or are really nervous around steep sided paths then this walk is probably not one that you should try. For good walkers, with a reasonable level of fitness and kids that are willing to hold an adult’s hand and…

Huka Prawn Park, Taupo

Huka Prawn Park

This has been consistently recommended by lots of families as being a great place to go for a family day out. There are lots of things to do and while some families only go to fish for prawns, others never make it fishing and spend their time enjoying all of…

Kids’ Fishing, New Plymouth Port

fishing-at-new-plymouth-wharf

This floating jetty is popular with families and is a good place to bring kids to fish. Make sure you have all your fishing gear and bait with you, as it’s a bit of a walk back to the closest carpark if you forget anything. It’s an exposed spot, so…

Mountain Bike Park, Wainuiomata

Wainui trail park skills

The good thing about this mountain bike park is that with 14 graded tracks, there are trails to suit most levels. If your family is new to mountain biking, the Wetland Loop is a great trail to start with but there are lots of other routes that would suit riders who are…

Playground & Skatepark, Takaka

Takaka playground

Going to the playground or skatepark isn’t necessarily what you’d think of doing when in Golden Bay but sometimes kids just want to be kids and do something that is completely familiar to them even if the setting is new. And let’s face it, if anyone in your party wants…

Anatoki Salmon Farm, near Takaka

Salmon Farm

For kids that like fishing or for those wanting to try for the first time, coming to a lake that’s stocked with farmed salmon just waiting to be caught isn’t such a bad idea – but be warned, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually catch one! You can’t use your…

Scorching Bay beach, Wellington

Scorching Bay

If you get a sunny day in Wellington, this is the beach that locals wanting an alternative to Oriental Bay often head to. Largely sheltered from a north/north-westerly wind, with a big wide beach, grassy area and generally calm shallow water, this beach has it all. Go prepared with sand…

Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs, near Takaka

Pupu Springs

These are the largest fresh water springs in New Zealand and are said to contain some of the purest water in the world. It is sacred to the Maori and no matter how inviting it looks, contact with the water mustn’t be made. There are information boards at the start of…

Rawhiti Cave, Takaka

Rawhiti cave stalactites

Takaka is an area that has lots of caves and limestone features. The one at Rawhiti is free to see and spectacular – you just have to be prepared to walk for about an hour to get there. But if you manage it, the stalactites and stalagmites on display are…

Woodlands Cafe, Playground and Petting Zoo, Leithfield

Woodlands playground

This business saw a change of ownership in the latter half of 2016 and the resulting changes in the cafe and what’s on offer for families, means that it is consistently recommended as a relaxing, family friendly place to go in North Canterbury. The food (all day breakfast and lunch served…