Activity Category: Outside

Whiti Farm Park, Coromandel

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Friendly animals in a park setting with over 50 species of farmyard & domesticated animals, birds and reptiles. Hand feed the animals as you go round the farm trail (food available for $1 at the entrance). There’s also a trampoline, pirate ship and old fire truck for climbing on, a treehouse and…

Ngatea Water Gardens, Coromandel

Ngatea Water Gardens

Two hectares of beautiful gardens with water features, picnic areas and a play area. Humour is injected into the gardens at various points and there’s a quiz that kids can do as they go round.

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, Coromandel

Driving Creek Railway Eyefull Tower

This place is famous for its train but there’s a lot more to it than this! Bush, recycled treasures, hidden pieces of humour and great views of the surrounding Coromandel are also up for grabs on a visit here. Take a picnic if you’re there over lunchtime or stop off…

Feed the pigs, Coromandel

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Approximately 3km long the 309Rd, near The Waterworks, Stuart has over 100 wild pigs on his property that are happy to eat anything that you’ve got to give them, so take some food, pull over and the pigs will come and find you! If Stuart is around, he’ll usually come…

The Waterworks, Coromandel

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This is a theme park of sorts but the attractions are generally made out of recycled materials powered by water. Kids and adults alike can enjoy seeing how each activity works while for instance, swinging or zooming down the flying fox. There’s also a water hole for swimming on hot days and…

Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel

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Whangapoua Beach is a long, white-sand beach that is good for swimming but being on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsular, it’s also good for boogie boarding and surfing. There are no life guards on duty so you’ll need to look out for rips and supervise kids at all…

Waitete Bay, Coromandel

Waitete Bay

Long, white sand beach which is great for buckets and spades. The sea is relatively calm so great for swimming but there are no life guards on duty so you’ll need to look out for rips and supervise kids at all times. This beach is on the west coast of…

Walk up Conical Hill, Hanmer Springs

Conical Hill

This is a relatively easy walk to the local viewpoint which can be enjoyed even by relatively young kids, although it is a steady uphill climb. The summit sits at 550m and the most direct route zigzags up through open parkland, past ponds and then through forest, from Hanmer township. It…

Weekend Market, Hanmer Springs

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A weekend market runs every Saturday during the summer from Labour Day weekend to Anzac Day weekend. It’s a small market but with stalls that change frequently and that all sell homemade NZ products from the local community. There are lots of treasures for slightly older kids to look at…

Thermal Pools & Spa, Hanmer Springs

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This is a big swimming pool complex with slides and pools of varying temperatures that kids LOVE! It’s not a cheap day out but the kids will have a great time and talk about it for months to come! Some TOP TIPS to make it as cheap as possible are: if you’re…