Activity Category: Outside

Battle Hill Farm, Porirua, North of Wellington

Battle Hill

Steeped in history, this area is named because it holds the battle ground, that you can walk up to, of the last recorded battle between Maori and colonial forces in this region in 1846. Lots of options of things to do at Battle Hill Farm from camping to fire building…

Riverstone Kitchen and playground, near Oamaru

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Riverstone is reasonably well known for Riverstone Kitchen which is a good family friendly restaurant to visit with a real focus on locally grown, seasonal ingredients. There’s a kids’ menu, highchairs, small play room and baby change facilities.   What you might not know though is that within this site, there are also…

St Anne’s Lagoon, North Canterbury

St Annes Lagoon

This is a great place to break a journey or to visit in its own right on a warm day. A large lagoon is set in 40 hectares of parkland and attracts all kinds of water birds including ducks, geese, swans and Pukeko. Take binoculars for the kids and get…

Esplanade Playground and Skatepark, Kaikoura

Kaikoura Playground

There’s a small playground, skatepark and, if you have your own equipment, a tennis court just opposite the skatepark. Between the 3, there’s something for everyone to let off steam outside, whether you’re staying locally or just passing through. The playground has toilets just next to it and a small grassy…

Ohau Point Seal Colony, SH1 Marlborough

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***Sadly this particular seal colony isn’t accessible after the earthquake in the area November 2016. There are still seals along the coast to the north and south of Ohau Point** There are lots of places to pull over into carparks and look out for seals along this SH1 coastline but if you…

The Store, Kekerengu, Marlborough

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***Sadly this cafe is currently closed as it recovers from the earthquake in the area November 2016. Will update when it reopens** The Store is recommended as a good cafe with lots to keep kids of all ages occupied. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch from a menu (until about…

Soldiers Memorial Park, Greytown

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This is a great playground in its own right, with lots of equipment and within the bush setting of the local camping ground. But if there’s an adult in your party who wants to look at the Greytown shops, this playground is close by for another adult to take the bored…

Carrington Park, Carterton

Carrington Park

This park offers the best playground in the Wairarapa, south of Masterton. There’s a good range of playground equipment for different ages as well as a skatepark, a concrete basketball court and grass field with football posts for ball games, picnics and general running around. Around the outside of the field…

Blue Penguin Colony, Oamaru

Penguin colony view

Blue Penguins come ashore to their nests every evening at dusk (check what time the sun is setting here). Dress warmly and head down to the viewing stands to watch this spectacle, which can last from 60 – 90 minutes. There is commentary during the viewing. Cameras aren’t allowed. It’s…

Moeraki Boulders, near Oamaru

Moeraki Boulders

Around 60 million years ago, these huge stones were part of the sea floor. They are made up of fine silt, mud and clay. People can now marvel at the size and shape of these roughly 50 boulders and kids enjoy jumping between them. Good photo opportunities so don’t forget your…