Activity Category: Outside

Trust House Recreation Centre, Masterton

The indoor pool is open year round and has 2 x 25 pools (one for doing laps, the other is a teaching pool), for family fun there’s also a leisure pool, a toddlers’ pool (heated to 32 degrees), lazy river and hydroslide. Special evening sessions for kids aged 8 – 14…

Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton

A huge area with something for everyone. The playground is big with a wide variety of interesting equipment to suit a range of ages. But this park offers a lot more than just a playground; other free activities include seeing the deer which like to be fed acorns (if you’re visiting…

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch

Showcasing NZ native animals and culture. Try to spot a kiwi, watch the keeper feed the eels and fish or walk through the bird area with Kea and Kaka. Pick up a bag of food when you enter ($3) and you can feed the farm animals and get some cute photos…

Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch

Different to zoos in New Zealand because Orana is set in 80 hectares of parkland which allows the animals free-range. It’s an excellent wildlife park, particularly showcasing African animals. There are rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffes and now gorillas (the only gorillas currently in NZ) as well as a farmyard section. Native…