Activity Category: Outside

Kaiteriteri – Lagoon, Beach & Playground

Kaiterteri

A well known destination for those seeking sun, sea and sand, Kaiteriteri is a popular place for families especially in the summer months. The main beach is busy with boats and other water based activities, making the lagoon area to the south side a more popular place for kids to…

The Taupo Market

Taupo Market bread

If you’re in or passing through Taupo on a Saturday this weekly market is worth checking out. Whether you’re stocking up on picnic ingredients, looking for a snack to eat there and then or the kids are have pocket money to spend, there are over 60 stalls to look at. Most…

Matairangi Nature Trail, Wellington

Matairangi beams

This is a sort of obstacle course spread out over half a kilometre, near the Mount Victoria lookout, which encourages both kids and adults to have a go and challenge themselves while taking in the wildlife facts as they go. This could be part of a longer walk through the town…

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…