Activity Category: Outside

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…

Tahunanui Playground & Beach, near Nelson

Tahunanui Beach

Tahunanui is a suburb about 10 minutes drive south west of Nelson city, in the direction of the airport. It’s well known for its white-sand beach which is long and wide The water here is usually calm and it’s patrolled part time during the summer (Saturday afternoons and Sundays). As…

Walk up Paritutu Rock, New Plymouth

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This rock along with the Sugar Loaf Islands are distinctive and visible from much of the New Plymouth coast but did you know that you can walk up Paritutu? It’s really not a long walk in terms of distance but due to being really steep and rocky under foot, it’s…

MacLean Playground and Skatepark, Paraparaumu Beach

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This small playground is set just near the beach and right next to the skatepark so together they make a good destination for multiple ages.  You can’t see the beach from the playground or skatepark but you could keep your eye on a child at the skatepark and the playground…

Wharariki Beach, Puponga

Wharariki Rocks

Wharariki Beach is featured in most New Zealand travel guides and has to be up there with one of the most visited tourist spots in New Zealand. It makes for a great family trip, especially if you can time your visit for low tide (a couple of hours either side…

Percy’s Scenic Reserve, Maungaraki

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One of the best things about this reserve is that it can be blowing a northerly/north-westerly gale in the rest of Wellington but you’d never know it here as it’s well sheltered. The other great thing is that there’s plenty of space with a few key things to do as…

Lake Tarawera, near Rotorua

lake-tarawera

If you’re wanting to spend time at a lake near Rotorua, whether it be for a swim, beach time or fishing, Lake Tarawera is a lot quieter than the more famous Lake Tikitapu or Blue Lake. One of the largest lakes in the area, it is surprisingly uncommercial – if…

TreeTop Walk, Rotorua

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If you’ve never walked up high among trees, this is a great activity. It is a big outlay for an activity that might not take very long but it’s quite a unique experience. 12 metres up, the walkway is made up of 23 bridges, suspended between 22 majestic Redwoods. Look…

Gumboot throwing, Taihape

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Where else in the world can you go to throw a gumboot other than Taihape? Gumboot throwing began as a competition in 1985 but you don’t have to attend the annual event (the Tuesday after Easter) to have a go, as there’s a gumboot throwing lane just waiting for you!…