Activity Category: Tasman

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…

Wholefood Cafe & Ice Cream Bar, Takaka

Wholefood cafe

This is a popular place to eat and it’s great for families. The food is relatively healthy, with an emphasis on seasonal, local produce and it’s definitely delicious! They serve breakfast and lunch and have cabinet food as well. There isn’t a kids’ menu but there is a ‘piccolo’ eggs hollandaise…

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…

Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs, near Takaka

Pupu Springs

These are the largest fresh water springs in New Zealand and are said to contain some of the purest water in the world. It is sacred to the Maori and no matter how inviting it looks, contact with the water mustn’t be made. There are information boards at the start of…

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…

Mussel Inn, Onekaka

Mussel Inn sign

This well-known pub is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. While it isn’t specifically child friendly, lots of families visit and because of its relaxed nature, it makes for a good place for meals out. The outdoor space is great especially for those that can’t keep still. There’s…

Ice Cream from Top of the Town, Motueka

Riwaka ice cream

Real fruit ice cream is really common at the top of the South Island. This is where frozen fruit (often berries) is mixed with either vanilla ice cream of frozen yoghurt and then churned out to making swirls of frozen yumminess, often with great height. Because so many outlets sell…

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…

Whiskey Falls, St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes

Kids On Board no thumbnail

Whether you’re staying in the area or just passing through Nelson Lakes, this short boat trip and walk has been highly recommended as a way of exploring Lake Rotoiti. Although steep, the track to Whiskey Falls should be doable for ages 3 and up – babies would need to go in…

Red Barn Cafe, near Murchison

Red Barn Inside

This cafe has an animal park attached to it (see ‘price’) so it’s a good place to stop and stretch the legs if you’re travelling along SH6 with animal lovers in the car! Pick up some animal feed at the barn ($1 per bag) and visit the donkeys, sheep, goats…