Activity Category: Waikato

Huka Prawn Park, Taupo

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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…

Tongariro National Trout Centre, near Turangi

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For kids and their carers that like fishing, this is an interesting place to go to, whether you make a special trip to get there or stop on a road trip along SH1. The centre is home to the national trout hatchery and spotting these fish from their tiny baby…

AC Baths, Taupo

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No matter what the weather is like, these thermally heated pools will keep everyone busy and use up some energy! There’s lane swimming, a separate leisure pool with 2 toddler areas, 2 hydroslides, a tarzan swing and private pools available within this complex. There is also a sauna but for…

Mexico (restaurant), Hamilton

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This is a chain restaurant with a branch in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and 4 branches in Auckland. There’s a varied menu, with some typical and not so familiar Mexican dishes on offer. There are some smaller plates (‘snacks’) which would allow you to sample a few dishes if you wanted or…

Waterworld, Hamilton

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This is the largest complex of swimming pools in Waikato so should have something for everyone! The 6 pools include several 25m pools (some at 27 degrees and one at 32 degrees) and a designated toddlers’ pool inside. There’s also an outdoor complex open in the warmer months which includes…

Orakei Korako – the Hidden Valley, Taupo

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If you want to see the usual features of Geothermal activity that they have in the thermal parks in Rotorua but you can’t make it there or just want to avoid the throngs of tourists, consider going here instead. Situated on the artificial lake Ohakuri, created for hydro power, a…

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

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Often considered to be one of the best and most spectacular of the thermal parks, it can get busy with tourist groups, especially if the weather is good. It is a big outlay for a whole family but Waiotapu is actually one of the cheaper thermal parks in Rotorua and if your kids…

Waikato Museum – Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton

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There are lots of interactive exhibits at this museum, which helps to keep kids entertained and engaged. You can pick up an ‘I Spy’ activity sheet (free) if you intend to have a general explore of the museum or head to one of the specific kids’ areas like Planet Warriors…

Taitua Arboretum, Hamilton

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Escape the city to this peaceful haven of over 20 hectares of trees, pasture, lake and birdlife right on the edge of the city. The trees were all planted by one couple who then gifted their land to the people of Hamilton. There’s an extensive network of paths throughout the…

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Pukeatua, South of Cambridge

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Native New Zealand species are in abundance here due to the protection given to them by the world’s longest pest-proof fence. These include, native species of birds, bats, frogs and reptiles as well as tuatara and giant weta. There are well maintained walking tracks which you can enjoy by yourself or…