Activity Category: Waikato

Luke’s Kitchen, Kuaotunu

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Luke’s is a bit of an institution in Kuaotunu as, along with the café, there’s also an art gallery and a shop making it a hub for this small community. The café also has a full schedule of live music over the summer months and most weekends throughout the rest…

Walk, cycle & explore the Karangahake Gorge

Right off SH2 en route between Auckland and Tauranga/The Mount, the Karangahake Gorge is a very accessible area to explore whether you’re having a holiday in the Coromandel or taking a break during a car journey. The gorge is the site of an old gold mine which began work in…

Giant Games and Playground, Kuratau

Set in a large grassy area, this playground stands out along the main road in Kuratau as it must be one of the few playgrounds in New Zealand to have a ‘giant game’ set up. Tucked into the custom made wooden seats, are all the giant sized pieces you’ll need…

Floating Rock Winery, Kuratau

***Only open during some school holidays. Check the website or Facebook page before you go*** Set high above the vines, this small café specializes in woodfire pizza, made to order and served piping hot on wooden boards. There’s a range of around 8 different pizzas with a GF base option…

Playground, Tirau

Tirau is a good place to stop if you’re travelling north or south from Auckland along SH1. There are lots of shops and cafes but if your focus is just getting out of the car and stretching your legs, park up at the back of the BP petrol station and there’s…

Spoon & Paddle, Taupo

Set in a 1950s villa, this cafe is light, airy and serves great tasting food. They cater well for dietary requirements like GF with a menu that covers breakfast, lunch and sweet treats. People also rate their coffee pretty highly! Owned by parents to a young family, children are always…

Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, Miranda

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Situated just over an hour south east of Auckland and about the same distance from Hamilton, the Miranda Shorebird Centre is a great place to explore and learn about the coastal birds that visit this area. The mudflats here are an important source of food for native birds as well as…

Besley Park playground, Acacia Bay, Taupo

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Away from the throngs of people that can crowd the centre of Taupo at certain times of the year, this playground was replaced in 2016 and has a pirate ship at its centre. With opportunities for climbing, sliding and lots of role play especially with the steering wheel. There’s a…

The Taupo Market

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…

Huka Prawn Park, Taupo

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…