Activity Category: Wellington City

Beach House and Kiosk, Island Bay, Wellington

Beach House and Kiosk Wellington

Situated on Wellington’s South Coast, this light and airy cafe is a good place to go if you’ve been exploring the rock pools in the Marine Reserve or perhaps walked some or all of the way to Red Rocks. There are no toys or colouring in for kids (so you…

Mr Go’s, Wellington

Mr Gos

While this restaurant, in the heart of Wellington, isn’t specifically child-friendly, in that there’s no children’s menu or toy basket, kids that are happy to try different foods, do seem to love it here. The menu is modern Asian hawker street food with twists on the food from several Asian…

Fort Balance Bunkers, Wellington

Bunker Fort Balance

On the Miramar Penninsular, to the east of Wellington airport, there are a series of bunkers that were built to protect the city. Many of these date from the second world war but the bunkers at Fort Balance were used from 1885 as a defence against the Russians who were…

Kazu, Wellington

Kazu Wellington

Away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping area of Wellington yet still close to the waterfront (about a block back from Te Papa) this Japanese restaurant is great very child friendly and is open for lunch and dinner. With a dedicated kids’ menu offering 2 ‘train plates’, each…

Southern Walkway loop, with playground / skatepark stops, Wellington

Ostrich Southern Walkway

It’s not every day that you get to see some of the animals at Wellington Zoo for free but a section of the huge Southern Walkway allows you to do just this. Parking just off Russell Terrace, the walking track leads you up past a skatepark (previously Newtown Skating Rink),…

Rata Café @ Zealandia, Karori, Wellington

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This café is extremely good for lots of reasons and is worth checking out even if you’re not exploring Zealandia – it’s a destination in itself if you’re looking for a place to eat out with your family. Upstairs in the visitor centre, Rata café is light, spacious and incredibly…

Playground Botanic Gardens, Wellington

Botanic Playground double slide

This playground is a great destination to walk to if you’re spending time in the Botanic Gardens and want to encourage your kids to have a walk. It’s not directly accessible by car and it’s uphill in one direction unless you’re doing a oneway walk! This playground has got an…

Wright’s Hill Fortress, Karori, Wellington

Wright's Hill Fortress

Only open on 5 public holidays a year, this maze of old tunnels is an intriguing place to visit in the western suburb of Karori, just over 5kms from Wellington City Centre. Built to protect Wellington in the 1940s, this fortress is made up of 622 metres of underground tunnels…

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…

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…