Activity Category: Wellington

Walking/Cycling at West Winds Recreation Area, Makara

Being up close to a wind turbine isn’t an everyday experience for most people. The size of these machines is awe inspiring and it’s bound to prompt some interesting conversations! West Winds is home to 62 wind turbines that make use of Wellington’s famous wind to potentially power  all the…

Cycle or Walk to Pencarrow Lighthouse, near Eastbourne

There are actually 2 lighthouses at Pencarrow heads, one old and up high, the other one is new and still operating. Both have helped guide boats around the rocky outcrops at the entrance to Wellington harbour since 1859. It’s an almost 7km trip out to the new lighthouse, about a…

Cycle or Walk, Wainuiomata Recreation Area

With wide paths that are either sealed or shingle, the tracks in Wainuiomata Recreation Area are great for all ages and abilities of walkers and cyclists. If you park on Reservoir Road (see below for directions) there are a couple of different route options. The road to the lower dam…

Beach House and Kiosk, Island Bay, 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…

Trentham Memorial Park

Updated at the end of 2016, this playground has a huge amount of interesting equipment for lots of different ages, packed into a fairly small area. This makes it reasonably easy to keep a check on several kids that might be playing on different things. The playground is set to…

Walks and Overnight tramps in the Rimutaka Forest Park, Wainuiomata

The Orongorongo track is part of the Rimutaka Forest Park and compromises several different walks that are great for kids just starting out on their tramping adventures! The paths are really well maintained and apart from an initial climb up from the Catchpool car parking area, they’re relatively flat with…

Mr Go’s, Wellington

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

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…

McKenzie Baths Summer Pool, Petone

Only open in the summer months, these outdoor pools are great on a warm, calm day! With 3 different pools and a splash pad there is something for everyone. The splash pad doesn’t have any standing water so is safe for littlies of all ages. There are buckets, fountains and…

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…