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The Waterworks, Coromandel

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This is a theme park of sorts but the attractions are generally made out of recycled materials powered by water. Kids and adults alike can enjoy seeing how each activity works while for instance, swinging or zooming down the flying fox. There’s also a water hole for swimming on hot days and…

Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel

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Whangapoua Beach is a long, white-sand beach that is good for swimming but being on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsular, it’s also good for boogie boarding and surfing. There are no life guards on duty so you’ll need to look out for rips and supervise kids at all…

Waitete Bay, Coromandel

Long, white sand beach which is great for buckets and spades. The sea is relatively calm so great for swimming but there are no life guards on duty so you’ll need to look out for rips and supervise kids at all times. This beach is on the west coast of…

Star and Garter Hotel, Coromandel

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The Star and Garter serves good pub food. On the main menu there are kids’ options like chicken nuggets, fish and chips, sausage and mash as well as pizza. There’s 1 highchair and some booth seating.

UMU Cafe, Coromandel

This cafe has got a varied menu with lovely food, as well as counter food and great pizzas. You can sit outside or in and there’s a chalkboard and plenty of room for the kids. There’s also a toy cupboard and colouring in. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner…

Driving Creek Cafe, Coromandel

Don’t be put off that this is a vegetarian cafe as even meat eaters love it! It’s funky, has a great garden, books to read, a friendly cat to play with, great staff, toys for the kids, a sandpit, a playhouse and trees to climb. No specific kids’ menu (although…

Walk up Conical Hill, Hanmer Springs

This is a relatively easy walk to the local viewpoint which can be enjoyed even by relatively young kids, although it is a steady uphill climb. The summit sits at 550m and the most direct route zigzags up through open parkland, past ponds and then through forest, from Hanmer township. It…

Weekend Market, Hanmer Springs

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A weekend market runs every Saturday during the summer from Labour Day weekend to Anzac Day weekend. It’s a small market but has stalls that change frequently and a focus on those selling homemade NZ products from the local community. There are lots of treasures for slightly older kids to look…

Thermal Pools & Spa, Hanmer Springs

This is a big swimming pool complex with slides and pools of varying temperatures that kids LOVE! It’s not a cheap day out but the kids will have a great time and talk about it for months to come! Some TOP TIPS to make it as cheap as possible are: if you’re…

Steampunk Playground, Oamaru

This playground is like no other with art and sculpture being very central in the equipment, making it an awesome sight for kids and adults alike. A giant Penny Farthing that’s part of the frame for the swings; an elephant with a hut at the top. Other equipment includes a…