Activity Category: Hawke’s Bay

Gannet Safaris Overland, Te Awanga

A trip to the gannet colony on Cape Kidnappers is a great experience for people of all ages. While the tractor trailer journey is great fun for kids, for some people, the bumpy tractor ride and/or the walk up from the beach to the gannets means that this isn’t an…

The Falcon’s Lookout Playground & Skatepark, Wairoa

Fully gated and right near SH2, this playground makes a good stopping point on a journey between Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. By the river with a path that is suitable for bikes, scooters and buggies, this playground can also be easily reached as part of a riverside walk/ride. There’s a…

Clearview Winery, Te Awanga

Not all wineries in New Zealand cater well for kids, so it’s lovely to go somewhere where the adults can sit back and sample the wine and/or eat while the kids are happily occupied in a playground. Aimed at younger kids, the playground is fully gated and has a couple…

Anderson Park, Greenmeadows near Napier

This playground was new in 2018 and has lots of equipment that should appeal to a variety of ages. The playground is also next to a skatepark and within the huge park there’s lots of flat grass (for picnics, kite flying and ball games) with concrete paths, perfect for scooters…

Marine Parade walkway, Napier

The walkway along the sea side of Napier’s Marine Parade is great for buggies, bikes, skate boards, scooters and rollerblades because it’s wide and mostly smooth concrete. Along the way there are plenty of things to stop and look at or play on making this an area you could easily…

Hatuma Cafe, near Waipukurau

This unassuming cafe has a surprisingly great space for kids out the back, so if you’re in or travelling through Central Hawkes Bay and looking for the kids to have a run around while grabbing a coffee, snack or full meal, check Hatuma Cafe out. The menu covers breakfast and…

Maraetotara Falls, near Havelock North

This is an easy access reasonably spectacular set of waterfalls between Havelock North and the coast. In the summer, it’s a popular swimming spot as a fresh water alternative to the sea for cooling down. There are no life guards on duty here though so please take extra care to…

Maina Cafe, Havelock North

Set in the centre of Havelock North this bright, airy cafe provides delicious food whether you want to sit and enjoy it at a table, or take away from the counter/bakery for a picnic elsewhere. Owned and run by parents to 5 kids, Maina will always be child-friendly. Food is…

Little Black Bird Cafe, Hastings

If you’re looking for deep fried or sugary stables, you’ll be disappointed but if you’re after a cafe serving home cooked, healthy and nutritious food this is the place for you! The menu changes with the seasons, they make their own bread every day and use herbs from their garden out…

Flip Out Indoor Trampoline Arena, Hastings

If you need to be inside burning some energy, this trampoline park is a good place to come. The space is split into an area for under 10s with trampolines, a box for climbing on and jumping off at a height smaller kids can manage and a mini foam pit.…