Activity Category: Hawke’s Bay

Havelock North Domain playground and skatepark

Reopened in April 2017 after major renovations, this playground now has a big water course running through it. Great for kids who like water play! They can man wheels to control the flow, change the direction and use the shutters to manage the dams. Around the water course, there’s a mini…

Dannevirke Domain playground

The theme for this playground is a Viking ship, the ends of which sit between a huge structure of playground equipment including tunnels, climbing walls, bridges, and a double metal flying fox. In other parts of the playground there are swings, including a bucket swing and preschooler swings. There’s preschool equipment…

Rush Munro Ice Cream Shop, Hastings

Rush Munro’s is available in various places as scoops or in tubs but somehow this 100% natural ice cream tastes even better at it’s shop in Hastings. It’s been made in Hawke’s Bay (originally by Mr Rush Munro) since 1926 so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect the recipe…

Lions Community Playground at Windsor Park, Hastings

This fully fenced playground is right next to Splash Planet, in fact it shares a fence. Equipment includes a pirate ship for climbing on (reminiscent of the old Fantasyland that used to be where Splash Planet is now). There’s a slide coming down and a wobbly bridge going across to…

Russell Park playground and Splashpad, Waipukurau

There’s a lot going on in this reserve with a skatepark, dirt cycle track, a playground and  mini splashpad. The splashpad makes for good cooling off on a hot day but it is quite small. It’s right next to the playground, so be prepared with togs if you’ve got kids…

Splash Planet, Hastings

Splash Planet is fairly well known by summer visitors to the Hawkes’ Bay region and is generally a firm favourite with locals. It’s most talked about for the slides and water features but there’s also a whole section of the park dedicated to ‘dry rides’ which is great for younger kids who might…

Bike Pump Track, Napier

This bike track says that it’s for BMX riders but people on all types of bikes and scooters were happily using it when we visited. The maze of tracks are all smooth concrete and cover 500m. There’s a steep downhill start before riders’ skills are tested with a series of…

Kairakau beach, Central Hawkes Bay

Kairakau is a beach settlement made up of baches, a tennis court and a holiday camp. There are no shops although an ice cream van visits during the summer. Take your provisions with you as the closest shops are at least 30 minutes away. Like most Hawke’s Bay beaches, the…

Morere Hot Springs, Wairoa District

These hot pools are surrounded by scenic reserve with several bush walks available to do, varying from 20 minutes to 2 hours. It’s probably a good idea to walk before you soak in the pools. The bush setting makes this a truly wonderful place for soaking in the hot and cold pools.…

Rock Pooling at Snapper Rock, Mahia

At low tide there are lots of rock pools teeming with life at the Northern end of Mahia – an area known locally as Snapper Rock. General tips for rock pooling: Check the tide times and aim to go within 2 hours each side of low tide. You can do…