Activity Category: Hawke’s Bay

Fishing from West Quay Wharf, Napier

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There are plenty of small sprats to keep young fisher boys and girls happy off the wharf at West Quay, Ahuriri. Take your own tackle (a patient child should even get bites with a hand line) and a bucket if your child wants to admire their catch before throwing it…

Beach, Swimming and playground at Hardinge Road, Napier

The closest safe swimming to Napier is at Hardinge Road where there’s a small sandy beach and kid friendly swimming. There’s a playground at Spriggs Park with equipment for younger and older kids, grassy areas for picnics and a concrete path going all the way along from the port to…

Cafe and Sweet Shop at Birdwoods Gallery, Havelock North

3km from Havelock North village, this gallery, cafe and old fashioned sweet shop is set in huge grounds with a sculpture garden, indoor and outdoor seating and plenty to keep kids entertained. It’s important to note that the inside cafe area is also a gallery-shop and kids need to be…

Te Awa Winery & Restaurant, near Hastings

This is a lovely place to come for a special family meal out. The restaurant at the winery is open and airy with friendly staff that are willing to accommodate kids. There’s a kids’ menu (pizza and fish and chips) which comes with an ice cream for dessert and colouring in for…

Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo, Haumoana

This farmyard zoo is home to pigs, sheep and calves as well as the more exotic ostriches, alpacas, turtles and peacocks. Kids can interact with the animals and feed them (animal food $1). Springtime is especially popular with baby animals being fed by volunteers. Train rides and pony rides (additional charges,…

Gannet Beach Adventures, Hawke’s Bay

**Closed until further notice due to landslip. To visit the Gannet Colony, see Gannet Safaris which is still able to operate** This company takes groups of people along the coast in tractor trailers to see the Gannets that nest at Cape Kidnappers from the end of September (around the September school holidays) to April…

Waipatiki Beach, Hawke’s Bay

Most Hawkes’ Bay beaches are quite dangerous for kids due to the undercurrent but beaches both north and south of Napier sometimes have a lagoon at a river mouth which can be safer for family swimming. This is the case at Waipatiki beach although kids will still need to be…

Ocean Beach, near Havelock North

Most Hawkes’ Bay beaches are quite dangerous for kids due to the undercurrent but beaches both north and south of Napier sometimes have a lagoon at a river mouth which can be safer for family swimming. This is the case at Ocean Beach although kids will still need to be actively…

Waimarama Beach, near Havelock North

Most Hawkes’ Bay beaches are quite dangerous for kids due to the undercurrent but beaches both north and south of Napier sometimes have a lagoon at a river mouth which can be safer for family swimming. This is the case at Waimarama beach although kids will still need to be…

Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, near Havelock North

This is a great place for the whole family to come and learn about bees, why they’re important to the whole food chain and of course how honey is made. There are interactive displays including microscopes for looking at honeycomb and bees. There’s also a huge glass display of live…