Activity Category: Location

Trust House Recreation Centre, Masterton

The indoor pool is open year round and has 2 x 25 pools (one for doing laps, the other is a teaching pool), for family fun there’s also a leisure pool, a toddlers’ pool (heated to 32 degrees), lazy river and hydroslide. Special evening sessions for kids aged 8 – 14…

Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton

A huge area with something for everyone. The playground is big with a wide variety of interesting equipment to suit a range of ages. But this park offers a lot more than just a playground; other free activities include seeing the deer which like to be fed acorns (if you’re visiting…

Gladstone Inn, Carterton

This pub is steeped in history even if the original building is no longer around. A pub on this site first opened to service those being ferried across the river which is sits next to. While it’s not far from Carterton, it has a rural, peaceful feel about it. On…

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch

This is a little (or big) boys delight, although girls love it too! Filled with planes and helicopters to look at and get into, it makes for an excellent half day adventure. It has interesting exhibitions, that are usually geared to kids 5+, but that younger ones can also enjoy.…

Imagination Station, Christchurch

At the Imagination Station space within Tūranga (Central Library) there’s heaps of LEGO, and plenty of DUPLO and even a table of Technic. Parents are encouraged to get creative with their kids, but  there is also ample space for adults to sit back and unwind. It can be busy at…

Café Raeward, Christchurch

With multiple seating options inside from couches to tables to bar leaners, you’re bound to find something that works for your family. There’s a fire for cooler days and outside tables and chairs for warmer days or for keeping an eye on your kids playing in the enclosed children’s playground.…

La Porchetta, Christchurch

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Very family friendly restaurant with a huge menu (which you can view online here) that includes pizza and pasta as well as meat, fish, risotto and salad dishes. There is also a kids’ menu that is a set price for a main course (there are around 8 dishes to choose from), a…

Raspberry Cafe & Berry Shop, Christchurch

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Family friendly, delicious food including kids’ menu and great staff. This is an enjoyable place to have brunch, lunch or sweet treat due to the cafe’s peaceful setting. You’re in the countryside but only about 25 minutes south of the city centre of Christchurch. The kids often enjoy visits from…

Dux Dine, Christchurch

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This is a vegetarian and seafood restaurant that is family friendly. Its not recommended if your kids can’t sit down for periods of time although there are fish to get up and feed while you wait for your food and a lovely garden area that you and your kids can walk…

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch

Showcasing NZ native animals and culture. Try to spot a kiwi, watch the keeper feed the eels and fish or walk through the bird area with Kea and Kaka. Pick up a bag of food when you enter ($3) and you can feed the farm animals and get some cute photos…