Activity Category: Outside

Adventure Playground and Mini Road system, Gisborne

This playground and mini road is set within a large park area just off the Oneroa Cycle and Walkway. The equipment is set out in individual areas which would be tricky with young children who wanted to be at different sections but great for self-managing children as an adult could…

Skatepark, Porirua

This is one of the largest skateparks in the Wellington region. It’s a good place to take kids that are still getting the hang of a scooter or skateboard as there’s space to make mistakes and even some decent flat surfaces, as well as lots of different levels of ramps.…

Skatepark and playground, Waikanae

If you’re at the township of Waikanae, rather than the beach area or if you just fancy a change from sand and sea, this playground and skatepark are a good option. Just round the corner from Waikanae Pool, the playground has a decent size structure of monkey bars, slide, rock…

Maori Rock Carving, Mine Bay, Lake Taupo

If you have the use of a boat or kayaks at Lake Taupo, it’s worth going out to Mine Bay in the North East corner of the lake to see the huge carving of Ngātoroirangi, an ancestor of the artist, Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, who completed the carving in 1980. Only accessible by water,…

Tongariro River Trail, Turangi

One of the larger rivers flowing into Lake Taupo, the Tongariro River to the south is very popular with anglers in search of trout. Anyone can have a go, so long as you have the right fishing licence but if walking or cycling is more your family’s thing, then there’s…

Fishing from the Wharf, Tokaanu

Between Turangi and Kuratau, just off SH41 is a long, old wharf dating back to the 1880s when goods were shipped across Lake Taupo rather than being transported by road. Today the wharf is 260m of walkway out onto Lake Taupo and a very peaceful place to spend a couple…

Waikanae Swimming Pool

This popular summer pool gives a great alternative to the beach if you’re still wanting water action but perhaps without the salt and sand. Set within a large grassy area there’s plenty of space and some shade provided by big old trees. There are some tables and benches dotted around…

Tongariro Apline Crossing

This walk is not for all families. A good level of fitness is required and planning needs to happen. First off, this is a 19.4km walk that reaches 1,886m at the Red Crater summit so checking the weather forecast is a must and you will need to postpone your plans…

Maraetai (also known as Schoolhouse) Bay, Te Kaha

There are lots of bays that are great for swimming in along the Pacific Highway (SH35) east of Opotiki but this particular bay, most commonly known as Schoolhouse Bay has shallow, usually calm water that is great for kids wanting to paddle. The beach area sweeps round giving plenty of…

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…