Activity Category: Outside

Weekend Market, Hanmer Springs

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A weekend market runs every Saturday during the summer from Labour Day weekend to Anzac Day weekend. It’s a small market but has stalls that change frequently and a focus on those selling homemade NZ products from the local community. There are lots of treasures for slightly older kids to look…

Thermal Pools & Spa, Hanmer Springs

This is a big swimming pool complex with slides and pools of varying temperatures that kids LOVE! It’s not a cheap day out but the kids will have a great time and talk about it for months to come! Some TOP TIPS to make it as cheap as possible are: if you’re…

Steampunk Playground, Oamaru

This playground is like no other with art and sculpture being very central in the equipment, making it an awesome sight for kids and adults alike. A giant Penny Farthing that’s part of the frame for the swings; an elephant with a hut at the top. Other equipment includes a…

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…

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…

Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch

Different to zoos in New Zealand because Orana is set in 80 hectares of parkland which allows the animals free-range. It’s an excellent wildlife park, particularly showcasing African animals. There are rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffes and now gorillas (the only gorillas currently in NZ) as well as a farmyard section. Native…