Nelson & Golden Bay, Family Activities


  • Animal Farm - Upper Moutere, Nelson

    Animal Farm is located only 30 minutes from Nelson and 15 minutes from Motueka and provides an ultimate hands-on animal experience! You and your family will be given the opportunit... read more

  • Natureland Zoo - Nelson

    Go WILD at Natureland! Located next to the beautiful Tahunanui Beach in Nelson, Natureland Zoo enables visitors to meet exotic, native and domestic animals in a fun, family-friendl... read more

  • Ages 6+

    Kaiteriteri Kayak - Abel Tasman National Park

    We are the only kayak company in the Abel Tasman to specialise in family kayak trips. It's simply a fabulous way to explore a stunning environment in peace and tranquility and it m... read more

  • Kiwi Guardian Outdoor Adventures

    Get the kids outside to have some FREE family fun connecting with nature at Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites nationwide.

    Toyota Kiwi Guardians highlights family-friendly, treasure hunt style activities at specific Department of Conservation sites that encourage kids to engage with the outdoors and, ultimately, earn themselves a medal for their efforts.

    The goal of the conservation programme is to turn Kiwi kids into guardians of the land and sea.

    A total of 50 sites are operational nationwide. Families can get started on their adventure by downloading the appropriate “treasure hunt” map from:

    Click on the area of New Zealand nearest to where you are to find the choices available closest to home.

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  • Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures

    Skippered sailing tours of Abel Tasman National Park waters. Full Day Sailing tours or combine with walking, kayaking or water taxi activities.The peaceful, quiet and relaxing way to experience The Park.

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  • Ages 2+

    Buller Canyon Jet - Murchison

    Before your jet boating adventure starts you'll walk over NZ's longest swing bridge then enjoy a thrilling 40 minute jet boat ride on the Buller River as it carves it's way through the pink granite rock of the canyons, past waterfalls and over earthquake rapids, right in the heart of historic gold mining country.

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  • Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles

    Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand's great treasures and its picture-perfect coastline is a sub-tropical paradise for you to explore!  The national park has no road access but is home to a gorgeous 63km coastal walking track.  Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles provide comfortable transport to any part of the track and its golden beaches so you can take a walk, swim a deserted beach and spend a day exploring, then they'll pick you up from your chosen location.  They also offer half and full day scenic cruises where you can discover the coastline, spot seals and dolphins, and stretch your legs on a beach walk too.

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  • Ages 10+

    Wild Rivers Rafting - Murchison

    Raft the legendary Buller River Earthquake Rapids, the section with the most whitewater in the breath taking Buller Gorge. Adventurers will experience plenty of white water action and your guides will give you full rafting safety instruction before you begin. Minimum age 10 years or 13 when the river is running high.

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    • Phone: 0508 467 238
    • Location: SH 6 at the Iron Bridge between Murchison and Westport
  • Anatoki Salmon Farm - Golden Bay

    A great family fun day out to be had and only a 1.5 hour drive from Nelson.  Here you will find a unique freshwater fishing experience on the banks of the Anatoki River. Your entry and the use of fishing rods is free. You only pay for what you catch! There is a great cafe and picnicking options for your family to enjoy too.

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    • Phone: 03 525 7251
    • Location: 230 McCallum Rd, Takaka, Golden Bay
  • Catamaran Sailing and Launch Charters

    Take this opportunity to explore the stunning coastline of Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park on one of our Sailing Catamarans or Launches. Scheduled trips run daily, from a few hours for those short on time, to overnight or multi-day adventures into the National Park. Our Skipper and Crew take care of all the boaty stuff, so your family gets to relax and enjoy all the extras we provide, like kayaking from the boat, swimming, beach walks, fishing for your tea, snorkelling, watersports or just sunning it on deck!

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  • Chipmunks - Nelson

    Welcome to Chipmunks, the pay for play indoor children’s adventure playground and café. Our playland consists of specialised play equipment of an extremely high standard, with protective matting and padding. We also have mazes, inflatable slides, flying fox, play stations, ball pools and a separate area for under 3's. Birthday Parties and after school care available.

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    • Phone: 03 548 7055
    • Location: 311 Hardy St, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Ages 8+

    Vortex Wind Karting

    A power craze on wheels! Fun to learn and with full tuition provided you will be enjoying your cruise along on their purpose built track.  Great for groups and kids birthday parties. Suitable for 8+ years, but for those that are younger you can hire a side seat attachment that fixes onto the main blokart making it just as ideal for them to participate and enjoy too.

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    • Phone: 03 547 2197
    • Location: Richmond Park, 384 Lower Queen Street, Richmond