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  • Broken River - South Island

    The terrain is a series of rolling bowls with awesome runs to challenge all levels of snowboarders and skiers, beginner to expert. The surrounding basins provide superb untracked 'back country' terrain for the more adventurous. Broken River is administered by the Broken River Ski Club. It offers an alternative to skiers and snowboarders who are looking to experience back to basics fun in the snow. There are 2 learner tows and 3 high-speed tows. Everyone is welcome at Broken River, although some previous experience in the snow is an advantage. Accommodation available at the ski field. NOTE: The Broken River field is accessed by a 4 minute Tramway that carries you and your gear to the ticket office, or, you can also choose to walk-in (20-30 minutes) through gorgeous beech forest and have only your gear sent on the service lift.

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  • Scorcher Bay

    This popular sun-bathing beach is very sheltered, with a large grassy area, sandy beach and great views. Refreshments are available at the Chocolate Fish café nearby, a family friendly café offering all day breakfasts and paninis as well as smoothies, salads and pasta.

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    • Location: Miramar Peninsula
  • Centennial Park - Timaru

    Also known as Scenic Reserve, this park was the site of several basalt rock quarries. The park offers mountain biking, BMX, walking and jogging. There is a lake that is used for feeding the ducks, fishing and kayaking 

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    • Location: Claremont Road, Timaru, New Zealand
  • Mavora Lakes Park

    Beautiful lakes, open tussock, grasslands, and beech forest make this a very popular destination in the summer. Many activities are available here including fishing, hiking, biking, or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. There are options to hike longer distances along the Mavora - Greenstone Walkway, to the Kiwi Burn hut or just a short loop around South Mavora Lake.

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    • Location: 3532 Mavora Lakes Rd, Mavora 9672
  • Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge Tawa Loop - Palmerston North

    This 2 hour, 4km loop track is a great option to explore the native bush and the view points along the Te Apiti Gorge.

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    • Location: Napier Rd, Aokautere 4471
  • Observation Rock - Stewart Island

    From the DOC Visitor Centre turn right towards the waterfront, continue right until you reach Excelsior Road on your right. Excelsior Road is an uphill climb, watch for the Observation Rock track sign on your right at the summit of the hill, a short forest track leads you to the rock forming the lookout, with great views over Paterson Inlet, particularly at sunset. To return to Halfmoon Bay retrace steps to the road and continue right, down the hill towards Golden Bay Road. A right hand turn will bring you back to town past Traill Park. Look out for Tui, with the distinctive white feather, or ruff, below its beak.

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    • Location: Stewart Island, off Excelsior Road
  • Hot Water Beach - Coromandel

    Dig your own hot pools out of the sand one hour before or after low tide near the rocks and see steam rising from the open sea at high tide. Hot Water Beach is just south of Mercury Bay at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula and is the remains of volcanic activity. The water can be as hot as 64 degrees centigrade so be careful! There are toilets, cafes and a shop at the car park which sells drinks and ice creams. Spades are available for hire if you forget to take your own. Swimming is not safe for children at this beach because of the strong surf.

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  • Woodhaugh Gardens - Dunedin

    A great spot for a picnic or day out, the gardens are north of the city, near the end of George Street. Toilets, toddler pool, BBQ and playground on-site. There are several tracks through the gardens, some suitable for those with buggies. The main track encircles the park and takes around an hour to walk around.

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    • Location: Dunedin - nr George St, Nth Dunedin
  • Te Anau Lakefront Walk - Control Gates

    A beautiful lakeside walk that takes you to the Lake te Anau Control Gates and the start of the famous Kepler Track. You walk past the Visitor Information Centre and through the grounds of Te Anau Wildlife Centre - this is the ideal setting to learn about some of Fiordland's wildlife. The centre offers the chance to see NZ native birds including the colourful and rare flightless Takahe. There is no entry fee but donations are appreciated. The path continues alongside the lake and is completely flat.

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    • Location: Te Anau - from towncentre lakefront, head to the left, keeping Lake Te Anau on your right.
  • My Treehut

    At My Treehut we aspire for our children to grow up as confident, competent life long learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit.

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  • Putt 'n' Glow Indoor Mini Golf

    Introducing Putt’N’Glow, the newest indoor activity in Queenstown! Compete against friends, family or just yourself in our brand new indoor mini golf. Putt’N’Glow has a variety of ... read more

  • Cathedral Cove Walk

    This walk will take about 40 minutes return and starts near the village of Hahei. Take the signposted road to the lookout car park. The carpark can be full during summer months because this walk is so popular – you may wish to park at an alternative site from the northern end of the Beach car park but you should allow an extra 25 minutes each way.

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    • Location: Hahei
  • Rotorua Lakefront

    The reserve is very family orientated with attractions like the Volcanic Playground for the children and cruises around the lake. The Rotorua Walkway passes through the Lakefront Reserve, which is within walking distance of the city centre and is close to restaurants and cafes. The reserve often hosts activities like pony rides, amusements and craft markets. There are BBQs, toilets and picnic tables at the reserve. Please note that dogs are not allowed at the Lakefront Reserve.

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    • Location: Rotorua
  • Fitzroy Beach Motel - New Plymouth

    Conveniently located 2 minutes from central New Plymouth, and 10 minutes from the Airport, they are also only a 200 metre walk to the beach. Offering a range of accommodation that sleeps 4-5 people you can choose from their one or two bedroom units or their apartment all self-contained.  Complimentary bikes available including high chair and cot if required.

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  • Hahei Beach - Whitianga

    This attractive, white sandy beach with pohutukawas is one and a half kilometres long. The crystal clear water is home to crayfish and fish. At the eastern end of the beach is the site of an old Maori Pa. From the lookout there is access to Cathedral Cove and the marine reserve. There are cafes, a beach store, ice cream parlour and gift shop nearby.

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    • Location: Hahei, South of Whitianga
  • Lollipops Educare Early Childhood Centres

    Lollipops Educare believe that and early childhood education should reflect the need and desires of parents and children in the local community. Their licensed early childhood centers are independently owned and offer care for newborns to 5 years of age.

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  • Craigieburn - South Island

    Known as “New Zealand’s largest off piste ski area”, this is not a beginners’ field. Suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers only. Steep narrow chutes, wide open powder bowls, un-crowded runs or just a place to take it easy in the awesome vista of the Craigieburn Range. Craigieburn Valley has all this and more for intermediate to advanced off-piste enthusiasts. Lodge accommodation with bar at the ski field.

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  • Sandy Point Domain - Invercargill

    Located 7km west of Invercargill, drive to Oreti Beach on Dunns Road. The domain entrance is just after the Oreti River bridge and consists of over 2000 hectares of dunes, beach and bush. Also of interest is the ancient sand dune forest of wind sculptured Totara and Matai. The domain features several toilets and picnic/BBQ areas, and there are two playgrounds located in the Sandy Point Domain. Sandy Point is popular for various local activities or clubs: horsetrekking, kayaking, motor sports, mountain biking, paintball, rugby, rodeo, shooting sports, surf life saving and water skiing. There are also around 14km of walking tracks, making it easy to explore Sandy Point on foot. Example walks: Hatches Hill Lookout (5 minutes, one way) The track is signed at the turn off to Noki Kaik Beach. The lookout provides panoramic views across the New River Estuary to Invercargill and south to Bluff and Stewart Island. The track continues to the picnic area at Noki Kaik (15 minutes one way). Daffodil Bay to Hatches Hill (45 minutes one way) the track entrance is signed from the picnic area. It combines good estuary views with the unusual Totara-Matai forest so characteristic of this area. McShanes Track (25 minutes return) starts opposite the settlement of Cooper’s Creek and passes through an attractive remnant of native forest. At the Loop Road, cross the traffic barrier and turn left to return to Coopers Creek.

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    • Location: Invercargill, Sandy Point, 7km west of Invercargill, nr Oreti Beach
  • Mt. John Summit Circuit Track - Tekapo

    The start of this track is located next to the Tekapo Springs complex. The track rises steadily up through exotic forest and then open tussock hill slopes. Mt John is fantastic viewing platform with a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding mountains, lakes and Mackenzie Basin flats. The Mt John Observatory and cafe are at the top.

    It is possible to drive to the top of Mt John and walk the Summit Circuit Track (30 - 45 min).

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    • Location: Mount John Observatory
  • Bethunes Gully and Mount Cargill - Dunedin

    If you’re feeling fit, the views from Mount Cargill (676m) are definitely worth the steep climb. The track starts at the Bethunes Gully carpark and playground. Follow an easy walk alongside Lindsay Creek, cross the bridge and start climbing! The track is okay for buggies if you have energy, but there are steep steps near the summit that would require a bit more negotiating!

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    • Location: Dunedin - 15 km north of Dunedin City
  • Tirohanga Walkway - Picton

    This is a good walk over the hill and should take about 2¼ hours as a round trip (including about half an hour of fairly easy uphill) plus photo snapping time. The view from the Lookout is excellent over the whole of Picton and Waikawa Bay. I would recommend that you start at the Newgate St end as the track is quite steep in places on the Garden Terrace side. The track levels off at a 360 degree viewpoint, then descends via the Esson’s Valley.

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  • Learning Adventures Educare - Rotorua

    This is Rotorua’s purpose-build early childhood learning centre. Their team of highly trained educators are dedicated to caring and educating children in a safe, loving environment. They provide nutritionally balanced meals and all nappies are supplied.

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  • Asure Jasmine Court Motel - Picton

    Quiet, sunny motel accommodation with 1 and 2 bedroom serviced family units, fully equipped kitchenette, free WiFi, SKY TV, DVD & CD player.  Sunny, central location close to town & ferry.  Free mountain bikes for guest use.  Ideal place to stay before & after walking the Queen Charlotte track. We store excess luggage & provide secure car storage.

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  • Hawkes Bay - Te Angiangi Marine Reserve -

    The Te Angiangi Marine Reserve was established in 1997 and covers an area of about 446 hectares between Blackhead and Aramoana beaches. The reserve, which protects this part of the coast, offers opportunities for swimming, walking, shore diving and boating. Between Blackhead and Paoanui Point at low tide birds like kingfishers, oyster catchers and godwits can be seen. Explore the rock pools to find fish, crabs and kina (but return any rocks to their original position) or snorkel in the sheltered waters of Stingray or Shelly Bays and discover reef animals like paua, opal shells and rock lobsters.

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    • Location: Central Hawkes Bay,30 km east of Waipukurau and Waipawa
Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.