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  • Langs Beach - Waipu Cove

    Four kilometers south of Waipu Cove, Pohutukawa trees grow along the edge of this beach which is safe for family swimming or surfing and has views of offshore islands. There are toilets and a change shed near the car park.

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    • Location: Bream Bay, South of Waipu Cove, off SH1
  • The Esplanade Picnic Area - Queenstown

    A favourite spot, only minutes from the town centre. There’s lots of space as the picnic area runs alongside the lake for about 1km. Close to playground and toilets.

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    • Location: Queenstown - The Esplanade
  • Pioneers

    We offer high quality early years education within a nurturing, family-focused environment to enable children from newborn through to five years to explore and thrive in their own unique way.

    With five centres based throughout Dunedin and 40 Educators providing home-based education, we offer early years education to suit every child and their family.

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  • Manapouri Playgroup

    Manapouri Playgroup is an organisation run by parents for children aged new-born to five years old - and it's free of charge! The playgroup meets 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesdays at Manapouri Hall during term times.

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    • Location: Manapouri Hall
  • Flamingo Motel - New Plymouth

    Flamingo Motel has 30 units ranging from studios to two bedroom units. The spacious, self-contained units all have kitchens and Sky Television. Cots and highchairs are available and there is a gas barbecue and outdoor dining area plus an indoor hot pool and a solar heated swimming pool. The motel is in a unique garden setting with a playground for the children. The city centre is about a kilometre away and evening meals can be delivered from several local restaurants.

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  • Hoon Hay Scenic Reserve

    This spot is easily missed when travelling down summit road as It's not very well sign posted ! But being only a short 5 minute walk I would definitely recommend stopping. It's one of the best views of Governors Bay/ Lyttelton Harbor I've seen (yet) Travel to this spot using the GPS coordinates below, it will take you to a grass 'carpark', follow the grass foot path up the hill, but keep an eye out as there's a small turn off that's easily missed. Take a picnic and relax, let the kids explore.

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    • Location: 2016 Summit Rd, Kennedys Bush, Christchurch 8971
  • Puketi Forest - Hokianga

    The Puketi Forest is easily accessible from Hokianga Harbour and there are several short walks through the forest which are suitable for children. Manginangina Kauri Walk is a 15 minute loop track walk which is easy and has a well formed path. Access is via unsealed roads from South Highway 10, Waipapa. Puketi Nature Trail is a 1 hour return walk which starts at the Puketi Recreation Area and has an easy and well formed walking track. Pirau Ridge Road is an 11 km track which is more suited to older children, and provides the opportunity for mountain biking as well.

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  • Glentui Waterfall and Nature Trail Loop

    From the Glentui picnic area there are a few options. Two great family friendly ones are to visit the Glentui waterfall or follow the Glentui Loop Nature Track. The waterfall track takes 30 minutes and offers an impressive view of the river and the waterfall. The Nature Loop is 1 hour return and it descends down to the Glentui River before intersecting with a couple other trails and then heading back to the picnic area.

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    • Location: Glentui Bush Rd, Glentui 7495
  • Taupo - Lions Walk

    This magnificent walk was formed by the Taupo Lions Club and is an easy, level walk on a pathway bordering the lake edge. The walk follows the lakeshore south where kowhai trees provide shelter for local wildlife including ducks and swans.

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    • Location: Two Mile Bay Boat Ramp
  • Ages 8+

    Riverboarding

    Go Riverboarding with the originals! Celebrating 25 years operating in the pristine waters of Kawarau River.  If you do one water activity in Queenstown it HAS to be this – riverbo... 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-friendly setting. Visitors can enjoy the antics of monkeys, meerkats and a porcupine. A wide range of endangered native fauna is on display including Kea, the world's only alpine parrot, and interesting forest birds such as Tui, Kereru and Kakariki.
    Visitors can also view some of New Zealand's native reptiles including the pre-historic Tuatara as well as colourful geckos. Kids love to help feed our friendly domestic animals and get up close to a number of different species including Kune Kune pigs, rabbits, goats and more. A small aquarium contains a range of interesting creatures and the exotic bird aviaries are home to a range of different birds. Scheduled animal feeds and keeper presentations occur throughout the day.

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  • Peppertree Preschool - Rangiora

    Peppertree Preschool is a family run and operated Preschool. We offer three separate inside and outside environments. Our Nursery caters for children from birth to two years, the Preschool for two to three year olds and the Prepschool for the older children.

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  • Barnett Bush Circuit Walk - Waikato

    This is a 30 minute return walk and the track is wide and easy-going. The reserve has been extensively restored, including the re-introduction of the North Island robins.

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    • Location: Access from Waotu South Road near Lake Arapuni
  • Westport Holiday Park and Motels - Westport

    Set in 5 hectares of sheltered NZ bush, yet an easy 10 minute walk to the town centre. We offer motels, self-contained flats, cabins and powered sites. Lots of on-site amenities including BBQ, games room, children’s play area and a brand new 18 hole mini golf course on the premises. Pets are welcome by prior arrangement.

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  • Nurture @ Home

    We provide a boutique service offering quality educators to care for a maximum of four children at a time in a positive and nurturing home environment. We are committed to providing nurturing and educational care for children through supporting a passionate team of educators.

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  • Lake Wombat Walk

    This short, easy walk (3.8 km return via same track, 1 hr 30 min) leads through a lush rimu forest to the idyllic Lake Wombat - it's a good option for children. Lake Wombat is a fe... read more

    • Location: South from Franz Josef , the track starts from the Glacier Access Road
  • Sports World - Picton

    We are the only sports and outdoors shop in Picton. Situated on the main street near the waterfront.
    We carry a large range of sporting goods, and are the local specialist fishing and hunting store with a great range of rods, reels and fishing tackle, including most popular brands. We can also help with rod and reel repairs.
    We carry a variety of camping and tramping gear, as we are the closest sports store to the Queen Charlotte Track.

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  • Arawata Track - Queenstown

    Stunning views of lake, and cliffs. Beautiful flora and fauna and small streams. Perfect on a nice day. Gentle ups and downs. Path descends down to road at end, so follow this and loop back along road, or return along track.

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    • Location: Queenstown - access from end of lane at 45 Arawata Terrace, Sunshine Bay
  • Playcentre Clyde

    Playcentre - Clyde Clyde Playcentre is open Monday - Thursday mornings. Our centre is a friendly, family-orientated Early Childhood Education provider running mixed age sessions. We have a great environment with a big outdoor playground, a fully enclosed veranda, and several spaces inside allowing for a variety of activities to be going on, all at once!

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  • Horseshoe Point - Stewart Island

    From the general store, continue to your left, uphill on the Horseshoe Bay Road until you reach Horseshoe Bay (approximately 40 minutes). Turn right and follow the coastal track to Horseshoe Point (30 minutes). It is a great spot to view the comings and goings across Foveaux Strait. The track beyond Horseshoe Point towards Bragg Bay is not maintained.

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    • Location: Stewart Island, from Horseshoe Bay Road
  • Taupo - Huka Falls Walkway

    A visit to the spectacular Huka Falls, just outside Taupo, is a must! Huka is the maori word for 'foam' - very apt when you see this amazing set of thundering rapids, the largest, and final drop being 11 metres. Imagine kayaking down them - some more intrepid paddlers have done just that! You can cross the bridge over the falls and there's an easy walkway on the other side, so you can walk either back to Taupo, to the Aratiatia Dam or just for a short wander.

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  • Ages 10+

    Bodhi Trout Fly Fishing Adventure

    This fly-fishing adventure is ideal for those who'd like an introduction to the sport through to keen, experienced anglers. Discover the world-class fly fishing rivers of the Sout... read more

  • Tukino - North Island

    Tukino is a club ski field, operated and maintained by club members. The Tukino slopes are sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds and the field is often operating in clear weather when the rest of the mountain is blanketed in cloud. The field offers predominantly beginner and intermediate terrain and the wide slopes are crowd free, making it a great family option. Tukino offers ski lessons for anyone from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Lessons are customized to take advantage of the local terrain and cater to the individual or group needs.

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  • Castles Motel

    Castles Motel is a short stroll from restaurants, cafes, shops, the Tahunanui fun park area with roller skating rink, water slides, mini golf, bumper boats, go karts and Natureland Zoo. Offering one bedroom family units with full kitchen facilities, this is a comfortable choice for the family.  Your motel accommodation also has Freeview TV and High Speed Wireless Internet. You may wish to try our executive spa motel units with two person corner spa baths in the bedrooms. All our units have 32" Flatscreen LED TVs. Continental Breakfast and guest laundry available.

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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.