Bay of Plenty, Family Activities


  • Ages 7+

    Adrenalin Forest

    Take a walk in the treetops! This is an adventure park in the heart of the forest, testing your agility and balance in a safe and controlled, but of course, super-fun environment! ... read more

  • Ages 7+

    Bumper Ball

    There's a new buzz in town and it's called Bumper Ball! Bump, roll and flip over whilst trying to score a goal against your opponents!   Hilarious to play and to watch, Bumper Ball... read more

  • Katikati Bird Gardens - Tauranga

    This privately owned park with delightful gardens, lily ponds and secret paths is on the edge of Tauranga Harbour and features a wide range of native and colourful birds.  This is ... read more

  • Blue Ocean Charters

    Whether you have a few hours or all day, our large comfortable, fully-equipped vessels are ideal for a trip combining adventure and relaxation. Family outings are our specialty.
    Overnight trips or extended trips with accommodation on board are an option for up to 12 people.
    We have several options for departure: downtown Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Omokoroa, Whangamata and Tairua offering all types of fishing trips plus island excursions to Mayor Island (Tuhua) and Slipper Island.
    From the complete novice who just wants to dangle a line over the side to catch a snapper to the serious fisherman who wants to chase marlin or catch a big bass, we can tailor a trip to suit everyone.
    Alternatively we can organise a leisurely cruise on the harbour or take you to Tuhua (Mayor Island) where you can spend the day relaxing, swimming, snorkelling, walking or kayaking.

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  • Waimarino Kayak Tours

    Based in beautiful Tauranga, the heart of the Bay of Plenty, Waimarino Kayak Tours offers some of New Zealand’s most breath-taking kayak adventures. We have 4 kayak tours in Tauranga, including glow worm and scenic kayak tours on Lake McLaren, sea kayaking on Tauranga Harbour as well as the Wairoa River kayak tour. We also head to Rotorua for the Lake Rotoiti hot pool and glow worm kayaking tour. Both freedom and guided kayak tours are available.

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  • Island Air Charters

    Island Air is based in beautiful Mount Maunganui (in the Bay of Plenty) and has been delighting passengers for just over 10 years.
    Our professional pilots have an uncompromising stance on safety. We fly visually and below the clouds, so that you are able to see all the landmarks, colours and natural phenomena that make our country so stunningly unique.
    Tours include Thermal Wonderland or White Island, plus a Town and Around experience at only $75pp.

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  • Ages 8+

    Mount Maunganui Surf Academy

    Based in beautiful Mount Maunganui, we offer surf courses for beginners and improvers in a safe, fun and relaxed atmosphere. We take great pride in personalising all our surf courses, and endeavour to provide some of the smallest Instructor: Student ratios of any surf school in the area.

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  • KG Kayaks

    We offer Guided Kayak Tours and Kayak hire at a number of locations in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
    Join a Guided Tour at offshore Whale Island (we take you there by boat), departing from Whakatane. Or take a Coastal Adventure Tour from Ohope Beach or let us guide you over the beautiful and sheltered Ohiwa Harbour.
    Kayak hire - available at Ohiwa Harbour - explore this beautiful natural inlet with a freedom hire. With six islands and 86kms of sheltered coastline you can easily escape the crowd to find you own corner of paradise. This is an ideal adventure for novice kayakers or family groups.

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  • Foris Eco Tours

    Foris Eco-tours offers two day trip options from Rotorua or Tauranga;
    1, A combined River/Rainforest tour offering;
    - a guided walk among New Zealand's (arguably) most amazing example of huge Podocarp (rimu, totara, kahikatea, miro and matai) forest filled with rare birdlife (whio, North Island kaka, yellow crowned kakariki, North Island robin, whiteheads and many more)
    - a jaunt through Kaingaroa Forest sharing interesting insights into what make the southern hemisphere's largest plantation forest FSC certified (and home to New Zealand's highest concentration of New Zealand falcon)
    - a fun river trip floating down an easy grade 2/3 section of the Rangitaiki River, a super clean jewel of a river
    2, A full-day guided walk to special parts of Whirinaki Forest
    - This tour links a range of short walks to special parts of this unique forest. It is designed as an easy walk option with a focus on enjoying the forest (not a gut buster).

    Our trips have an emphasis on conservation education and natural history (not yee haa adventure tourism). Our aim is to give our clients an authentic understanding of the New Zealand landscape and its biodiversity.

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  • NZ Kayak Adventures

    Experience the amazing 'Glow Worm Canyon'.  Kayaking at night is something that few people ever get to experience but here at NZ Kayaker we're lucky enough to be able to do it any night of the week. Our Glow Worm Experience is an amazing trip for people of any age or ability level and as there are no weather parameters, we can guarantee that it will happen!
    Great for kids and family discount.  Also offering kayak fishing and Mt Maunganui kayaking experience.

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  • Waimarino Adventure Park

    This adventure park is situated on the banks of the Wairoa River, ten minutes away from Tauranga city. Pedallos, kayaking, rocking climbing, ropes course or beach volleyball are all waiting for you at Waimarino Adventure Park. Paddle around Waimarino in a double or single kayak. Want to take the whole family for a gentle, relaxing float? The Pedallos are probably for you. With slides and diving boards for the younger ones these are very easy to pedal around. For something different in the evening, let their guides lead you onto Lake McLaren at dusk. Paddle into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glowworm canyon. Take a picnic hamper for after all that exertion or enjoy a barbecue near the warm pool.

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  • Ages 8+

    Orca Wild Adventures

    Swim with the Dolphins!  Orca Wild Adventures is one of the best value, memorable experiences you can enjoy with family and friends.
    The friendly experienced crew will ensure you make the most of your time while on and in the water with the dolphins. Not only do we give you the opportunity to swim with dolphins, but you will also visit one of Bay of Plenty's beautiful islands. Here we offer you a barbecue lunch and you have time to snorkel with one of our guides in a stunning bay, exploring the amazing underwater flora and fauna.

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  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
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  • Ashburton
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  • Methven
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  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
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  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
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  • Blenheim
  • Picton
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  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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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 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.


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.


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 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!


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.