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: www.kiwiguardians.co.nz
Click on the area of New Zealand nearest to where you are to find the choices available closest to home.read more
JollyBikes is a rental business for classic and electric bicycles. We can organise shuttle service as well for you.read more
We offer MTB hard tails and hybrid (touring) bikes.
We also offer electric bicycles. You can cruise along with less effort or take it more sportive.
We offer different frames, stepthrough, with bar, mountain bikes or folding. These can be chosen at the time of handover, subject to availibility.
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?35a71-2911421
- Location: 535 Pollen Street, Thames
Sea Cave Adventures
Get Closer, Experience More!read more
Experience the coastline of Whitianga and Hot Water Beach like no other.
Explore deep inside the majestic sea caves and witness the magical acoustics and thriving sea life. Take in the Golden beaches, offshore islands, blowholes, towering rock faces and the famous Cathedral Cove - home to the set of Narnia: Prince Caspian movie set.
We get in closer so that you are able to experience more. With over 25km of Volcanic Scenery, this truly is the perfect cruising coastline.
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?13218-2911499
- Location: Whitianga Wharf, Whitianga
Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
This is New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway along with a working pottery and wildlife sanctuary. The one hour return trip will take you through replanted native kauri forest and includes two spirals and three short tunnels as the train climbs up to the mountain-top terminus. Watch the glassblowers, brick makers and working potteries and there is a shop where you can buy the finished products, books and souvenirs.read more
- Phone: 07 866 8703
- Location: Driving Creek Road, Highway 5 to Coromandel
Bullswool Farm Park
Just one and a half hours away from Auckland and in the spectacular Karangahake Gorge is Bullswool Farm Park, set in 100 acres of beautiful rolling farmland. All the animals, including miniature horses, emus, goats, rabbits, donkeys and alpacas can be petted and handfed. Bullswool is also the home of New Zealand’s largest commercial axolotl breeding operation and they have a large range of goldfish and supplies for sale. After you have met all the animals, curl up in a comfy chair in the garden and listen to stories of New Zealand’s rural past read by the owner, Keith Austen.read more
- Phone: 07 862 8843
- Location: Bullswool Farm. 240 Rahu Road, RD4, Paeroa
Cathedral Cove - Coromandel
Only accessible on foot, boat or by kayak, the famous Cathedral Cove is a 'must see' day out on the Coromandel. With several scenic tracks on land the 2 hour return walk to Cathedral Cove also gives access to Gemstone Bay and Mares Leg along the way. This magical place makes for great day out with the family!read more
- Location: Coromandel
Produce your own bone carving! In two to three hours with the help of Maurice, the World Renowned Carver, you can make your very own personal souvenir to take home. Carving takes two to three hours and prices depend on the design.read more
- Phone: 07 866 4021
- Location: The Esplanade, Whitianga
Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail is the easiest riding Trail in New Zealand, with various stages allowing for comfortable trail cycle rides. Choose from just bike hire or their 1 day guided bike trails right through to multi-day options for the more adventurous of families.read more
- Phone: 07 868 5140
- Location: 407 Mackay Street, Thames, Coromandel
Cathedral Cove Dive & Snorkel
Situated at the base of Cathedral Cove and only 5 minutes to Hot Water Beach, Hahei offers spectacular ocean diving and snorkeling trips both within the stunning Marine Reserve plus the outer islands, pinnacles and volcanic coastline outside of the Marine Reserve boundaries.read more
- Phone: 07 866 3955
- Location: 48 Hahei Beach Road, Hahei
Coromandel Goldmine Experience
A guided tour takes you through an operational, 19th century Stamper Battery & into one of the richest goldmines of the time. A self-guided tour allows you to explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics, see steam-powered machines, & become acquainted with our Cave Weta colony.
Try your luck at gold panning!read more
- Phone: 07 868 8514
- Location: Located on the corner of Moanataiari Road and State Highway 25, at the northern end of Thames
Ngatea Water Gardens
The picturesque 5 acre property has funny signs and scenes throughout, and is complete with café/restaurant, giftshop, play area and quiz, and picnic areas. The wheelchair friendly path through the gardens will take you over bridges, past water lily ponds, waterfalls, waterwheels and magical fountains. You will be kept entertained by friendly hand fed birds and fish, plus fascinating turtles, said to be the oldest in New Zealand.
Also set within the gardens is New Zealands only can museum, displaying over 10,000 different beer, soft drink and unusual cans from around the world.read more
- Phone: 07 867 7275
- Location: Bratlie Place, Ngatea
A unique experience where you can play with interactive contraptions which are mostly made from commonplace bits and pieces. Try pumping water by bike power or listen to a water powered music box. There are playgrounds with a flying fox, swimming holes in the river and it is all set in gardens with trees, ponds and streams. They also have a café on site where you can buy food and drink or you can bring your own food, use the free BBQs or picnic in the grounds.read more
- Phone: 07 866 7191
- Location: near Coromandel Town on the ‘309’ Road