Coromandel, Family Activities


  • 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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  • Sea Cave Adventures

    Get Closer, Experience 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.

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  • Jolly Bikes

    JollyBikes is a rental business for classic and electric bicycles. We can organise shuttle service as well for you.
    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.

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  • Bay Carving

    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.

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    • Phone: 07 866 4021
    • Location: The Esplanade, Whitianga
  • The Waterworks

    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.

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    • Phone: 07 866 7191
    • Location: near Coromandel Town on the ‘309’ Road
  • Glass Bottom Boat - Whitianga

    Enjoy the marine wildlife from the safety of a glass bottom boat in this unique two hour trip. View dolphins, penguins and the amazing fish life in the first Marine Reserve to be established in the Coromandel Peninsula. You can also snorkel (equipment is supplied).

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    • Phone: 07 867 1962
    • Location: 16 Monk Street, Whitianga
  • 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.

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    • Phone: 07 862 8843
    • Location: Bullswool Farm. 240 Rahu Road, RD4, Paeroa
  • 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.

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    • Phone: 07 866 8703
    • Location: Driving Creek Road, Highway 5 to Coromandel
  • Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris

    Come and enjoy the fabulous fishing amongst the mussel farms. See the harvesting barges in action, working the myriad mussel farms in and around Coromandel Harbour and enjoy our awesome scenery at the same time.

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    • Phone: 07 866 7667
    • Location: Hannafords Wharf, Coromandel Town
  • Miranda Hot Springs

    Come and relax with us at Miranda Hot Springs in our thermally heated fresh mineral water. We have three pools to suit all swimmers and are nestled in 2 acres of picturesque grounds, we are perfect for a day out. We have coin-operated electric BBQ's and a separate shop operating on site supplying hot food, ice-cream confectionery, as well as hot and cold food. Kids of all ages enjoy our jumping pillow, adventure playground and games room too.

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    • Phone: 07 867 3055
    • Location: Front Miranda Road, Miranda, Thames
  • 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.

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    • Phone: 07 868 5140
    • Location: 407 Mackay Street, Thames, Coromandel
  • Ages 4+

    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.

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    • Phone: 07 866 3955
    • Location: 48 Hahei Beach Road, Hahei
Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • 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 destination2


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.