Hawkes Bay, Family Activities


  • FootGolf - Awatoto Public Course, Napier

    Looking to play a family activity with a difference?  This is not quite soccer and not quite golf, but a pretty awesome combination of the two!  FootGolf is the fastest growing new... read more

  • Ages 7+

    Bumper Ball - Napier and Hastings

    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

  • 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.

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  • Napier City Bike Hire and Tours

    Here in Hawke's Bay we have 200km of dedicated off road, flat trails starting right across the road from our store, and many of our roads have dedicated cycle lanes as well.
    At Napier Bike Hire & Tours you can hire a bike which best suits the adventure you wish to have on our trails from a couple of hours to an all day experience around some of Hawke's Bays many wineries. Our bikes are all new or near new and have been designed specifically for use on our type of tracks.

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  • Takaro Trails

    Takaro is the Maori word for play, and that’s why Takaro Trails is N.Z.’s #1 cycle tour company for FUN!  Choose the self-guided cycle tour that suits you best; we have a range of exciting day tours to tempt you into exploring our countryside at your pace. Child prices available.

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  • Good Fun Bike Rides

    The name says it all!  With 30 new or near new bikes to choose from PLUS the add-ons you need for families (trailer bikes for kids to ride along behind mum or dad and child seats for the little ones) Good Fun Bike Rides is equipped to make your ride on the Hawke’s Bay cycle trails a fun experience for all.

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  • Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum

    In 1986 the Historic Bank of New Zealand Building was gifted to the people of Central Hawkes Bay to house a museum.This area is rich in history, Waipawa being one of the oldest inl... read more

  • Ages 7+

    WOW Surf School - Gisborne

    WOW Surf School Gisborne offers surf lessons to all ages, groups, beginner to advanced surfers: everybody is welcome! Using a variety of tried and tested techniques that help both Adults and Kids learn how to surf waves in no time!! Each lessons is tailored to your level to ensure the best learning experience possible. Offering private, group and kids lessons and birthday party lessons too!

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  • Ages 7+

    The St Beads Store

    The St Beads store is ideal for older children, with a huge selection of beads and everything you need to make your own jewellery, either on-site or at home. We can set you up with an assortment of your favourite beads and some creative ideas, and help you get started with your own piece. Visit our beautiful Art Deco store and spend some relaxing hours creating your own unique design, or order our beads, stones and beading products online. Courier delivery and international postage available.

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  • Boutique Horse Treks - Hawkes Bay

    Boutique Horse Treks offers exclusive horse treks for only 1 - 5 riders, that allows small groups whether beginners, intermediate or advanced riders  individual attention and natural horsemanship techniques training on each ride.  Choose from 3 options: Magical Beach Ride (1 hour), Sparkling River Ride (2 hours) or their Clearview Estate Winery Ride (4-5 hours).

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  • Gannet Beach Adventures

    Discover the magic of Cape Kidnappers – join our experienced guides and visit the largest mainland gannet colony in the world!

    This is a unique, fun eco-experience tour that is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with personalized service and guides who point out the natural and geological wonders of the area.

    With over 60 years’ experience, Gannet Beach Adventures provides a 4 hour mild adventure, travelling along the majestically rugged coastline from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers. 

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  • Gannet Safaris Overland Ltd

    This overland safari is the only way to be taken within a few feet of 20,000 of these remarkable birds. Even better, there is no walking required because you're driven there in a air conditioned 4 x 4 vehicle. Visitors to the colony will see all ages of Gannets nesting in crowded rows, carrying out their daily routine. With an impressive two metre wingspan, these birds swoop and dive for fish from the air right above you. On the ground, pairs of birds preen and perform the gannets' recognition ritual dance. On the way view the activities of farm life, Cape Kidnappers Golf course and Lodge, as well as some of Hawkes Bay's most amazing scenery.

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Map of New Zealand
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  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
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  • 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…

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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.