Hawkes Bay, Family Activities

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mountain Valley Adventure

    Offering the widest range of outdoor adventure pursuits under one roof in Hawke's Bay. Choose from horse treking, rafting, kayaking, walking, mountain biking and more.  Your family will enjoy high quality, iconic, wilderness adventure pursuits for all.  Need more days, they offer accommodation too! Check out our Hawkes Bay Accommodation section for more information.

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    • Phone: 06 834 9756
    • Location: 408 McVicar Rd, State Highway 5, Te Pohue, RD2, Napier
  • Kidz Play :: Toy Library & Funky Farm - Hastings

    Kidz Play offers Toys for Hire and a Funky Farm/Petting Zoo.  Our Toy hire/library is located on the same property as our fantastic farm/petting zoo. Cost is only $8 per Adult, $5 per Child and little ones under 1 are free there is also $1 food bags for feeding the animals.  If you're a member of the toy hire/library you can take a wander through for half price entry. Your little one will love this experience after they've chosen their toys. We also offer coffee facilities for mums/dads and caregivers plus there is an outdoor play area that the kids will love! We are also available for birthday parties and venue hire - enquire today!

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    • Phone: 06 878 2353
    • Location: 236 State Highway 2, Mangateretere, Hastings
  • Fishbike - Napier

    Providing you with bicycles for you to explore Hawkes Bay in your own way, at your own pace. You can explore on your own, or join a guided group. Offering adult and children's bikes, tandems, tag-a-longs and baby seats. All rentals include helmets, locks and trail map. Open 7 days, 10am-5pm.

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    • Phone: 06 8336979
    • Location: 22 Marine Parade (Pacific Surf Club building), Napier
  • Napier Prison Tours

    Operating as Napier's Prison from 1853 until 1993, the old building was NZ's oldest prison - take a tour and we'll entertain you with tales of victims, villains and heroes, escapees and ghosts! Walk along the undulating corridors with twisted walls from the 1931 earthquake. Visit the old hanging yard and get locked up in solitary confinement! Don't forget to bring your cameras and take a 'mug shot' of the kids!

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  • Ocean Spa Hot Pool and Spa Complex - Napier

    This complex is right on Napier's marine parade, just a couple of minutes stroll from the town centre. Ideal for play and relaxation for the whole family, year-round facilities include open air hot pools, 25m lap pool, two leisure pools, toddlers' pool, outdoor plus private indoor spas, steam room, sauna, massage and beauty and gym. The complex is right next to the beach, with expansive sea views through protective clear fencing.

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    • Phone: 06 835 8553
    • Location: 42 Marine Parade, Napier
  • Arataki Honey - Hastings

    Explore our interactive facility, taste a range of delicious honey and learn about the fascinating life of the honey bee. The centre is free to visit and filled with interesting and hands-on activities that children will love. A highlight is our live honeycomb display - watch the busy bees as they go about their workday and see if you can spot the Queen! Don't worry, bees and visitors are kept well apart! Free tastings of a range of honey types and flavours, plus a must-visit shop with amazing range of honey products, gifts and children's (bee themed) toys and clothing.

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  • Farmhouse Kitchen - Havelock North

    Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School offers you hands-on cooking classes, preparing nourishing food in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Children's holiday classes as well as Christmas baking classes available.

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    • Phone: 06 877 2069
    • Location: 580 Middle Road, Havelock North
  • Ages 7+

    Laserforce - Napier

    State of the art electronic equipment makes for the ultimate live action laser tag game. Space age battle suits, mysterious fog and music ensures excitement and thrills. Check out the mazes in the arena, explore the tunnels and hiding places, and head up the ramps to the upper level while you find the best vantage point for the game to start. Then you’re away – zapping your opponents wherever they appear from in order to get as many points as you can. As the adrenaline flows, search out the arena targets to really aim for a high score.

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    • Phone: 06 835 1111
    • Location: Cnr Wellesley Road and Latham Street, Napier
  • Morere Hot Springs - East Coast

    With a total of eight pools – two private plunge pools, three open-air plunge pools of varying temperatures, a large hot and a large cold pool and a small children’s paddling pool, Morere Hot Springs is an all year-round attraction set in a scenic bush reserve of lush, lowland rain forest. Have more time....enjoy a wilderness experience on DOC rainforest reserve with loop tracks taking only 20-25 minutes.

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    • Phone: 06 837 8856
    • Location: State Highway 2, Morere, East Coast
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Our favourite destinations…

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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.