Hawkes Bay, Family Activities


  • 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
  • The National Aquarium of New Zealand - Napier

    Uniquely located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and within easy walking distance of the city, the aquarium’s design is based on the shape of a stingray. Wander around the different continents of the world and view sea creatures, reptiles, exotic fish and native birds. View the 1,500 fish as they swim and feed above you while you walk through the 50 metre long tunnel. Interact with the touch pool and see lizards, spiders and wetas or take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour for close encounters with the animals. The aquarium has a souvenir shop and a café and is suitable for baby buggies or wheelchairs.

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    • Phone: 06 834 1404
    • Location: 546 Marine Parade, Napier, Hawkes Bay
  • Ages 7+

    Pandora Kayaks - Napier

    Pandora kayaks offer an extensive range of watersports equipment including kayaks, windsurfing and standup paddle boards. They also have a large range of additional hire equipment for you to take away or to enjoy at any of Hawke’s Bays amazing river/lake or coastal locations.

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Silky Oak Chocolates Tours & Experiences - Napier

    View chocolates being made and choose from the array of chocolate gifts or pick your own selection. The chocolate museum will educate you all about chocolate’s history which is full of information & includes a 2,500 year old Chocolate Pot. A wide variety of gifts are available from the museum gift shop. Or you can take part in one of our experiences including the ‘Triple Chocolate Dipper’ (kids will love this)!

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    • Phone: 06 845 0908
    • Location: 1131 Links Road RD 3, 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
  • Splash Planet - Hastings

    Hawkes Bay's Number 1 Family Attraction and New Zealand's only water theme park!
    Home to thrilling slides and rides like Skycastle Screamer, Never Ending River and Master Blaster, all set within 6.5 hectares of subtropical garden. This is a theme park with a difference - there's so much to entertain all ages, both in and out of the water! Mini Golf, formula fun and quad bikes are just some of the dry activities, while Tiny Town's fully enclosed play area will keep your little ones secure. All this plus facilities like Family rooms, BBQ and two cafes will ensure your family's day is easy, fun and as energetic or relaxing as you want it to be!

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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…

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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.