Manawatu, Family Activities

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  • FootGolf - Feilding Golf Course

    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

  • Flip City - Palmerston North

    Flip City is a purpose driven 973 m2 industrial building full of interconnected trampolines from the floor to the walls! Kids love bouncing (and I'm pretty sure so do you Mum & Dad... read more

  • Flat Hills Cafe & Tourist Park - Ohingaiti

    Flat Hills offers a wide variety of reasons to stop in, take a break and let the kids play, all whilst you relax and enjoy this lovely country setting.  Not only does the cafe offe... 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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  • Baldwin Adventure Tours

    Discover the History of the Whanganui River
    100 years ago a small fleet of specially designed vessels just like the Adventurer II were the lifeline of the unique and picturesque Whanganui River.
    The spectacular three day journey from Taumarunui to Wanganui was for thousands of tourists the highlight of their visit and there can be no equal to shooting a long twisting rapid in a flat bottom, tunnel hulled work horse of yesteryear.
    Once again, the Adventurer II offers that experience in braving at least 135 rapids as the Rhine of New Zealand snakes its way to the sea.
    Charter trips are available upon request.

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  • Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

    Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre gives you a chance to get up close and personal with native friends. Animal lovers can get into the wild with entrance to the park for adults, children or a family pass.

    The wildlife centre offers its visitors interactive galleries and close encounter areas. Guests can see Manukura, the rare white North Island Brown Kiwi and her friend Turua in the kiwi house. The Walking Track – Te Arapiki o Tawhaki, lets you weave through the forest and listen to the birds as they call to each other.

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  • Pathfinder Tours Day Trips

    All full day trips depart daily from the Palmerston North I-SITE at 9.00 am unless otherwise arranged.
    Offering a range of family-friendly tours and adventures including jet boating, bungy jumping, kayaking, rafting, scenic tours and the Tongariro Crossing.

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  • River Valley Rafting & Horse Trekking

    River Valley is based beside the Rangitikei River in the central North Island and offers white-water rafting and scenic hill country horse treks.

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  • Off the Loop Wake Park

    New Zealand’s Newest Wakeboard Cable Park – Foxton, Horowhenua.
    Here at OFF THE LOOP we have created the latest ‘must do’ attraction in the Lower Nth Island!
    We offer Cable Wakeboard & Waterski riding at our private lake on our 2 x Two tower TOPLINE CABLE Systems. Based in Foxton, 1 ½ hrs north of the Wellington CBD, and 30 mins west of Palmerston North we have a variety of flat glassy water, ramps and rail slides at our double laned purpose built location nestled in the Horowhenua countryside. Something for the whole family and guaranteed to satisfy riders of all skill levels!

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  • Ezy Rider Electric Bike Hire

    You will be sure to have a beaming smile after exploring our beautiful city zipping along at up to 30kph (power assisted pedalling) on our eBikes.

    Great reviews, affordable and lots of fun. No sweating. Free delivery & collection at your accommodation.  Our eBikes are fun to ride and a great way to explore our city and surrounds.

    Our eBikes have a range of 40 - 60kms travelling at over 20kph. Families love using our eBikes as you get to ride all together and go further!

    You can easily ride to our beautiful Manawatu Gorge Bush walks. Van drop-offs at Te Apiti Windmills for a 30k downhill ride by arrangement.

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  • VertX Climbing Gym - Palmerston North

    VertX is the only recreational climbing facility in the wider Manawatu / Whanganui region. It is heaps of fun whatever age you are.
    Open to the public 5 days a week. We are available for private bookings to schools, businesses and for birthday parties.
    VertX has 20 top rope climbs for all ages and abilities. We also run climbing competitions

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  • Owhango Adventures

    Owhango Adventures is located in the centre of the Ruapehu Region, based in a small town called Owhango and in the perfect location to take a Whanganui River canoe trip. We provide Whanganui River Canoe Hire for either guided or self-guided trips.
    Adult and child prices available for Wanganui adventures from one to five days.

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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.