Manawatu, Family Activities

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lollipop's Playland and Cafe - Palmerston North

    Indoor Play Centre with a three level playground maze, big slide, ball pits, jumping castle, merry go round, and a special area for the little ones.

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    • Phone: 06 356 6200
    • Location: 25 Matipo Street, Palmerston North
  • Ages 3+

    Mangaweka Adventure Company

    Check our their "Splash and Giggle", a perfect introduction to rafting for the whole family. This is a fun and bouncy float along Grade 2 rapids that start straight away and are intermingled with long flat pools ideal for that tempting swim on a hot summers day! Want more...they also offer a half day option giving you more family fun time on the water!

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  • The Putt Hut - Palmerston North

    An 18 hole indoor mini golf course that provides great family fun entertainment.  Light refreshments available. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am to 8pm.

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    • Phone: 06 213 9944
    • Location: 72 Napier Road, Palmerston North
  • Kids Republic Adventure Playland & Cafe - Palmerston North

    The biggest and best indoor and outdoor playground that is centrally located, suitable for kids of all ages and home to triple racing slides, fun filled mazes over 3 levels, jumbo trampolines, 4.5 vertical drop slide, amazing rock climbing walls, party lounges and a café. Birthday's, after school care and holiday programmes available.

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    • Phone: 06 355 3551
    • Location: 35 Grey St, Palmerston North
  • Ages 7+

    Daytona Indoor Raceway - Palmerston North

    Daytona Indoor Raceway offers indoor racing suitable for all ages 7+ with a variety of different karts from our junior kadets, to intermediate and senior.  A great place to come that is fun for the whole family.  Also a host of private functions that includes kids birthday parties, where you get to have exclusive track hire and race against only your buddies.  Minimum height 1.2m.

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    • Phone: 06 353 5082
    • Location: 23 Bennett Street, Palmerston North
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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.