Northland, Family Activities

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  • Ages 7+

    Bumper Ball - Whangarei

    There's a new buzz in Whangarei 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... read more

  • Ages 6+

    O'Neill Surf Academy - Northland & Matakana

    O'Neill Surf Academy has THE best range of surf experiences for families! They offer Kids Only - 90 minutes sessions, Family Surf Lessons - 2 hours (for 2 adults & up to 3 kids), P... read more

  • Explore Group - Dune Rider Tour

    Discover the Far North on our purpose-built off road vehicle. Visit gumdiggers park, Cape Reinga, drive along 90 Mile Beach, boogie board down massive sand dunes and more! Fascinating commentary,drive along the sand on Ninety Mile Beach, climb the giant sand dunes and boogie board back down. Visit Cape Reinga then the ‘world famous' Mangonui Fish shop for the freshest fish and chips (included in the price).

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  • Saltwater Eco

    Saltwater Eco are the Matakana Coasts premiere Surf and Snorkel specialists. We offer a fantastic range of surf and snorkel lessons, tours and rentals for all ages and abilities. We lead by example actively promoting best practice and responsible recreation, whilst delivering quality experiences that will excite, energise and most importantly connect you to New Zealand's incredible natural environments.
    We pride ourselves on offering quality eco-focused products with purpose. Our unique Saltwater Offerings are designed to excite, energise and most importantly connect our clients to New Zealand’s incredible natural environments.

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  • Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands - Paihia

    Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands offers the most extensive range of Bay of Islands cruises. See all the top Bay of Islands attractions, like the famous Hole in the Rock, beautiful Urupukapuka Island and the Cape Brett Peninsula as well as dolphins, whales and other marine life. Go swimming with dolphins, sail on the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson or experience an Island Adventure. Cruises depart daily from Paihia and Russell.

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  • Bay Of Islands Honey Shop and NZ Biggest Hive

    The Honey Shop

    We stock a full range of honey products at reasonable prices including skincare, toys, beeswax candles, beekeeping equipment, and of course a delicious range of honey, including active Manuka honey and comb honey straight from the hive. New Zealand's biggest hive! Walk right inside to see the honeybees hard at work.  You can also try the FULL HIVE EXPERIENCE! Get up close and personal with a frame of bees. Bookings essential and weather permitting.

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  • Papatuanuku Earth Mother Tours

    Experience an exclusive maori cultural guided tour through an amazing native kauri forest.
    Learn how maori traditionally used the trees, plants and birds of the forest to heal, protect, nourish, entertain and support their growing families.
    * Knowledge of traditional trapping methods for food.
    * Modern pest control trapping methods used today.
    * Option to try traditional maori medicines.
    * Listen to the haunting sounds of a traditional maori instrument.

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  • Waipu Horse Adventure

    Waipu Horse Adventures offers a unique opportunity to experience the Bream Bay and Waipu coastline on horseback. Our super team of horses are fully trained to offer you a wonderful experience.
    Our ride takes you along the beach and around the popular horse trails along Uretiti Beach.
    Small cosy groups of up to 5 people with a friendly guide experienced in dealing with novice riders.
    Rides are for 1 hour.
    All levels are caterd for although we expect consideration to be given to others of a lesser ability.

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  • Ages 10+

    Coastal Kayakers

    Our half day kayak adventure is ideal for families. Departing daily from our base at Waitangi Beach we paddle up the sheltered waters of the Waitangi Estuary to spend time exploring the fascinating Mangrove forests and Haruru falls. At the falls you can test your skills by paddling under the waterfall or just relax and enjoy refreshments on the beach. We have single and double kayaks to choose from.

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  • Explore Group - Hole in the Rock Tour

    Cruise and discover the very best of the Bay of Islands. Experience the spectacular scenery in an area that is soaked in rich culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. Your cruise includes:
    •Crusing among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary
    •A visit to the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock' and when conditions permit travel through it
    •Viewing dolphins on over 90% of our trips, we are the only ‘Hole in the Rock' trip with a lifetime dolphin viewing guarantee.
    •Island stop at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation's Urupukapuka Island Other tours and combos available, including riding on the dunes, swimming with dolphins and racing on sailing yachts. 

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  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, overlooking the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand's pre-eminent historic site. It was here on February 6th, 1840, that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. Visit the Birthplace of a Nation (free entry for all New Zealanders) and enjoy a range of tours and activities.

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  • Ages 10+

    Dive! Tutukaka - Whangarei

    Giant weta, tuatara, birds, dolphins, sting rays and fish and more fish! They offer snorkeling, kayaking, sightseeing and diving. The minimum age for children to dive is 10 years old, (subject to any medical conditions). No minimum age for children’s snorkeling but they must be supervised. Kids’ size wetsuits available. They provide a buffet lunch and free transport from Whangarei.

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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.