Northland, Family Activities

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  • Ages 10+

    Bay of Islands Kayaking

    The Islands of the Bay are surrounded by white sand beaches and rocky coastline. There are caves to paddle into and explore and the water is crystal clear. Full day out, suitable for all ages with average fitness.

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  • Ages 8+

    Explore :: Swim with Dolphins

    Discover dolphins in their world. Cruise the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands and spot these playful mammals leaping and dancing over waves. Take the plunge and join them for an unforgettable encounter…suitable for all ages.

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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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  • The Rock Adventure Cruise

    The Rock is New Zealand's biggest house boat, she is purpose built and offers a warm, homely, stable environment for cruising the Bay of Islands. With a capacity of 36, the Rock is suitable for travellers of all ages who enjoy great company, new experiences, and who don't mind getting their feet wet.  Our overnight cruise allows guests to encounter everything the Bay has to offer and reflects the adventurous Kiwi spirit. The Rock features a spacious and open downstairs living area that includes a bar, dining area, lounge, pool table, piano and open fire.  Outside has an open deck that is the ideal platform for the onboard activities. Upstairs all cabins have sea views and doors that open onto observation decks perfect for viewing the scenery and wildlife. Includes fun activities like target shooting, dusk fishing, night kayaking, snorkeling, island exploring and more.

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  • AE Fun Park Whangarei

    Activities include Paintball, Laser Tag, Paintball Tanks, Clay Shooting, Flying Fox, Target Shooting, Mini Putt and Archery. Minimum ages may apply; please contact us for details.

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    • Phone: 09 432 3534
    • Location: 203 Hayward rd, Whangarei.
  • Waipu Museum

    The Search for Paradise.  Small, regional museum following the dramatic story of one of the most remarkable global migrations in NZ history and one of the most famous Scottish migration sagas. Interactive exhibitions and displays.

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    • Phone: 09 432 0746
    • Location: 36 The Centre, Waipu, Northland
  • Rangemore Llamas - Waipapa

    The children will love these gentle, friendly llamas. You will meet some or all of our four breeds of llamas on your guided tour and learn basic information about them and their care. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Rangemore Llama Farm.

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    • Phone: 09 407 7107
    • Location: 38 Shirley Road, Waipapa
  • Claphams Clocks - Whangarei

    Learn about clock making at The National Clock Museum in Whangarei which has one of the largest collections of clocks in the Southern Hemisphere, with its collection of 1400 clocks and 6 music boxes from all over the world. This educational and entertaining experience is one for the whole family!

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    • Phone: 09 438 3993
    • Location: Quayside, Town Basin, Whangarei
  • Glass Bottom Boat

    The Glass Bottom Boat, 'Aquador', runs trips at Goat Island Marine Reserve, world renowned for its abundant marine life. It's located 80kms north of Auckland, just outside the small fishing village, Leigh. Our most popular trip is our 45 minute Around the Island trip. On this trip we show you fish, marine life, reef and caves. A range of bird life can also be seen around Goat Island. All trips have full commentary.

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  • Matakana Country Park

    Within 1 hour from Auckland CBD and just over the hill from Matakana Village you will find an animal petting park, adventure playground, pony rides, sit and ride-on express train, carriage rides and much, much more! Brumbles cafe is open daily during summer and school holidays, The Stables Restaurant is open Weds-Sunday from 4pm and Sundays from noon.  There is also a craft shop, art gallery, remedy room, children's riding lessons and every Sunday the Indie Market from 9.30am-2.30pm.

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    • Location: 1151 Leigh Road, Matakana
  • A Perfect Day - Tutukaka

    Visit the Poor Knights Islands and enjoy sight-seeing, kayaking, cave explorations, snorkeling, swimming, snippets of fascinating history and Island facts and great food. The boat is well fitted-out, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, upstairs viewing, plenty of facilities and the fabulous ‘fish cam’ live video streaming underwater shots right into the boat.

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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.