Northland, Family Activities

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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.
  • Northland Ostrich and Emu Farm - Waiharara

    Just off State Highway 1 you can see ostriches and emus at this farm. Enjoy a guided tour and then stop at the shop for ostrich meat or souvenirs.

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    • Phone: 09 406 8807
    • Location: 388 Kaimaumau Road, Waiharara
  • 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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  • Cape Reinga / Ninety Mile Beach

    Journey to the very top of the North Island – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua). Uncover the wild beauty of this vast and untouched region, rich in Māori culture and tradition, on a full-day return tour from Paihia or Kerikeri. As you travel north, enjoy a taste of New Zealand's varying and beautiful landscape: the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal views and native forest and experience Ninety Mile Beach.

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    • Phone: 09 402 7421
    • Location: Pick up from select accommodation (check for details)
  • Action World - Paihia (summer only Sept - May)

    Whether it’s trying the high wire, bungee running climbing wall, extreme slide, jousting bridge, krazy ladder, mini golf, roller racers, tarzan swings, trampoline, trapeze or waterslide, children and adults will have an exciting time in safe surroundings.

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    • Phone: 09 402 6055
    • Location: 54 Puketona Road, Paihia
  • Skatescool - Whangarei

    Skatescool in Whangarei offers heaps of fun for kids and adults alike, whether it be participating in their Roller Disco - bring the whole family for a fun night out or learning to skate and progress your skills as a fun after school activity!  The team also offer birthday party entertainment for 2 hours either at your place or at the Ngunguru Sports Complex or Onerahi Hall.  This is fun for all to enjoy!

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  • Pupurangi Hire and Tour

    Whangarei guided tours, abseiling, walking tours, bike tours, waka ama tours (outrigger canoe), kayak hire and whangarei harbour water sports.

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    • Phone: 09 438 8117
    • Location: Jetty1, Riverside Drive Next to bridge on the eastern side of the Whangarei Town Basin Marina
  • The Kumara Box :: Dargaville

    Check out Ernie’s live Kumara show just 10 minutes drive from Dargaville. Ernie tells stories of the farming history of the Kumara and also the Kauri Coast

    then takes you for a drive around his extensive kumara farm on his tractor powered train with carriages that have been fashioned from oil drums painted with matching colours of his kumara crops.

    This is an interesting fun trip for all ages.

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    • Phone: 09 439 7018
    • Location: 503 Poutu Road Dargaville, Northland
  • Strategy Tag - Whangarei

    Strategy Tag has been operating in Mangapai Road, Whangarei for 20years!  We have been giving people of the North the most awesome game of paintball and give our customers the best in service, facilities and field. Birthday party packages available.  Minimum age: 12 years.

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    • Phone: 09 432 2477
    • Location: 158 Mangapai Road RD 8, Whangarei
  • 10 Pin Bowling and Lazer Maze

    10 Pin Bowling>>We have the bumpers for novices, ramps for those that need a little extra help, wheelchair access to bowling lanes and toilets, plus super-friendly staff!
    Lazer Maze>>The Ultimate Lazer Game Adventure uses the latest hi-tech equipment. Set in an indoor Maze (over 150 square metres) with music and special effect lighting.

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    • Phone: 09 438 1028
    • Location: 129 Port Rd, Okara, Whangarei,
  • Ages 10+

    Paihia Paintball

    Set among rolling farmland and Northland bush Paihia Paintball has one of the best paintball courses in the country packed with hard-core features including a flying fox, waterways, bridges and towers. There are three different courses to choose from and a variety of missions to keep the paint flying and the fun levels high!

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  • 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
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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.