Northland, Family Activities

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  • 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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  • Northland Paddleboarding

    Anyone from age 5 can learn to paddleboard, and we go where conditions are most suitable on any day. You can take an hour lesson or come out on a day trip with us. No experience is necessary and you are not expected to get wet.

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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
  • Makana Confectionery – Bay of Islands

    See how chocolates are made, try a few samples and buy some to take home! This visit to Makana’s boutique chocolate factory will make anyone with a sweet tooth very happy!

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    • Phone: 09 407 6800
    • Location: 504 Kerkeri Road, Bay of Islands
  • Ages 6+

    Goat Island Dive & Snorkel

    The Guided Snorkel is fantastic for all experience levels. For those who are new to snorkeling and swimming, our Divemasters keep you safe and comfortable. For those who have experience snorkeling we focus on enhancing your skills while exploring the hot spots. Minimum age of 6 years (kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult) and a basic swimming ability to get the most out of your experience. Life jackets are available for children.

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  • 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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  • 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,
  • The Kauri Museum

    The Kauri Museum is one of New Zealand’s most amazing theme museums. Explore the many exceptional displays from our magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture and the largest collection of kauri gum in the world, to restored machinery, including NZ’s earliest tractor, a 1929 Cat 60, and a turning steam sawmill.

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    • Phone: 09 431 7417
    • Location: 5 Church Road RD 1 Matakohe, Northland, New Zealand
  • 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
  • Matthews Vintage Collection - Kaitaia

    This is a unique opportunity to view a privately owned collection of vintage cars and machinery used in farming dating back to the early 1900s. Matthews Vintage Collection includes vintage cars, tractors and farm implements and is located indoors. They are 5 kilometres north of Taipa on State Highway 10. Matthews has a bird aviary and children will love meeting Milly and Molly, the two friendly ostriches and pet lamb, Matthew.

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    • Phone: 09 406 0203
    • Location: Aurere, RD3, 4365 State Highway 10, Kaitaia
  • The Parrot Place

    The Parrot Place is a Bird Display and Breeding Centre set in the heart of Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. We have approx 300 birds from all over the world and run a successful breeding and rearing programme.

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    • Phone: 09 407 5146
    • Location: 1 Mission Road, Keri Keri, Bay of Islands
  • Kiwi North

    Kiwi North is set on 25 hectares of rolling, volcanic farmland, forest and bush, with views that overlook the city of Whangarei and the Whangarei Heads. The site features a museum, a nocturnal kiwi house and gift store, and unique Victorian heritage buildings.

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    • Phone: 09 438 9630
    • Location: 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei, 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
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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.