South Canterbury, Family Activities

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  • Ages 7+

    Bumper Ball

    There's a new buzz in town 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 Ball... read more

  • High Country Salmon - Twizel

    High Country Salmon is ideally situated on State Highway 8 just south of the town of Twizel and is a must-see place to visit and relax.  With a gorgeous backdrop and idyllic scenery you will enjoy their unique floating shop that is positioned on the glacial waters of the Wairepo Arm.  There is a cafe where visitors have the opportunity to purchase salmon, enjoy free fish feeding (kids will be excited and love this!) and you can relax with a coffee and a selection of light meals, all whilst overlooking how a working salmon farm is operated.  Nationwide salmon delivery available.

     

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  • 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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  • Ages 12+

    Big Rock Canyons - Tui Canyon Water Fun Park

    Suitable for ages 12 years and up, experience adrenalin-filled action as you jump into pools, slide down chutes and rappel-abseil down rocks and waterfalls.
    The deep green forest of Tui canyon gives a feeling of being back in nature as you travel through a narrow gorge.
    With only a ten minute walk from the car park, this trip is a great place to start your canyoning adventures!

     

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  • Ages 11+

    Big Rock Canyons - Geraldine

    Big Rock Canyons offers NZ’s most easily accessed canyoning trips. The Tui & Kaumira Canyon will enable family fun (Tui min. age 11 years & Kaumira min. age 13 years) as you learn to rappel and challenge yourself with optional jumps that get bigger as you go, fun slides, combos, zips and flips! All under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. 

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  • Funky Bugs - Timaru

    Funky Bugs is a Timaru based children's outdoor party hire facility with an awesome outdoor play area, and fun hosts to run the flow of your party!   Aimed at children aged 5-10 years, we encourage active play, imagination and games that focus on energy and fun!  Kids and parents are loving our parties - contact us for more details! Available for exclusive hire at the weekends only.

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  • The Wrinkly Rams - Omarama

    The Wrinkly Rams offers a cafe with great espresso coffee & delicious food and that enjoy great scenic views and a large grass outdoor dining area for kids to enjoy. There is also a gift shop for great merino wool products, sheep toys & souvenirs, gifts, jewellery, arts & crafts, and much more. Plus you can be entertained by watching their daily sheep shearing show.

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  • The Tin Shed - Geraldine

    Welcome to The Tin Shed. We are a country store located in South Canterbury, a beautiful farming region of New Zealand. If you are searching for authentic and natural New Zealand made woollen goods, then look no further - The Tin Shed is your one-stop-online-shop for all things woolly and warm! What’s more, we have animals galore to visit and pet!

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  • The Paca Shack - Fairlie

    Visit The Paca Shack for a gorgeous range of 100% alpaca yarns. With a great range of handspun yarns which have been spun right here in The Paca Shack you will find crafts, bedding, homeware, clothing, baby products and more.  Also offering alpaca farm visits where you can meet and greet our beautiful Alpaca, Llama and sheep

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  • One Ring Tours - Twizel

    All our scheduled tours have a maximum of only 9 people and with only a short traveling time to the location you get an informative, personal and fun LOTR experience.  Choose from either our one or two hour tour or our twilight tour.

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    • Phone: 03 4350 073
    • Location: C/O Mackenzie Country Inn, Corner Of Ostler & Wairepo Streets, Twizel
  • Ages 4+

    Glacier Explorers - Mount Cook

    Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer are readily accessible to travellers. By boat, we explore the huge dripping iceface of New Zealand’s largest glacier. Watch and listen to the ice melting before your eyes in this tranquil glacial lake nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Discover spectacular ice formations which have calved into the murky waters of Lake Tasman. Stop, to touch and taste 500 year old ice and, on occasion, a walk on an iceberg provides a new and exciting experience for all.

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    • Phone: 03 435 1641
    • Location: Mount Cook National Park
  • Balmoral Farmyard and Shop - Tekapo

    The Balmoral Farmyard and Shop is located next to Mt John Homestead. With a lovely range of farm animals which you can get close to, the kids will love this.  You can also purchase animal feed if you would like to feed the animals.

     

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    • Phone: 021 329 885
    • Location: 19 Main Highway, Lake Tekapo
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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.