Southland, 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

  • Stewart Island Experience :: Village and Bays Tour

    Explore Oban and the surrounding bays in our modern mini-buses. Gain an entertaining insight into the community, history and environment of Stewart Island. Our guides enjoy sharing... read more

  • Southern Outdoor Instruction

    Southern Outdoor Instruction have been providing adventure activities since 2006. We specialise in teaching a range of outdoor skills including white water kayaking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and alpine experiences. We have a passion for exploring our natural world and love sharing it with others.

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    • Phone: 03 215 4221
    • Location: 810 North Road Lornville, Invercargill
  • Nugget Point - Catlins

    Nugget Point has dramatic views of 'The Nuggets' that are wave-eroded rocks, likened to the shape of gold nuggets.  These can be seen from the viewing platform at the Nugget Point Lighthouse which was built in 1869-70 and sits 76 metres above sea level. Walking from the car park will take approx 20 minutes (one way) and along the way you may see fir seals, seabirds and elephant seals (Dec-Feb).  

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  • Chipmunks Playland - Invercargill

    Welcome to Chipmunks, the indoor children’s adventure playground and café. Chipmunks is the ultimate place for children up to 11 years to go for entertainment and educational purposes. Our playland primarily consists of specialised play equipment of an extremely high standard, with protective matting and padding. We also have mazes, inflatable slides, flying fox, play stations, ball pools and a separate area for under 3s.

     

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    • Phone: 03 214 6109
    • Location: 103 Spey St, Invercargill
  • Cathedral Caves - Catlins

    These grand imposing caves are one of the well-known Catlins coastal attractions. They can only be accessed at low tide enquire at Information Centres.There is a small entrance fee (the access road is on private land), and the walk from the car park will take you through forest (approx 30 minutes walk one way).  After you come out of the forest it is only a short walk along Waipati Beach to the Cathedral Caves entrance.

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  • Splash Palace - Invercargill

    Splash Palace in Invercargill is one of the premier aquatic facilities in New Zealand. With a unique southern coastal theme the centre is a fun place to visit. There are few communities in the world that can boast an indoor aquatic centre of this size, within walking distance of the CBD, close to a large selection of motels and parks. The facility includes a 50m x 8 lane sports pool with a bulkhead, a leisure pool with waves and sprays, a tots’ pool and a learners’ pool. There is also a water slide, spa pool, steam room and a café, all indoors with convenient off street car parking. The Splash Palace Swim School is available for babies to adults, of all levels.

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    • Phone: 03 217 3838
    • Location: 56 Elles Road, Invercargill
  • Curio Bay - Catlins

    Curio Bay is of international significance for its fossilised forest dating back to the Jurassic period. The tree fossils you see here are 160 million years old and the forest was alive when NZ was part of Gondwanaland. Curio Bay’s fossil forest is best viewed at low tide from the viewing platform which is only a short walk (5 minutes) from the car park.

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  • Ages 5+

    Catlins Horse Riding

    Stunning views over several beaches and with personalized service, you will enjoy the selection of rides ranging from 1 hour treks to full day options.  With small groups and the opportunity to ride among farm animals, through native forest and along sandy beaches to play in the surf or view the sea lions, your family will have a great adventure.

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    • Phone: 03 415 8368
    • Location: Te Taunga, 41 Newhaven Road, RD1, Owaka, South Otago
  • Experience Mandeville

    Step back in time into the Aviation Museum, take a trip of a lifetime in one of our Vintage Aircraft flights, then explore the Mandeville precinct - the historic former Mandeville Railway hotel building, and enjoy a coffee and something to eat at Miss Cocoa Coffee Cafe.

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  • Queens Park

    Queens Park is located in the centre of the city offering over 80 hectares of landscaped gardens. Offering an impressive bird aviary, animal enclosures, children’s play areas, extensive sporting facilities and cafes. Other hHighlights include a rose garden, rhododendron dell, an azalea garden, Japanese garden, dramatic tree lined walkways, bush paths through a selection of native plants and rock and herb gardens and an indoor Winter Garden that features tropical and flowering plants and cacti that are displayed in an adjoining house.

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    • Location: Enter the park on Gala Street, Queens Drive or Herbert Street, Invercargill
  • Reading Cinemas - Invercargill

    Invercargill’s First Class 5 screen cinema complex. The cinemas feature huge screens, first release movies and value packed candy bar deals! Spit the Dummy Each Wednesday morning Reading Cinemas presents 'SPIT THE DUMMY' Sessions. Relax and enjoy a movie at Reading Cinemas without worrying about feeding in the dark or those unexpected hissyfits. We'll keep the lights dimmed so that you can see what you're doing. Free entry for children under 5. *Conditions Apply. Spit The Dummy does not run during school holidays.

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    • Phone: 03 211 1555
    • Location: 29 Dee Street, Invercargill
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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.