Taranaki, Family Activities

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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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  • Fun Ho National Toy Museum :: New Plymouth

    Fun Ho! is a genuine Kiwi icon and a toyful experience for children of all ages. For over 70 years Fun Ho! has been a household name, producing robust, long-life toys and becoming true 'Kiwiana'. The Taranaki museum presents examples of the entire collection of over 3000 toys. There is also a shop onsite where you can buy toys and collectibles, as well as a toy repair service.

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    • Phone: 06 756 7030
    • Location: 25 Rata Street, Inglewood, nr New Plymouth
  • Brooklands Zoo :: New Plymouth

    This family focused zoo has a modern free flight aviary plus a farmyard, otters and capuchin monkeys and is designed to help children of all ages to get close to a variety of animals in their unique environments. There is a large playground and picnic area. The Zoo is within easy walking distance from the city centre through Pukekua Park and has pushchair access, a playground, sun shade, toilets and picnic tables.

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    • Phone: 06 759 6060
    • Location: Brookland Drive, New Plymouth
  • Govett Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre

    The Len Lye Centre is an international destination for experimental film and kinetic art.  Check out events, cinema screenings and exhibitions.

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    • Location: 42 Queen Street
      New Plymouth
  • Ages 10+

    Wind Warriors - Foxton Beach

    Wind Warriors Kitesurf and SUP can give you a short lesson and rent you a Powerkite or 3 so the whole family can harness the power and have fun with the wind (choose from a 2 or 4 hour session).  Or you can choose to have a Stand Up Paddleboard lesson and rent enough SUP boards & paddles for the whole family (available rental by the hour, half or full day).

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  • Bowlarama Tenpin Bowling Centre - New Plymouth

    A 16 Lane Bowling Centre that offers great fun for the whole family including younger children 10 years and under with the use of their bowling ramps and gutter guards.  There is also a 18 hole Black Light Mini Putt course that can be enjoyed by all ages including pool and air hockey tables plus arcade games. Ask about our birthday party functions.

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    • Phone: 06 7578 169
    • Location: 188 Devon Street West, New Plymouth
  • Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park :: Taranaki

    This wildlife park brings animals and people together by adopting a hands-on approach to the animals. Sit on a cow, tickle a pig’s tummy, hand feed possums or hold a baby rabbit. Look out for the pet eel, goldfish and rainbow trout on your native bush walk or row a boat amongst black swans. Bring a picnic and enjoy this unique wildlife experience.

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    • Phone: 06 756 7624
    • Location: 356 Kaimata Road, RD8, Inglewood, Taranaki
  • Todd Energy Aquatic Centre :: New Plymouth

    The aquatic centre is an indoor/outdoor swimming complex. Great for the whole family - warm, safe and fun! Enjoy the wave pool, sauna, spa, fitness centre and other facilities all year round. Attractions include: Wave machine, water features, eight training lanes, tarzan rope, inflatable toys. There's also a 32 degree tots' pool with bubbles feature and slide. Fitness Centre, sauna, steam room and cafe on-site.

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    • Phone: 06 759 6060
    • Location: Tisch Avenue, Kawaroa Park, New Plymouth
  • Taranaki Pioneer Village :: Taranaki

    Taranaki Pioneer Village offers 10 years of Taranaki heritage. Experience an outdoor museum presenting the life of Taranaki pioneers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Take a ride on the Pioneer Express. It circuits the village on a 24” gauge railway complete with authentic Steam 'sounds'. The 'Express' can carry 20 children and departs from the refurbished Opunake L19251 Railway Station.

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    • Phone: 06 765 5399
    • Location: State Highway 3, nr Stratford, Central Taranaki
  • Ages 6+

    Naki Nitro - New Plymouth

    With a fleet of karts designed with all ages in mind, from cadet karts (ages 6-9), racer karts (ages 10+) and dual karts for younger children. The whole family can enjoy racing on over 140 metres of indoor track. Great options for birthday parties too.

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    • Phone: 06 755 0384
    • Location: 177 De Havilland Drive, Bell Block, Taranaki
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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.