Waikato, Walks & Parks

  • Bridal Veil Falls Walk - Raglan

    This twenty minute (return) walk is suitable for pushchairs (but is not wheelchair accessible) and is an easy walk to the top of the 55 metre Falls following the Pakoka River most of the way.

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    • Location: off Kawhia Road, near Raglan
  • Cox’s Bay - Raglan

    This is a sheltered inner-harbour beach which is great for picnics and is safe to take children.

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    • Location: Bayview Road and Daisy Street
  • Yarndley’s Bush - Waikato

    A short walk of about 30 minutes return will take you along a board-walked track and through 14 hectares of Kahikatea forest. There is a viewing tower half-way around the track where you can see the canopy layers within the bush.

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    • Location: off Ngaroto Road, off State Highway 3
  • Bryant Memorial Track - Nr Raglan

    This 20 minute walk one way will take you through a small patch of coastal forest down to Ngarunui Beach. On the way you can admire the nikau palms and there is a lookout a third of the way down with views along the coast.

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    • Location: Access from Wainui Road or Earlest Place, Near Raglan
  • Ruakuri Walkway - Waitomo

    The 45 minute return journey is over a well-constructed track which passes through picturesque rain forest and limestone landscale with excellent views of the Ruakuri Natural Tunnel (a remnant cave). There are picnic tables and toilets at the start of the walk.

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    • Location: 3 Kilometres from Waitomo Museum, off Tumutumu Road
  • Ocean Beach - Raglan

    This is a great picnic spot if it isn’t too windy and you can see spectacular views of the Raglan bar. Swimming is only safe between the flags as there are strong undertows and the western end of the beach is only patrolled during the summer months.

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    • Location: Wainu Road, via Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive
  • Mount Maunganui Main Beach

    The beautiful white sands at Mount Maunganui become the main centre for such activities in the summertime as volleyball and sandcastle building, and the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, making it a safe swimming destination. There is a parade of cafes, shops and restaurants nearby.

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  • Te Kopua Beach - Raglan

    This is the safest beach in Raglan for swimming. It is accessible from either the road or from the footbridge at the lower end of Bow Street. The beach is black-sand but is popular with families. There is a children’s playground.

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    • Location: Over footbridge by holiday park, Raglan
  • Barnett Bush Circuit Walk - Waikato

    This is a 30 minute return walk and the track is wide and easy-going. The reserve has been extensively restored, including the re-introduction of the North Island robins.

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    • Location: Access from Waotu South Road near Lake Arapuni
  • Taitua Arboretum

    If you're looking for a tranquil picnic spot, or an opportunity to escape the bustle of the city, then Taitua Arboretum offers a relaxing retreat. The arboretum has a collection of mature trees covering 20 hectares of open pasture, lakes and woodland gardens which are linked by a network of meandering walking paths. With great views and wonderful bird life, the arboretum is ideal for a family outing or Sunday stroll. Admission is FREE.

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    • Location: From Hamilton follow SH23 west (towards Raglan) and turn left into Howden Road, then left again into Taitua Road.
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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.