Wellington, Family Activities

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  • Ages 13+

    Bike Tours - Electric Bike Guided Tours

    Jump on your electric bike and enjoy a fun, light hearted and engaging tour of Wellington. Departing from the Waterfront you will set out on a journey to enjoy picturesque panoramic views of Wellington's spectacular scenery and discover it's colourful history.

    The electric bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of fitness, if you can ride a bike you can ride the electric bikes!

    Electric Bays Guided Tour

    Half day trip where your guide will navigate you from the Waterfront to Wellington's quiet bays.

    Self Guided Full Tour

    This is a great full day tour where you can travel at your own pace throughout the day. You will be given instructions and a cycle map and left to your own devices to discover whatever you wish to!

    The Rimutaka Rail Trail can be explored by taking the bikes on a train then riding from Maymorn to Featherston.  This is a world class track well away from the city. Pack your lunch, take your camera and ride the old railway line taking in the New Zealand forest and history.

    Minimum age 13 years.

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  • Bargain Rental Cars

    This is a family owned and operated, family-friendly car and van rental business offering awesome service and quality along with incredible prices – you need look no further!We hav... read more

  • Flat Hills Cafe & Tourist Park - Ohingaiti

    Flat Hills offers a wide variety of reasons to stop in, take a break and let the kids play, all whilst you relax and enjoy this lovely country setting.  Not only does the cafe offe... read more

  • The Southern Cross

    The Southern Cross is one of those places that really knows how to involve its community - they love taking care of the whole family!  One of their strengths is certainly the famil... read more

  • Fear Factory Wellington

    Wellington's newest and most horrifying experience! (but don't worry - it's lots of fun too). Bring the kids to New Zealand's Scariest and Unique Haunted House - or should we say H... read more

  • Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Cafe

    Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe is the perfect 'must see' attraction for families that provides visitors with the unique and exciting opportunity to connect with nature in a beau... read more

  • Ages 6+

    Adrenalin Forest

    Take a walk in the treetops! This is an adventure park in the heart of the forest, testing your agility and balance in a safe and controlled, but of course, super-fun environment! ... read more

  • 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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  • The Boatshed :: Days Bay

    Cool little spot for a family day out: SUP and sit on top kayak hire, real fruit ice cream, unique lolly shop, bike hire. Grab a kayak (weather dependant) and cruise out to Matiu / Somes Island - about 45 minutes paddle each way.

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    • Phone: 04 562 8150
    • Location: 612A Marine Drive, Days Bay, Lower Hutt
  • Wellington Museum

    The Wellington Museum is home to the intriguing stories of Wellington's social, cultural and maritime history. Exhibitions house precious objects and use stunning special effects bringing the past to life.
    The Museum is located in the heart of Wellington's vibrant waterfront - just 2 minutes from Lambton Quay and 8 minutes from Te Papa. We are open every day from 10 am to 5pm (except Christmas Day).
    A tour with a friendly and knowledgeable Museum Host is the ideal way to gain a personalised insight into the stories of Wellington.

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    • Phone: 04 472 8904
    • Location: Queens Wharf 3 Jervois Quay Wellington
  • Fergs Kayaks & Indoor Climbing Wall

    Fergs Kayaks and Indoor Climbing are home to the largest indoor real rock wall in NZ!  This 13 metre high wall offers something for everyone whether you are an absolute beginner or complete climbing whizz.  There are heaps of kids climbing options available during the school term, in the holidays or for a Sunday morning session.  Birthday Parties are awesome at Fergs, with freedom hire climb parties for 8 or more friends on weekdays or weekends – or come and experience the fun and excitement of Fergs Adventure Birthdays – bring the kids along for an adventure race that includes unlocking clues and challenges either by rock, inline skating or paddling to win your way to victory and prizes! Fergs Kayaks also have a great range of hire options for SUPs, bicycles, inline skate hire and kayaks. 

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    • Phone: 04 499 8898
    • Location: Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington
  • Ages 4+

    HangDog Rock Climbing - Lower Hutt

    HangDog is an indoor rock climbing adventure for beginners through to advanced climbers. It is fun for everyone from adults right down to young children as young as 4. They offer beginner and advanced climbing walls, lessons and equipment hire - everything you need to get started. Birthday party hire options available too.

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    • Phone: 04 589 9181
    • Location: 453 Hutt Road, Alicetown, Lower Hutt
  • Carter Observatory

    Bring your family and friends and take a virtual journey through space in Carter's Pelorus Trust Planetarium – a state-of-the-art full-dome digital theatre, then take your own steps through space as you walk through the world-class interactive multimedia space experience. A varied timetable of Planetarium Shows includes a dynamic and thrilling show and a guided tour of the night sky. Telescope viewing, historical astronomical artifacts and our spacey shop will complete your family experience.

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    • Phone: 04 910 3140
    • Location: Botanic Garden, at the top of the Cable Car, Wellington
  • Wellington Cable Car

    The Cable Car is one of Wellington’s oldest and most popular tourist attractions. Cars depart every ten minutes from Lambton Quay in the heart of the city and run under the corporate towers of The Terrace, emerging in Kelburn and ending up at the top of Upland Road where the Lookout, Carter Observatory and Cable Car Museum are located.

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    • Phone: 04 472 2199
    • Location: 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington
  • Strike Entertainment Centre

    Lazer Tag - a fun, fast paced game, played in our space-themed maze with state of the art, New Zealand Made Vests and Guns. Enter the Maze for ten minutes as one of up to 18 players and work together to "tag" the members of the other team. More tags = More points, but be careful: if you are tagged, your vest and gun are disarmed for a short period of time and you lose points! Great for young and old - without the "ouch" of paintball!
    Also, Ten Pin Bowling with bumper rails to help the kids, cafe onsite and birthday party packages available.

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    • Phone: 04 568 3168
    • Location: 399 Lower Hutt Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
  • Lindale Tourist and Agricultural Centre - Kapiti Coast

    The Farm Show is an all weather fun and educational experience including a shearing and milking demonstration, and the chance to handmilk a cow or feed the baby animals with a bottle. Take some food on the farm walk and most of the animals will eat from your hand. There are toilets, a café, restaurant and picnic areas.

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    • Phone: 029 254 9765
    • Location: State Highway 1, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
  • Bowlarama

    Great family entertainment - 12 fully-electronic / automatic lanes and scoring, Kiddy bumpers on all lanes for children, Comfortable seating, 2 Projection screens for your viewing pleasure, Stylish bowling shoes.

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    • Phone: 04 920 0200
    • Location: 52 Hall St Newtown, Wellington
  • Cable Car Museum

    The award-winning Cable Car Museum brings to life the story of Wellington's iconic cable cars. Situated within the original Winding House, the Museum is home to two of the original grip cars and the historic winding machinery once used to haul the cars through a series of tunnels up the steep incline.

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    • Phone: 04 475 3578
    • Location: 1a Upland Road Kelburn Wellington
  • Colonial Cottage Museum

    Wellington’s oldest original cottage is home to the story of the Wallis family who lived there for three generations. A guided tour of Cottage and garden gives a glimpse into the lives of this pioneering New Zealand family. Or you can stroll around the organic heritage garden at any time and visit our resident chickens.

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    • Phone: 04 384 9122
    • Location: 68 Nairn Street Mt Cook Wellington
  • Murrayfield Clydesdales - nr Levin

    Experience New Zealand’s pioneering heritage and learn how your ancestors lived in the days before washing machines and running water! The museum at Murrayfield has lots of exhibits to teach the children how life used to be, including items from a general store, chemist and how people saw movies before the advent of videos and DVDs. The miniature town of Helenstown depicts a typical town around the early 1900s, complete with miniature train and water fountain. Meet the beautiful Clydesdale horses in the stables and stop at the café for light refreshments and a view of animals grazing in the green paddocks beneath the Tararua Ranges.

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    • Phone: 06 367 8166
    • Location: Corner Potts Road and State Highway 57
  • East by West Ferries

    Enjoy the best of Wellington with a cruise on the citys unique harbour ferry service. Up to 16 return harbour crossings daily between Queens Wharf and Days Bay and calling into Matiu Somes Island.

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    • Phone: 04 499 1282
    • Location: 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
  • Wellington Zoo

    Wellington Zoo has more than 500 animals living in enclosures designed to be as natural and similar to the environment they live in as possible. Cheetahs, lions, tigers, reptiles, birds and fish are just some of the animals you can see at the zoo. School and community groups can book a sleepover at the zoo – mattresses, supper and breakfast are all provided. Would you like to hand feed a red panda or a giraffe or spend a day behind the scenes? Book a close encounter at the zoo and enjoy a truly unique animal experience.

    Pushchairs are for hire for $20 including a $10 bond. Toilets are situated throughout the zoo and there is a parent’s room in the entrance foyer. Don’t forget to visit the Zoo shop for a fantastic range of soft toys, souvenirs and children’s t-shirts.

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    • Phone: 04 381 6755
    • Location: 200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington
  • The Enormous Crocodile Company

    Take your family or friends on a discovery tour from Oriental Bay to Kumutoto on an Enormous Crocodile quadricycle. These two or four seater, four wheeled, covered cycles are fun for the whole family (but person hiring must be at least 18 years of age).

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    • Phone: 027 276 2269
    • Location: Clyde Quay Wharf, Downtown Wellington
  • The Bike Shed :: Pencarrow

    There's plenty to see and do around Eastbourne and Pencarrow - explore Wellington’s wild South Coast, including historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, lakes and wetlands, amazing views of Wellington and the Kaikoura Ranges, and occasional sightings of seals, little blue penguins, dolphins and orca!

    Or for a more relaxed experience, grab a bike and cruise Eastbourne’s bays and cafes.

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    • Phone: 04 562 7077
    • Location: South End of Muritai Road, Eastbourne
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Our favourite destinations…

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.