Wellington, Family Activities

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • Flip City - Palmerston North

    Flip City is a purpose driven 973 m2 industrial building full of interconnected trampolines from the floor to the walls! Kids love bouncing (and I'm pretty sure so do you Mum & Dad... 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

  • 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

  • Waikanae Estuary Bird Tours

    The Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve is home to over 63 species of birds (at some time during the year), many of these can be seen in their natural and native habitats during a Bird tour with Mik Peryer
    Mik offers his services as a Tour Guide around the Estuary; and he also presents very interesting and informative talks about the Waikanae Estuary Birdlife for a range of audiences.
    Stroll along the sandspit/riverbank and enjoy the magnificent scenery while observing the current residents which may include Caspian Terns, Royalspoonbills, Shags, Dabchicks, Scaup, Herons, Shovelers, Pukeko and many more species of birds who reside in the Estuary.

    Kids only $2!

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  • The Alpaca Place - Masterton

    Take part in a guided tour and meet all the alpacas from the smallest cria (baby) to the largest stud male, and learn their stories.  You'll be introduced to Jake and Bracken, our miniature alpacas, and you’ll be give the chance to cuddle them and their alpaca friends, and take them for a walk! Children under 15 are free, allow 2 hours.

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  • Tussock Ridge Farm Tours

    Experience the unique beauty of rural New Zealand. Located only minutes northwest of Wellington – voted the Coolest Little Capital in the World, you’ll find Tussock Ridge Farm Tours, here you will enjoy an unforgettable 4WD journey across three privately-owned working farms in Ohariu Valley.  Tours are guided by a local Ohariu Valley Farmer and owner of one of the 850 acre farms that you will be taken over. You are guaranteed to see a real slice of Kiwi farming by getting up close to some of the many thousands of sheep and helping to feed the beautiful wild Kaimanawa horses and wild eels.  
    A highlight of the tour is the journey out to the rugged west coast on the farm to our shepherd’s cabin, situated on the cliffs high above the Cook Strait.  Here you’ll enjoy complimentary afternoon tea with one of the most spectacular views New Zealand has on offer.

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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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  • Walk Wellington

    Discover Wellington with an easy-paced 2 to 2-1/2 hour walk. Departs the i-SITE Visitor Centre every day at 10am. Local guides introduce you to the vibrant culture, history and hidden treasures that you won't find in a guide book.

    Wellington is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a rich history as New Zealand's capital.
    Walk Wellington tours give you an opportunity to get to know the city in a short time with enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guides. Our tours visit key sights in the city centre, including Civic Square, Queen's Wharf, the Supreme Court, the Old Government Buildings, the grounds of Parliament, and Old St Paul's Cathedral.

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  • Wellington Hop On Hop Off

    A Great Guided Scenic Tour & Wellington’s 11 Best Hop On and Off Stops
    Hop on board one of our 20 seat buses and traverse Wellington's narrow and winding streets on our intimate and informative one and a half hour guided tour.
    Soak up breathtaking views, fascinating architecture, eclectic suburbs and beautiful coastal scenery while our local guides tell you all about Wellington's unique culture, history and city life.

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  • Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

    Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre gives you a chance to get up close and personal with native friends. Animal lovers can get into the wild with entrance to the park for adults, children or a family pass.

    The wildlife centre offers its visitors interactive galleries and close encounter areas. Guests can see Manukura, the rare white North Island Brown Kiwi and her friend Turua in the kiwi house. The Walking Track – Te Arapiki o Tawhaki, lets you weave through the forest and listen to the birds as they call to each other.

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  • Green Jersey Cycle Tours - Martinborough

    Out and about in Martinborough you'll visit 2 child friendly wineries a small farm with friendly animals and an olive grove where the kids can do some tasting. Our friendly guide will entertain the kids while you taste the wine. Includes picnic lunch, tasting fees and bike or rickshaw hire. Departs 11am, allow 4 hours, available at weekends and on public holidays only. Bike hire also available that includes family and tag-a-long bikes, phone for details.

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    • Phone: 021 074 6640
    • Location: opposite the Martinborough I-site, Kitchener St, Martinborough
  • Junglerama Adventure Playground

    Junglerama Adventure Playland and Cafe has endless fun for kids of all ages! Includes a large multi-level climbing structure, Inflatable slide, Inflatable obstacle course, Toddler area with soft toys, Jungle themed party tents and onsite cafe for the parents or kids' time out! Birthday Parties a speciality with food provided.

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    • Phone: 04 9200 200
    • Location: 52 Hall St, Newtown, Wellington
  • Owlcatraz - Shannon

    Visit the world of the native New Zealand owl, known as the morepork or ruru. Guided tours range from 30 minutes to 2 hours and there is no barrier between you and the birds so you will see the owls close up. As well as owls, Owlcatraz has two ostriches, deer and other animals. A miniature train near the picnic area will take you to the Lolly Shop and there is also a craft shop.

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    • Phone: 06 362 7872
    • Location: Main Road South, Shannon
  • Ages 7+

    Daytona Raceway Wellington

    Daytona Raceway Wellington is an adrenaline pumping, indoor go kart racing attraction where you will experience some high-octane fun (min. age 10+ and min. height 1.4m), there is also Indoor Paintball and JT splatmaster paintball guns for the kids (ages 7+). You can also play 18 holes of mini-golf fun, a game the whole family will enjoy. They also offer kids parties!

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    • Phone: 04 979 9426
    • Location: 85-87 Port Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Laughalots Playland

    Wellingtons' Newest Indoor Playground, and the only playland in the region to have FREE amusement rides! Giant indoor climbing frame, Giant inflatable slide, Dancing Car Merry Go Round FREE! Carousels FREE! Dedicated Toddler area with own carousel, climbing frame, bouncy castle and more. Great Cafe serving good food and coffee. Dedicated Party Rooms for the best party in town,. Party Supplies and novelties.

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    • Phone: 04 589 9621
    • Location: 499 Hutt Rd, Station Village Complex, Alicetown, Lower Hutt
  • New Zealand Police Museum

    The New Zealand Police Museum collects evidence of our history in action. Historical objects and original evidence are used in displays that tell the story of the formation of New Zealand's Police as well as their changing role in all areas of law enforcement. Many major historical events also feature, including the 1913 strikes, 1981 Springbok Tour, the Erebus plane disaster and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. This is a great family friendly activity that will interest kids of all ages. Guided tours can be booked on request and adapted to suit differing ages. There is a Museum shop with collectable memorabilia, novelty gifts, postcards and toys along with the widest range of policing history books in New Zealand. General admission is free and guided tours $5 per adult and $3 per child.

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    • Phone: 04 238 3141
    • Location: Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai Road, Porirua, Wellington
Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

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.