West Coast, 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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  • Ages 5+

    Fox Glacier Guiding

    For an unforgettable family adventure take the kids on a breathtaking guided walk onto the world famous Fox Glacier with NZ's most experienced glacier guiding company. Situated in Glacier Country, is NZ’s largest commercially guided glacier. Offering a range of hiking trips and ice adventures to suit all fitness levels and ages. Minimum ages start from 5yrs.

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  • Ages 5+

    Eco Rafting Adventures - Franz Josef

    Through deep limestone and schist canyons to rainforest seeing and emerald green and turquoise blue water paddling, you can choose a family adventure to suit. The flat water scenic floats (minimum age 5) are most popular and you can enjoy feeding eels and panning for gold during your experience. Call to discuss your family's requirements!

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  • West Coast Surf

    This beach provides both first timers with a safe and invigorating environment to learn in as well as providing some world class waves for the more experienced surfers. We offer lessons for new surfers and coaching for the more advanced levels looking to up their skills in the water.

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  • Glacier Country Kayaks

    Join us on a unique kayak adventure and kiwi sanctuary tour on the pristine mirror waters of Lake Mapourika! Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Southern Alps and Glacier as your guide takes you into a kiwi sanctuary across the Lake.
    The far side of the lake offers calm estuaries abundant birdlife and some of Westland's oldest untouched Jurassic Rainforest.

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  • Oparara Guided Tours

    We are pleased to offer you a variety of exciting guided bush walks, and guided cave tours in a unique and remote corner of the warm rainforest of the Northern West Coast of New Zealand, near Karamea : the Oparara.
    A unique combination of natural landforms, diverse ecosystems and spectacular caves and arches born of a million years of undisturbed isolation characterize this area.
    Child discount price available for our guided cave tour.

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  • Arahura Greenstone Tours

    Arahura Greenstone Tours is a very special Maori cultural experience. Your Maori guides will share ancient legends and help you find their most coveted treasure, Greenstone, on a guided walk on the sacred Arahura River near Hokitika.  Your guides have a unique connection to the Arahua and the local area that goes back many generations and enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of the West Coast, Hokitika and the Arahura River.

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  • Okarito Kayaks - South Westland

    Okarito Kayaks offer fully-guided kayak trips on the stunning Okarito Lagoon.
    Kayaking is by far the best way to enjoy the flora, fauna and scenic grandeur of New Zealand’s largest unmodified coastal wetland. Previous experience is not necessary.
    We really like enabling families to get out and explore; in the right conditions the lagoon is a great place for kids to get up close and personal with nature safely.

    We’ll take a really careful look at weather, tidal conditions and the abilities of your family or group at the timA clear day offers magnificent views of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps.

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  • Johnny's Journey - Out West Tours

    Outwest Tours offers a wild West Coast experience, taking you off the beaten track on journeys into the wild heart of the land. Enjoy spectacular landscapes and travel historic mining trails, travelling in a fully air-conditioned four-wheel-drive vehicles.
    On Johnny's Journey you will meet local legend Johnny Currie, observe wild red deer, pancake rock formations, see the ancient Maori cave and much more.

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  • West Coast Treetop Walkway & Café - Hokitika

    Only 15 minutes out of Hokitika is a treetop adventure where you will experience the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. With easy access that is pram and wheelchair friendly you will travel across a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.   Enjoy at your leisure a 45 minute to one hour stroll. Then when you are finished you can recharge the batteries with the wide range of options at the cafe.

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  • Ages 1+

    On Yer Bike - Greymouth

    Family Fun with something for everyone! NZ's MUDDIEST offroad adventure offers a range of tours to suit various ages and levels of confidence – Argo Tours – 8wd, 6 seater amphibious argo – min age 3. Quadbike Tours – 1 to 2 hour options, min age 12. Go-Karts – min age 16 (driver), min age 3 (passenger). Our tracks are a magical mix of mud, water and inviting narrow, winding trails. You don't need any experience or driver's licence to operate our bikes or Go-karts as our experienced guides will fully train you and accompany you on all tours.

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  • Glacier Country Lake Tours

    Join us on a Scenic Cruise or Fishing Charter just minutes from Franz Josef Glacier!
    Lake Mapourika is a scenic gem on the Wild West Coast. The lakes beauty has been celebrated since the first settlers arrived to visit the glaciers in the early 1900’s. Enjoy panoramic views of the Southern Alps and glaciers, and visit a Kiwi Conservation area at the back of the lake.

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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.