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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  • Glacier Valley Eco Tours - Franz Josef

    Providing families with quality, informative, friendly and relaxed eco-style tours. You can choose from either their Franz Josef or Fox Glacier eco walks (both 3 hours in duration) or their Lake Matheson (3.5 hours) eco walk.  Great family rates, under 15's are half price and under 5's go free.

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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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  • Ages 2+

    Buller Canyon Jet - Murchison

    Before your jet boating adventure starts you'll walk over NZ's longest swing bridge then enjoy a thrilling 40 minute jet boat ride on the Buller River as it carves it's way through the pink granite rock of the canyons, past waterfalls and over earthquake rapids, right in the heart of historic gold mining country.

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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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  • 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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  • Hokitika Scenic Tours

    * Discover the blue green waters of rock sided Hokitika Gorge.
    * Walk among the native trees and bird life via treetop canopy at West Coast Treetop Walk & Cafe.
    * Capture Dorothy Falls and tranquil Lake Kaniere - mirrored by snow capped southern alps & native rainforest.
    * Climb aboard the Eco Adventurer Boat and cruise the Mahinapua waterways with stunning views of Mt Cook and Lake Mahinapua amongst the West Coast Wetlands, flora and fauna.
    * Day trips to Punakaiki, Franz Josef & Fox Glacier available - phone or email today for all inquiries.

    Pick up and drop off within the Hokitika area. From Greymouth Railway Station by arrangement.

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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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  • New Zealand Discovery Adventures Rainforest Cruise, Greymouth

    This gentle, flat water float trip along the Arnold River takes you through some of the world's most beautiful rainforest scenery. Experience absolute silence which is broken only by the occasional birdcall.
    Kids will love the trip too, with our 'Jungleboat Mystery' - 'Ahhh me Heartys! Where’s that Peter Pan & Wendy got to?!' We can't sprinkle fairly dust on them and make them fly, but kids will love making their own ‘Hook’ they can take away with them, plus playing in the Jungle Orchestra, put together on their cruise! Exact activities depend on kids' ages.

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  • The National Kiwi Centre - Hokitika

    A great place to visit with the family.  The National Kiwi Centre is situated in the heart of Hokitika in an undercover facility that provides viewing of kiwi in their nocturnal house, that replicates their natural environment. During your visit you can take part in feeding the giant eels at 10am, 12 noon and 3pm daily. Here you can also view the Tuatara, NZ's oldest living dinosaur. Children under 5 go free.

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    • Phone: 03 755 5251
    • Location: 64 Tancred St Hokitika, West Coast
  • Fox Glacier Bike Hire

    With many areas to explore by bike around Fox Glacier Village, your family can enjoy a range of enjoyable bike trails as there are a number of options to choose from. Plus we are happy to suggest a range of bike trails for you to enjoy. Take the time to sight see at your own pace! Half and full day hires available that include bike trailers, tag along and kids bikes.

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  • Shantytown Heritage Park - Greymouth

    One of New Zealand’s leading tourist attractions, including heaps of children's activities, Shantytown is a faithfully restored replica of an 1860’s West Coast gold mining town. A living monument to the hardy pioneers who forded the wildly exotic rivers and streams, and scrambled through the rugged subtropical rainforest in search of gold. Visit the old schoolhouse, shops and church, take a buggy ride, or trip on a vintage steam train. Pan for your own gold and post your cards in the still operating Shanty Town post office. School and group programs available.

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    • Phone: 03 762 6634
    • Location: 10km south of Greymouth, New Zealand
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  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
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  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
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  • Taupo
  • Southland
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  • 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.