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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?23689-2905666
- Location: 1128 Woodstock-Rimu Road Hokitika, West Coast
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?42231-2905663
- Location: SH6 Main Rd, Tartare River, Franz Josef
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?cdb49-2905701
- Location: 299 Tauranga Bay Road, West Coast, Westport
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?fccb5-2241238
- Location: PO Box 317, West Coast, Hokitika
Hokitika Scenic Tours
* Discover the blue green waters of rock sided Hokitika Gorge.read more
* 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.
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?231d8-2905690
- Location: Hokitika, West Coast
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/pub/supplier.aspx?a=KIDZGO&b=FOXGLD
- Location: Highway 6, Main street, Fox Glacier
The Denniston Experience - (35 minutes from Westport)
During The Denniston Experience you will take a train ride along the old coal road high above the Waimangaroa Gorge then venture 170m into the first of the historic 1880's Denniston coal mines. With state-of-the-art audio and visual effects they will simulate the harsh life of a Denniston miner. Get your chance to perform allocated miners jobs: trucker, clipper, pit props or shoveling coal. A unique family experience. Duration 2 hours. Min age 5 years.
- Phone: 0800 881 880
- Location: State Highway 67, Denniston Hill Road
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.read more
- Phone: 0800 369 452
- Location: 29 Main Road, Fox Glacier
Punakaiki Canoes - Punakaiki
Punakaiki Canoes offers rental and guided trips into the heart of the Paparoa National Park from Punakaiki. Kayaking on the Pororari is a favourite activity for first time paddlers and families. Many choose to spend an hour or two on the river after they have visited the Pancake Rocks. We provide lifejackets, wetsuits, booties and waterproof containers for cameras or lunch. All you need to bring is sun hat, sunglasses, camera, swimsuit and towel and warm clothes. We have a range of kayaks to suit different needs, this includes doubles as well as singles.read more
- Phone: 03 731 1870
- Location: Punakaiki, (1km north of Pancake Rocks), New Zealand
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.read more
- Phone: 03 762 6634
- Location: 10km south of Greymouth, New Zealand