West Coast, Family Activities

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  • Ages 8+

    Franz Josef Glacier Guides

    Their Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat, you will learn about the history and see what is left behind by this glacier. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will enjoy spectacular views. Leisurely and informative no trip is exactly the same.  Please note this trip does not take you onto the ice. Minimum age 6 years.

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    • Phone: 03 752 0763
    • Location: State Highway 6, Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier
  • 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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  • Coaltown Museum - Westport

    Coaltown Museum in Westport which is a town built on coal extraction from wild and remote places showcases various displays on the formation of coal, maritime history, unionism, the communities, transport and the men underground. Bringing the past to life there is a simulated underground mine and collections of photographs and objects that picture the hard daily life, not just of the miners but their families too. An informative and interesting day out.

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    • Phone: 03 789 6658
    • Location: 123 Palmerston St, Westport
  • West Coast Wildlife Centre - Franz Josef

    The West Coast Wildlife Centre is an interactive experience that brings together nature, conservation and wildlife. A great all-weather attraction that is fun for all ages, enjoy a self-guided tour and see Rowi kiwi in their natural bush walk through, or purchase their famous Backstage Pass combo ticket for a first-hand, behind the scenes look at our hatching and incubation programme.

     

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    • Phone: 03 752 0600
    • Location: Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef
  • 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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  • Glacier Hot Pools - Franz Josef

    A relaxing and natural sanctuary that is nestled in a heavily wooded rainforest, beneath mature 30 metre tall trees.  Your family can enjoy three main pools and three secluded private pools that range from 36 to 40 degrees.  The private pools have a minimum 2/maximum of 4 people and come complete with private change facilities.

     

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    • Phone: 03 752 0099
    • Location: Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier
  • 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
  • Ages 5+

    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.

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    • Phone: 03 731 1870
    • Location: Punakaiki, (1km north of Pancake Rocks), New Zealand
  • New Zealand Discovery Adventures - Family Blackwater Rafting, Greymouth

    Take a fun trip through a natural cave - float along on tubes in the dark, with just a galaxy of glowworms to light your way, slide down a natural, underground waterfall and ride a 100 foot natural rock hydroslide! You can choose what activities you want to do as we make our way through the cave, so be as adventurous as you dare! Kids get to compete our 'Indiana Jones' fun challenge while learning how nature can make things glow in the dark!

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    • Phone: 03 768 6649
    • Location: 8 Whall Street, Greymouth
  • 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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    • Phone: 03 523 9883
    • Location: Beechwoods Complex, Main Road, Murchison
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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.