Wanaka, South Island

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Wanaka Library Activities

Right in heart of town, the Wānaka Library knows what their beloved community wants- and they provide!  Young people can make themselves at home in the large children’s area while comfortable couches cater for new mamas and their needs. The Wānaka Library is valued by both locals and visitors alike!

Children's Attractions

Wriggle and Rhyme

Wriggle & Rhyme is a music-based active movement programme for children aged 0-2. Offered in partnership with Sport Otago, Wriggle & Rhyme is designed to promote brain development through active movement and music. 
It also has the unintended benefit of parents socialising afterwards!


Our storytime sessions are designed for pre-schoolers aged 2-5.  We entertain both children and parents with fun voices and favourite picture books. 
Storytime encourages a lifelong love of reading, helps develop listening skills and is a great place for parents to meet. 
The Wanaka branch includes an age appropriate craft to keep little hands busy.


A very popular after school activity targeting our primary school aged patrons.  While we mostly let children lead with LEGO™ Club, the librarian will sometimes offer challenges and showcase LEGO™ books for inspiration. 
LEGO ™ Club is a great activity where children engage with each other, learn to manage resources and personalities in a fun social setting. 

Reading to Dogs

Reading out loud can be intimidating and scary to a new reader.  Reading to Dogs aims to help children improve their oral literacy skills, self-confidence and self-esteem by reading to a gentle, non-judgemental, therapy dog.  Comforted by the relaxed and enjoyable environment, we find some children come to enjoy the canine cuddles.  However, for those struggling readers, reading to a judgment- free animal is safe and free from criticism. 
This is a free programme delivered at several of our branches by Outreach Therapy Pets, supported by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and St John New Zealand.

Activity Times


Monday - Reading to Dogs - 3.30-5.00

Tuesday - Wriggle & Rhyme - 10.30-11.00

Tuesday - Lego Club - 3.30-4.30

Wednesday - Storytime - 10.00-11.00

Wednesday - Reading to Dogs - 3.30-5.00

Thursday - Lego Club - 3.30-4.30

Friday - Reading to Dogs - 3.30-5.00


School Holiday Programmes

Get crafty and join us at the library this July school holidays. 
We are celebrating the celestial wonders, Matariki, the first person in space, Mother Earth and Father Sky, being inclusive and more!
Contact your local branch for more info!

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5.30pm

Thursday 9am-7pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Adult Services

WiFi, wheelchair access, computer and internet, printing and copying.
Hire services for books, games and movies.

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Our favourite destinations…

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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 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.


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.


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 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!


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.