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
Edwin Fox Ship and Visitor Centre - Picton
A child-friendly and all-weather activity. Here at the Edwin Fox and Visitor Centre you will discover the fascinating history of the Edwin Fox (the worlds 9th oldest ship). A permanent display in Picton, where you can learn all about her fascinating round the world adventures and her checkered history from troop carrier to immigrant ship, even convict transporter. Open everyday except Christmas.read more
- Phone: 03 5736868
- Location: Auckland St, Picton
Foxy Lady Cruises - Havelock, Marlborough Sounds
With room for 40 day passengers, nine berths and heaps of kayaks, Foxy Lady offers a great day out for the family. You can choose from the cruises they offer - the Pelorus Loop Cruise & Walk, Kayak Cruise, Mussel Cruise or their Fishing Charters for either a half and full day.read more
- Phone: 03 574 2151
- Location: Jetty 1A Havelock Marina, Havelock
EcoWorld Picton Aquarium
Meet the Locals at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium. Touch a Living Fossil (Tuatara). Get close to a Penguin. Have fun discovering amazing animals that live on Middle-earth, New Zealand, “the youngest land in the world”. Nature - Wildlife - Heritage - Explore & Learn - Family – friendly - Affordable - FUN. At EcoWorld we give you outstanding, intimate experiences. Our knowledgeable staff help you discover and have fun, sharing with you some of New Zealand's amazing native animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds.read more
- Location: 1 Dunbar Wharf, Picton Foreshore, Picton
Shipwrecks Kidsworld – Indoor Playground Picton
Our supersized indoor childrens’ playground in the centre of Picton offers an action packed, fun filled experience for both children and parents. There’s lots to do and space to play regardless of the weather. Shipwrecks offers fully catered kids parties, after school and holiday programmes.read more
- Phone: 03 573 5559
- Location: 100 High Street, Picton
High Country Horse Trek - Blenheim
Eleven kilometres from Blenheim, nestled in Marlborough's high country is Rod and Sarah Westenra's 52 hectares of farmland. Home to a herd of 28 horses, five spoilt sheepdogs, and three cats. We offer a choice of rides, suitable for novice to experienced riders. We recommend the North Bank (1 hour) or Branch River (1-1/2 hrs) for family groups. However, rides are restricted to those 12 years and over. We offer short, led pony rides for under 12s.read more
- Phone: 03 577 9424
- Location: 961 Taylor's Pass Road, Blenheim
- Central Otago
- Bay of Plenty
- Hawkes Bay
- Marlborough Sounds
- Nelson & Golden Bay
- North Canterbury
- South Canterbury
- West Coast
- Bay of Islands
- Palmerston North
- New Plymouth
- Te Anau
- Mt Cook
- Abel Tasman
- Nelson Lakes
- Stewart Island
- Central Plateau
Our favourite destinations…
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!
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.
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.