Northland, Family Activities

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  • Ages 5+

    Bay of Islands Parasailing

    Parasailing is the ultimate way to view the stunning Bay of Islands. Jump on board the specialised parasail boat for an experience of a life time, soaring above the tranquil blue waters of Paihia, Russell and the Bay of Islands. Choose to fly on your own, with a friend in tandem or even with the whole family on a triple flight. Your flight will be 1,300 feet high in the sky, no one else flies you higher for 360 degree views and don't forget to keep an eye out for Dolphins!

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  • Perfect Day - Dive Tutukaka

    This amazing day trip really lives up to its name! The spectacular Poor Knights Islands are a wonderland of discovery, waiting to be explored by you, so why not jump in a kayak, explore a cave, go snorkelling or just relax and take in the sights on this incredible adventure.

    Dive Tutukaka offer this ultimate, non-diving trip on a custom-built boat with indoor and outdoor seating, air-conditioning and plenty of shading, two levelled decks and an amazing live, underwater ‘fish cam’ that feeds live shots directly into the boat!

    During your trip, you will be able to partake in sea-mammal and other wildlife spotting, kayaking, snorkelling, swimming and cave exploration, as well as learning about the amazing history and facts about the incredible Poor Knights Islands area. To top it all off, you will indulge in a delicious buffet lunch!

    Child price for under 15 year olds.

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  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

    During your Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise, you will see this amazing icon yourself, see dolphins, whales and other marine life as well as have the chance to catch your own lucky drop of water from within the Hole.

    Lifetime Dolphin Viewing Guarantee 
    The Dolphin Seeker is licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin viewing, and the highly experienced and friendly crew are very adept at locating the dolphins or whales. They even offer a 'Lifetime Dolphin Viewing Guarantee', which means that if the crew can't find any dolphins or whales on the day, you receive a 'go again for free' voucher, so you can take the tour again. Thankfully, it is a rare event to not spot the friendly, curious marine mammals, so make sure you keep an eye out for the common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during the day.

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  • Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach Tour

    At the very top of the North Island of New Zealand, there is an oasis of unrivalled beauty – Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua in Māori). This amazingly scenic area is a must-see for those who want to experience the wonder of Māori tradition and culture, as well as for those who just want a great, fun-filled day.

    Setting off from Paihia, your first stop takes you in to the gorgeous Puketi Kauri Forest. The ancient, 2,000 year-old giant kauri trees stand majestic against the forest backdrop.

    The climb up to the iconic Cape Reinga Lighthouse allows you to view the tremendously powerful waves below you, as the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide. Enjoy your lunch while gazing out at Taputaputa Bay before entertaining yourself with some cricket, rugby, Frisbee or just enjoy relaxing after your meal. Heading along Te Paki Stream, you encounter the mammoth sand dunes that the area is popular for; and what are sand dunes good for? Sand boarding of course! The effort of walking up the huge sand dunes is well rewarded by the fast, fun-filled journey back down on your provided board. Simply awesome!

    Driving along the almost untouched 90-mile beach makes you feel as though you are exploring a deserted tropical island!  As the sun starts to fade, you can enjoy a world-famous meal of fish and chips overlooking the sparkling water at Mangonui.

    Child rates for 5-14 year olds.  Under 5s are free of charge.

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  • Ages 7+

    Kayaking- Bay of Islands

    Explore the Islands, get close to marine life or get soaked under a waterfall. Each tour guarantees the perfect day out in the Bay of Islands!

    Island Escape Tour - Full Day
    This trip includes the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation and free time to explore the bay. Minimum age 10 years.

    Haruru Falls Tour - Half Day
    Get close to the famous Haruru Falls on this sea kayak tour. Haruru stands for "big noise" and it certainly lives up to its name when you are feeling the power of them from underneath. Minimum age 7 years.

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  • Bay of Islands Sea Shuttle Day Tour

    Escape the crowds on an island getaway around the Bay of Islands. With island walks, wildlife spotting, snorkeling, paddle boarding and the boat cruise this is an awesome day of fun for the family!

    Keep a look out for marine life and shore birds that inhabit the area including dolphins.

    The tour has a maximum group size of 20 so this is a great option if you are looking for a smaller, personalised and interactive cruise in the Bay of Islands. Child prices for 4-12 year olds, under 4s go FREE.

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  • Ages 6+

    O'Neill Surf Academy - Northland & Matakana

    O'Neill Surf Academy has THE best range of surf experiences for families! They offer Kids Only - 90 minutes sessions, Family Surf Lessons - 2 hours (for 2 adults & up to 3 kids), P... read more

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, overlooking the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand's pre-eminent historic site. It was here on February 6th, 1840, that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown. Visit the Birthplace of a Nation (free entry for all New Zealanders) and enjoy a range of tours and activities.

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    • Phone: 09 402 7437
    • Location: Tau Henare Drive, Paihia, Bay of Islands
  • Glass Bottom Boat

    The Glass Bottom Boat, 'Aquador', runs trips at Goat Island Marine Reserve, world renowned for its abundant marine life. It's located 80kms north of Auckland, just outside the small fishing village, Leigh. Our most popular trip is our 45 minute Around the Island trip. On this trip we show you fish, marine life, reef and caves. A range of bird life can also be seen around Goat Island. All trips have full commentary.

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  • Kiwi North

    Kiwi North is set on 25 hectares of rolling, volcanic farmland, forest and bush, with views that overlook the city of Whangarei and the Whangarei Heads. The site features a museum, a nocturnal kiwi house and gift store, and unique Victorian heritage buildings.

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    • Phone: 09 438 9630
    • Location: 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei, Northland
  • AE Fun Park Whangarei

    Activities include Paintball, Laser Tag, Paintball Tanks, Clay Shooting, Flying Fox, Target Shooting, Mini Putt and Archery. Minimum ages may apply; please contact us for details.

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    • Phone: 09 432 3534
    • Location: 203 Hayward rd, Whangarei.
  • Ages 10+

    Paihia Paintball

    Set among rolling farmland and Northland bush Paihia Paintball has one of the best paintball courses in the country packed with hard-core features including a flying fox, waterways, bridges and towers. There are three different courses to choose from and a variety of missions to keep the paint flying and the fun levels high!

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  • Skatescool - Whangarei

    Skatescool in Whangarei offers heaps of fun for kids and adults alike, whether it be participating in their Roller Disco - bring the whole family for a fun night out or learning to skate and progress your skills as a fun after school activity!  The team also offer birthday party entertainment for 2 hours either at your place or at the Ngunguru Sports Complex or Onerahi Hall.  This is fun for all to enjoy!

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  • Rangemore Llamas - Waipapa

    The children will love these gentle, friendly llamas. You will meet some or all of our four breeds of llamas on your guided tour and learn basic information about them and their care. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Rangemore Llama Farm.

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    • Phone: 09 407 7107
    • Location: 38 Shirley Road, Waipapa
  • Matthews Vintage Collection - Kaitaia

    This is a unique opportunity to view a privately owned collection of vintage cars and machinery used in farming dating back to the early 1900s. Matthews Vintage Collection includes vintage cars, tractors and farm implements and is located indoors. They are 5 kilometres north of Taipa on State Highway 10. Matthews has a bird aviary and children will love meeting Milly and Molly, the two friendly ostriches and pet lamb, Matthew.

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    • Phone: 09 406 0203
    • Location: Aurere, RD3, 4365 State Highway 10, Kaitaia
  • Waipu Museum

    The Search for Paradise.  Small, regional museum following the dramatic story of one of the most remarkable global migrations in NZ history and one of the most famous Scottish migration sagas. Interactive exhibitions and displays.

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    • Phone: 09 432 0746
    • Location: 36 The Centre, Waipu, Northland
  • The Parrot Place

    The Parrot Place is a Bird Display and Breeding Centre set in the heart of Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. We have approx 300 birds from all over the world and run a successful breeding and rearing programme.

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    • Phone: 09 407 5146
    • Location: 1 Mission Road, Keri Keri, Bay of Islands
  • Strategy Tag - Whangarei

    Strategy Tag has been operating in Mangapai Road, Whangarei for 20years!  We have been giving people of the North the most awesome game of paintball and give our customers the best in service, facilities and field. Birthday party packages available.  Minimum age: 12 years.

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    • Phone: 09 432 2477
    • Location: 158 Mangapai Road RD 8, Whangarei
  • The Kauri Museum

    The Kauri Museum is one of New Zealand’s most amazing theme museums. Explore the many exceptional displays from our magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture and the largest collection of kauri gum in the world, to restored machinery, including NZ’s earliest tractor, a 1929 Cat 60, and a turning steam sawmill.

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    • Phone: 09 431 7417
    • Location: 5 Church Road RD 1 Matakohe, Northland, New Zealand
  • Matakana Country Park

    Within 1 hour from Auckland CBD and just over the hill from Matakana Village you will find an animal petting park, adventure playground, pony rides, sit and ride-on express train, carriage rides and much, much more! Brumbles cafe is open daily during summer and school holidays, The Stables Restaurant is open Weds-Sunday from 4pm and Sundays from noon.  There is also a craft shop, art gallery, remedy room, children's riding lessons and every Sunday the Indie Market from 9.30am-2.30pm.

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    • Location: 1151 Leigh Road, Matakana
  • Ages 6+

    Goat Island Dive & Snorkel

    The Guided Snorkel is fantastic for all experience levels. For those who are new to snorkeling and swimming, our Divemasters keep you safe and comfortable. For those who have experience snorkeling we focus on enhancing your skills while exploring the hot spots. Minimum age of 6 years (kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult) and a basic swimming ability to get the most out of your experience. Life jackets are available for children.

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  • Action World - Paihia (summer only Sept - May)

    Whether it’s trying the high wire, bungee running climbing wall, extreme slide, jousting bridge, krazy ladder, mini golf, roller racers, tarzan swings, trampoline, trapeze or waterslide, children and adults will have an exciting time in safe surroundings.

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    • Phone: 09 402 6055
    • Location: 54 Puketona Road, Paihia
  • Whangarei Aquatic Centre

    Facilities include: Heated Indoor Pools & Outdoor Dive Pool, Northland's only wave pool, Hydroslides, Hydrotherapy Pool, Competition Pools, Sauna, Spa, awesome birthday party packages.

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  • 10 Pin Bowling and Lazer Maze

    10 Pin Bowling>>We have the bumpers for novices, ramps for those that need a little extra help, wheelchair access to bowling lanes and toilets, plus super-friendly staff!
    Lazer Maze>>The Ultimate Lazer Game Adventure uses the latest hi-tech equipment. Set in an indoor Maze (over 150 square metres) with music and special effect lighting.

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    • Phone: 09 438 1028
    • Location: 129 Port Rd, Okara, Whangarei,
Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
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  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • 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…

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.