Wellington, Family Activities

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  • Ages 13+

    Bike Tours - Electric Bike Guided Tours

    Jump on your electric bike and enjoy a fun, light hearted and engaging tour of Wellington. Departing from the Waterfront you will set out on a journey to enjoy picturesque panoramic views of Wellington's spectacular scenery and discover it's colourful history.

    The electric bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of fitness, if you can ride a bike you can ride the electric bikes!

    Electric Bays Guided Tour

    Half day trip where your guide will navigate you from the Waterfront to Wellington's quiet bays.

    Self Guided Full Tour

    This is a great full day tour where you can travel at your own pace throughout the day. You will be given instructions and a cycle map and left to your own devices to discover whatever you wish to!

    The Rimutaka Rail Trail can be explored by taking the bikes on a train then riding from Maymorn to Featherston.  This is a world class track well away from the city. Pack your lunch, take your camera and ride the old railway line taking in the New Zealand forest and history.

    Minimum age 13 years.

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  • Flat Hills Cafe & Tourist Park - Ohingaiti

    Flat Hills offers a wide variety of reasons to stop in, take a break and let the kids play, all whilst you relax and enjoy this lovely country setting.  Not only does the cafe offe... read more

  • Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Cafe

    Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe is the perfect 'must see' attraction for families that provides visitors with the unique and exciting opportunity to connect with nature in a beau... read more

  • Bargain Rental Cars

    This is a family owned and operated, family-friendly car and van rental business offering awesome service and quality along with incredible prices – you need look no further!We hav... read more

  • Ages 6+

    Adrenalin Forest

    Take a walk in the treetops! This is an adventure park in the heart of the forest, testing your agility and balance in a safe and controlled, but of course, super-fun environment! ... read more

  • The Southern Cross

    The Southern Cross is one of those places that really knows how to involve its community - they love taking care of the whole family!  One of their strengths is certainly the famil... read more

  • Fear Factory Wellington

    Wellington's newest and most horrifying experience! (but don't worry - it's lots of fun too). Bring the kids to New Zealand's Scariest and Unique Haunted House - or should we say H... read more

  • 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.

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  • Lindale Tourist and Agricultural Centre - Kapiti Coast

    The Farm Show is an all weather fun and educational experience including a shearing and milking demonstration, and the chance to handmilk a cow or feed the baby animals with a bottle. Take some food on the farm walk and most of the animals will eat from your hand. There are toilets, a café, restaurant and picnic areas.

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    • Phone: 029 254 9765
    • Location: State Highway 1, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
  • Wellington Museum

    The Wellington Museum is home to the intriguing stories of Wellington's social, cultural and maritime history. Exhibitions house precious objects and use stunning special effects bringing the past to life.
    The Museum is located in the heart of Wellington's vibrant waterfront - just 2 minutes from Lambton Quay and 8 minutes from Te Papa. We are open every day from 10 am to 5pm (except Christmas Day).
    A tour with a friendly and knowledgeable Museum Host is the ideal way to gain a personalised insight into the stories of Wellington.

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    • Phone: 04 472 8904
    • Location: Queens Wharf 3 Jervois Quay Wellington
  • Silver Stream Railway

    Come and ride on a working heritage railway. Silver Stream Railway has one of NZ's most comprehensive and largest collections of preserved and operating steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and railcars. Open every Sunday and most public holidays, you can enjoy travelling behind a vintage locomotive. This is a great day out for the whole family to experience; there are picnic facilities at the station and a shop where refreshments can be purchased. You can also hire a historic wooden carriage to celebrate birthdays (or any special occasion). Book a half carriage for 14 people or a full carriage for 28 people for your next birthday experience.

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    • Phone: 04 563 7348
    • Location: Reynolds Bach Dr (off Eastern Hutt Road), Silverstream, Upper Hutt, Wellington
  • Green Jersey Cycle Tours - Martinborough

    Out and about in Martinborough you'll visit 2 child friendly wineries a small farm with friendly animals and an olive grove where the kids can do some tasting. Our friendly guide will entertain the kids while you taste the wine. Includes picnic lunch, tasting fees and bike or rickshaw hire. Departs 11am, allow 4 hours, available at weekends and on public holidays only. Bike hire also available that includes family and tag-a-long bikes, phone for details.

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    • Phone: 021 074 6640
    • Location: opposite the Martinborough I-site, Kitchener St, Martinborough
  • Te Papa Museum

    There is so much to do at Te Papa for adults and children. There are four child-focused areas with exhibits and activities children can touch, create and have fun with. Be a detective and solve the murder, step inside a dinosaur print or learn about Maori culture. Go back millions of years on the Blastback or try a virtual tour fifty years into the future. For children aged 18 months to five years, StoryPlace offers 45 minute sessions of storytelling, songs, art and more to keep them amused. The events and exhibitions at Te Papa are changing all the time so check the website for current details. The Kids' Store at Te Papa is full of delightful gifts for children that are educational, fun, and distinctively New Zealand and two cafes offer a selection of food and drinks.

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    • Phone: 04 381 7000
    • Location: 55 Cable Street, Wellington
  • The Enormous Crocodile Company

    Take your family or friends on a discovery tour from Oriental Bay to Kumutoto on an Enormous Crocodile quadricycle. These two or four seater, four wheeled, covered cycles are fun for the whole family (but person hiring must be at least 18 years of age).

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    • Phone: 027 276 2269
    • Location: Clyde Quay Wharf, Downtown Wellington
  • H2O XStream - Upper Hutt

    The place to go to swim, slide or just hang out! Bodysurf the wave pool, ride the slides and experience the thrilling pitch black fast and furious water slide. There is serious swimming in the 25m lane pool, fun in the wave pool and toddlers will enjoy splashing in their very own pool. All pools are heated and a crèche is available weekdays to look after the children while adults enjoy a swim. Friday nights are Teen Time nights and waterslides, waves and river rides operate after 1.30pm on weekdays and 10.30 am at the weekend. The Waves Café has meals, snacks and drinks for after your swim.

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    • Phone: 04 527 2113
    • Location: Corner Blenheim and Brown Streets, Upper Hutt, Wellington
  • The Boatshed :: Days Bay

    Cool little spot for a family day out: SUP and sit on top kayak hire, real fruit ice cream, unique lolly shop, bike hire. Grab a kayak (weather dependant) and cruise out to Matiu / Somes Island - about 45 minutes paddle each way.

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    • Phone: 04 562 8150
    • Location: 612A Marine Drive, Days Bay, Lower Hutt
  • Murrayfield Clydesdales - nr Levin

    Experience New Zealand’s pioneering heritage and learn how your ancestors lived in the days before washing machines and running water! The museum at Murrayfield has lots of exhibits to teach the children how life used to be, including items from a general store, chemist and how people saw movies before the advent of videos and DVDs. The miniature town of Helenstown depicts a typical town around the early 1900s, complete with miniature train and water fountain. Meet the beautiful Clydesdale horses in the stables and stop at the café for light refreshments and a view of animals grazing in the green paddocks beneath the Tararua Ranges.

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    • Phone: 06 367 8166
    • Location: Corner Potts Road and State Highway 57
  • Wellington Cable Car

    The Cable Car is one of Wellington’s oldest and most popular tourist attractions. Cars depart every ten minutes from Lambton Quay in the heart of the city and run under the corporate towers of The Terrace, emerging in Kelburn and ending up at the top of Upland Road where the Lookout, Carter Observatory and Cable Car Museum are located.

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    • Phone: 04 472 2199
    • Location: 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington
  • The Heritage Centre

    Take a walk through time with a visit to the Department of Corrections’ Heritage Centre.  As well as the history of corrections in New Zealand, the centre looks at Corrections today, with multi-media displays showcasing our modern facilities. Open Monday-Friday, 7.30am - 5pm.

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    • Phone: 04 460 3000
    • Location: Ground floor Mayfair House 44-52 The Terrace Wellington.
  • Colonial Cottage Museum

    Wellington’s oldest original cottage is home to the story of the Wallis family who lived there for three generations. A guided tour of Cottage and garden gives a glimpse into the lives of this pioneering New Zealand family. Or you can stroll around the organic heritage garden at any time and visit our resident chickens.

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    • Phone: 04 384 9122
    • Location: 68 Nairn Street Mt Cook Wellington
  • Ages 7+

    Daytona Raceway Wellington

    Daytona Raceway Wellington is an adrenaline pumping, indoor go kart racing attraction where you will experience some high-octane fun (min. age 10+ and min. height 1.4m), there is also Indoor Paintball and JT splatmaster paintball guns for the kids (ages 7+). You can also play 18 holes of mini-golf fun, a game the whole family will enjoy. They also offer kids parties!

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    • Phone: 04 979 9426
    • Location: 85-87 Port Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt, Wellington
  • Nga Manu Nature Rerserve

    A Real Kiwi Nature Experience – along with Tuatara, Kiwi and Silver Fern, Nga Manu has a range of over 700 different plant species along with a diverse range of native animals.

    All facilities are designed for wheelchair and pushchair access. Family enjoyment is catered for with many picnic areas and a gas operated BBQ is available on site. Bird feed-out tour (11am daily) follow the staff as they feed the birds. Children love the eel feeding (2pm daily) or feeding the ducks.

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    • Phone: 0)4 293 4131
    • Location: 281 Ngarara Road, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
  • Loco Miniature Railway and Gardens

    Open 1 October – 30 April. Every Sunday, and daily during school and public holidays. Step back in time and experience the elegance and nostalgia of the 1920s. This fascinating miniature landscape covers 1/4 acre. Loco Miniature Railway and Gardens keep little ones entertained with a play area, trampoline, Petanque and backyard cricket while you can relax in the hammocks under the walnut tree.

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    • Phone: 06 364 6506
    • Location: 200 State Highway 1 North, Otaki
  • Fergs Kayaks & Indoor Climbing Wall

    Fergs Kayaks and Indoor Climbing are home to the largest indoor real rock wall in NZ!  This 13 metre high wall offers something for everyone whether you are an absolute beginner or complete climbing whizz.  There are heaps of kids climbing options available during the school term, in the holidays or for a Sunday morning session.  Birthday Parties are awesome at Fergs, with freedom hire climb parties for 8 or more friends on weekdays or weekends – or come and experience the fun and excitement of Fergs Adventure Birthdays – bring the kids along for an adventure race that includes unlocking clues and challenges either by rock, inline skating or paddling to win your way to victory and prizes! Fergs Kayaks also have a great range of hire options for SUPs, bicycles, inline skate hire and kayaks. 

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    • Phone: 04 499 8898
    • Location: Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington
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  • 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.