School Holidays

Need some ideas for entertaining the kids in the School Holidays? There's lots to see and do with our big open spaces and stunning scenery – explore more in your own backyard!

Download Wairarapa Summer Holiday Ideas here or check out the events and ideas below. Also see our Summer event round up here.

Pūkaha Junior Rangers January 2023 School Holiday Programme
Tue 24 & 26 Jan 10.30am - 2.30pm
Young nature lovers aged 5 to 11 years get hands-on learning exploring the forest, getting to know the manu (birds) and watching the tuna (long finned eels) being fed! Learn more and get your tickets here. 

Dark Sky

  • Brand new Space Science Centre open - Take a trip to the International Space Station, drive a mini-Mars rover, take an awe-inspiring trip through the local Universe in a planetarium dome and much more from 10am - 6pm daily. Learn more here. 
  • Family/School Guided Tour of Stonehenge Aotearoa - a story-telling guided tour with special presentation and audio-visual Wed to Sun from 10am-4pm.
  • Star Safari - Discover the night sky from their astronomical observatory and learn about astronomy and modern stargazing with science communicators Hari and Sam. Kids 15 and under are free!

Farm Tour

  • Martinborough Manor - loads of baby animals for you to feed and pet as you wander around the orchard farm on a tour that takes 1.5hrs. Bookings essential phone 027 249 3369.

Queen Elizabeth Park

  • Try out Masterton's new state-of-the art skatepark with all the 'bells and whistles' of a traditional skatepark plus much more, that's fun for all ages!
  • Visit Queen Elizabeth Park next door and ride around the lake on a pedal boat, have a round of mini golf, feed the ducks, walk over the swing bridge to the BMX track or visit the deer, walk around Queen Elizabeth Park's beautiful trees, and visit the huge playground with it's flying fox.

Mountain Biking

  • Located on a section of hillside at the northern edge of Masterton the Lansdowne Mountain Bike Park is free to use with professionally designed and built tracks ideal for beginners through to experienced riders with tracks of grades 2, 3 and 4.
  • Rivenrock is a purpose built and professionaly designed Mountain Bike Park for all levels of mountain bikers, located in the stunning Mt Holdsworth area of the Wairarapa.

Also, check out these fun activities to do with kids and loads more here:

Take a short trip for a big change of scene! Stay for the holidays

  • Book a family room at Copthorne Solway Park with its heated indoor pool, spa, outdoor pool and playground.
  • Check out other places to stay in the Wairarapa here.
  • If you need local advice or help booking your accommodation, get in contact with our friendly i-SITE Information Centre team.