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! Check out our handy list of events below or download a guide here. 

What's on these school holidays (Friday 8 July to Sunday 24 July):

Greytown Festival of Christmas
A spectacular festival of lights, markets, workshops, and family fun for the entire month of July! Check out the full programme, download the programme or check out events perfect for kids here:

Carterton Events Centre - plenty on

  • Dream Garden, a school holiday special combining aerial circus, projection art and comedy. Thurs 21 July at 10am and 1pm.
  • The Pantaloons Presents: Jack & the Beanstalk, packed with songs, silliness, audience participation for the whole family and all the fairy-tale magic of pantomime! Sun 24 July from 2pm.

Aratoi School Holiday Programme

  • Matariki Mural - Help paint the Matariki mural within the exhibition Ngā Haerenga/ Journeys. Free activity Sunday afternoons 26 June, 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 July 2-4pm. Children must be supervised by an adult.
  • Kite workshops - Make a decorative kite to take away. Wednesdays & Saturdays 11am-2pm during the school holidays.
  • My favourite Journey - Write or draw your favourite journey, then get inspired by other memorable journeys each day in the school holidays. 
  • The Hide and Go Seek Aratoi Rocks - Pick up a blank rock from Aratoi, decorate it and then hide it somewhere in the region. If someone finds it, you can re-hide it and send a photo to #aratoirocks. Each day at Front of House.

Pūkaha Junior Rangers School Holiday Programme

  • Spend the day exploring the forest, get to know the birds and watch them being fed, especially the cheeky kaka and tuna (longfin eels). Perfect for kids 5-11 years. Check out the dates and get your tickets here.

Navigating the dark sky:

School Holiday events:

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.

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.