Need some ideas for entertaining the kids in the School Holidays?
There's lots to see and do in the Wairarapa with our big open spaces and stunning scenery - it's a great opportunity to explore more in your own backyard.
Here are our top tips:
Queen Elizabeth Park – a fun stop with the kids
- Take a walk and check out all Queen Elizabeth Park's beautiful trees - some were planted more than 140 years ago!
- Ride the miniature train - for just $1 it's the best family value fun. Open 11am-4pm on weekends. (Weather dependent).
- Get out on the water in Queen Elaizabth Park in a pedal boat. During the school holidays they'll be operating everyday (if weather fine) from 10am to 3pm.
- Visit the deer park, have a round of mini golf... check out all the things you can do at Queen Elizabeth Park.
- Pop over the road to The Wool Shed, a great place to learn about the shearing industry.
- Just along the road in Trust House Recreation Centre, full of indoor pools, a hydro-slide, river ride for lots of fun in the (warm) water!
- Aratoi Museum will be opening up an entire gallery just for kids to drop in and be creative. Explore the 9 stars of Matariki through environment and light, large scale building, drawing, cutting and making instruments.
- Become a Space Ranger! Find out about planets, moons, the galaxy, our Sun, rockets and so much more! For 5-12yrs children.
- Take a Star Safari and enjoy an evening of telescopes and stargazing at Stonehenge Aotearoa every Friday & Saturday from 7.30pm.
Christmas has come early
Have some festival family fun with the Greytown Festival of Christmas.
- Christmas History comes alive at Cobblestones. Experience what Christmas was like for early settlers. Victorian craft activities, lessons in the school, Devonshire teas...
- See the village all lit and dressed up. Wander along the Main St and see the Greytown Village businesses decorations and lights. Then head off and spot homes decorated for the Best Decorated Home & Garden competition.
- The Orchards have a Christmas Reindeer Hunt! Find out more.
- Christmas treats at the Greytown Town Hall. Festive treats - do we need to say more!
- If the weather is not so great head to Regent 3 Cinema or The Screening Room in Masterton.
- Masterbowl has indoor bowling, bumper cars, cafe for a day of fun inside.
Let the kids loose on the coast
- Let the kids run free on the beach at Riversdale or Castlepoint, explore the rock pools or try their luck with a fishing rod.
- Check out our many coastal areas where you can soak up nature with lots of things to do and see.
- The scenic drive along the coast to Cape Palliser is unforgettable and their seal colony is the largest in the North Island. A must-do is to climb the 253 steps to the lighthouse for stunning views.
- Lord of the Rings fan? Put on your sturdy walking shoes and walk along the Paths of the Dead through the Putangirua Pinnacles. You will find incredible rock formations.
Walk the outdoors!
- Take a short stroll around Henley Lake or the Lansdowne Recreational Trail in Masterton.
- Choose from several short loop walks through native bush at Rewanui Forest Park, which is just 20 min from Masterton (check out the awesome views in the photo above).
- Talk a walk in Waiohine Gorge, just out of Carterton. Kids will love walking across the long suspension bridge.
- Check out the main tramps in the Tararua Ranges - there's a distance to suit everyone.
- See more walks here.
Feel like a bike ride?
- Get off road on the Greytown-Woodside Trail - a scenic 5km walking and cycling track connecting Greytown's quieter streets to Woodside station.
- Explore the Remutaka Rail Trail with its eerie tunnels and old railway ruins - there are ride lengths to suit everyone from easy day trips to overnight trips (you can also walk the trail!).
- See more ideas for bike rides here.
- Get up close to native wildlife such as tuatara, kaka, kokako and NZ's white kiwi - Manukura, and experience conservation in action. Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre are offering free guided tours daily (with entry) of the reserve each day at 12.30pm. Tours are 45 minutes long. Learn more about the free tours here.
- Become a Junior Ranger at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, have a day with the team and fellow Junior Rangers learning about the natural world with kaka feeding, bug hunts and more. Book and find out more.
- Head to The Alpaca Place to learn more about these curious animals during a hands-on tour.
- Take a Farm Tour with Martinborough Manor. Gather the eggs, milk a cow, feed Charlie the kunekune pig... lots of fun experiences. Booking essential.
New playground at Copthorne
- Let the kids run wild on the bright new kids' playground at Copthorne Solway Park while you enjoy brunch, lunch or even just a coffee.