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Five great days out with kids in Wellington

Got kids to entertain? Here are five great ideas for family-friendly days out in Wellington.


The lighthouse playground at Frank Kitts Park, Wellington. © Lee Warren

Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

The broad area around Tongariro National Park must have been a majestic place when Māori enjoyed undisturbed possession.

Rotorua: hot mud, cool lakes

Rotorua announces itself to the nose at quite a distance.

Coromandel: a sting in the tail

If you were to assume that Te Ika a Māui – the Great Fish of Māui – was a species...

Up the creek: Upper Hutt

The flats toward the headwaters of the Hutt River (named after the Chairman of the New Zealand Company, Sir William...

Lower Hutt: take me to the river

Lower Hutt: a river runs through it, called – as you’d expect – the Hutt River, although it was known...

Coastal Kaikōura: magnificent marine life

There was a time, not so long ago in the grand scale of things, when the whale-watching industry in New...

Akaroa: French charm

An hour’s easy drive from Christchurch and just over the crest of the hill you reach Akaroa harbour – literally,...

Auckland War Memorial Museum: a national treasure

Our children will take completely different memories of the Auckland War Memorial Museum into their futures than the majority of...

Auckland’s underwater zoo: Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium

In less enlightened times, the vast underground chambers that are now Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World on Auckland’s...


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