The Bird Gardens are on the outskirts of katikati and were created in 1976 when local visionary Chris Parker set to work landscaping a little over ten acres of land running down to the harbours edge.
With his English background, botanical knowledge and the sites natural attributes of fresh water springs, ponds and wetlands he transformed this once bare land into a beautiful and special garden.
Sealed paths meander through spectacular golden Swamp Cypress, water trickles its way to the sea through an elaborate series of ponds.
Ten minutes drive out of Tauranga City is McLaren Falls Park, 190 hectares of pastoral and horticultural parkland set alongside Lake McLaren.
The park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, wedding photos, picnics, bush walks and taking the kids to feed the ducks
One of the highlights of the park is the Waterfall Track where you can see glow worms after dusk. Enjoy a short, easy stroll to the picturesque waterfall and spot the glow worms on either side of the track. Part of the Waterfall Track is also pushchair friendly. MORE
MOTAT is New Zealand’s largest transport, technology and social history museum. Spread across 40 acres, MOTAT will take you on an interactive journey to explore and discover the achievements that have helped shape New Zealand, from the 1800s to today. MORE
TOAD Hall in Motueka. With a great cafe, a nice earthy playground and a veggie shop to restock supplies it is a great place to stop and recharge if you are passing through or just to visit for afternoon tea. MORE
Excellent cafe with a separate room full of toys for the kids to play in so you enjoy a moment or two with your yummy food. MORE
It’s fun on demand at Rainbow’s End so how will you play it? There is something for everyone with a host of fun activities and world class rides!
The brand new ride, Stratosfear is now open! It is seriously scary with a complete 360 degree rotation to challenge even the most seasoned thrill seeking ride enthusiasts.
Spin vertically and horizontally, suspended 18m high on the Power Surge, be trapped in a runaway mine cart, or Fear Fall 18 storeys at 82km/hr! Defy gravity on New Zealand’s only corkscrew roller coaster or ride the Log Flume with its dramatic water chute plunge. Kidz Kingdom is here too, fully covered and the ultimate place for children 8 years and under for a birthday party or a day of fun.
Rainbow’s End is the perfect place for a day of fun, children’s birthday parties and spending time with friends and family! Only 20mins from Auckland CBD we are conveniently located with loads of free parking. See you soon at Rainbow’s End! MORE
Situated on the Ruby Coast in the heart of the Tasman region, Jester House café is the perfect lunch stop while exploring Mapua, Moutere, Motueka or Abel Tasman. The extensive playful organic garden gives room for the kids to roam.
Perfect on a summer’s day for a cold local beer after a swim at Kina Beach or golf at the Tasman Golf Club. MORE
Come and visit the home of blokart and have a blast on the land sailing machine, which has taken the world by storm. Super easy to use and great fun, these machines are awesome when the wind blows. MORE
Set in 25 hectares of tranquil surroundings, Hamilton Zoo is home to over 600 native New Zealand and exotic mammals, birds and reptiles.
Take time to see the wonders of the living world in a wildlife sanctuary renowned for its generous habitats and sympathetic approach to conservation. Enjoy a visit to Hamilton Zoo. MORE
The Esplanade, is iconic amongst Palmerston North’s parks. It really does have something for everyone anytime of the year.
From its renowned Children’s Play Ground to the Rose Gardens, Victoria esplanade is treasured by young and old alike.
Play, Walking, Weddings, Concerts, Hockey, Cricket, Rugby
Rose gardens, walkway, paddling pool, play equipment, Croquet Lawns, Education Centre, Conservatory, Arboretum, Bird Aviary, Cafe MORE