Family fun in Hawke's Bay

Hawkes Bay is the perfect playground for kids of all ages – if you are here for the day, there are plenty of options to choose from below. Alternatively, base yourself here for a few days to experience it all.

Enjoy the rides at Splash Planet

Splash Planet is New Zealand’s only water theme park offering an unrivalled selection of theme park rides and water attractions - the perfect destination for the whole family. Opened originally as Fantasyland in 1968, the park is now transformed into the funtastic water theme park which spreads over 6.5 hectares.

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Explore the cycle trails

Enjoy the morning fresh and some light exercise while you explore the Cycle Trails of Napier. Hire some bikes and pick up a map at the local i-SITE and you'll be on your way. Not only can you ride to some of New Zealand's premier wineries and Hawke's Bays attractions, but the pathways to get there are flat, fun and completely off-road.

Hawke's Bay trail map

Visit the National Aquarium

Get as close to the ocean as you can without getting your feet wet at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Travel beneath the enormous oceanarium or take a behind the scenes tour to discover the abundant marine life living at the aquarium. If you’d like to get up close to the animals ask them about their range of Close Encounter experiences.

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Get your swing on at Par2 Mini Golf

Adjacent to Napier’s i-SITE on Marine Parade, Par2 MiniGolf’s 18-hole putting courses are perfect for challenging your family and friends at all skill levels. There are two courses for you to choose from: Deco Drive is curved amongst landscaped gardens with tricky slopes or Pacific Pro-Am is full of wacky angles and water hazards wending through the trees.

Par2 Mini Golf

Enjoy the pools at Ocean Spa

Grab your togs and towel and head to Ocean Spa on Marine Parade. Here you’ll find spas, sauna’s, and pools suitable for the entire family, not to mention stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Spend as long as you like soaking and swimming, then finish off your experience with a tasty meal at The Bach Café – the kids will love it!

Ocean Spa website

Take a self-guided prison tour

Listen to stories of villains, victims and heroes while you wander through the cells. Get locked up in solitary confinement or a padded cell before stepping into the hanging yard and walking past the graveyard. Take your mug shot and even get your fingerprints done as a souvenir to take home.

Napier Prison website

Visit the Arataki Honey Visitor Centre

Explore that fascinating world of the humble honeybee in a modern and interactive environment at the Arataki Honey Visitor Centre. It can be found on its original site in the lovely village of Havelock North where they offer free, self-guided, drop-in tours of their centre providing an amazing insight into the life of the honeybee and its relationship with humans.

Arataki Honey Visitor Centre website

See the animals at Farmyard Zoo

Hand feed the animals at the safe, clean environment of the Hawke's Bay Farmyard Zoo. They have animal food, Pony Rides, lamb feeding & the farmyard express train. As well as offering a wide range of animals and a great family outing, they also run Horse Trekking and 4x wheel Surrey Bike Hire to local beach-side wineries.

Farmyard Zoo website

Enjoy a treat at Birdwoods Gallery & Sweet Shop

Birdwoods Gallery & Sweet Shop is a 'must see' for visitors and locals, offering a gallery, sculpture garden, café and old-fashioned sweet shop. Treat yourself and fill a tin, jar or your tummy with the delicious treats and real fruit ice cream. The extensive grounds also include an outdoor terrace and large sculpture garden.

Birdwoods Gallery & Sweet Shop website

Go on an adventure with Gannet Beach Adventures

Visit the largest, most accessible, mainland gannet colony in the world on a unique eco-experience tour. Gannet Beach Adventures has a long history of providing tours on a spectacular stretch of the Hawke’s Bay coastline, on vintage tractors & trailers to the world's largest mainland gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers.

Gannet Beach Adventures website

Continue to Wairarapa

To continue the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, drive south through the Tararua district to the boutique vineyards of the Wairarapa. An easy circuit through pastoral landscapes to outlying vineyard clusters and charming small villages. Allow at least half a day for the drive.

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