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Take a phone outdoors and let the kids navigate to over 2,500 hidden containers called geocaches in and around Lower Hutt. Download the free geocaching app, find what can be found around you and you'll soon be telling each other "15 metres away... now 3 metres over that way...!"
Charge up the phone, pack a picnic and see how many you can find in a day. Geocaches come in all different shapes, sizes and difficulties. The world's sixth oldest geocache can be found in Wainuiomata. Follow the geocaching 'code' to throw others off pontential finds and keep the treasure hidden.
It's a little wet in Spring
So it's the perfect weather to explore our waterfalls nestled in lush native bush. Take a torch with you to Percy Scenic Reserve and see if you can spot the hundreds of weta in the small cave by the duck pond!
Explore special places
Become a Kiwi Ranger and map birdsong in Rimutaka Forest Park, go on a scavenger hunt, wriggle your toes in the mountain water and learn about native trees.
Download the booklet and get started today.
Run wild in the adventure playground and experience water play, sound tubes, flying fox and sandpits at Avalon Park or practice road rules on the cycle circuit. Plus there's train rides on fine weekends.
Gather up driftwood and build a fort at Petone Beach then travel back to the 1840's and imagine life on-board a ship for 120 days from Britain to New Zealand at the Petone Settlers Museum.
Explore bike trails for the whole family at the Wainuiomata Trail Project - try the flat wetland loop, or for older riders, jungle gym is a gentle climb to the top of Wainuiomata Hill where you can find hte crazier downhill options.
Can you hear the Tui's beautiful song, the rush of air as a Kereru Wood Pigeon takes flight or the chirping of the Fantail?
Head out to the lush bush in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area and walk the Gums Loop or try the Butterfly Creek walk in Eastbourne to see what birds you can spot in the trees.
Image credit: Tara Swan
Listen to the songs and calls of New Zealand birds. How many of these bird calls do you know?
Over 120 wild Kiwi live in Rimutaka Forest Park. While the nights are darker earlier than Summer, ask Mum or Dad to take you to a hut in the Orongorongo Valley and stay up for a midnight Kiwi listening mission.