Spring school holidays

Kids a bit bored? We can help with that!

The ultimate treasure hunt

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.


Top 5 free things

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.

Race down the twin flying fox 

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.

Imagine life on a ship

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.

Get muddy on this mountain bike track

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.


The ultimate Hutt picnic

Now is a great time to grab a hamper and fill it with locally made Hutt goodies and go out for a family lunch, or now that it's daylight savings, have a twilight picnic!

Be a bird spotter

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


Hear them but can't see them?

Listen to the songs and calls of New Zealand birds. How many of these bird calls do you know?


Wander where wild Kiwi roam

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.

Top 10 ideas for kids

  1. Have a go at 18 hole mini-putt
  2. Honor International Day of the Girl.
  3. Bowl a Strike!
  4. Ride horseback to take in stunning views.
  5. Race the 300m long track at Daytona.
  6. Have indoor fun at Hutt Indoor Sports.
  7. Get hands on at the Dowse.
  8. Count flower colours at Belmont Domain.
  9. Get your skates on at Frosty Spot.
  10. Sculpt with clay at Fig Tree Studio.