Summer with the kids

Enjoy a real kiwi summer: jumping off a wharf, time at the beach and getting up close and personal with nature.

people jumping off Days Bay wharf into the ocean

Build a sandcastle, pack a picnic and join the locals in the summer tradition of jumping off the wharf at Days Bay in the Hutt Valley. From here take your bikes and cycle out to New Zealand’s first lighthouse and the lakes at Pencarrow Head, or just relax on the water paddling a kayak.

 

The Hutt Valley is an outdoor haven full of top walking and cycling trails, it's like one big adventure playground, bursting with family fun. From the Hutt River to bush-clad hills and out to our stunning coast, explore nature escapes, gorgeous seaside villages and recharge in the bustling café culture - just 15 minutes up the road from central Wellington.

 

Hear the stories of New Zealand’s first organised European settlement at Petone. The kids can even climb into a replica cabin and experience the cramped life on board settlers ships at the Petone Settlers Museum.

 

Looking west on Jackson Street, Petone

Mum and Dad can soak up historic Jackson Street featuring trendy cafés, galleries and boutique shopping in a heritage precinct.

 

Check out the Dowse Art Museum – a leading contemporary art gallery with world-class exhibits. You can head upstairs to the purpose-built kids' area, then have a coffee or lunch at café Bellbird.

 

The 2 or 3 day Remutaka Cycle Trail starts at the mouth of the Hutt River in the Hutt Valley and travels along river trails, up historic valleys, around Wairarapa lake views and over the rugged coast.

 

Spend the day at Wellington’s adventure playground, Avalon Park. Chug along the tracks on the miniature train and bring along something to cook up for lunch on the barbeques!

 

Head out to Staglands to meet a variety of friendly creatures and critters. The cheeky kea are sure to entertain! Take a leisurely stroll around the buggy friendly grounds, then have lunch at the café, or even a picnic on the lawn.

 

large engine running along track

Silver Stream Railway is a must see for any Thomas fan or train enthusiast. Take the family for a ride on one of their steam engines, you can ride all day on one entry ticket. Take a picnic and listen to the pounding chug, chug, chug as the steam engine sets off.

 

Rainy day? Don't worry. Cool off on the ice at Frosty Spot ice skating rink, spark your adrenalin at HangDog Indoor Rock Climbing, compete with friends at Strike Entertainment with 10 pin bowling, laser strike, and arcade games and test your skills at Daytona Raceway.

 

Matiu/Somes island from the Wainui hill

Cruise across to Matiu / Somes Island wildlife reserve, home to tuatara and native birds. Retrace the island's extraordinary and unique history as a quarantine and prisoner of war camp.

 

Meredith the kiwi chick

Try to spot a wild Kiwi in the Remutaka Forest Park! The park is a popular spot for tramping and camping, with sites from just $5 a night. Base yourself here and wander into the Orongorongo Valley for a picnic and a swim in the river. Take a stroll and check out the seven magnificent waterfalls scattered around the valley, then grab a torch and head to Percy Scenic Reserve to explore the Weta cave.