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Whether you want to go inside, outside, or even upside down, the Hutt Valley has plenty of ways to fill your days with fun and adventure.
Let everyone's inner Katniss Everdeen or Robin Hood shine at Aston Norwood's archery range. Want to take it to the next level? Test your aim with clay-bird shooting then let the excitement wear off as you feed ducks and spot eels before relaxing with a warm cuppa in the café.
Who can beat dad at a go-kart race around Daytona Raceway? The 6.5hp 200cc karts will have you speeding round hairpin corners placed strategically before the straights for a thrilling race. Keep the adrenaline pumping with capture the flag using kid friendly splatmaster paintball guns or a strap on ice skates to see who's got the best balancing skills.
The lawn by the duckpond at Percy Scenic Reserve almost feels like a secret garden tucked in to a lower corner of the Maungaraki hills and hugged by forest before it becomes a leafy hill neighbourhood. The kids can run around while you eat then head up the easy (and stepped in places) waterfall track for a selfie.
With no barriers between you and the animals, have them eating off the palm of your hand at Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Café. Pack a picnic or buy fresh from the cafe before wandering around this unique wildlife park where you can see native and introduced species - the hungry Kunekune pigs are too cute and love a good scratch!
On an indoor kind of day, attempt a turkey bowling at Strike Entertainment. If three strikes in a row (the turkey) doesn't work out, split into teams for a round of laser strike - the pain free version of paintball. Still have energy to spare? Monkey around and hang upside down at HangDog indoor rock climbing, the free-climb rooms have different colour grips for different challenges.
If you like swimming or even just a good old splash around, head to one the Hutt Valley’s swimming pools. H2O Xtream will definitely float the kids’ boat with its wave pool, river float and hydroslides. Summer pools in Eastbourne, Petone and Wainuiomata, open November through April, are all great places to spend a lazy day in the sunshine.
Little legs can run wild in our range of fabulous parks like Avalon Park and Harcourt Park. With water play and splash pads, adventure playgrounds, junior cycle tracks and plenty of picnic space - you'll wonder where the time has gone! Keep an eye on Colin the T-Rex, he might scare the ducks away before you go to feed them.