Autumn adventures with the kids

Crisp days and golden leaves mixed with plenty of indoor adventure for the whole family

Kaitoke Regional Park Camping credit Satrajit Basu

Reward the family after a hard days exploring with a hamper filled with yummy locally made goodies and enjoy earlier sunsets at Days Bay or lush forest parks followed by a short walk or a run around the playground.

Dine in the sun soaked Eastern Bays with fine fare at beachfront cafes and restaurants dotted along the bays. Stop in at The Days Bay Pavilion for wood-fired pizza and sit on the beach to eat or stroll down to Chocolate Dayz café for a warm date scone and a locally famous chocolate milkshake.

Beach day at Days Bay
pencarrow lighthouses aerial view of coast and lake

Hire a bike at Bike Shed Pencarrow to explore the spectacular Pencarrow Coast and three lighthouses at the entrance to Wellington harbour including NZ's first, lit in 1859. It sits above the Parangahau lakes one of the most pristine freshwater environments in the North Island.

Hire a kayak or a Stand Up Paddleboard at Days Bay Boatshed and cruise the bays or wander in to the hills up a lush bush trail. The silence is broken by bird calls in mature beech forest, making it hard to think you’re only moments away from civilisation. Keep your eyes peeled for ancient rata, it might take a couple of people to test arm spans around the trunks of 400+ rata trees.

From seals to weta, the Hutt Valley has a treasury of hidden creatures for you to find. Explore Orongorongo Valley where over 120 wild kiwi roam, cuddle with guinea pigs at Staglands, spot our living ancient dinosaur at Matiu Somes Island and keep an eye on Colin the T-Rex at Avalon Park.

Please remember, these are living things. Always act respectfully and carefully around them. Never approach a seal and if you see a kiwi or tuatara, never attempt to touch or catch it. Take photos and make memories, leave only footprints.

Explore, navigate and find places you never knew existed! Download the free Geocaching app and head outdoors, decode the hints and follow the GPS on your phone to find the prize. The geocaches come in many different shapes, sizes and difficulties but it won't take long before you're telling each other 'Found it!'. Some are hidden in plain sight, so keep your eyes peeled and whit’s sharp.

Staglands kids with piglets
avalon park colin the t rex dinosaur
remutaka forest park orongorongo valley hikers on walking track
Percy Scenic Reserve family at old flour mill replica v2

You'll see codes dotted throughout the app, to get you started we've given you a hint to find the small geocache at Percy’s Flour Mill - otherwise known as the water wheel at Percy Reserve.

"1fg zvpeb pnpur vf haqre gur jnyxjnl arne jngrejurry, ba jngrejurry fvqr."

Code key: (letter above equals below and vice versa)

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Warning - this is addictive!

A ready-made day out

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