Top 5 Kids Activities in New Zealand

With the school holidays just around the corner, there’s no better time to start planning some great activities for the kids! From excitement and adventure, to educational experiences – we’ve got you covered!


1. Gloputt Mini Golf

It’s mini golf with a twist – everything here is glow-in-the-dark! There are over 16 challenging holes to test you, each filled with their own unique props and aesthetic. Putt your way through a forest filled with neon lights, or under the sea with illuminated crustaceans. GLOPUTT is a fun and colourful activity for kids (and adults!) that could very well set them on the path to the PGA Tour!

2. Butterfly Creek

The one place you’ll be able to see New Zealand’s only salt water crocodiles! Butterfly Creek allows you to experience a range of attractions, from a large zoo exhibit and attractions, to giant butterfly houses and large aquariums, they have it all here!

If you’re brave enough, head into the “Green Fingers” exhibit and get up close and personal to creepy crawlies, or take a journey back in time in the “Dinosaur Kingdom”, a comprehensive display of reptiles and fossils!

3. Stardome Observatory

THE place to let your child’s imagination run wild, Stardome Observatory is both thrilling and educational; a combination you don’t see often! The Planetarium provides a spectacular tour of the galaxies incorporating projections on the dome screen above. For some real star spotting, take a peek through the Zeiss telescope, one of the most powerful telescopes in the world.


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4. Bumper Ball

Let the kids release all their pent up energy in a Bumper Ball, New Zealand’s latest craze! Bumper Balls fit over a child’s body, encasing them in a protective clear orb of rubber. Whether it’s soccer or sumo wrestling, after half an hour the kids will be well and truly tired out. Jump in on the action or kick back and take in some “me” time.

5. Spooker’s Haunted Attractions

Haunted houses and corn mazes await, both with creepy monsters laced around the paths. Take a wild ride through ‘Disturbia’, a trippy exhibit that features 3D zones, creating optical illusions all around as you attempt to escape. Spooker’s is renowned for being super scary, but you’re welcome to let the gate keepers know you’re a bit jumpy and they’ll adjust the scare levels accordingly.

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If you’re in the area just popping by or in the country visiting, we’ve got some great accommodation around the country to make these school holidays extra special!

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