Things To Do with Kids in Hawke's Bay

Wondering what to do with children in Hawke's Bay? No matter the weather, you'll find countless indoor activities and outdoor adventures to add to your itinerary. Here's how to keep the whole family happy.

Set on the North Island, Hawke's Bay runs from the Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers. Wondering what to do with children? The many family-friendly activities range from adventurous and action-packed to educational and fun.

Rainy day? Have no fear! You can find non-stop things to do with kids indoors, including an awesome aquarium, hands-on workshops and a chocolate museum!

Of course, planning a trip to Hawke's Bay isn't just about the little ones. Hikes, walks and picnic spots will keep the whole family happy. Read on for some of the best activities for kids in Hawke's Bay.

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Indoor Activities

  • The National Aquarium is home to an amazing array of sea creatures. Don't miss the shark and reef fish feedings throughout the day.
  • For a dose of culture, head to MTG, which stands for Museum, Theatre, Gallery. This cultural centre offers an eclectic schedule of kid-friendly activities.
  • Head to the Silky Oaks Chocolate Museum to learn how the sweet stuff is made. At the end, you get to taste some for yourself!

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Outdoor Activities

  • The whole family will have a blast splashing around Backpaddock Lakes. This watersports park has lakes for wakeboarding, water-skiing and kayaking as well as a wildlife wetlands.
  • Little kids will love Funky Farm, an all-natural petting zoo. Kids can feed or pet the friendly animals and run free on the farm.
  • Splash Planet is a popular New Zealand water theme park, packed with rides, slides and splash zones.

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Family Adventure

  • With endless trails, Te Mata Peak is an excellent place to hike or mountain bike. The summit looks like something from outer space!
  • Cape Kidnappers features a thriving gannet colony. Go from November to February to see the most birds at once.
  • With BBQs, picnic tables and an eclectic playground, Puketapu Park is a perfect place to picnic.

Created in partnership with Hawke's Bay Tourism