When rain spoils your outdoor plans for the family, there’s no need to despair – Hawke’s Bay has plenty of inside activities to keep you and the kids entertained.
Free entry and open every day from 10am, MTG (which stands for Museum, Theatre, Gallery) is Hawke's Bay's cultural home. There's always a range of family activities, so check with the Customer Service team when you arrive to see what's on.
Hawke's Bay's museum of technology actually encourages children (and adults!) to interact with its collection, so you can be sure the kids will have a ball of a time. Note, it's only open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings, so plan to start your day here.
An icon of Havelock North, the Arataki Honey Visitor Centre lets visitors explore the world of bees and honey, with free tours, live bee displays, and free honey tasting. It's also got one of Hawke's Bay's best range of gifts.
It's chocolate. Enough said. But to elaborate just a little, there's a chocolate shop (which smells divine), you can watch chocolates being made, there's a chocolate museum which offers guided tours and, to top it all off, there's an on-site cafe serving all delicious, freshly-made fare.
Get the pulse racing with a live action laser tag battle. Players are kitted out in the latest hi-tech gear, and let loose over a two-level playing arena to find the champion. Non-players can relax in the licensed cafe and enjoy the free wifi.
Whether you're intrigued by teeth (sharks, alligators and piranhas), cuteness (penguins, kiwi and turtles) or mystery (octopus, catfish and sea anemone), the National Aquarium has something for everyone. Be sure to check out the feeding times for an extra special experience.
If you're already in the Wairoa District, or fancy a road trip north, you can't go wrong with a soak at Morere Hot Springs. There's public and private pools to choose from, as well as forest walks among the dense Morere Scenic Reserve. You'll already be wet so the rain won't be a concern.
Hawke's Bay libraries
Or just brave the elements!
We're pretty sure the kids won't mind getting wet. So grab a jacket and gumboots, and embrace the weather. Here's four reasons for getting outside in the rain:
- the lines at outdoor activities are way shorter than for the inside activities
- sneakily splashing someone else in a puddle never gets old
- playing in the rain pretty much guarantees end-of-day Milo/hot chocolate for everyone