7 must-do school holiday activities

Visiting Hawke’s Bay for the school holidays? You’ve come to the right place as there are plenty of family-friendly activities on offer.

Here are just a few boredom-busters that will keep the kids entertained for ages.

The Faraday Centre

The Faraday Centre, Hawke’s Bay’s Museum of Technology is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours (or more) learning about the days before iPhones and iPads. A giant playground for curious kids, you can touch, hold items, pull levers and experience history in a fun and engaging way. Jump on a vintage car and see old bikes, engines, motors, shopping tills and so much more.

Kids taking a pedal on the Wind Bike at The Faraday Centre

Kids pedaling on the Wind Bike

Bay Skate

Let the good times roll at Bay Skate on Marine Parade. This giant skating area has it all: ramps, bowls, and rinks ready for some serious shredding. Hire everything you need there or bring your own wheels and get going. Keep an eye on the kids from the grandstand while you take in the incredible views of Mahia Peninsular all the way to Cape Kidnappers.

Wheelie good fun at Bay Skate

Wheelie good fun at Bay Skate

Te Mata Peak

Ask any local and they will tell you to put Te Mata Peak on your to-do-list while you’re in Hawke’s Bay. A challenging yet rewarding climb, you can choose your trail and let your children loose. Top tip: You’ll also want to have your camera handy to take a few stunning photos at the summit.

Discover the different trails of Te Mata Peak

Discover the different trails of Te Mata Peak

The National Aquarium of New Zealand

Discover an exciting world above and below the water. Visit Penguin Cove and watch the Little Penguins feed and play. Watch sharks, stingrays, and fish swimming right above your head in a 1.5 million litre oceanarium tunnel. Don’t miss the alligator and piranhas and take a peek into enclosures to see New Zealand’s native wildlife – the Tuatara and Kiwi.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, taking a dip with the sharks will give you an adrenaline rush!

Catch feeding time at The National Aquarium of New Zealand

Catch feeding time at The National Aquarium of New Zealand


Get ready to get your pulse racing with a live action laser tag battle. Grab your team mates, get kitted out in the latest hi-tech gear, and let loose over a two-level playing arena to find the champion. Don’t feel like playing? No problem, you can kick back and relax in the licensed café and enjoy the free wifi.

Bring out your competitive side at Laserforce

Bring out your competitive side at Laserforce

Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo

A perfect day for little ones, you can get up and close to a range of seriously cute farm animals. From pigs, sheep and calves to lambs and more, there’s so many animals waiting to be petted! Go for pony rides and hand feed the animals - it’s a unique experience for the whole family.

HB Farmyard Zoo

Feed the animals at Hawke's Bay Farmyard Zoo

Arataki Honey Visitor Centre

Discover a world of bees and honey with free self-guided tours and live bee displays. You can see the bees working away in their hives and learn about their fascinating social structure and importance to the ecosystem. Then for the most delicious part of the visit, a free honey tasting. Un-bee-lievable!

Arataki Honey Visitor Centre

Taste 16 different types of honey at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre



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