Top Things To Do These School Holidays

April school holidays are nearly here. From exploring the outdoors to indoor fun, family-friendly events, and where to eat with kids, Hawke's Bay has you covered.

Outdoor adventures

Family-friendly outdoor experiences are a great way to experience our beautiful region. Cycle the super-easy sections of the Hawke's Bay Trails along Marine Parade and around to Ahuriri. You'll also find great cycling along Central Hawke's Bay's popular Tukituki Trails, while the Wairoa River Walk and Cycleway is a cruisy way to experience Hawke's Bay's northernmost town. 

As well as being great for cycling, Marine Parade is home to an incredible array of family-friendly stops including Par2 mini golf, Bay Skate and Ocean Spa, not to mention loads of wide open spaces, parks and playgrounds to explore and run around

Explore protected wildlife sanctuaries, Ahuriri Estuary in Napier, Pekapeka Wetlands - south of Hastings, or Te Angiangi Marine Reserve in Central Hawke's Bay. You'll find even more wildlife at Cape Kidnappers with Gannet Safaris Overland, at Hawke's Bay Farmyard Zoo in Haumoana, Boutique Horse Treks in Clive, and on the Napier-Taupo Road with Mohaka River Farm's horse treks and farm experiences.

Still open for the April school holidays is Mohaka Rafting, also on the Napier-Taupo Road, with Grade 2 & 3 experiences ideal for families. Or for a somewhat more sedate water experience, pack a picnic and head to one of the many scenic beaches - you'll find great options the entire length of the Hawke's Bay coastline. If scenic walks are your thing, pack some snacks, water and hats, and try out some of the wonderful walks for little legs!

Ocean beach 600x400 2

Ocean Beach is just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Hastings.

Indoor fun

Keep youngsters busy discovering and learning these school holidays! 

Home of Hawke’s Bay’s cultural treasures, MTG is a great way to entertain the family. Check out the MTG website for school holiday programmesThe Faraday Museum of Technology is another favourite place to take the kids to learn about and explore the evolution of technology, while Wairoa Museum and Central Hawke's Bay Museum come highly recommended for kids. 

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is home to a wide range of saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits, while Arataki Honey Centre in Havelock North is an enjoyable experience for all ages to visit and learn about bees and honey!

For something a little different, check at Napier's escape rooms at Napier Prison Tours and Enigna Escape Rooms.

Where to eat with kids

These are some of our favourite places for families to refuel, ranging from unique cafés with sweet shops to full restaurants with playgrounds for kids. There's bound to be something here for even the fussiest eaters:

Birdwoods, Havelock North

Paper Mulberry Cafe, Central Hawke's Bay

Godsown Brewery, Maraekakaho

Hygge at Clifton Bay, Clifton

Sunset Point, Mahia

Mamacita, Havelock North & Napier

Hygge 600x400 1

Hygge Cafe in Clifton is a the perfect Sunday lunch spot for the whole family!

Where to stay

Check out the Accommodation Guide for a comprehensive range of accommodation to suit all families and budgets. 

More inspiration

This is just a starter for 10 with your Hawke's Bay school holidays experience.

Find out more of what's on offer with our Attractions, or via the Great Outdoors Guide, the Art, Design and Culture Guide, or our Events Guide.