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The Bay of Plenty is an easy place to entertain kids. Swim at the beach, explore Mauao’s base track, visit Tauranga’s Hairy Maclary sculptures, discover hidden waterfalls, grab an ice-cream and enjoy the many playgrounds, parks and cafes.

Are you looking for a holiday destination the whole family can enjoy? The coastal Bay of Plenty is a brilliant place to bring children of all ages, with lots of fun activities and ways to spend time together.

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Most kids love the water and there’s no shortage of that here. Swim at our fantastic local beaches or sign budding surfers up for their very first lesson at the Mount’s Hibiscus Surf School.

Soak in the Hot Salt Water Pools at the base of Mauao where your little ones will have their very own toddler pool and slide. Or take the whole family out to sea with Dolphin Seafaris. Kids aged 7 years and over can swim alongside these magnificent creatures and you can all have fun spotting orcas, turtles, seals, humpback and pilot whales along the way.

You can easily spend an entire day at Waimarino Adventure Park on the banks of Tauranga’s Wairoa River. Hire kayaks; bounce on ‘the blob’ and water trampoline; tackle the climbing wall, low ropes course or gladiator pole; and enjoy a picnic or barbeque lunch.

City kids will love visiting Marshalls Animal Park at McLaren Falls. Stop at the bridge and admire the waterfall on your way past. Or let them burn off some energy climbing The Rock House walls or bouncing around the Dialled Indoor Tramp park at Mount Maunganui.

There are plenty of free activities to enjoy together also. Walk the stunning 3.4km base track around our iconic mountain, Mauao, and reward yourself with an ice-cream on the beach afterwards. Visit our best playgrounds at Mt Drury Reserve, Memorial Park and along The Strand on Tauranga’s waterfront. Here you’ll find Hairy Maclary and friends immortalized in bronze. These sculptures are big enough for your kids to climb all over their favourite storybook character – a great place to take some family photos.

If you like to stay active, bring your bikes and cycle the urban trails around our biggest city. Or try land sailing at Blokart Heaven in Papamoa and race each other around the purpose-built track as fast as the wind can blow you! Electric drift karts are now available here and both activities are suitable for anyone aged 8 years and over.

Teach your kids about our environment by visiting Kiwi360 and Comvita where you will learn plenty of fun facts about kiwifruit, manuka honey and honeybees. Or give them a spine-tingling cultural lesson at Mataatua – New Zealand’s most well-travelled Maori meeting house which has returned home to Whakatane.

There are plenty of family-friendly cafes and restaurants to choose from throughout our region, and accommodation to keep everyone happy. Waihi Beach and Ohope have two of the best Top 10 holiday parks you will find anywhere in the country, with extensive playgrounds, swimming pools, hydroslides and hot pools on offer. Or stay at the famous Papamoa Beach Resort where you can pitch a tent or book a luxury beachfront villa.
Here in the Bay of Plenty you can enjoy a family holiday that you and your children will always remember.

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Dolphin Seafaris

Tauranga

Dolphin Seafaris will take you on a marine adventure to watch or swim with wild dolphins in their natural habitat. 4-5 hour trips departing daily from Tauranga and Mount Maunganui in our stable and comfortable high speed launch.

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Rocktopia

Mt Maunganui

Rocktopia is now open at 9 Triton Ave, Mount Maunganui We offer 26 fun climbs with 31 new challenges on our Clip N Climb walls There is also 18 climbing walls and 2 boulder caves at Rocktopia. These walls were built by climbers for climbers and have produced some of the best climbers in the world today At Rocktopia we also have the world famous vertical slide and Leap OF Faith jump

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TECT All Terrain Park

Te Puke

Imagine a giant outdoor adventure park where you can create your own dream playground...

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Tauranga Mini Golf

Tauranga

Situated within Memorial Park, Tauranga Mini Golf is great day out for all​.

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McLaren Falls Park

Tauranga

McLaren Falls Park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, wedding photos, picnics, bush walks and summertime concerts. It is also home to one of the best botanical collections of trees in the…

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Blueberry Corner

Whakatane

Experience our 'famous' natural fruit ice-creams along with the freshest berries you have ever eaten straight from the orchard, enjoy berry baking while you sit amongst our fully operating berry orchard.

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Dialled Indoor Tramp Park

Tauranga

Our friendly experienced staff and pumping sounds make your experience at Dialled Indoor Tramp Parks the ultimate in Flipping, Bouncing and Jumping Fun!

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Waimarino Glow Worm Kayak Tour

Tauranga

Relax on the edge of tranquil Lake McLaren, enjoy locally produced refreshments while watching the ducks and swans go about their evenings preparations. At dusk our guides will lead you onto the lake to watch the sun set over the rolling hills. Gently paddle into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glow worm canyon.

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Julians Berry Farm & Cafe

Whakatane

Julians Berry Farm and Cafe offers a unique New Zealand experience, and regarded as one of New Zealands hidden treasures. Something for everyone at this award winning attraction.

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Mount Hot Pools

Tauranga

Nestled under Mt Maunganui, the Mount Hot Pools are the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the views of the Mount.

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Bird Gardens Cottage

Tauranga

Whether you are looking for a unique retreat for a tranquil weekend away from it all or a peaceful and stylish base from which to explore, the Cottage accommodation at the Bird Gardens near Tauranga is your perfect get away.

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Baywave TECT Aquatic & Leisure Centre

Tauranga

Baywave is one of the Bay of Plentys top regional attractions, drawing in over 230,000 visitors every year!

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Mataatua Maori Marae Experience

Whakatane

Your journey at Mataatua will Ignite the Soul within. An authentic experience with the opportunity for intimate engagement with the people of Ngati Awa. Watch world-class digital technology, HIKO; Legends Carved in Light.

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Papamoa Beach Resort

Papamoa

Papamoa Beach Resort is a beautiful, ocean-facing resort nestled in the heart of Papamoa Beach in the Bay of Plenty, set amidst 16-acres of park-like grounds.

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Marshalls Animal Park

Tauranga

Situated adjacent to McLaren Falls Park, Marshalls Animal Park​ is a unique attraction with 35 acres of friendly animals and fun.

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Lollipops Playland & Cafe

Tauranga

Lollipop's Playland & Cafe Tauranga is a children's indoor play ground for 1 - 11 year olds. There is a multitude of different activities to keep young ones amused whilst parents enjoy the cafe.

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Katikati Bird Gardens

Katikati

These beautiful and tranquil gardens are set directly on the edge of the inner Tauranga harbour. With water-lilly ponds, mature trees from around the world, flower gardens and natural wetlands the gardens are a delight all year round. And with many varieties of birds wandering free and in aviaries scattered throughout the gardens, this special corner of New Zealand is truely unique.

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Experience Comvita

Te Puke

A unique NZ story. Share Nature - Share Life

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Classic Flyers NZ

Mt Maunganui

During your travels through the Bay of Plenty and in particular Mount Maunganui, visit the Classic Flyers Historic Aviation Museum for an attraction to visit that combines a unique historic aviation museum with a first class cafe & bar.

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Blokart Recreation Park

Papamoa

Come and visit the home of blokart and have a blast on the land sailing machine, which has taken the world by storm. Super easy to use and great fun, these machines are awesome when the wind blows.…

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Waimarino Adventure Park

Tauranga

Bring your family, swimsuits, barbecue supplies or picnic and make a day of it with our Supreme adventure park pass options, or if you’re short on time, come down and rent a kayak by the hour.

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Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Ohope

Our holiday park accommodation is located along Ohope Beach, with 11 kilometres of unbroken golden sand beach and spectacular views of White Island (Whakaari) and Whale Island (Moutohorā).

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Hibiscus Surf School

Mt Maunganui

Hibiscus Surf School began in the spring of 2004 and continues to provide quality surf instruction to all levels of surfers, from beginner to advanced.

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Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Waihi Beach

Whether you're on holiday, visiting friends and relatives or attending events in and around Waihi Beach, Waihi Beach TOP 10 Holiday Resort provides the perfect spot for families, couples, groups, international travellers and business people.

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Amped Motos

Papamoa

Bring the kids to NZs first off-road electric motorbike park and see them ride a real motorbike in a safe & fun environment. Their confidence will soar as they ride over real dirt bumps and past the checkered flag.

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