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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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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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Classic Flyers Museum

Tauranga

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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Experience Comvita

Tauranga

A unique NZ story. Share Nature - Share Life

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Katikati Bird Gardens

Tauranga

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

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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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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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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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Mount Hot Pools

Tauranga

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

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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 paddle. At dusk our guides will lead you onto the lake to watch the sun set over the hills. Gently paddle into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glow worm canyon.

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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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McLaren Falls Park

Tauranga

McLaren Falls Park is 190 hectares of parkland set alongside Lake McLaren and is just ten minutes by car, from Tauranga. The park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, disc golf course,…

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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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WILDSIDE ADVENTURES MOUTOHORA/ WHALE ISLAND CRUISE SNORKEL

Tauranga

Join us sailing by large 12 person catamaran to the waters of Moutohora Island, a wildlife reserve home to rare birds, penguins and seals. Snorkel the waters surrounding the island, light lunch & refreshments inclusive. Enjoy a hot soak or swim in Sulphur Bay a natural hotwater beach.

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