School holidays

July School holidays: looking for some inspiration for the kids (& big kids)?

Need some ideas for the kids these school holidays? Looking for activities to do in the city or in the country? We’ve compiled a list of ideas from around New Zealand for kids and adults to enjoy

  • Northland: If you’re heading to Northland, a trip over to Waipōua Forest to visit the majestic Tāne Mahuta is not to be missed. The 51m giant is New Zealand’s largest known living Kauri Tree. This 5min walk is suitable wheelchairs, buggies, and people of all abilities.
The majestic Tāne Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), Waipōua Northland
  • Waikato: Running from 12 – 20 July, the Waikato Museum holiday programme is offering activities including Dancing with Dragons, Optical Art, Jungle Jam, and Celebrating Matariki
Waikato Museum School Holiday Programme
  • Rotorua: For something a little different, the award-winning Redwoods Treewalk experience offers both day-time and night-time walks. This 40 min immersive nature experience caters to all fitness levels, and they even have purpose-built strollers so you can take the little ones!
Redwoods Treewalk experience, Rotorua
  • Wellington: Discover the Zealandia eco-sanctuary with over 40 species of native wildlife, and you can take the kids and walk amongst rare birds such as the hihi, kākāriki and takahē. Even better, kids go free during July with every paying adult!
Kaka in flight at Zealandia, Wellington
  • Kaikōura: If you haven’t experienced whale watching, now is the ideal opportunity. Check out Whale Watch Kaikoura and for the school holidays, kids travel free with every paying adult
  • West Coast: Start your day by getting up close and personal with kiwi, tuatara, eels, crayfish, and whitebait at the National Kiwi Centre in Hokitika and finish your day at the Glacier Hot Pools in Franz Josef
  • Dunedin: The New Zealand International Science Festival is offering an amazing range of activities and experiences from the Bang! Science Show to the CODE Virtual Reality & Gaming Centre through to the Imagination Playground or the Indoor Outdoor Forest

Whether its checking out a school holiday programme, a visit to an eco-sanctuary, or a night time tree walk, there is plenty to do these July school holidays. For more inspirational ideas for kids and adults, you can also check out Stuff’s kids vs Adults experiences.

Author: Jessica Vandy