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Spot visits

There are heaps more places to see if you're keen on going outside of the Valley

Some of these are well-known, others perhaps not so much. Check these out!

The Marine Education Centre in Island Bay

Get up close and personal with New Zealand's coastal wildlife. There is a huge "touch tank" filled with all kinds of surprises. See if you can find the elusive crab!

Marine Gardens Playground & Splash Pad

With Raumati Beach pool, the rose gardens, beach and shops within a short distance, The Marine Gardens & Splash pad playground at Raumati Beach is a great place to spend the day and even enjoy a family picnic. The new splash pad features spray jets, tipping buckets, and water cannons (water operates 9am-8pm).

Meet New Zealand's fur seals

Take a packed lunch and except for petrol, this is free and well worth the trip!

You have a choice between New Zealand's largest fur seal colony at Cape Paliser (just over the Rimutaka Hill), or Red Rocks in Wellington. The best time to view a good number of seals is mating season, between December and February.

Prepare for a three to four hour walk if you're going to the Red Rocks, or a long drive to Cape Paliser (once there however, you pretty much park up where the seals reside!)


  • Staglands is an amazing opportunity for your child get up close and personal with the wildlife, native birds and friendly farm animals. They also have a fabulous barbecue area and picnic tables.
  • Lindale Farm on the Kapiti coast is a great day trip for the little ones! The barn is currently full of cuddly orphaned lambs, rabbits, chicks and a cheeky baby goat. Out on the farm are bigger goats, sheep, alpacas and ponies.
  • Do your children like animals? A trip to Wellington Zoo is a great choice, with its wide variety of species that would satisfy any animal lover.
  • Kaitoke Country Gardens: the gardens on this 14 acre property have been planted as little rooms, each with its own theme - a maze garden, the spring blossoms of 100 cherry trees, ponds and a river, a stone bridge and a waterfall. There is a cafe. State Highway 2, Upper Hutt ph  526 6639 Open: 10am-4pm Tue-Sun all year. Closed for public holiday.
  • Southward Car Museums caters for all those car fanatics. It houses the southern hemispheres largest private car collection.
  • There are a few different options available to visit Kapiti Island. One is booking with Kapiti Island Nature Tours, or with Ngati Toa Kapiti Island Tours, or Kapiti Marine Charter. Kapiti Island is a great place to visit, with clear beaches and abundant with native birds and plants.
  • Nga Manu Nature Reserve is located in Waikanae and well worth a visit. Nga Manu offers you a unique opportunity to have a hands on experience related to the natural history of New Zealand
  • Stockcar racing at Te Marua Speedway, off SH2 north of Upper Hutt. Signposted.
  • Take a day trip on the Interislander ferry
  • Fancy getting away? Take your children to Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. Catch a ride with InterCity Coachlines. It's a great way to see New Zealand's scenery too
  • Get a group together and visit the chocolate factory, Nyco Chocolates, in Kapiti
  • Laserforce in Wellington: they also have a games arcade where you can buy tokens your children can use for the arcade games
  • Wellington Botanical Gardens - take a trip on the cable car and a walk around the gardens (suitable for prams too) while there visit Carter Observatory and step into Aotearoa's unique skies.
  • Zealandia. Karori native bird sanctuary. Full of great walking paths (suitable for buggies). Book a night visit and see the tuatara!
  • Daytona Indoor Raceway: suitable for age 7+
  • Here's an adventure playground for adults and older children: Adrenalin Forest
  • Lindale Farm in Kapiti. Great day trip for the kids! 
  • Museum of Wellington City & Sea: Play, watch and explore with one of the museums many activities.
  • The Colonial Cottage Museum is a gorgeous Museum on Nairn Street. Built in the 1850s, the home was lived in by the same family that built it for 3 generations. It's been preserved exactly as it was when it was built, with opportunities to see how the family lived. A cottage garden with fruit, vegetables and chickens is available to be explored as well. Tours of the home are given by our knowledgeable staff and it's a great glimpse into how life in Wellington used to be.
  • Capital E:Fun and original events, in addition to creative workshops to delight and inspire young minds.
  • The Cable Car Museum: Where tailored education programmes and activities bring to life how cable cars have transformed the capital city and the evolution of their technology.
  • Catch a train to Masterton and travel through the very long Rimutaka tunnel (8,798 m). There's a cool playground and swimming pool in Masterton too
  • Brooklyn wind turbine
  • Pick apples at Ration Point Orchard and blueberries at Pauatahanui