News | 1 October 2021

Friday Five: Spring school holiday activities

Wondering how you can keep the kids busy over the holidays? We’ve got you covered!
Here’s five things to do across Pōneke from 4 to 15 October.

A young gir wearing a green jumper playing on a wooden play structure on Mount Victoria.

1. Find our Hidden Gems 

From epics views at Te Ara Papararangi to Cherry Blossoms at Katherine Mansfield Memorial Park - Pōneke is packed with tracks and spots that you may not know about.

We’ve picked out five of our favourite hidden gems in the city for you to discover.

Why not pack a picnic and head out on a different day to explore each one? Check them out.   

2. Join one of our Holiday Programmes 

Why not leave the planning to us? There are a range of awesome holiday programmes available at Tawa, Nairnville and Karori Recreation Centre, as well as the ASB Sports Centre.

All you need to do is book a spot in and we’ll do the rest. Find out more here.

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A group of children posing for a photo at the ASB Sport Centre.

3. Wander round the Matairangi Nature Trail  

Spend some time outdoors and bring your tamariki to the new extension of the Matairangi Nature Trail!

The trail has several play stations, and you’ll get to encounter stepping logs, balancing beams, a wobbly bridge, and all sorts of other fun challenges.

Sounds like a great day out to us! Check out the trail here

Two young girls and a woman climbing and balancing on a wooden play structure on Mount Victoria.

4. Bounce the day away at our Inflatable Days 

Over the first week of the holidays (4 to 8 Oct), you can stop by Tawa Rec Centre any day for one of our popular Inflatable Days!

It costs $10 per child, and supervisors are free. We also do group bookings for 2 hour time slots, so just email Find out more on the Tawa Facebook page.

Three large inflatable playgrounds inside a recreation centre.

5. Enjoy Spring at Wellington Gardens  

Spring has definitely sprung and all the wonderful spring blooms are ready for you to enjoy!

Why not take a stroll to see the beautiful Tulips at the Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā, or take a trip to Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush to go for a wander through the native forest.

Find out more on the Wellington Gardens website. 

Watch out each Friday for a fun list of five great activities to do, places to explore, or things to discover in our awesome city (depending on our Alert Level!)