There is plenty to do around Whitianga and the Mercury Bay during the October school holidays. The All About Whitianga team have some family friendly ideas to keep you and the children entertained.
There is no shortage of things to do during these Spring school holidays in the Mercury Bay – see the related links at the bottom of the page for more contact details and information for our suggestions.
School holidays in Whitianga town
Cinema – It may pay to book, or pre purchase tickets so you don’t miss out as seating is allocated at Level 2. Spend the morning, afternoon or evening viewing one of the latest releases.
Mini Golf – There’s a great school holiday programme on offer these holidays. See our events pages for all the fun at Wild Wood Mini Golf.
Skate Park – take the scooters and skateboards to the Whitianga Skate Park on Whakau reserve (Taylor’s Mistake)
Museum – the Whitianga museum has been busy working on a new exhibition, so a great chance to be the first to take a look
Historical walk – take a stroll around Whitianga’s historical walk, it starts at the Whitianga wharf.
Support a local café or restaurant – There’s heaps of great eating places to try in Whitianga.
Adventurous Whitianga holidays
Fun Zone – head out to Fun Zone Adventure and Family Park to enjoy everything from paintball and Argo rides to laser tag and archery, bring a picnic and spend the day.
Sea Cave Adventures – grab a boat tour to see the beautiful Mercury Bay coastline, blowholes and caves.
Fishing charter – Epic Charters are popular and renowned to find fish!
Whitianga Bike Park – ride out to the Bike Park and enjoy the great tracks of offer.
Visit an animal park – Mill Creek Bird and Animal Park not only has animals but lots of activities for the kids.
Whitianga Jetskis – A great way to see the Mercury Bay intimately.
School holiday activities in the garden
Plant sunflowers – Spring is the time to plant some seeds, so you have flowers for summer.
Seedlings for the vege garden - Visit the garden centre to grab some seedlings for the vege garden, there’s lots on offer at this time of the year.
Hunt for four leaf clovers – a great time waster, find a patch of clover and start hunting. (just so you know, I have found two over the years!)
Make a bird feeder – recycle a milk bottle or use some bamboo and pop some halved mandarins on them – the birds will love it.
Make a terrarium or cup garden – Get an old cup or jar and then hunt in the garden for little plants to transfer into it.
Outdoor activities for the holidays
Make a kite – recycle some plastic bags or tissue paper into a kite, then fly it at the beach or backyard
Hide & Seek – get a group together and play hide and seek outside the house or at the park/reserve
Chalk up a game - Get out the chalk and create some pavement art, play hopscotch or four square with a ball.
Geocaching – still popular for those that don’t like to have a screen far away, outdoor hide and seek with your device – why not make your own cache in your neighbourhood?
Star gaze – It’s still getting dark quite early, so a great time of year to be looking at the night sky.
Water fun – While there are no water restrictions, it’s a great time to have some fun with water balloons, buckets or hoses!
Back to nature in the Mercury Bay
Bird watching – Go bird watching and learn about the local birds that are nesting
Bouncing animals – Jump in the car and take a drive to spot calves or lambs
Tadpole hunting – Can you find any tadpoles in a local waterway?
Rock pools – explore the coastline at the beach and take a look in the rock pools.
Tourist hot spot – Visit Hot Water Beach or Cathedral Cove while its quiet.
Good ‘ole holiday favourites
Baking – get the kids in the kitchen whipping up treats for lunch or dinner.
Master chef competition – a great way to get the kids to cook dinner each night (or part of dinner). Mix it up by giving them certain ingredients to use, a timeframe or theme. Try one of the delicious dishes from our recipe pages.
Playgrounds – visit a local playground.
Bubbles – Detergent and water, add a touch of sugar or corn syrup and you’ll have yourself some awesome bubbles. Make your own bubble wands out of a stick and a loop (pipe cleaner or wire).
Games – head down to the beach or challenge the neighbours to a friendly game of volleyball, touch or petanque.
Shell / rock skimming – who is the champion Shell skimmer? Or teach someone the art of skimming, there’s hours of practice to be had!
Sandcastle competition – take your buckets and spades, head down to the beach and get creating!
Shell collecting for mobile – collect some shells or driftwood and make a mobile to hang outside.
More contact information
For more information about individual businesses or events suggested on this page please see the related links below.