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Children's activities around Cape Kidnappers

Activities for Children

The Hawke's Bay region presents a wide range of fun activities for children and families.

We suggest that all children's activity bookings are made with our lodge reservations team at the time of your initial accommodation booking, to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, you may book activities with our concierge staff during your stay at the lodge.

Here at Cape Kidnappers, nothing is a problem and we can organise a nanny to accompany your children to one of the many activities available. Our staff are well-equipped to ensure that your children's stay at our boutique lodge is as enjoyable as your own. 

Special children's menus, babysitting services, baby cots and much more are available.
Wool World

Let the Hawke's Bay take you back to the rustic charm and the unique character of life on a working farm in New Zealand. This live farming show is performed in and around the historic Clifton Station Woolshed. Get in amongst the pet sheep, learn about the different breeds of sheep, experience milking a cow and get acquainted with a pet "Captain Cooker" pig. Wool World also offers the wool and shearing show, where visitors can watch sheep getting shorn using modern and historical ways of shearing. You can also see sheep dog and wood chopping demonstrations.

Wool World
Cape Kidnappers
Arataki Honey

Tucked away in beautiful rural Havelock North lies Arataki Honey, home to thousands of bees. Inside, you are able to see what the bees get up to in their colourful hives that are dotted around Hawke's Bay Wine Country.  This bright, innovative centre offers a truly inactive, self paced learning experience that children of any age will have delight in.

Smell – the sweet aromas of the honey / beeswax / propolis
Feel – the heat generated by the honey bees themselves
See – the worker bees up close in the giant hive threate
Discover – the honey bees world under microscopes
Taste – the range of nine different native & pastoral honeys

There is also a section with puzzles, story books and dress ups.

The live bee wall gives children the chance to watch the worker bees up close doing the waggle dance, after returning from their ventures into the wild, foraging for pollen & nectar. Watch them doing the house cleaning or feeding the young. Be facinated as you watch bees hatching or the Queen laying.

The bees are busy all year round, so there is always action in the hives. The team at the centre is always on hand to help out with spotting the Queen or to answer any questions that you have about honey or the honey bee! The centre is open 7 days a week from 9.00am - 5.00pm. You are welcome to explore the interactive facility, taste a range of delicious honey and honey products and learn about the fascinating life of the honey bee.

Arataki Honey
Cape Kidnappers
Splash Planet

Splash Planet is the number one family attraction in Hawke's Bay. Stay dry with plenty of exciting activities, or get wet and wild in this awesome water theme park. Splash Planet combines all the fun and excitement of New Zealand’s only water theme park within a shaded 6.5 hectares of subtropical gardens. Whether you choose to laze along in their never ending river or plunge down the Sky Castle Screamer, at Splash Planet they are committed to providing a full day of splashtacular fun and relaxation for everyone!

Splash Planet
Cape Kidnappers
Haumoana Farmyard Zoo & Pony Rides

See the great selection of animals ranging from pigs, sheep and calves to ostriches, alpacas, turtles, peacocks and many more at Haumoana Farmyard Zoo & Pony Rides. Bring a picnic and enjoy the sheltered picnic tables surrounded by chickens and ducks. This popular Petting Zoo offers a great experience for young and old. Enjoy close interaction with animals in a clean and safe environment. Pony rides are also available at the zoo, with many ponies to choose from. Suitable for all ages. The zoo is open 7 days, 10.00am - 5.00pm.

Haumoana Farmyard Zoo & Pony Rides
Cape Kidnappers
The Strawberry Patch

The Strawberry Patch is located on the outskirts of Havelock North, in the wine region of Hawke's Bay. Surrounded by 120 year-old Oak Trees, visitors can enjoy our strawberries, ice cream, coffee and fresh, quality vegetables. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and have it under the trees. The Strawberry Patch is also the first stop on the Hawke's Bay Food Trail, which runs from mid-October to mid-March. From mid-November you can also pick your own strawberries.  Opening hours are Friday and Saturday 8.30am - 6.00pm and Sundays 9.00am - 5.30pm.

The Strawberry Patch
Cape Kidnappers
The Amazing Maze 'n Maize

The Amazing Maze 'n Maize can be found just outside Hastings and as the name suggests, it is a giant maze within a maize field. The Amazing Day Maze features a viewing bridge, ‘kernels of knowledge’ within the maize maze and associated quizzes - great fun for family and team competitions! We have lifeguards or other ways to assist you if you get really lost! 

In the picnic area the emphasis is on good old fashioned fun - with walking boards, stilts, hoola hoops, giant drafts and more. The Amazing Maze 'n Maize opens on December 26th, and closes on April 26th.  CornEvil opens on 9th January. The Amazing Day Maze is open 10.00am - 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm).

The Amazing Maze 'n Maize
Cape Kidnappers
Pernel Fruitworld

Climb aboard the unique Apple Wagon at FruitWorldfor a guided tour of the 33 hectare orchard and marvel at the range of fruit trees grown. You won’t be disappointed at any time of the year - but to see fruit on the trees come between November and May. Also feed the pet animals on the 'mini animal farm'. Join in the 'fruit tasting' as a fun way to experience new flavours or browse through the well-stocked souvenir and fruit shop or stop in for coffee at the licenced cafe. Open 7 days, 8.00am - 4.30pm.

Pernel Fruitworld
Cape Kidnappers
The Summer Sweet Shop

The Summer Sweet Shop is a traditional sweet shop, ‘just like you remember’. Set next door to Birdwoods Gallery, The Summer Sweet Shop is a single-room colonial cottage built from reclaimed materials. Step inside and take a step back in time – there’s a vintage cash register that goes ‘ding’, lots of special old tins, baker’s scales, teddy bears, bunting and, of course, rows and rows of sweet jars.  

More than 40 varieties of old fashioned boiled sweets… bullseyes, humbugs, cola rollers, granny mints, acid drops, aniseed balls and lots more are on display...

Home-made fudge, fizzy sherbet and lemonade. Nougats, liquorice, chocolate, hokey pokey, novelties and a treasure trove of pick and mix.  Scrumptious Rush Munroe ice creams in cones or cups.  Plus lots of sugar free, guilt free sweets as well. Fill a tin, fill a jar, or just fill your tummy!

Sit in the shade under an umbrella at one of the tables in the front garden to eat your ice cream and then have a quick hopscotch competition or take your photo in the hilarious Carnival Cut-out Frame.  The Summer Sweet Shop is open 7 days a week 10.00am - 4.00pm during the school holidays and every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year.

The Summer Sweet Shop
Cape Kidnappers
Jungle Junction

Jungle Junction provides a stimulating, safe and active multi-level adventure playland (360 m3) that offers educare activities for children up to the age of 10 years. Why not transport your child into a wild oasis, a land of fantasy and colour, where the imagination can run wild! You will find Jungle Junction staff friendly and caring, whilst your child will enjoy hours of "fun out of the sun".  Opening Hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm (Tuesday through to Sunday). The Jungle Junction is closed on Mondays, except during school holidays.

Jungle Junction
Cape Kidnappers
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