Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Family Friendly Attractions

Discover the ultimate kids playground in Manawatu and enjoy a fantastic range of indoor and outdoor activities from a miniature train, a trampoline park to family fun beach days. 

 

1. Victoria Esplanade

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Run, jump, swing and fly through the air on the playgrounds or have a chat with the talkative birds at the aviary. Be sure to take a ride on the miniature railway through the mysterious forest, explore endless bush and river trails, or hunt for some Palmy Rocks where this popular craze all began. Before you leave, enjoy a yummy drink and snack at Café Esplanade. Let the kids run wild! Find out more…

 

2. Himatangi Beach

Located just 30 minutes west of Palmerston North, Himatangi Beach promises a great day out for everyone with options for swimming, fishing, kayaking, walking, horse riding, exploring the largest sand dunes in New Zealand and more. There’s an award-winning holiday park just metres from the beach, a kid’s adventure playground with skate park and BMX track as well as a local store to grab some tasty fish and chips. Find out more…

 

3. Lido Aquatic Centre

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Go water crazy! You’ll never tire from the hydroslides, water cannons, lazy river and more at the Lido Aquatic Centre. Once summer arrives, the action is tripled with the outdoor pools, aqua fortress, North Island’s biggest super bowl slide and the adrenaline pumping speed slide where you could reach speeds of up to 60kmh! Parents can keep watch from the Blue Penguin Café or the overlooking hot pool. Find out more…

 

4. Junior Road Safety Park

Complete with miniature roads, intersections, working traffic lights, a roundabout, give-way and stop signs, the Junior Road Safety Park is a family friendly, fun environment for kids to learn about basic road safety while gaining confidence. With free bikes to hire on-site and a cycle station where you can pump up tyres and carry out adjustments to bikes, this is a must-do in Manawatu. Find out more…

5. Lazertag Experience

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Peow peow! Lazertag Experience is an awesome action packed activity where teams can battle it out in a sci-fi arena. Exhaust yourself running, sneaking and blasting your way to victory in this fast paced lazertag game. After you’ve broken a sweat; duck and dive your way through the lazer maze, or test your skills at the 9 hole glow-in-the-dark minigolf; how cool is that! Find out more…

 

6. Flip City Trampoline Park

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Get amongst it with New Zealand’s only trampoline half pipe. Flip City is all about active indoor fun with interconnected trampolines, a 2 metre high challenge wall, dodge ball sessions and weekly flip fitness classes. Take a break at the on-site refreshment area that serves up beverages, barista made coffee and delicious real-fruit ice cream that’s always a definite crowd-pleaser. Find out more…

 

7. Daytona Indoor Raceway 

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Daytona Indoor Raceway is an exhilarating indoor go-kart racing track for ages 7 and up, featuring a variety of different karts to suit each age group. Zip around the tight corners and try to smash the lap record! With experienced and safety conscious staff, you’ll be able to unleash your need for speed, in a controlled and safe environment. Find out more…

 

8. Bowlarama

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This is not just bowling. This is arcade games, air hockey, glow-in-the-dark weekends, a licensed bar for grownups, pizza and of course bowling. Spare the rainy-day boredom and create lasting memories at Bowlarama. The littlies may even beat you with the assistance of ramps and bumpers, how chuffed will they be! Find out more…

 

9. Paintball

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For the brave, let out your inner superhero and experience paintball. Sneak up to your opponents like Batman, or go running in paint blazing like The Hulk. This heart pumping activity is provided by fully trained and safety conscious instructors that are there every step of the way to ensure everyone has a good time. Find out more about Ultimate Indoor Paintball or Platoon Wargames…

 

10. Feilding Mini-Golf and Makino Aquatic Centre

 

Very popular with the locals, families just love this mini-golf course with its cartoon-like sculptures and obstacles, including a miniature replica of the Feilding Clock Tower. Just next door is the Makino Aquatic Centre – a great place to keep the kids entertained with indoor and outdoor pools, a fantastic splash pad, amazing disabled facilities and inflatables galore. Find out more about Mini-Golf or Makino Aquatic Centre…

 

Please note this information should be used as a guide only.  To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.