22 school holiday activities Wellington

Entertain the kids this summer with our guide to the top holiday activities in Wellington.

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Trying to keep the kids entertained throughout the school holidays can be a stressful time when you run out of things to do at home. The weeks can drag by, and it’s not long before you (and they) are wishing that it was time to go back to school again.

Stress no more, as we’ve come up with a big list of activities for your kids to enjoy in Wellington.

There are both paid and free things to do, and plenty of options that can be fun for adults as well.

Read on to find out more and get started on planning your school holiday itinerary.

Top things to do during school holidays in Wellington

Less than $50 | School holiday activities in Wellington

Forest High Ropes and Ziplining Adventure

Forest High Ropes and Ziplining Adventure from RedBalloon NZ

Children (and adults) can be just like Tarzan with a 3-hour aerial obstacle course that gets you up to 31 metres in the treetops. A good level of physical and mental fitness is required to tackle the different challenges along the way.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Porirua
  • Ages: No age restriction but must be 140cm or taller
  • Price: $30 (child), $45 (adult)

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Kids Spy Network – Boredom Buster Pack

Kids Spy Network – Boredom Buster Pack from Groupon

A Boredom Buster Pack is a good way to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day and includes different missions for them to complete. No need to go anywhere or wait for shipping, just download and print.

  • Duration: 45-60 minutes for each series
  • Location: Anywhere
  • Ages: Suitable for 6-11-year-olds
  • Price: $26 for 6 missions, up to 3 children

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Beyond virtual reality

Beyond virtual reality from Groupon

Play two games of Oddball using wireless virtual reality headsets to compete and score points.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Hania Street, Wellington
  • Ages: 8+ and must be 120cm or taller
  • Price: Get 2 reality games for $10 for 1 person or $19 for 2 people

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Mission: Inflatable

Mission: Inflatable from Groupon

Kids can bounce around and burn off some energy on a large inflatable playground.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Waterloo Quay, Wellington
  • Ages: 5 years and older
  • Price: 1 person $9, 2 people $17, 4 people $33, 6 people $49

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Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Escape

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Escape from RedBalloon NZ

Get entry into the exhibitions and wildlife sanctuary, see rare and endangered wildlife and take a short cruise on an electric boat.

  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Location: Karori, Wellington
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $10 (children 5-17), $21 (adults 18+)

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Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car from Klook

Take a ride on the iconic Wellington cable car from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn. Before you return, talk a walk around the Botanical Gardens or check out the planetarium at Space Place (extra cost).

  • Duration: 7 minutes each way
  • Location: Lambton Quay to Kelburn
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: Return ticket $4.50 for children and $9 adults

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Horse riding lesson at Thompsons Horse Centre

Horse riding lesson at Thompsons Horse Centre from Groupon

If your child has been asking for horse riding lessons, start them off with a private one-on-one lesson tailored to their ability.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Location: Leonards Road, Mangaroa
  • Ages: 5 years and over
  • Price: $39 for 1 lesson, $69 for 2 lessons

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More than $50 | School holiday activities in Wellington

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Family Tour

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Family Tour from RedBalloon NZ

Take the whole family to Zealandia for an educational guided tour through the sanctuary valley.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Waiapu Road, Karori
  • Ages: All ages, but moderate fitness is required
  • Price: $110 for 2 adults and 3 children

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Weta Workshop’s There and Back Again Tour

Weta Workshop’s There and Back Again Tour from RedBalloon NZ

This tour gives a glimpse into what it’s like to create physical effects, props and costumes for big Hollywood films.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Location: Tour departs Wellington CBD to Miramar Peninsula
  • Ages: All ages, but children 12 and under must be with a paying adult
  • Price: $42 (child), $68 (adult)

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Fly by Wire

Fly by Wire from Groupon

Does your teen have an interest in flying or being a pilot? Treat them to a self-propelled flight experience these holidays.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Location: Tunapo Road, Paekakariki
  • Ages: 15 years and over
  • Price: $79

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Jumperama birthday party

Jumperama birthday party from Groupon

If your child has a birthday over the summer break, they can celebrate with 11 of their friends at Jumperama. The kids will have one hour of jump time then you get a private party area for 45 minutes with food and drinks.

  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Location: Lower Hutt
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $220 for up to 12 kids and 2 supervisors

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Cinema experience for 4

Cinema experience for 4 from RedBalloon NZ

If the weather is less than ideal, check out a new release movie. Four adult tickets are included but teenagers 15 years or older can attend.

  • Duration: 1.5 - 3 hours depending on movie
  • Location: Location: Any Event cinema
  • Ages: 15 years and over
  • Price: $60 for 4 tickets

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Kapiti Island Eco Experience Day Trip

Kapiti Island Eco Experience Day Trip from RedBalloon NZ

Spend much of a day exploring Kapiti Island with its native birds, walking tracks and peaceful beaches. You might be lucky and spot a whale.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Location: Boat departs from Paraparaumu
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $40 (child), $80 (adult)

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Free things to do in Wellington over the summer school holidays

  1. Spend an afternoon at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa and take your time checking out the six levels. Here you can find the world’s largest squid, animal and bird specimens plus New Zealand culture and history exhibits.
  2. Check out a free concert or light show at the Botanic Gardens Soundshell from 7-26 January.
  3. Find out what free school holiday programs are being run at Wellington City Libraries, or sign your kids up for their own library pass.
  4. Head along to the Pasifika Festival on 18 of January or Kids Magic in the Dell on the 25 of January.
  5. Get those legs working by taking a walk along Oriental Bay and then up Mount Victoria. It may be steep but it feels great when you get to the top.
  6. Take a tour of Parliament if you have budding politicians in the family. Tours are run between 10am and 4pm daily and you can see the debating chamber, banquet hall, grand hall and more.
  7. Visit the cable car museum and take a stroll around the Botanic Gardens.
  8. Jump off Taranaki Wharf into the sea using the diving platform and cool off from the summer heat.
  9. Head out on the Red Rocks Walkway to see the seals. It’s a 2-hour walk so make sure you wear comfy shoes and take plenty of water with you.
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