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.
Less than $50 | School holiday activities in Wellington
More than $50 | School holiday activities in Wellington
Free things to do in Wellington over the summer school holidays
- 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.
- Check out a free concert or light show at the Botanic Gardens Soundshell from 7-26 January.
- Find out what free school holiday programs are being run at Wellington City Libraries, or sign your kids up for their own library pass.
- Head along to the Pasifika Festival on 18 of January or Kids Magic in the Dell on the 25 of January.
- 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.
- 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.
- Visit the cable car museum and take a stroll around the Botanic Gardens.
- Jump off Taranaki Wharf into the sea using the diving platform and cool off from the summer heat.
- 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.