Explorer Trail to keep kids on their toes!

Downtown Tauranga’s Amber McNicol invites whānau and tamariki to enjoy the free Explorer Trail in the CBD this school holidays. Photo: John Borren.

A free Explorer Trail in the CBD will offer families and children the chance to learn about interesting sites, and engage with fantastic experiences, services and products in the city centre this school holidays.

The Explorer Trail will open from April 12-28 and participants – young and old – can take part in their own time using a phone to answer questions and be in to win six “very cool” prizes!

Downtown Tauranga with support from Tauranga City Council, and in collaboration with STEMwana trust, has created the QR code Explorer Trail around some of the CBD’s favourite kid-friendly locations.

“This event provides a fun, educational experience for participants – particularly families,” says Downtown Tauranga’s event co-ordinator Amber McNicol.

How to participate 

Participants just need to visit: https://downtowntauranga.explorertrail.nz/ which will show the Explorer Trail locations.

“Once they reach each location they can scan a QR code and answer a multi-choice question relevant to the location,” says Amber.

“Once they’ve completed all nine questions around the city centre, participants will go in the draw to win prizes from Animates, Baycourt, Music Works, Pottery Studio, Tinkd Makerspace and The Escape Rooms.”

Amber says the activity is unique for a few reasons.

“[First,] It’s an activity that combines technology with resources in the city centre and will keep kids on their toes working through the questions while they get to explore the city!

"This means families can explore the CBD in a different, fun and educational way.

"[Second] It engages businesses with the community and vice versa – and will allow participants to learn and be inspired by these spaces!”

A lot on offer 

Amber says the Explorer Trail is for everybody but she hopes to see children and families taking part.

“The aim is for participants to notice and appreciate what is on offer here in the city centre – and there is a lot on offer, especially as we see the city centre going through this period of transformation.”

Prizes for the Explorer Trail will be drawn the week of April 29. For more information, see: https://downtowntauranga.explorertrail.nz/

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