School Holidays in the Bay

The Mount Hot Pools are one place to warm up and keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.


The school holidays are almost here.

Now’s the time to ditch routine and discover new ways to relax, connect and have fun as a family. Here are some ideas on what to do in the Bay these school holidays.

Aqua adventures

Book a winter wildlife tour with Dolphin Seafaris. See seals, penguins, albatross, whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Or paddle across Lake McLaren on Waimarino’s Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour. Guaranteed to wow all ages as you discover a hidden canyon brimming with glow worms.

Enjoy a soak at the Mount Hot Pools and let your kids loose on the mini water slide. Kids will also love the hydroslide, wave pool and new Aqua Station play area at Baywave where they can splash to their heart’s content.

Indoor action

Tear around an indoor electric drift trike track at BayStation or try the wind-powered blokarts. Laser tag and paintball are also on offer.  Put your brainpower and teamwork skills to the test at Flummox Escape Rooms or have a good old family battle at Tenpin Tauranga followed by arcade games and New York-style pizza.

The Bay has two fantastic virtual experiences – The Aviator lets you fly a fighter jet, WW2 warbird or Iroquois helicopter in one of six incredible VR flight simulators. Meanwhile, The Cave is every gamer’s dream venue. Explore new worlds, go head-to-head on racing simulators and enjoy retro gaming arcades.

Local treasures

Little ones will love the Looking Glass Garden near Te Puke where characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales are brought to life.

Just down the road is Experience Comvita and Kiwifruit Country. Both attractions offer daily tours and serve up delicious honey or kiwifruit ice-cream at the end.

Everyone will love Classic Flyers aviation museum. Classic aircraft are displayed in a huge open hanger alongside vintage memorabilia. At Marshalls Animal Park children can feed and play with farmyard animals and see emus, ostriches, Texas longhorns, Clydesdales and miniature horses. Or let the kids run around the Katikati Bird Gardens alongside many varieties of birds.

For more ideas visit: or visit the Tauranga i-SITE (103 The Strand, Tauranga).

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